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Appeal Against Excessive Sentence Rejected
HMA v Richard Fleming 2019 Mr Fleming has had his appeal against sentence rejected after being sentenced to an extended sentence of 18 years’ imprisonment for armed robbery. Mr Fleming was found guilty of carrying out a heist at a luxury Scottish hotel along with his...
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Pervert The Course Of Justice Appeal Rejected
HMA v Marc Hanley 2018 Mr Hanley has had his appeal against conviction rejected after being found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The appellant was indicted on two charges of murder and one of attempting to pervert the course of justice in Edinburgh...
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Appeal Against Decision to Sustain Plea in Bar Refused
HMA v P The Crown appealed under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) act, section 74 against a Sheriff’s decision to sustain a plea in bar of trial based upon the entrapment of the appellant. P, the appellant in this case has been speaking to an undercover officer on an...
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Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Appeal Refused
Moira Hunter v HMA 2019 Ms Hunter pled guilty at the Sheriff court in Kilmarnock in 2017 of being in charge of a dog that was “dangerously out of control.” The appellant’s dog, a Bullmastiff was said to have attacked a Labrador puppy belonging the Victim, who was...
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Appeal Regarding Admissibility of CCTV Evidence – Section 283 Certificate
PF v David McLean 2019 Mr McLean was acquitted during a trial at Paisley Sheriff Court of charges of contravention of sections 103, driving whilst disqualified and 143, driving without insurance, of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The Sheriff upheld a no case to answer...
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Supervised Release Order Quashed On Appeal
HMA v Alan Baker 2019 Mr Baker has had a successful appeal to challenge the Sheriff imposing a supervised release order after he was sentenced to four years imprisonment in relation to two separate cases. The High Court allowed the Appeal after it was lodged by the...
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Appeal Against Excessive Sentence Allowed
HMA v Rameez Hamid 2019 Mr Hamid has had a successful appeal against his sentence at the High Court of Justiciary. The appellant successfully argued that his custodial sentence of three years was excessive. This was reduced from a headline sentence of four years for a...
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Corroboration Of CCTV Evidence Appeal Refused
HMA v Jacqueline Shuttleton 2019 The High Court has confirmed that CCTV, where it’s provenance is established, can corroborate the actus reus of an offence. This has followed an appeal raised at the Sheriff Appeal Court. This case concerned Ms Shuttleton, who was found...
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Miscarriage of Justice Refused
HMA v Philip Donegan 2019 The Criminal Appeal Court has stressed a warning to defence advocates and solicitors over “derogatory and insulting” questioning of rape complainers and has also criticised a judge for “wholly inappropriate” comments made during such...
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Crown Successfully Wins Appeal
HMA v Ricky Taylor 2019 The Crown has now won an appeal at the High Court of Judiciary after a man’s conviction for exposing himself in public was partially successful at the Sheriff Appeal Court. Mr Taylor was found guilty of repeatedly masturbating in sight of his...
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