A CONVICTED killer has failed in a bid to get his time spent in custody in Spain cut off his sentence.

Kenneth Noye, 65, fled to Spain in 1996 after stabbing 21-year-old Stephen Cameron to death following a road-side confrontation.

Noye’s Lawyers argued that the nine months he spent in custody in Spain awaiting extradition after his arrest should be taken off the 16-year minimum jail term.

However, Lord Judge Mackay said Noye’s appeal was ‘wholly without merit’ and described the convicted killer as a ‘professional criminal’.

The court also heard how Noye had previously served eight years for his involvement in the infamous £26 million Brink’s Mat robbery.

Noye also stabbed to death undercover police officer John Fordham in 1985, but was later acquitted after pleading self defence.