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'Lady in Lake' appeal bid fails

Carol Park and Gordon Park
Gordon Park was sentenced to life with a minumum term of 15 years

The "Lady in the Lake" murderer has lost a bid to challenge his conviction.

Gordon Park, now 64, from Leece in Barrow, Cumbria, was sentenced to life in 2005 for murdering his wife Carol and dumping her body in Coniston Water.

Park had wanted to call fresh expert testimony relating to the geological evidence given at his trial.

However, on Thursday judges at the Court of Appeal ruled that this was only one element in a "strong circumstantial case" against him.

Lord Justice Keene, announcing the decision of the court, said it was not arguable that the new evidence "raises a reasonable doubt as to the safety of this conviction".

Park had claimed his wife of nine years had vanished from their home to live with another man, before her body was found 21 years later by amateur diver.

His family launched an appeal to clear his name after he was sentenced to life and told he must serve at least 15 years before being considered for parole.

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