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Wednesday, 10 October, 2001, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Road rage killer's appeal rejected
Kenneth Noye in custody
Road rage killer Kenneth Noye has been returned to jail
Judges have rejected Kenneth Noye's appeal against his conviction for the road rage murder of a young electrician.

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, sitting with two other judges, rejected the appeal brought by Noye, 54, of Sevenoaks, Kent.

Noye was jailed for life in April last year after being found guilty of killing 21-year-old Stephen Cameron on a M25 sliproad in May 1996.

Noye - who used a knife he kept in his car - stabbed Mr Cameron as the victim's horrified fiancée looked on.

Stephen Cameron
Stephen Cameron was knifed to death in front of his fiancée

Noye launched his appeal on the grounds that a key prosecution witness in his original Old Bailey trial had a criminal background and had lied in the witness box.

Alan Decabral, whose wife told the appeal he had a "tendency to exaggerate", was shot dead six months after the trial.

Noye's lawyer, Michael Mansfield QC, also said excessive publicity concerning Noye's involvement with crime in the 1980s and 1990s had prejudiced any chance of a fair trial.

But Lord Woolf, sitting with Justices Douglas Brown and Astill, dismissed the appeal on all grounds.

He said there was "no justification for Noye taking out a knife, opening it and using it in the fracas with Mr Cameron".

He said there were 22 other witnesses that day, including 18 with a reliable view of the incident.

And he said juries could usually put out of their minds media comment which could be prejudicial.

Notorious gangster

Noye showed no emotion as he was led back to the cells by police officers after the appeal hearing.

He turned only briefly when Mr Cameron's mother, Toni, called out from the court: "I hope you stay there."

Stephen's parents celebrate outside the original trial in April 2000
Stephen's parents were delighted with the ruling
Outside the court Mr Cameron's father, Ken, said: "Noye tried to destroy Stephen's name again and I think that's outrageous.

"I hope he spends the rest of his life in jail. I hope he comes out in a wooden box."

Mrs Cameron said: "I feel hatred. He has destroyed our lives. I hope life means life. He had a knife and he used it and he should pay for it."

Noye was already well-known to police before the attack. He had been jailed for 14 years in 1986 for handling stolen gold from one of the world's biggest gold bullion robberies - the £26m Brink's-Mat case.

Noye admitted killing an undercover detective investigating the case when he found him in his shrubbery in 1985. A jury found he had been acting in self-defence.

He has also been involved in numerous drug deals and has been described as a paymaster for up-and-coming crooks.

Stephen's then-fiancée Danielle Cable has since married.

The BBC's Andy Tighe
"Kenneth Noye is once again behind bars"
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