Wife tells of English killer husband's 'breathtaking' web of deceit

The New Zealand wife of convicted killer Malcolm Webster has spoken of the “breathtaking” web of deception he created.

The New Zealand wife of convicted killer Malcolm Webster has spoken of the “breathtaking” web of deception he created.

Felicity Drumm was Webster’s second wife who he attempted to kill in a staged car crash after murdering his first wife in a similar way five years earlier.

Webster, 52, a qualified nurse, murdered Claire Morris, 32, in a deliberate car crash in 1994 and fraudulently claimed more than £200,000 from insurance policies following her death.

The killer, from Guildford in Surrey in England, was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow of drugging her and driving the car in which she was a passenger off a remote road in Aberdeenshire, and starting a fire while she was unconscious in the vehicle.

He was also found guilty of attempting to murder Ms Drumm, 50, in a copycat crash in New Zealand in February 1999, in a bid to claim more than £750,000 of insurance money.

In the interview for New Zealand TV’s One News, Ms Drumm said she had spent a lot of time “agonising” over Webster’s lies.

She said: “I felt so humiliated at the breathtaking extent of his deception and how I was so immersed in it that I couldn’t see it.”

Ms Drumm explained how Webster, who was described during the trial as one of the “most notorious murderers of our modern times”, started to drug her during their honeymoon.

She said she started to notice a “bitter” taste to her food and would fall asleep for up to 36 hours.

Ms Drumm, also a nurse, said the sleepy spells continued when the couple moved to the UK, even when she was pregnant with their son.

“I’m outraged that I was pregnant at the time and that he was knowingly giving me medication that could have harmed our child,” she said. “I can’t even begin to describe how angry that makes me feel.”

She said her husband would shrug off her complaints, she added: “It was a game to him – on a whim he could put me to sleep.”

Ms Drumm flew to Scotland to give evidence in Webster’s trial – the longest criminal trial with a single accused in Scottish legal history.

Jurors took less than four hours to find him guilty on May 19.

Speaking about the conviction, Ms Drumm said: “Claire lost her life. I have had the opportunity to rebuild mine but very sadly for her and for her family that’s an opportunity lost. All along for me this has been about trying to get justice for her as well as myself.”

Webster, described as a “cruel, practised deceiver” was also found guilty of intending to bigamously marry Oban woman Simone Banarjee to gain access to her estate.

He is due to be sentenced on July 5.

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