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Appeal Against Sentences Rejected
HMA v LR And DM Co-accused LR and DM are two teenagers who have now had their appeal against their sentences rejected. LR pled guilty to acting in a threatening and abusive manner while DM pled guilty to an assault charge at Dumbarton Sheriff Court. LR was only 17...
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Appeal Against Murder Conviction Rejected
HMA v Wendy Graham 2018 Ms Graham who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering her boyfriend had her appeal against conviction rejected. Ms Graham appealed the conviction on the basis that she suffered a miscarriage of justice and she...
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‘Judge Misdirection’ Appeal Against Conviction Refused
HMA v William Fenton Mr Fenton who was found guilty of rape and sexual assault has his appeal against conviction refused at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh. Mr Fenton argued that he suffered a “miscarriage of justice” because the trial judge “misdirected” the jury...
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Custodial Sentence Quashed Following Appeal
HMA v Janey Farquhar Seventy year old Ms Farquhar who was jailed for embezzling more than £70,000 from a church has won an appeal to quash her 18 month custodial sentence. The sentence was originally two years but discounted for an early guilty plea. The Appeal Court...
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Excessive and Erroneous Sentences Reduced Following High Court Appeal
HMA v Mark Simpson and Lee Wallace 2018 Mr Simpson and Mr Wallace pled guilty to supplying heroin and cocaine at a Trial Diet at the High Court in Aberdeen in November 2017. The value of the drugs was in excess of £100,000. However, both men appealed their sentence on...
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Appeal Against Trial Diet Adjournment Refused
HMA v Mark Kane Mr Kane appealed against a Sheriff’s decision to adjourn his Trial Diet due to a key prosecution witness being absent. Mr Kane lodged a bill of advocation in order to challenge this decision. The appellant argued the decision was “contrary to...
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‘Excessive Sentence’ Appeal Refused
HMA v Barry O'Neill 2018 Mr O’Neil was unsuccessful in a High Court appeal against his sentence of seven years and four months, however he has successfully appealed against his travel ban. The High court did not agree with the appellant’s argument that his...
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Sentence Reduced on Appeal
HMA v Lee McAuley 2018 Mr Lee McAuley was convicted in 2017 of killing 16 year old Luke Wallace. He was convicted of the charge of culpable homicide after chasing the victim with a knife. However, Mr McAuley has now challenged the conviction at the High Court of appeal...
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‘Peaceful Protest’ Appeal Conviction Refused
HMA v David Orr 2018 Mr Orr was found guilty of a breach of the peace for standing outside a church in Paisley while holding a sign that read “God hates Catholics” and “God hates the Kirk.” Mr Orr and his legal team appealed against his conviction stating that...
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‘Admissibility Of Evidence’ Appeal Refused
HMA v Raymond Kyle 2018 Mr Raymond Kyle was accused of being concerned with the supply of Class A drugs, namely heroin. However, he challenged the admissibility of evidence to the Appeal Court in his case in relation to the recovery of bags of brown powder found by...
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