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Michael Ross fails in Orkney murder conviction review bid

Michael Ross and Shamsuddin Mahmood Image copyright Not Specified
Image caption Former sniper Michael Ross was 15 when Shamsuddin Mahmood was shot

A man jailed for the murder of a waiter in Orkney in 1994 has failed in a bid to have his conviction re-examined.

Michael Ross was 15 when he shot Shamsuddin Mahmood, 26, in the head in Kirkwall's Mumataz Restaurant.

The former Black Watch sniper was jailed for a minimum of 25 years in 2008 after being convicted of murder.

Ross has been told by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission there is not enough evidence to support a miscarriage of justice claim.

Mr Mahmood was shot in full view of a room full of diners, including families with children, by a masked gunman.

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