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Malcolm Webster case: Victim's brother starts walk

Peter Morris begins walk
Image caption Peter Morris hopes to offer support for relatives of victims

The brother of a woman murdered by her husband has started walking from her grave to the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness and money.

Malcolm Webster, from Surrey, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in July for murdering Claire Morris in Aberdeenshire in 1994.

Her brother, Peter Morris, is walking from Tarves to Edinburgh, which is about 150 miles.

Mr Morris hopes to set up a foundation in her name.

He will also use the walk to collect signatures for a petition asking for greater support to families of victims of crime.

Mr Morris hoped the foundation - called CLAIRE, standing for caring, loving and invigorating retreat environment - would offer emotional support.

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

Mr Morris 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.

Former nurse Webster, of Guildford, was found guilty of murdering 32-year-old Ms Morris - originally from Upchurch in Kent - in a staged car crash in 1994.

The fatal crash was originally treated as an accident. Webster said he had swerved to avoid a motorcyclist.

However, the crash was reinvestigated after concerns were raised in the wake of a second crash in New Zealand in 1999.

Image caption A jury ruled Claire Morris was murdered by Malcolm Webster

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

Webster was also convicted of trying to murder his second wife, Felicity Drumm, in Auckland.

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.

The crimes were committed as part of a plot to claim almost £1m in life assurance money.

Webster is set to appeal his conviction.

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