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Knife murderer has her appeal dismissed

A woman jailed for stabbing a drinking partner in the head was safely convicted of murder, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Senior judges rejected Alison Michelle Martin's challenge to DNA evidence which contributed to her being found guilty of killing George McDowell.

They also dismissed arguments that the conviction should be quashed because the jury was told she often carried knives.

Martin (38) was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for murdering Mr McDowell (47) in Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, in July 2004.

At appeal, her lawyers claimed evidence from her sister that she carried assorted knives was irrelevant to a propensity to commit murder.

However, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: “Evidence that the applicant was carrying knives of different kinds was clearly admissible as evidence of propensity.

“For the reasons set out we do not consider that this conviction was unsafe.”

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