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Ex-nurse loses appeal against murder conviction

Former nurse Colin Norris has lost an appeal against his conviction for murder.

Mr Norris is currently serving a prison term of at least 30 years after being found guilty in March 2008 of murdering four elderly female patients while working at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Infirmary. He was also struck off the nursing register in April.

Mr Norris, 33, formerly of Egilsay Terrace, Glasgow, was granted leave to appeal the conviction earlier this month. However, the appeal court in London today ruled that his conviction were “safe”.

Lord Justice Aikens, sitting with two other judges, said the case against Mr Norris, who was not present for the ruling, was “very strong indeed”, the BBC reported.

He is the second high profile convicted former nurse to have lost an appeal this year. Benjamin Geen, who was convicted in 2006 of murdering two patients and of causing grievous bodily harm to a further 15 at Horton General Hospital in Oxfordshire, lost an appeal in November.

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