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'Serial killer' nurse case referred to Court of Appeal

(Posted on 12/02/21)

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'Serial killer' nurse case referred to Court of Appeal

A man who was convicted in 2008 of murdering four women and attempting to murder another by injecting them with insulin, has had his case referred to the Court of Appeal today. 

All five women were elderly inpatients on orthopaedic wards where Colin Norris worked as a nurse. Following a detailed review of this complex and difficult case, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has decided to refer all five of Mr Norris’s convictions to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Norris has always maintained his innocence. 

As a result of new expert evidence, the CCRC has concluded that there is a real possibility that the Court of Appeal will decide that Mr Norris’s conviction for the murder / attempted murder of one or more of the four patients is unsafe.

This case is close to Inside Justice's heart as our founder Louise Shorter and BBC's Investigations Correspondence Mark Daly worked on the case shortly after he was convicted.

Louise is thrilled that the case has now been referred back to the Court of Appeal after such a lengthy time. 

She told BBC Reporting Scotland: "This is a really important day for Colin and for justice."