Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murder Plot Conviction Challenge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murder Plot Conviction Challenge

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A north woman accused of conspiring with her nephew to murder her husband for a pounds 450,000 insurance payout challenges her conviction today.

Christina Button, now 33, was jailed for life in December 2003 at Newcastle Crown Court for what the trial judge described as a "calculated" killing.

Her accomplice, Simon Tannahill, 20, was also jailed for life after a jury returned guilty verdicts.

The jury had heard that Button persuaded Tannahill to murder 53-year-old George Button as he walked his border collie near their home in St Mary's Drive, West Rainton, County Durham.

Earlier this month three Court of Appeal judges gave Button permission to appeal against her murder conviction on a single ground relating to the admission at her trial of covert video evidence.

But Lord Justice Judge, sitting with Mr Justice McCombe and Mr Justice Field in London, warned her counsel, Alistair Webster QC: "It is very important that your client should not develop any undue sense of optimism about the fact that we have granted leave. …

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