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Excessive Sentence Successfully Quashed on Appeal
HMA V SM 2017 SM, a mother found guilty of contempt of court, has successfully appealed against her conviction and sentence of 3 months imprisonment. This first began in relation to a contact action whereby SM was the Defender in the case and her ex-partner, CM, was...
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Sentence Reduced on Appeal
HMA v Barry Little 2018 Mr Barry Little was jailed for 22 months for throwing slabs of paving stone, culpably and recklessly, at his neighbours house and window which narrowly missed the complainers 10 year old child. However he has now had his sentence reduced following...
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Appeal Against 12 Month Extension to Bring Accused to Trial Refused
HMA v GB 2018 ‘GB,’ a man who was charged with assault with intent to rape, has his appeal against the decision to grant an extension of a 12-month period to bring the accused to Trial following Crown error refused. The Appeal Court upheld the sheriff’s decision to...
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“Victim of Human Trafficking” Appeal Against Conviction Rejected
HMA v Quyen Van Phan 2018 Mr Phan was accused of growing cannabis and being concerned with the supply of class B drugs in April 2016 in Glasgow. However, he argued that he was a victim of human trafficking and was forced to committed these offences. However, he had his...
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Sentences Reduced on Appeal
Joseph McHale and Kevin Schruyers v HMA Mr McHale and Mr Schruyers have had their sentences reduced after a spree of ATM thefts. The two men were sentenced to 12-and-a-half years and 13 years imprisonment respectively at Glasgow High court after they broke in to cash...
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Deportation Order Quashed on Appeal
SA v HMA 2018 ‘SA’, an EEA national, was convicted of vandalism at Hamilton Sheriff Court in 2016 and he was fined £100 as a result of this offence. As a result of this crime he was ordered to be deported from the country after an investigation, despite him being in...
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Sentence Reduced on Appeal
HMA v William Russell 2018 William Russell pled guilty in 2017 to a charge of assaulting his wife, subject to a bail aggravation and also to a domestic abuse aggravation. He was sentenced to five-and-a-half months’ imprisonment for assaulting his wife with one month...
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Appeal Against Assault Conviction Refused
HMA v Carol Kirk 2017 Carol Kirk was found guilty of assaulting a dog owner with a dog lead in May 2015 at the Justice of the Peace Court in Stirling. It was heard that she repeatedly hit the victim with the object to her injury. However she has had an appeal against her...
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Motorist Loses Appeal Against Dangerous Driving Conviction
HMA v Peter Clotman 2018 Peter Clotman was found guilty of dangerous driving in October 2017 after Trial at Dunoon Sheriff Court in the west of Scotland. It was claimed that he overtook three cars at excessive speed while approaching a hill, causing a driver on the other...
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Destruction of Dog Appeal Allowed
Feldwick and Adamson v HMA 2018 Ms Feldwick and Ms Adamson and their families have successfully appealed against the order to put their two dogs to death. The dogs were sentenced to death by the Court for being “dangerously out of control.” The Rottweiler and the...
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