Appeal for life

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Appeal for life

A woman twice jailed for life for bludgeoning her 80-year-old mother to death with a hammer yesterday won leave to appeal against her latest conviction.

A year ago, the Court of Appeal quashed 46-year-old Patricia Bass's conviction, at Nottingham the previous February, and ordered a retrial over the death of widow Beatrice Greig at her home in Nottingham in March 1992.

They ruled that the conviction should not stand because the trial judge had misdirected the jury on crucial scientific evidence. The prosecution's case, which was circumstantial, suggested Bass was motivated by financial greed. Bass, of Ripley, Derbyshire, was freed on bail pending the new trial before a different judge at Birmingham, in June, when she was once again convicted and jailed for life.

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