English nurse appeals sentence

Last updated 11:46 19/02/2014

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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.

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