English nurse appeals sentence

Last updated 11:46 19/02/2014

Relevant offers

Europe

London fire: All samples from UK high-rise towers fail fire safety tests Visitors threw $2 million into Rome's Trevi Fountain in 2016 Turkish police stop activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride Were there two Jack the Rippers? Norwegians raise money to re-erect penis-shaped rock formation At least six people injured when car mounts pavement in England Prince Harry 'wanted out' and considering quitting royal family Glastonbury Festival embraces an unlikely act - UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn London tower blocks evacuated as 34 buildings fail fire tests Turkey to stop teaching evolution theory in high schools - education board

The English nurse who was convicted of killing his wife in a planned car crash and later trying a second copycat crime again in New Zealand is appealing the length of his sentence.

Surrey man Malcolm Webster was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for planning the car crash that killed his wife Claire Morris, 32, in Aberdeenshire in 1994.

He was convicted of attempting to kill Felicity Drumm in New Zealand in the same way in 1999 to claim more than £750,000 insurance money.

The former nurse was given the life sentence after a five-month trial in May 2011. The trial was the longest murder trial against a single accused in Scottish legal history.

Webster had claimed that Morris' death was a tragic accident but forensic tests revealed she had been given a sedative before the crash.

The Daily Record reported that Webster claimed more than £200,000 from insurance policies after Morris' death, later spending it on a Range Rover car, a yacht and on seducing a string of women.

Police began investigations into Webster's past after Drumm's sister contacted British police with concerns in 2006.

Judges at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh rejected an earlier appeal by Webster that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Three judges will consider Webster's appeal against the length of his sentence on March 14, the Daily Record reported.

He has lesser convictions which have been quashed.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content