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Malcolm Webster trial: Wife 'feeling resilient'

Malcolm Webster and Felicity Drumm
Image caption Malcolm Webster allegedly tried to murder his second wife Felicity Drumm

A woman whose husband allegedly tried to kill her told a murder trial she was feeling "remarkably resilient" after giving evidence for the seventh day.

Malcolm Webster denies crashing a car in New Zealand in 1999 in a bid to kill Felicity Drumm, his second wife, to claim insurance money.

He also denies murdering his first wife in Aberdeenshire in 1994 in a car fire.

Ms Drumm told the High Court in Glasgow: "I was beginning to think I was on trial here".

Advocate depute Derek Ogg QC, prosecuting, had said to Ms Drumm: "I think you have made legal history, you might be the longest-running witness to give evidence in a Scottish trial."

Mr Webster, 51, of Guildford, Surrey, denies attempting to kill Ms Drumm and fraudulently obtain £750,000 from insurance policies.

He further denies murdering his first wife, 32-year-old Claire Morris. She died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger crashed and caught fire in 1994.

'Oscar performance'

It is also alleged that he intended to bigamously marry Simone Banarjee, from Oban, Argyll, to gain access to her estate.

Earlier Ms Drumm told defence counsel Edgar Prais QC that Mr Webster had produced an "Oscar-winning performance" after a car crash in New Zealand on 12 February, 1999, to convince her he was having a heart attack.

The jury was told that their car veered off the motorway when they were on their way to an important meeting.

The trial, before judge Lord Bannatyne, continues on Monday.

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