Tuesday, 9 March 2010
"Limbs in the Loch" murderer William Beggs loses appeal bid
Mar 9 2010
"LIMBS-in-the-loch" killer William Beggs failed today in a bid to have his conviction for murdering and dismembering a teenager overturned.
Beggs, 46, was convicted in 2001 of murdering 18-year-old Barry Wallace in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. He was jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 20 years.
A full appeal against his conviction got under way last September, in which he argued that the trial which saw him convicted of the December 1999 killing was unfair and that he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice.
The grounds of appeal included claims that he was denied a fair hearing because of "prejudicial" publicity before and during the high-profile case.
But today three senior judges at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh ruled that his appeal against conviction should be refused.
Beggs was present in court today to hear the judges deliver their decision.
Lord Eassie, sitting with Lady Paton and Lord Philip, told him the court had "carefully considered" the arguments put forward on his behalf.
But he said: "The conclusion reached is that none of the grounds of appeal were well-founded. Accordingly, the appeal must be refused."
Beggs showed no emotion as he was led away to the cells.
This is another example of the British legal system, and how rightly convicted murderers can soft-soap their way to a day out, while making a fool of the very courts that put them in jail in the first place.
It is time the law was changed to knock the arrogance out of these prisoners who abuse the human rights laws that were made to help victims of crime rather than the criminals.
It's all to easy for scum like Beggs to lodge an appeal that has little, if any hope of being successful, and this futile attempt of Beggs should be a lesson to the old codgers in our justice system who allow this to happen, using up precious court time and taxpayers money just to pacify vermin like him.
They know only too well that their appeals will not be successful, and is only an exercise to torment the victims families, and the British public who would rather see his kind rot in Hell.
Years ago he would have been rightly hung by the neck until the life was drained out of him, saving the taxpayers a fortune, and freeing up a prison cell for less obnoxious prisoners, who commit less serious crimes and who do not take up as much time in the holiday inns that we now call prisons.
If a convict thinks he has a case, then it should be looked at, and studied by sensible lawyers who are not just in it for the money, and if it is as feeble as Beggs,as was the many others before him who have tried the same trick, then they should be rejected before it takes up court time, and ONLY if the case has a solid chance of success with definite proof of a miscarriage of justice, should it then reach the courts.
It is high time the British justice system woke up and started doing the job it was established to do, and that is to PROTECT the British public, NOT to entertain violent murderers like Beggs, who spend their free time in the prison library concocting another scheme for another away day, and who take great pleasure out of mocking a system that leaves itself wide open to ridicule.