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Child killer's appeal launch over right to vote in jail

A man serving a life sentence for raping and murdering his niece launches an appeal at the UK's highest court today over the right to vote while in jail.

Peter Chester's challenge at the Supreme Court follows a decision by three Court of Appeal judges in December 2010 to dismiss his case.

Chester, who is in his 50s, is serving life for raping and strangling seven-year-old Donna Marie Gillbanks in Blackpool in 1977.

Seven justices at the Supreme Court in London will hear Chester's appeal along with that of another convicted murderer George McGeoch, who is fighting to win the right to vote in the Scottish Parliament election.