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Jailed killer Cameron Mansell has had a partial loss in his long-running appeal against his conviction for murdering business partner Craig Puddy.

Mansell, who is serving a minimum 18 years behind bars for bludgeoning Mr Puddy to death in his home in May, 2010, had six grounds of his appeal dismissed today by the Court of Appeal.

Mansell has been representing himself during the proceedings for his appeal which was lodged in late 2011. Some of his grounds argued that there had been errors by the judge during his trial and that his trial had been unfair.

Today, three Appeal judges dismissed five of his grounds of appeal and also his bid to have a review of some interlocutory decisions that were made by a judge during the appeal process.

Mr Puddy's body has not been found and Mansell's appeal proceedings had for some time delayed the ability of Mr Puddy's family to deal with his estate until a court finally declared he was deceased in June last year.

The Court of Appeal decision delivered today ruled that five of Mansell's grounds of appeal failed and his bid for a review of interlocutory decisions should also be dismissed.

Mansell's remaining grounds of appeal will be argued at a hearing later this year.

In today's decision, Court President Carmel McLure said: "It is apparent from the content and questions in the application that the appellant has no understanding of the nature, purpose or limitations of an appeal and limited understanding of technical legal principles."

A jury found Mansell guilty of murder in November 2011 after hearing eight weeks of evidence in the circumstantial case and viewing more than 230 exhibits.

Mansell had fought the allegation that he fatally bludgeoned Mr Puddy, 45, in his Mt Pleasant mansion after the pair's business relationship soured and Mr Puddy suspected the accused man of stealing cash from a pub they were both involved in.

Mr Puddy’s concerned family and friends calling police after they found blood spatter in the missing man’s kitchen the day after he disappeared.

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