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Malcolm Webster case: Bid to aid murder victim families

Claire Morris
Image caption Claire Morris had been married to Malcolm Webster for eight months when she died

The family of the woman murdered by her husband in a faked Aberdeenshire car crash are to set up a foundation in her name.

Claire Morris's brother Peter hopes to raise money to build a retreat for the families of murder victims.

Mr Morris told BBC Scotland it would offer emotional support.

Malcolm Webster was found guilty last month of murdering Ms Morris in 1994, and attempting to murder his second wife.

The foundation would be called CLAIRE, standing for caring, loving and invigorating retreat environment.

Mr Morris sat through most of the four-month murder trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

He said that while there was practical assistance for the families in high-profile murder cases, he believed there could be a need for more emotional help.

The plan is have a service in Aberdeenshire later this year in memory of Ms Morris.

It is hoped more details about the foundation can be in place by then, and Mr Morris is seeking assistance from anyone who may be able to help with the practicalities of setting a foundation up.

Former nurse Webster, 52, of Guildford, Surrey, was found guilty of trying to murder his second wife Felicity Drumm in New Zealand in 1999.

Image caption Killer husband Malcolm Webster pretended he had leukaemia

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

Fresh tests showed first wife Ms Morris, 32, originally from Upchurch, Kent, had traces of drugs in her system.

Webster claimed he swerved to avoid a motorcyclist.

He was also found guilty of intending to bigamously marry another woman, Simone Banarjee, from Oban, Argyll, to gain access to her estate, while pretending he had leukaemia.

He is due to be sentenced on 5 July.

Police are also investigating concerns over the deaths of three children at a hospital in Abu Dhabi where Webster worked in the 1980s.

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