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Malcolm Webster's wife Felicity Drumm says justice done

Malcolm Webster
Image caption Malcolm Webster was convicted of his crimes at the High Court in Glasgow

The New Zealand wife of murderer and fraudster Malcolm Webster has said justice was done when he was convicted in Scotland.

Webster, 52, of Surrey, drugged and tried to kill his second wife Felicity Drumm in New Zealand in 1999.

The former nurse was also found guilty of murdering his first wife in a car fire and attempting to kill Ms Drumm in another crash to get life assurance.

In a TV interview, Ms Drumm described her husband as a "psychopath".

On 19 May, a jury at the High Court in Glasgow convicted Webster, from Guildford, of murder and attempted murder, both to obtain hundreds of thousands of pounds in life assurance.

He murdered his first wife Claire Morris in an Aberdeenshire crash in 1994.

Repeatedly drugged

In the interview for New Zealand TV's One News, Ms Drumm said she was in love with Webster, but, at the same time, he was plotting to kill her.

She claimed that during their honeymoon in New Zealand and while they were living in the UK, Webster repeatedly drugged her food and drink, even when she was pregnant with their son.

"I'm outraged that I was pregnant at the time and that he was knowingly giving me medication that could have harmed our child," she said.

"I can't even begin to describe how angry that makes me feel."

Ms Drumm added: "I think there was a huge element of control. I think he drugged me because he could, and he got off on that somehow.

"It was a game to him - on a whim he could put me to sleep."

She also said when they moved to Auckland her husband tried to kill her in a car crash, set fire to her parents' home, and claimed to have had a heart attack and cancer.

Her father, Brian, 82, uncovered Webster's plans after he dug into his background and discovered insurance policies taken out in his daughter's name worth $1.9m (£943,000).

Ms Drumm said her father woke her from a drug-induced sleep with the warning shortly before Webster made another attempt to kill her in a burning car.

She said: "I felt so humiliated at the breathtaking extent of his deception and how I was so immersed in it.

Image caption Felicity Drumm said her husband thought people were 'expendable'

"The only thing that became reassuring to me was that everyone else had been equally convinced by him."

Ms Drumm added tearfully: "Obviously I wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for dad. I'm incredibly lucky."

The 1994 crash, which was originally treated as an accident, was reinvestigated after concerns were raised in the wake of the second murder attempt in New Zealand.

New tests showed Claire Morris had traces of drugs in her system.

Ms Drumm said of Webster: "I think he's a psychopath, and things, possessions and people are expendable if they meet his ultimate need."

Commenting on her husband's conviction, she said: "It means justice.

"It means vindication of what I had been trying to argue and tell right from the beginning."

Charges Webster was found guilty of included intending to bigamously marry another woman, Simone Banarjee, from Oban, Argyll, to gain access to her estate.

He is due to be sentenced on 5 July.

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