Barry McGrory to appeal Paul McGee murder conviction

Barry McGrory and Scots Guardsman Paul McGee McGrory fatally stabbed Scots Guardsman Paul McGee outside his family home in Renfrewshire

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A man who is serving a life term for murdering a decorated soldier is seeking to overturn his conviction.

Barry McGrory, 32, fatally stabbed 28-year-old Scots Guardsman Paul McGee outside his family home in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, in October 2009.

His original conviction in 2010 was quashed on appeal but McGrory was convicted in a retrial and told he must serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.

His second bid to overturn the conviction will be heard in November.

In 2010, McGrory was jailed for a minimum of 20 years following his murder conviction.

One part of his appeal, that he did not receive a fair trial, was that one of the jurors who sat in judgement had been seen wearing a wristband for the armed forces charity Help For Heroes.

Charity night

In December 2011, the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh ordered that a retrial take place.

That trial heard that Mr McGee was awarded the Queen's Commendation in July 2008 after risking his life trying to save a fellow soldier while on duty in Iraq.

The Guardsman had been working in an army recruiting office in Scotland at the time of the attack on 25 October 2009.

The court was told that Mr McGee and his girlfriend Helen Laycock had been returning home in a taxi from a charity night out with their mothers when the events which led to his murder unfolded.

Taxi driver John Banach spotted McGrory driving slowly with his fog lights on and flashed before overtaking.

The court heard that this enraged McGrory and his passenger Ian Wallace who chased after the taxi.

Wallace jumped out in McConnell Road, Lochwinnoch, and punched Mr Banach.

Mr McGee then stepped in before he and Wallace - who was described as "deranged" - became involved in a scuffle.

As the soldier lay on the ground, McGrory went back to his car, grabbed a fishing knife and stabbed him.

After the jury found him guilty, temporary judge John Beckett QC jailed McGrory for 20 years.

Judge Beckett said Mr McGee was a "brave and decent young man" who was the victim of a "horrifying" attack.

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