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Malcolm Webster case: Victim's brother gathers petition

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 presented a 6,000-strong petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for a foundation in her name.

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, arrived in Edinburgh after walking most of the 150 miles from Tarves, in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Morris said the £1m centre would help victims and their relatives.

The 48-year-old, from Gillingham in Kent, said the court case had prompted his campaign.

The petition, which included support from high-profile people such as comedian Billy Connolly, was handed to the Scottish Parliament's Petitions Committee.

Mr Morris said: "I want to pass on ownership of this now to the Scottish government. If they want me to stay involved, I'd be honoured."

Mr Morris's walk to the capital - which took two and a half weeks - was cut short after he hurt his foot and required four days of hospital treatment in Dundee.

He picked up the challenge again on the edge of Edinburgh to finish at the parliament in Holyrood.

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.

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

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

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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