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Sex killer's 'brief' Beggs the slasher

'LIMBS-in-the-Loch' psycho William Beggs helped another twisted sex-killer beat a double murder rap.

The self-styled jailhouse legal eagle helped brief an evil rapist accused of the gruesome sex murders of two women who had vanished from an Edinburgh pub.

Killer Angus Sinclair boasted to a pal that Ulster-born Beggs had pointed out a number of legal loopholes when he was preparing his defence for the World's End murder case.

The case collapsed last month when a judge ruled there was not enough evidence against Sinclair - who has already been convicted in relation to two other murders.

Sinclair, who police believe may have been behind up to nine killings around Scotland in the 1970s, has since boasted: "I trust William.

"He knows the law inside out and has got out of a few tricky situations. "

The unholy alliance was formed when Sinclair befriended gay ripper Beggs in Peterhead Prison, where both are banged up for murder. Beggs, from Moira, Co Down was jailed in 2001 for the horrific slaying of supermarket worker Barry Wallace two years earlier.

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The homosexual predator lured his victim to his flat before killing him and dismembering his body, dumping body parts in Loch Lomond and in the sea off Troon.

Beggs was previously acquitted by the Court of Appeal for the 1987 murder of Barry Oldham, whose mutilated body was discovered at a north Yorkshire beauty spot.

His conviction was quashed on a technicality after appeal judges ruled it had been unfair for details of two slashing incidents Beggs had been charged with being put before the jury in the murder trial.

While he's waiting to appeal the conviction for the Limbs in the Loch murder, Beggs is studying for a law degree.

And as he studies the law, he has become a legal advisor to the lags in the Scottish prison system.

Among those he has helped are a group known as the Saughton Seven, who were suing the Scottish Executive over slopping out.

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