ANDREW Saunders, the Newport man who murdered his ex-girlfriend and her new partner in September 2016, has abandoned an appeal against his conviction.

Saunders, then 21, stabbed to death Matalan workers Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, in Cardiff's Queen Street in September 2016.

At his Cardiff Crown Court trial in February 2017, prosecutors said Saunders had been upset at the breakdown of his relationship with Miss Morgan and had planned the attack on the couple.

Saunders, of Walk Farm Drive, Castleton, was jailed for life for the double murder.

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Following his conviction, Saunders went to the Court of Appeal, claiming he had been wrongly convicted, because he had been mentally unwell at the time.

But this month, Saunders abandoned his appeal.