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Orkney killer Michael Ross loses Supreme Court appeal permission bid

Michael Ross and Shamsuddin Mahmood
Image caption Michael Ross was jailed of the murder of Shamsuddin Mahmood

A man jailed for the murder of a waiter on Orkney has been refused permission to take his appeal against his conviction to the Supreme Court.

Former Black Watch sniper Michael Ross was 15 when Shamsuddin Mahmood, 26, was shot in the head in Kirkwall's Mumataz Restaurant in June 1994.

Ross was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years after being found guilty in 2008.

Three judges have ruled there were not sufficient grounds for the Supreme Court appeal.

Mr Mahmood, born in Bangladesh, was shot in full view of a room full of diners, including families with children, by a masked gunman.

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