Belfast Telegraph

Man fails to overturn murder bid conviction

A burglar has failed in a bid to overturn his conviction for trying to burn a doctor's family alive.

Roy Martin Kerr was refused permission to appeal an attempted murder verdict.

The 33-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 10 years for the arson attack on the east Belfast home of Dr Raymond White in May 2008.

Wheelie bins had been placed at each door of the house and set alight. The family were asleep in bed and only alerted when the arsonist set fire to his own hand and screamed in pain.

Kerr, originally from Inverness but at the time living on Belfast's Shore Road, was convicted of attempting to murder Dr White, — who has since died — his wife and son.

He was also found guilty of committing an arson attack with intent to put their lives in danger.

Kerr's lawyers based their challenge to the verdict on a claim that the evidence was equally consistent with Kerr having shown reckless endangerment as opposed to an intention to kill.

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