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Man faces wife murder allegations

Claire Webster
Claire Webster died in a crash near Oldmeldrum 15 years ago

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his then wife in Aberdeenshire 15 years ago, and then attempting to murder his next wife.

Malcolm Webster, 49, of Surrey, is accused of forming two fraudulent schemes to obtain life assurance money.

His is accused of murdering his wife Claire Webster, 32, who died in a car crash near Oldmeldrum, in 1994.

The second allegations relate to his wife in New Zealand in February 1999. He was released on bail.

Mr Webster, of Guildford, appeared in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

The first charge is of forming a fraudulent scheme to obtain life assurance monies from various financial institutions by murdering his then wife in Aberdeenshire in May 1994.

The second charge is of forming a fraudulent scheme to attempt to obtain life assurance monies from various UK financial institutions by attempting to murder his wife in New Zealand in February 1999.

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