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Archive for December, 2021

Man Who Killed Woman After He Mounted Pavement On Quad Bike Imprisoned For Four Years
Kurt Kilgour was on his quad bike when he mounted a pavement and inflicted fatal injuries on Margaret Meldrum, 75 years old. At the time of the incident Kilgour was under the influence of drink and drugs.  Kilgour failed to brake and take evasion after the fact. He had...
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Decline In Legal Aid Spending Highlights Problems Within The Sector
The Scottish Legal Aid Board’s annual report has uncovered that Legal aid spending has fallen from £130.9 million in 2020 to £99.1m in 2020-21.  The Law Society of Scotland has addressed the issues and highlighted that the decline suggests that a long-term funding...
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Two Life Prisoners Lose Challenge Against Prohibition of Making Inter-Prison Calls
The petitioners were convicted of murder in 2010 and were sentenced to life imprisonment at separate institutions. They were in a relationship and this relationship continued to their imprisonment.  In 2014, a petition was refused which challenged the decision to refuse...
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Recent Appeal Case Has Clarified The Criteria For Imposing a Lifelong Restriction of Liberty Order
A lifelong restriction of liberty order (OLR) is a lifelong sentence and if an OLR is imposed the individual will be placed on a risk management plan for life. Over the past 15 years around 200 OLRs have been imposed. For a judge to impose an OLR it is the risk that the...
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Man Convicted of Charges Related to Terrorism Imprisoned for Seven and a Half Years
Sam Imrie has been jailed after glorifying terrorist acts by mass murderers online and encouraging terrorism.  The 24-year-old posted onto Telegram and Facebook statements which glorified terrorism acts by terrorists Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant, amongst...
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Tories Seek to Protect Trial by Jury
Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC, has recently claimed that trials without a jury ‘don’t impact on the right to a fair trial’. In discussing the use of juries Ms Bain said that ‘we need to look at the suitability of a jury to prosecute a case’.  This interview...
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Sheriff Refuses to Order Extradition of Polish Man to Serve Six-Month Prison Sentence
An Edinburgh sheriff has refused to order the extradition of a Polish man who was wanted in Poland to serve a six month custodial sentence. The man was wanted for mercantile fraud. However, the sheriff refused the order on the basis that it would have a disproportionate...
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Man Convicted of Dangerous Driving for Failing to Secure Cars on Transporter
A sheriff in Hamilton Sheriff Court has convicted a man under section 1A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 after a car slid off the back of a car transporter and injured a pedestrian. On the 5th of December 2019, Gordon Maule, had collected cars going to auction from...
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COVID-19 Puts Five-Year Strain on the Scottish Justice System
The global pandemic has resulted in a backlog of cases which could take up to five years to be resolved. The Scottish justice system is under significant strain as lockdown resulted in all, other than the most serious of cases, to be postponed to a later...
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Man Jailed for 19 Years for the Murder of his Friend in Dalkeith
Jordan Dickson, 25, has been sentenced to a 19-year custodial sentence at Glasgow High Court, for the murder of his friend Craig Sneddon, 41.  The deceased was left with 18 wounds after a knife attack in Dalkeith.  On the 17th of January 2021 the deceased was left...
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