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Appeal over conviction for 1975 London murder dismissed

A man found guilty of murder more than 35 years ago has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Errol Heibner, 68, was convicted at the Old Bailey of the 1975 contract killing of Beatrice Gold in Clerkenwell and served a 25-year sentence.

The case was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

Lady Justice Rafferty ruled: "This appeal is dismissed."

Basement shooting

She added: "We see nothing to make us doubt the safety of this conviction."

Mrs Gold was shot dead in November of 1975 in the basement office of the clothing business she ran with her husband.

Heibner was jailed for life in 1976 with a minimum tariff of 25 years and has always protested his innocence.

His appeal was rejected by Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker.

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