Power cord mother killer Alexander McDonald loses appeal
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.