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Murderer Sandra Bruce fails in bid to have jail term cut

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Image caption Sandra Bruce said she had no memory of attacking her husband

A woman found guilty of murdering her husband on Skye has failed to have her minimum jail term reduced.

Sandra Bruce, 61, had denied killing Norman Bruce, 64, at Breakish in February 2014 and also assaulting him between 1991 and 2014.

Last year, Bruce, latterly of Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Her lawyers challenged the decision at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh.

They argued that the minimum term was excessive.

Jumped on

Three judges refused the appeal, saying they were unable to describe the disposal as excessive and lying outside the appropriate minimum terms for such cases of murder.

Scotland's senior judge, the Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway, said while there were features that could be advanced on behalf of Bruce, there were also aggravating factors.

He said these factors included the nature of the attack and the absence of a call for assistance.

She was convicted of killing her husband following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The trial heard that Bruce had stamped and jumped on her husband. The former paramedic did not recover from his injuries, which included 20 rib fractures.

Bruce told the jury that she could not remember the attack.

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