Girlfriend killer in appeal over 1993 murder conviction

A man convicted of killing his girlfriend 18 years ago has been granted leave to appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

Alan Traynor, 57, who denied murdering his girlfriend in Preston in 1993, has had two previous appeal applications refused.

The CCRC said it referred the case to the Court of Appeal due to fresh evidence about an alternative suspect.

It said the evidence, "raises a real possibility" the conviction is unsafe.

Mr Traynor's solicitor, Correna Platt, said: "Alan has always protested his innocence of this crime and has spent the last 17 years imprisoned, trying to clear his name."

He first applied to the CCRC in September 1998 but his case was closed without referral in February 2002.

Three years later he tried again but his case was not referred to the court of appeal.

In September 2010 he was given leave to for a judicial review of the CCRC's decision.

As a result the commission took another look at the case and decided to refer it to the court of appeal.

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