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Cornish fisherman's appeal fails

A Cornish fisherman who attacked a man who later died has lost his appeal against a murder conviction.

Neville Dunn was left in a coma after the assault in Penzance in 2007 and died nearly two years later Credit: Family

Brian Harrison from Newlyn had been jailed for GBH but was then tried for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Appeal court rejected his claim that evidence of his original conviction should not have been admitted.

Brian Harrison will have to serve a minimum of 16 years in jail Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Newlyn fisherman loses murder appeal

A Cornish fisherman who attacked another man who later died has lost his appeal against his conviction for murder. Brian Harrison attacked Neville Dunn with his fists and feet in Penzance in December 2007, causing a devastating brain injury. Harrison was convicted of GBH and sent to prison.

Mr Dunn died from his injuries in October 2009. In March this year, Harrison, from Newlyn, was found guilty of the killing. Harrison appealed, claiming that evidence of the GBH conviction should not have gone before the murder jury, but the Court of Appeal rejected the claim.

The judges also refused to allow Harrison to appeal against the original GBH conviction and upheld the 16-year-minimum term he must serve.