14 Jul 2011

Wife killer Malcolm Webster to appeal

3:33 pm on 14 July 2011

A man who murdered his first wife in Scotland and tried to kill his second in New Zealand, is to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Malcolm Webster, 52, was sentenced on 5 July to prison for a minimum of 30 years for drugging Claire Morris and killing her in a staged car crash in 1994, and attempting to kill Felicity Drumm in a similar crash in Auckland five years later.

The crimes were part of a plot to claim almost £1 million in life assurance money.

Lawyer John McLeod has confirmed that appeal proceedings are under way.

Mr McLeod told BBC Scotland that a notice of intention to appeal is due to be lodged this week.

Scottish media say it will be against both the conviction and sentence.