Webster appeal hearing date

WIFE killer Malcolm Webster has been told he can expect to have his appeal against conviction and sentence heard in the autumn.

Webster was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering Claire Morris in a deliberate car crash in Aberdeenshire in 1994, and trying to do the same to his second wife Felicity Drumm in New Zealand five years later.

The 53-year-old former nurse was convicted last year following a four-month trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

At a procedural hearing in Edinburgh this week, Lord Carloway said he considered that it was likely a date would be available in late September or early October, but an earlier hearing could be arranged.

Webster’s legal challenge includes a claim that the Crown failed to lead sufficient evidence to exclude accident as a cause of the fire in the car.

At a recent hearing, his legal team were give more time to prepare a detailed application for transcripts of expert evidence in the case.