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Justice Secretary Defends Campaigner Charged For Operating a Drugs Consumption Van
Mr Peter Krykant had set up a drugs consumption van in September 2020 providing addicts with sanitisers and clean needles.  He was then charged in October for obstruction under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf defended Mr Krykant in the...
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Man Who Left Firearm Out Of Gun Cabinet Has Sentence Reduced
Robert Riggs had appealed his sentence and conviction for having left his firearm in an unlocked room whilst he went on holiday contrary to section 1(2) of the Firearms Act 1968. Mr Riggs had been sentenced to pay a fine of £3,000 which his appeal argued that the Sheriff...
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Police Officer To Stand Trial
Colin McLaren, a police officer, is facing road traffic charges alleging that he drove a police van dangerously by driving on the wrong side of the road and causing injury to a motorcyclist. Mr McLaren faces a further charge that he provided false information to the...
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Drug Dealer Sentenced After Being Caught With Just Under 10,000 Street Valium Tablets
Stephen McCue was arrested at his home in Springburn after his property was raided and officers discovered approximately 10,000 tablets of street Valium. The prosecutor told the court that the wholesale value of the drugs was around £2,370 with a maximum street value of...
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Early Resolution of Summary Criminal Cases Sought to Reduce Backlog
Lord Carloway, the Lord Justice General, has issued a practice note which is hoped to reduce the backlog of summary cases at the Sheriff Court’s. The practice note provides for early meetings between the defence and the prosecution prior to the trial diet to establish if...
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Man Jailed For 8 Years For Attempted Murder
Aaron Dines, aged 41, was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment following the attempted murder of Martin Nobel in Aberdeenshire in November 2018. Mr Dines was accused of stabbing Mr Nobel. Mr Dines had lodged a special defence of self-defence and was convicted following trial...
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Travel Ban To Become Law?
Nicola Sturgeon has stated that the Scottish Government is actively considering bringing in legislation to make it illegal for people to travel out with their local authority area depending on the level of restrictions in that area as part of the effort to tackle...
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Concerns Over New Hate Crime Bill Raised 
The Hate Crime and Public Order Bill has come under criticism from the legal profession. The Bill is set to be a consolidation of the current hate crimes and aims at bringing together the various existing hate crime laws into a single Act. The Bill adds crime based on a...
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Scottish Government May Write Off Uncompleted Community Service Hours
A leaked report produced by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has called for the Scottish Government to write off around 210,000 hours of community service. The report has been produced in a background where many individuals have been unable to...
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Mother Who Left Dying 13 Year Old Sentenced
Robyn Goldie aged 13 had complained to her mother of feeling unwell between 19th July and 26th July 2018. Her mother, Sharon Goldie, refused to call an ambulance for her and stopped a friend from taking her to hospital stating that Robyn was attention seeking. Sharon...
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