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Murder Sentences Reduced on Appeal
HMA v Noonan and Brown 2019 Mr Noonan and Mr Brown who received life sentences in January 2019 after being found guilty of murder at the High Court in Edinburgh. However, they have now successfully appealed against sentence at the High Court of Judiciary and both men have...
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Legal Highs Appeal Against Sentence Rejected
HMA v Scott Gow and Eric Reid 2019 Mr Gow and Mr Reid, who were sentenced to five years and five years and six months imprisonment respectively for supplying ‘legal highs,’ have had their appeals against conviction and sentence rejected. The value of the legal highs...
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Dangerous Driving Sentence Appeal Successful
HMA v Kyle Stewart 2019 Mr Stewart, who was only nineteen years old when he was found guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court of causing serve injury by dangerous driving, has had a successful appeal against sentence. Mr Stewart argued that his two-year prison sentence was...
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Appeal Against Sentence Granted
HMA v Abid, Hayat, Rauf 2019 Ms Hayat and Ms Abid have had their appeal against sentence granted after their 25 year punishment part of their sentence has been reduced by one year. The co-accused were sentenced to serve 25 years in prison while the third co accused Mr...
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Double Jeopardy Legislation Appeal Allowed
HMA v John Gilmour 2019 The Crown has appealed against a Judge’s decision successfully that an accused who had previously pled guilty to an assault regarding an incident would not be later tried for the man’s murder. This High Court in Edinburgh corrected the judge...
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Appeal Against Excessive Murder Sentence Refused
HMA v Frazer Neil 2019 Mr Neil who was found guilty of the murder of his ex partner has had his appeal against sentenced refused. Mr Neil appealed to the High court in Edinburgh against the punishment part of his sentence in which he was ordered to serve at least 19 years...
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Evidence Regarding Prior Sexual Conduct Appeal Refused
HMA v JG 2019 JG, has been refused to allow evidence to be lead during his rape trial that the complainer has been involved with sado-masochistic sexual conduct. JG was accused of three rapes against his former partner. It was heard at a preliminary hearing in relation to...
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Special Bail Conditions Appeal Refused
PF v Ross Pollock-Smith 2019 Mr Pollock-Smith who was subject to bail conditions after pleading guilty to a of a breach of the peace, section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010, not to contact his former partner has had his appeal against his...
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Driving Without Insurance Appeal On The Grounds Of “Special Reasons” Dismissed
PF v Kelly Ferguson 2019 Ms Ferguson has had her appeal at the Sheriff Appeal Court dismissed after arguing there were special reasons for her driving without insurance. Ms Ferguson pled guilty to the charge on the 7 March 2019 at the Justice of the Peace Court in...
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No Mutual Corroboration Appeal Refused
HMA v CG 2019 CG, an appellant who argued there was no mutual corroboration in his trial at Dundee sheriff court where he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his niece and nephew, has had his appeal against conviction refused at the Sheriff Appeal Court. In essence...
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