Court of Appeal judges today rejected a bid by road rage killer Kenneth Noye to reduce his 16-year minimum sentence.
Mr Noye was jailed for life in 2000 after murdering Stephen Cameron on an M25 slip road at Swanley, Kent, in 1996. He fled to Spain after the murder but was arrested and extradited to England, the court was told.
Mr Noye's lawyers argued that some of the nine months he spent on remand in Spain awaiting extradition should have been taken off the 16-year minimum.
But the three judges dismissed his application to appeal against the sentence, saying it was "wholly without merit."
One said Mr Noye had been free to return to England because he had known that police investigating Mr Cameron's murder wanted to question him.