A man convicted of murdering an Aberdeenshire handyman has had his appeal against his conviction and sentence refused.
Steven Sidebottom, 25, was jailed in March for a minimum of 21 years for killing and robbing Brian McKandie, whose was dead in a cottage near Rothienorman in March 2016.
The conviction and sentence challenge has been refused at the appeal court, the BBC reported this morning.
Police initially treated Mr McKandie’s death as an accident.
However a post-mortem examination later found he had suffered at least 15 blows to the head.