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Malcolm Webster murder case: Appeal expected in autumn

Claire Morris and Malcolm Webster
Image caption Malcolm Webster was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering Claire Morris

A man convicted of murdering his first wife and trying to kill his second has been told he can expect to have his appeal heard this autumn.

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

He was also found guilty of staging a similar attempt in New Zealand on a second bride.

An appeal date could be available in late September or early October.

Trial judge Lord Bannatyne told him that the murder of Ms Morris, 32, who was originally from Kent, was "cold-blooded, brutal and callous".

He set fire to the vehicle with his unconscious wife inside it before later receiving an insurance pay-out.

Webster denied the offences and stood trial at the High Court in Glasgow last year.

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