Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Killer's Appeal Angers Family

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Killer's Appeal Angers Family

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Byline: By Owen McAteer

The sister of Christina Button today hit at her appeal against a murder conviction after judgment was reserved.

Button's appeal was heard yesterday in the week that mark's the second anniversary of her husband George's death.

Susan Miller said she was disgusted that Button, 33, was appealing and should instead allow him to rest in peace.

George's brother, Fred, also said that an appeal against her conviction and life sentence in the Appeal Court yesterday brought everything back.

Button, who was pounds 200,000 in debt and set to receive an insurance pay-out if her husband died, persuaded her nephew Simon Tannahill, then 20, to carry out the killing as George walked his dog in a lane near their home in West Rainton, Houghton-le-Spring, on March 3, 2003.

Tannahill was also granted leave to appeal yesterday after lawyers for the pair argued that video evidence, which the prosecution at their trial said implicated them in the killing, should never have been shown to the jury and was a breach of their human rights. …

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