Nat Fraser was convicted of his wife Arlene's murder
Nat Fraser has failed in a bid to take a new appeal over his conviction for murdering his wife to the next stage.
Fraser, 50, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years in 2003 after being convicted of murdering Arlene, 33, from Moray.
Judges threw out an appeal against his conviction. Fraser then asked judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal if he could appeal to the Privy Council.
They have now refused that bid. Arlene went missing in Elgin in 1998. Her body has never been found.
The wife and mother disappeared after waving her two young children, Jamie and Natalie, off to primary school.
Her husband appealed for her to get in touch, but was later charged.
He denied any involvement, but a jury found Fraser guilty of murder.
As he took his place in the dock on Tuesday at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, he said: "Here for another cover-up."
The judges ruled that his bid was "incompetent" in law.
The brief hearing was watched by Arlene's father Hector McInnes, 68, and other members of her family.
As he left court, Mr McInnes said: "That is another fence he has fallen over but I think he will keep going. He is not finished."
He added: "He is in prison for 25 years so he has nothing else to do."
Fraser could still go direct to the Privy Council, and his solicitor John Macaulay said that was being considered.