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Stirling salon fire wife killer appeal lodged in court

Khayatzadeh Image copyright Crown Office
Image caption Ahdieh Khayatzadeh died following a fire at the Venus Hair and Beauty salon in Stirling

A man jailed for life for burning his wife to death has launched an appeal against his conviction.

Ahmed Yazdanparast was convicted at the High Court last year of killing his former partner Adieh Khayatzadeh by dousing her with petrol and setting her alight at her salon in Stirling.

The 62-year-old maintains his innocence and is critical of the defence he received at his trial.

Judge Lady Dorrian continued his appeal to a hearing on 22 May.

Yazdanparast's trial last summer heard that Ms Khayatzadeh, 46, suffered burns to 95% of her body in the attack in October 2013.

Before she died, she told a paramedic that her ex-husband had carried out the attack because she divorced him.

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Media captionFootage released by the Crown Office shows Ahmad Yazdanparast buying petrol then entering his ex-wife's salon and leaving after setting it on fire

The kebab shop owner was caught on CCTV buying fuel from a local petrol station, before entering the Venus Hair and Beauty salon.

Hand-written cards in English and Farsi were found scattered around the scene reading "enough is enough" and "game is over", accusing Ms Khayatzadeh of adultery.

Sentencing him to a minimum of 19 years in prison, Lady Wise told Yazdanparast the attack was "premeditated and callous", but he maintained his innocence and shouted "I am not a killer" as he was led to the cells.

The couple's children later sued Yazdanparast for £450,000 for the loss of their mother and their distress and anxiety at her suffering.

Image caption Forensics specialists found petrol at the scene of the fire

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