25 Sep 2013

Webster begins appeal against murder conviction

12:54 am on 25 September 2013

A man who was found guilty of murdering his wife in a car crash in Aberdeenshire has begun his appeal against the conviction.

Malcolm Webster was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in Scotland after being found guilty of murdering his first wife, Claire Morris, in a faked car crash in Aberdeenshire in 1994.

He was also found guilty of attempting to murder Felicity Drumm, his second wife, in a similar manner in New Zealand five years later.

Webster, from Surrey, maintains his innocence. An appeal hearing underway in Edinburgh is expected to last for four days.

The jury at the High Court in Glasgow in 2011 accepted that he set fire to the vehicle with Ms Morris unconscious inside it, before receiving an insurance payout later.