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Clayton Weatherston’s appeal has been dismissed.

Convicted murderer Clayton Weatherston’s attempt to appeal to the Supreme Court has been dismissed.

The court confirmed last month that Weatherston had asked for an appeal to be heard as the first step of a two-step process.

Weatherston was found guilty of 22-year-old Sophie Elliott’s murder in January 2008 at her Dunedin home and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of 18 years. He stabbed her 216 times.

In June the Court of Appeal dismissed Weatherston’s appeal against his conviction for killing his ex-girlfriend, Sophie.

His lawyer, Robert Lithgow, QC, argued in the Appeal court that debate about the defence of provocation meant Weatherston did not get a fair trial.

No would he be so kinds as to go and do what Antonie Dixon did.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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