World's End Killer To Drop Appeal

12 August 2015, 17:45 | Updated: 12 August 2015, 18:07

World's End killer Angus Sinclair is to drop his appeal against his conviction for the murder of two teenage girls in the 1970s.

But the serial killer, 69, will still appeal against the length of his 37-year minimum jail sentence - the longest ever imposed by a Scottish court.

Last November, a jury at the High Court in Livingston found Sinclair guilty of raping and murdering Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, both 17, almost 38 years ago.

The pair were brutally killed after a night out at Edinburgh's World's End pub on October 15 1977, with their bodies discovered the following day in East Lothian. They had been bound and strangled with their own underwear.

The conviction brought one of Scotland's most infamous unsolved cases to a conclusion, and marked the first prosecution since changes to Scotland's double jeopardy law.

Sinclair, a violent offender who has already spent more than half of his life in prison, had intended to appeal against the World's End conviction.

But a procedural hearing at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh was told that he no longer intends to appeal against the conviction, a spokesman for the Judicial Office for Scotland confirmed.

A formal abandonment is expected to be lodged in due course and his appeal against sentence will be heard in November.