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Malcolm Webster appeal adjourned for six weeks

Claire Morris and Malcolm Webster
Image caption Malcolm Webster was convicted of murdering first wife Claire Morris

The appeal of a man found guilty of murdering his first wife and trying to kill his second has been adjourned for six weeks.

Malcolm Webster, 53, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering Claire Morris in Aberdeenshire in 1994.

Webster, from Surrey, was also found guilty of staging a similar attempt to kill a second bride in New Zealand, all to claim insurance pay-outs.

The appeal against his conviction had begun on Wednesday in Edinburgh.

However, defence QC Gary Allan told judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal on Thursday that he needed more transcripts of what was said at Webster's trial before he could continue with the case.

Webster denied the offences but was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow last year.

Ms Morris was originally from Kent.

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