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Killer's witness appeal ad rejected
Peter Moore
Peter Moore received four life sentences
A newspaper has refused to run an advertisement by serial killer Peter Moore appealing for witnesses who may be able to help him overturn his murder convictions.

Moore, from Kinmel Bay was jailed for life in 1996 for murdering Henry Roberts, 56, Edward Carthy, 28, Keith Randles, 49 and Anthony Davies, 40.

On Saturday, it was reported that a friend of the former cinema manager had contacted the Daily Post newspaper to discuss placing an advert in their publication to appeal for witnesses to help Moore overturn his four life sentences.

The newspaper did not run the advertisement.

However, Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru Leader in the House of Commons and MP for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy said Moore had a right to "freedom of speech" but his victims' families also needed protection.

"You have to think about the family...but there is a balance to be struck," he said.

"He is a convicted serial killer, having said that he still has basic human rights and one of those is freedom of speech."

Years of terror

But Mr Llwyd added that Moore is "always looking for the limelight" and said that it had to be considered whether he was doing that with his latest move.

The Daily Post said that the advertisement was an appeal for witnesses who may be able to help Moore appeal against his conviction.

He is said to be particularly keen to hear from people who made statements to North Wales Police about the murder investigation but heard no more.

At his trial, it was stated that Moore attacked more than 50 other men in what the judge described as "20 years of terror".

He received four life sentences but the home secretary later recommended that he should never be released.

Moore's first victim was Henry Roberts, 56, stabbed to death at his home on Anglesey in September 1995.

Elfyn Llwyd
Elfyn Llwyd thinks Peter Moore could be looking for "limelight"

His next victim, Edward Carthy, 28, was stabbed and buried in a forest after meeting Moore in a gay bar.

Keith Randles, 49, a traffic safety manager, was similarly killed as he slept in his caravan at road works on the A5 in Anglesey in November 1995.

Moore later told police there was "a certain enjoyment" in the killing.

His last victim was Tony Davies, 40, a married father of two.

He was stabbed at a beach near Abergele on the north Wales coast in December 1995.

In 2001 Moore accused North Wales Police of failing to protect his home following his arrest in 1995.

He was trying to win 160,000 in damages but he lost his case after a district judge agreed the it should be struck out, on the grounds that Moore had no realistic chance of winning it at trial.

However, the year before he won nearly 13,000 compensation from a couple he claimed had stolen contents of his home, including garden gnomes.




SEE ALSO:
Serial killer wins damages
27 Apr 00  |  Wales
Serial killer to sue police
15 May 00  |  Wales



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