William MacDowell to appeal conviction for murdering Renee MacRae and son in 1976

A pensioner sentenced to die behind bars for murdering his lover and their illegitimate son more than 45 years ago is to appeal his conviction.

MacDowell is appealing double murder conviction.
(Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
MacDowell is appealing double murder conviction. (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

William MacDowell was sentenced to life in prison last week with a recommendation that he serves a minimum of 30 years for killing Renee and Andrew MacRae in November 1976.

Following a trial at the High Court in Inverness, the 81-year-old was also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of their bodies and personal effects.

Hide Ad

Police have never found the bodies of the 36-year-old mother or her three-year-old son.

A notice to appeal against MacDowell’s conviction and sentence has now been lodged at the appeal court in Edinburgh, a court official confirmed.

Hide Ad

During the trial, the court heard MacDowell, of Penrith, Cumbria, killed or abducted Mrs MacRae and their son in a layby on the A9 near Dalmagarry, south of Inverness, on November 12, 1976.

Comments

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.