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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 08:07 GMT 09:07 UK
Date for Falconio killer's appeal
Bradley Murdoch
Murdoch has consistently denied responsibility for the killing
The man jailed for killing West Yorkshire backpacker Peter Falconio in Australia will go to court in December to appeal against his conviction.

Bradley John Murdoch, 47, was sentenced to at least 28 years in prison after being convicted of murder in December.

He was also found guilty of abducting Mr Falconio's girlfriend, Joanne Lees, of Brighton, in the July 2001 attack.

Murdoch's appeal will be heard in the Northern Territory's Court of Criminal Appeal in Darwin from 12 December.

His lawyers have previously described his sentence for Mr Falconio's murder as excessive.

No motive

The appeal will not include the four-year concurrent sentence that Murdoch was given for the assault and kidnapping of Miss Lees.

Mr Falconio, 28, of Hepworth, Huddersfield, was killed on an outback road north of Alice Springs in 2001.

Murdoch shot him dead before threatening Ms Lees with a gun and tying her up.

She escaped and hid in the bush for more than five hours before being rescued. Mr Falconio's body has never been found.

Murdoch has always denied he was the killer and no motive for the attack has been established.

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