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Dumfries prisoner McGeoch continues vote legal bid

George McGeoch
Image caption George McGeoch wants a review of the UK government's opposition to votes for convicts

A convicted murderer is continuing his legal case to win his right to vote in the Scottish Parliament election.

George McGeoch wants a review of UK government opposition to votes for convicts and has challenged the policy.

A judge in the Court of Session rejected the bid earlier this month and McGeoch has now appealed that decision.

The 39-year-old, from Glasgow, is serving a life sentence in Dumfries prison for the murder of Eric Innes in Inverness.

He killed Mr Innes in his own home in 1998 by slashing his throat.

McGeoch received a minimum term of 13 years but due to subsequent convictions will not be considered for parole until 2015.

In February 2008 he left two Reliance staff locked in their own vehicle after staging a break-out during a hospital visit in Perth.

He was jailed in 2009 for an extra seven-and-a-half years for the violent attack during which he used a makeshift knife.

McGeoch was also handed an eight-year prison term in 2002 for holding two nurses hostage in his prison cell.

In the latest legal move, judge Lord Reed sitting in the Court of Session has allowed McGeoch's appeal to be received.

McGeoch's lawyers have also sought to have the case referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg.

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