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Brother of murdered Claire Morris to take case to MSPs

Peter Morris
Image caption Peter Morris will give evidence to Holyrood's petitions committee

The brother of a woman murdered by her husband is to take his case for better treatment for victims and relatives directly to MSPs.

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, has gathered thousands of names on a petition calling for support for victims.

He will give evidence to Holyrood's petitions committee next week.

The 48-year-old, from Gillingham in Kent, hopes a foundation in his sister's name, and a £1m support centre, will ease the burden of those affected by crime.

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 crash was originally treated as an accident, with Webster claiming he had swerved to avoid a motorcyclist.

However, it was reinvestigated following concerns being raised in the wake of a second incident 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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