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Road rage killer Noye loses appeal

Road rage killer Kenneth Noye has lost an appeal against his murder conviction.

Noye, now 63, was jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 2000 for the fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Stephen Cameron on an M25 slip road at Swanley in Kent in 1996.

Having already lost an appeal in 2001, his conviction recently came under scrutiny again following a decision to refer his case to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

It was argued on his behalf at a recent appeal hearing - watched by Noye via video link from prison - that key prosecution witnesses at his trial had now been "so discredited" that his conviction should be quashed.

At the heart of the challenge, claiming Noye's conviction was "unsafe", was the evidence given at trial by the now "discredited" pathologist Michael Heath.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, said nothing in Dr Heath's evidence "threw light on the truthfulness, or otherwise, of what the appellant asserted was in his mind, which was that he struck out in a panic while in mortal fear".

Noye, who fled to Spain after the stabbing but was extradited in 1998, had denied murder on grounds of self-defence.

However, this was dismissed by Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Henriques and Mr Justice Davis.

They said that what Noye did "was not self-defence", emphasising that "there was no doubt that Mr Cameron was deliberately stabbed by the appellant".

Lord Judge added: "Rather it was a gross over-reaction in the context of a fight with an unarmed man, almost certainly consequent on the fact that the appellant was losing it."


From Belfast Telegraph