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Michael Ross waiter murder case to be reviewed

Michael Ross and Shamsuddin Mahmood
Image caption Michael Ross was jailed of the murder of Shamsuddin Mahmood

A man jailed for the murder of a waiter on Orkney in 1994 is to have his case reviewed.

Former Black Watch sniper Michael Ross was 15 when Shamsuddin Mahmood, 26, was shot in the head in Kirkwall's Mumataz Restaurant.

Ross was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years after being found guilty in 2008.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has now said it is to look at his conviction. Relatives described it as good news.

Ross' bid to have his murder conviction overturned was rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh earlier this year.

Ross, of Inverness, was then refused permission to take his appeal against his conviction to the Supreme Court.

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

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