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Inverness murderer to go to Northumberland wedding

A convicted murderer has been given permission to go to his son's wedding.

Ian Geddes smothered Charlie McKay with a pillow in Inverness in March 2003, then tried to make it look as though he had fallen down stairs.

Jailed for life in 2005, Geddes claims new medical evidence clears him and he was granted bail in June this year while he challenges his conviction.

Geddes was ordered to stay in Scotland, but judges have allowed him to go to the wedding in Northumberland.

The Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh heard that Geddes planned to spend two nights near Morpeth.

Fake will

Defence advocate Christopher Wilson told judge Lord Clarke, sitting with Lord Mackay of Drumadoon and Lord Philip, that Geddes needed the court to sanction his travel arrangements.

Advocate depute Andrew Miller said the Crown had received confirmation that Geddes would be welcome at the wedding and would not oppose the variation in bail conditions.

In 2005, at the High Court in Edinburgh, a jury found Geddes guilty of murder after hearing claims that Mr McKay was drugged then smothered with a pillow in his bed then moved to the bottom of stairs at his home to make it look like an accident.

Mr McKay's death was initially put down as natural causes until his daughter found fake will documents in the house.

Passing sentence, Lord Bracadale ordered Geddes to serve at least 15 years before being eligible for parole.

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