A killer who sliced off both ears while awaiting trial for a murder has had his conviction challenge rejected.
Lee Robert Foye, 27, of Corby, was jailed for life at Luton Crown Court in November 2011 after he was convicted of murdering sex offender Robert Coello, who was stamped to death at HMP Grendon, Buckinghamshire, in August 2010.
Foye had been held at Grendon while already serving a life term for murdering Lauren Strachan, 19, also from Corby.
Foye’s case reached the Appeal Court as he challenged his murder verdict, with his lawyers urging the court to substitute a manslaughter conviction. His legal team argued that psychiatric evidence suggested Foye was not in full control of himself.
Foye also appealed against his 35-year minimum jail term but Lord Justice Hughes noted the “extreme callousness of both murders and the clear premeditation of the present murder”.