TWO teenagers who were part of a gang that hunted down a victim in a brutal street murder bid had their jail terms reduced today (Friday).

Kane Reilly, 18, and a 17-year-old who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were originally sentenced to eight and seven years' detention respectively.

But appeal judges have now cut their sentences to six and five years' detention respectively.

The pair were part of a group of youths who chased Rhys Reynolds, 26, and, after he stumbled, attacked him with knives, a pole and a rock or slab.

He was also repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on in the Hogmanay murder attempt at Delta Drive in Musselburgh.

Mr Reynolds suffered 36 injuries, including facial fractures and bleeding to the brain, following the attack on December 31, 2018.

The group involved were sentenced to a total of 47 years at the High Court in Edinburgh last year after the trial judge Gordon Liddle condemned the "cowardly and vicious assault", which was captured on camera.

Three of the attackers successfully appealed against the sentences he imposed last month.

Aaron Thomson, 20, and Dean Riding, 22, were originally jailed for 10 years and eight years respectively, but saw their sentences cut to six and five years respectively on appeal.

Jayson Dodds, 19, who was found guilty of assault but acquitted of attempted murder, saw his sentence of four years' detention overturned and was given a community payback order instead.

The attack occurred after a disturbance at a flat in Musselburgh involving the victim.

Defence solicitor advocate Gordon Martin, for the 17-year-old, told Lord Brodie, sitting with Lord Turnbull, at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh that it was accepted it was a serious offence that required a custodial sentence.

But Mr Martin argued that the trial judge had failed to give sufficient weight to a number of factors in sentencing the teenager, including his age, difficult childhood experiences and that he had taken advantage of opportunities offered to him in custody.

He submitted that the sentence imposed on the youth was excessive in the circumstances.

Leanne McQuillan, solicitor advocate for Reilly, said that the sentencing judge had failed to take adequate account of his age at the time.

Lord Brodie said that at the time of the offence, Reilly was aged 17 and the younger teenager was "barely 16 years of age".

The appeal judges said that the sentences they received were "clearly disproportionate" given their ages.

Lord Brodie said that there were indications in background reports prepared on them that there was an intent to take advantage of opportunities for rehabilitation while in custody.

The senior judge added: "This is to be encouraged."