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High Court Refuses Appeal Against Decision To Review Evidence Admissibility In Sexual Offences Trial
The High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal by a man charged with 19 sexual offences against six different complainers challenging a trial judge’s decision to review orders allowing certain evidence to be led by him.  The trial judge revoked previous order...
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Man Convicted Of Sexually Touching Child Over A Six-Year Period Has Sentence Reduced On Appeal
A man convicted of sexually touching a teenager has had his sentence reduced after he appealed against his sentence and lodged a bill of suspension seeking to suspend the sentence imposed by the sheriff at trial.  William Hepburn, aged 79 at the time of sentencing, was...
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Ex-Teacher Who Engaged In Sexual Activities With School Pupils In Shetland Has Sentence Reduced
On appeal at the High Court of Justiciary a former Shetland teacher who was convicted of engaging in sexual activities with two students has had his sentence reduced by three months. Kieran Malcolmson was convicted of one offence under the Sexual Offences (Amendment)...
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Man With 34 Previous Convictions Granted Appeal After Assaulting Friend And Ex-Partner
Colin Marshall who was convicted of assaulting his friend and ex-partner and of attempted murder of the former has had his sentence reduced by 3 years on appeal at the High Court of Justiciary.  Mr Marshall was sentenced by the sheriff at trial to 18 years’...
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Reponses to Government Consultation Back Pardon for Miners
A Scottish Government consultation on the pardoning of miners found guilty of offenses during the 1984-85 strikes shows overwhelming support from responses. Eighty-seven per cent of responses supported pardoning breaches of the peace, and 86% supported pardons in relation...
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Rate of Fines Collection Returning to Levels Pre-Covid
Figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) show collection rates of court fines are beginning to reach pre-pandemic levels. The three-year collection rates for all fine and penalty types have shown improvement, with the rates for Sheriff Court fines by...
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Three Post-Conviction Appeals For Abduction and Rape Refused by High Court
Appeals on behalf of three men convicted of abduction and rape based on new medical evidence been refused by the High Court of Justiciary. The three men, Brian Meighan, Kevin Kane, and David Pugh, were each sentenced to 6 years imprisonment. The Scottish Criminal Cases...
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Scottish Police Authority Finds Police Enforcement of Covid-19 Restrictions “Fair and Proportionate”
A report published by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has found police enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions to have been “fair and proportionate”. The group, chaired by John Scott QC, published the report ahead of a SPA board meeting which took place on the 25th...
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High Court Refuses Post-Conviction Appeals By Three Men Convicted of Abductions and Rape
The High Court of Justiciary has refused appeals by three men convicted of abduction and rape. Their cases were referred to the court by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.  Brian Meighan, David Pugh and Kevin Kane all received a custodial disposal of 6 years...
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Mobile Phone Data Extraction Practices Across The Criminal Justice System In The UK
Elizabeth Denham, the UK information Commissioner, recently discussed poor data protection practices and its impact upon society.  Mobile phones store a significant amount of sensitive and private information. This includes medical information, political beliefs,...
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