A man who travelled to Devon with his nephew in a failed attempt to murder a relative after an alleged sex scandal today failed in a Court of Appeal bid to clear his name and win his freedom.
Roger Khan, 59, of Basildon Road, Eltham, was caged for 30 years in August 2011 after he was found guilty by an Exeter Crown Court jury of the attempted murder of 42-year-old Nasim Ahmed.
Khan and his nephew, Mohammed Ali, then 39, of Stratford, east London, had driven together to Mr Ahmed's home in Newton Abbot, where they battered the victim halfway to death.
Ali has already failed in an appeal bid, but today Khan took his case to the Court of Appeal, where three of the country's top judges kicked out his "unarguable" attempt to clear his name.
Lord Justice Laws, sitting today with Mr Justice Globe and Mr Justice Jay, said there was a wealth of evidence against Khan and his nephew and his appeal bid was doomed to fail.
The prosecution alleged that the two men were upset with Mr Ahmed after accusations that he had sexually assaulted a woman. The allegations were reported to police but not proceeded with.
When he arrived home on October 27, 2010, the pair attacked him, said the appeal judge.
"He was viciously beaten with a metal bar, stabbed and received grievous injuries," he continued.
The attack was only stopped because Mr Ahmed's wife came outside.
Lawyers for Khan today argued that his conviction was "arguably unsafe" due to the fact that he was not represented by lawyers at the trial.
He had once transferred his representation to another set of solicitors, but was refused when he tried to do it a second time before the trial, the court heard.
The problem was then made worse by the closing speech to the jury made by the prosecution barrister, the appeal judges were told.
Dismissing the appeal, Lord Justice Laws said: "The judge was wholly entitled to refuse a further transfer of the representation order and was quite right to do so.
"We don't consider that the trial became unfair. The judge addressed the jury on the fact of the appellant being unrepresented in entirely fair terms.
"We regard the specific arguments as regards issues of the trial as being largely speculative.
"It is plain to us that this conviction is entirely safe and it is plainly fanciful to suppose that Crown counsel's speech made it unsafe."