No reprieve for jailed former Mirror journalist

Former Daily Mirror columnist James Hipwell is to serve out the rest of his jail term after losing his appeal against sentence.

Hipwell was jailed on 10 February after being found guilty of making £41,000 in a “tip, buy and sell” scam through his City Slickers column in the Daily Mirror. He was sentenced to six months so should be released on parole after three.

The Court of Appeal heard that Hipwell had been a junior member of the Slickers team who received no proper guidance from his seniors or the in-house lawyer. It also heard that many of his readers had made a good profit from his tips.

However, the Appeal Court judges ruled that the sentence should stand. Hipwell is also appealing against his conviction.

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