In brief: Appeal Court cuts Cunningham sentence

Bernard Cunningham, the barrister jailed for 15 months for a u1.3 million tax fraud, has had his sentence cut to nine months in the Court of Appeal. Cunningham was jailed, along with three accountants, after a six-month trial at Nottingham Crown court. It was the Inland Revenue's longest-ever tax fraud trial and cost £2 million. The accountants also had their sentences reduced. Ringleader Christopher Charleton's sentence, the heaviest of the three, was cut from five to three and a half years.