Killer Lee Newell's Supreme Court appeal bid rejected

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Image caption Lee Newell murdered convicted child killer Subhan Answar in prison

A man who murdered a child killer in prison has failed in his bid to challenge his whole-life jail term in the UK's highest court.

Lee Newell, 45, murdered Subhan Anwar in his cell at Long Lartin Prison, Worcestershire, in February 2013.

Earlier this year the Court of Appeal rejected Newell's appeal that his sentence was "manifestly excessive".

On Thursday judges in London decided Newell's case should not be considered by Supreme Court justices.

Announcing the decision, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said the case did not raise an issue of general public importance.

Newell, originally from Norwich, was handed a whole-life term in September at Warwick Crown Court along with his co-accused, Gary Smith, from Leicester.

Both men were already serving life sentences for murders committed in 1988 and 1998 respectively.

When Newell's appeal against his whole-life term was dismissed in February, Lord Thomas said: "The murder was premeditated and involved the use of an improvised weapon.

"It occurred in prison whilst Newell continued to serve a life sentence. The deceased took a significant time to die.

"There was no mitigation. This was a murder where the seriousness of the offence was exceptionally high."

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