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Malcolm Webster murder case: Brother erects new memorial

Plaque to Claire Morris
Image caption The new memorial was put in place on the 18th anniversary of Ms Morris's death

The brother of a woman murdered by her husband has erected a new memorial to her in Aberdeenshire.

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

The headstone on her grave, which still had her married name and referred to a "dear wife", was later removed.

Her brother Peter Morris said he was pleased Aberdeenshire Council had allowed him to erect a new memorial.

Sunday was the 18th anniversary of the death of Ms Morris.

Webster was convicted of murdering Ms Morris, 32, who was originally from Kent, in a faked car crash before staging a similar attempt in New Zealand on a second bride.

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

Image caption Malcolm Webster married Felicity Drumm, right, after Claire Morris died

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.

He has launched an appeal against conviction and challenged the 30-year term as excessive.

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