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Power cord mother killer Alexander McDonald loses appeal

Catherine McDonald Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Catherine McDonald was stabbed and strangled at her home in Norton Fitzwarren

A man who strangled and stabbed his mother in a frenzied attack has lost an appeal to have his sentence shortened.

Alexander McDonald, from Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, was convicted in June at Exeter Crown Court.

He murdered his mother Catherine using a knitting needle and power cord after getting high on drugs and alcohol.

Earlier, the Court of Appeal upheld the original ruling and said there was no possible argument for reducing the minimum tariff of 30 years.

Image copyright Avon and Somerset police
Image caption Alexander McDonald was found guilty of murdering his 57-year-old mother

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