Man denies murder plots on 2 wives

A MAN went on trial accused of murdering his first wife and trying to kill his second as part of a plot to make hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Malcolm Webster is charged with murdering Claire Morris in Aberdeenshire in May 1994 and attempting to murder Felicity Drumm in New Zealand five years later. It is alleged he murdered Morris by drugging her, putting her in a car, driving it off the road and torching it while she was unconscious.

Webster, from Guildford in Surrey, stands accused of fraudulently obtaining more than £200,000 (€233,587) after allegedly cashing in a series of insurance policies.

The 51-year-old is further charged with deliberately crashing his car in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 1999, in a bid to kill second wife Felicity, a passenger in the car, in a bid to gain £750,000 (€875,860) in insurance payouts. It is also alleged he intended to marry a third woman bigamously.

Webster appeared at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.

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