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Double killer fails in appeal bid

Douglas Vinter
Vinter served a jail term for stabbing a workmate in a railway cabin

A twice convicted murderer who kidnapped and killed his wife on Teesside has failed to have his whole life sentence cut on appeal.

Douglas Vinter, 39, stabbed Anne White to death at his mother's house in Normanby last year.

The bodybuilder, who had been released from prison in 2005 after serving nine years for killing a workmate, thought his wife was having an affair.

On Thursday, an appeal court judge told Vinter he should never be freed.

Vinter admitted murder and was given a whole life sentence at Teesside Crown Court last year.

The court heard how he met Ms White, of Elston, Middlesbrough, while on prison leave, and the pair married in 2006.

'Sustained intention'

They separated seven months later, after Vinter twice beat her at their home in Eston.

She was out with friends on 10 February last year when he bundled her into a car and took her to his mother's house in Normanby.

He tried to strangle her but when that failed he used two knives to stab her four times in the chest, one wound piercing her heart.

At the Court of Appeal in London on Thursday, Vinter's barrister, Pete Weatherby, argued both killings were opportunistic and unplanned.

However, Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge said the seriousness of Ms White's murder was "exceptionally high" and there was "absolutely no reason whatsoever" for departing from the ordinary rule that murderers who murder again should spend their whole lives in prison.

He said: "It is plain to us that Vinter intended death and his sustained intention was that this woman should die."

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