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Women Acquitted at Glasgow High Court in Dangerous Driving Trial
Jordan McDowall, 21 was acquitted of charges which involved causing death by dangerous driving of cyclist Kevin Gilchrist. The collision took place in 2018 on Greenock Road, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire.  Jordan McDowall’s position was that she had no recollection of the...
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Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain Back ‘non-jury’ Trials For Rape Cases
Scotland’s top prosecutor has said she is troubled by the growing backlog of cases which are awaiting trial due to COVID-19, The Lord Advocate discussed the issue at Holyrood’s Criminal Justice Committee and stated that ‘radical’ action was required.  Ms Bain...
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High Court Refuses Appeal By Man Who Raped Women In Their Bedrooms
Raymond Nyiam who was convicted of two charges of rape against separate complainers has had his appeal against conviction refused by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.  It was argued that the jury were misdirected by the trial judge as they ought to have...
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Man Convicted of Attempt Rape has his Custodial Sentence Doubled by High Court
Michael McCarthy, the respondent, was given a five-year custodial sentence after he was convicted of five charges involving attempted rape and sexual assault of two male complainers. The sentence for each of the charges were to run concurrently. The other three charges...
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Changes to UK Driving Laws 
There are number of proposed changes to UK driving laws which are likely to be introduced in the near futures. These include an increase in the maximum sentences for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life imprisonment.  Also, an exception may be...
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Man Arrested for Assault Following Petition for Warrant Refused Suspension Order by High Court
The Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary refused to pass a Bill of Suspension which sought the suspension of a warrant authorising the arrest of a man charged with assault to severe injury.  In November 2020, Mr Docherty, the petitioner, was charged with assault...
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No Case to Answer Submission Rejected From Man Charged with Abuse Offence Against Partner
A sheriff in Livingston Sheriff Court has determined that a charge under Section 1 of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 of engaging in a course of abusive behaviour against an accused’s ex-partner was able to be sufficiently corroborated by Crown evidence. The...
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High Court Refuses Appeal Against Order for Lifelong Restriction on Man Convicted of Assaulting Ex-Partners
The Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has upheld a decision to impose a Lifelong Restriction of Liberty Order. The appellant was convicted of eleven charges against two former partners. The charges involved abduction, serious assault, threatening and abusive...
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Prisoner Recalled From Community Release On Two Previous Occasions Fails In Challenge Of Decision Not To Release Him On Licence
A prisoner, Dean Ryan, challenged a decision of the Parole Board which determined that he should not be released from prison on licence. Mr Ryan who had previously been in closed prison conditions argued that the Board had failed in giving the correct weight to certain...
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Man Refused Appeal At The High Court Against Trial Judge’s Decision To Review Evidence Of Admissibility In Sexual Offences Trial
The appellant, JW, was charged with 19 sexual offences against six different complainers. The appellant challenged the trial judge’s decision to review orders to permit certain evidence to be led by him.  The appeal was made under section 275(9) of the Criminal...
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