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Stuttle killer's appeal bid fails
Caroline Stuttle
Caroline Stuttle died just days after arriving in Queensland
An Australian drug addict has lost his second appeal bid after being jailed for life for the murder of British backpacker Caroline Stuttle.

Ian Previte, 32, was found guilty last October of robbing 19-year-old Ms Stuttle and pushing her from a bridge in Bundaberg, Queensland, in 2002.

Ms Stuttle, from York, was travelling in Australia during her gap year.

A spokesman for Queensland High Court said: "An application for special leave to appeal was made but was refused."

It is a shame Caroline is not here to appeal against her death sentence
Alan Stuttle, Caroline's father

On Friday, Previte's lawyers argued the verdict was unsatisfactory because key evidence was admitted that may have unfairly influenced the jury.

In April this year his initial appeal was turned down by the Court of Appeal in Brisbane when three judges ruled there were no grounds for quashing Previte's conviction for murder.

Ms Stuttle was walking back to a caravan park when she was attacked by Previte.

In a struggle for her handbag, she was thrown off a 30ft bridge.

Previte was sentenced to life imprisonment and cannot be considered for parole for 15 years.

After Previte's previous appeal bid was rejected Ms Stuttle's father, Alan Stuttle, said: "It is a shame Caroline is not here to appeal against her death sentence. We too have a sentence for the rest of our lives."

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