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Fatal Accident Inquiry Determines That Case Of Prisoner Who Died Of An Overdose Was Not An Accident
Williamson FAI 34 A fatal accident inquiry has determined that a prisoner who died of a drug overdose following sentencing did not die as a result of an accident that could have been prevented by prison authorities.  Gavin Williamson died in HMP Perth in June...
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Appeal Court Sends Case Back To Sheriff In child Assault Case, Following Crown Appeal
Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk v LM 2021 SAC (Crim) 5 An appeal by the Crown against a decision to uphold a no case to answer submission has succeeded in the Sheriff Appeal Court, paving the way for a new prosecution. The respondent, LM, had not been convicted at trial...
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Challenge Against Parole Board Decision Fails In Court of Session
Singh v Scottish Ministers CSOH 57 A prisoner serving a seven-year sentence for sexual offences has failed in his attempt to challenge a decision by the Scottish Ministers to refuse his release on license. Harpreet Singh, an Indian citizen who was subject to a...
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Man’s Appeal Against Murder Conviction of Basis of Self-Defence Refused
Dines v HM Advocate HCJAC 29 The High Court of the Justiciary Appeal Court has refused an appeal against conviction launched by a man who claimed that he stabbed a man five times in self-defence. The appellant, Aaron Dines, was convicted in 2019 of striking the...
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Court Of Session Refuses Defective Representation Petition
Kelly v Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission CSOH 51 The Court of Session has refused the petition of a prisoner who sought to have his case reviewed by the SCCRC. The petitioner, Mr Kelly, was convicted in 2019 of multiple sexual offences against children dating...
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Men Convicted Of Spitting At Police Have Sentences Reduced After Appeal
Dewar and McLean v HM Advocate HCJAC 29 Following an appeal heard by the Appeal Court at the High Court of the Justiciary,  the appellants - Gordon Dewar and Gary McLean - have had their sentences reduced. The Appellants appeared at Perth Sheriff Court in...
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Man Loses Appeal Against Conviction For Road Traffic Offence After Falling Asleep Behind The Wheel
Wilson v PF SAC 4 Andrew Wilson was convicted under section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1998, following an incident where he collided with the central reservation after falling asleep behind the wheel. During his arrest, Mr Wilson told police officers that he “dosed...
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Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Loses Challenge Against Parole Board’s Refusal to Release Him
Petition of Brian Hands Against The Parole Board of Scotland CSOH 42 A man sentenced to life in prison who was granted community access before being returned to prison has lost a challenge against a subsequent decision by the Parole Board not to release him. The case...
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Woman Loses Appeal Against Custodial Sentence After Committing Benefits Fraud
RA v HM Advocate HCJAC 27 The Appeal Court of the High Court of the Justiciary has rejected the appeal of a mother of six who sought to have her sentence reduced to a non-custodial alternative. The appellant pled guilty to fraudulently claiming over £50,000 in...
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Crown Appeal Regarding Libelling of English Conviction Allowed
HMA v Ronald Adams HCJAC 19 The Respondent in this case appeared in the High Court in November 2018, on indictment for five charges including sexual assault, rape to injury and penetrative sexual assault against one complainer. The Crown had attached a docket to the...
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