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Appeal Decision to Allow Evidence Refused
HMA v RM 2020 An appellant, RM, has had his appeal against a sheriff’s decision not to allow him to lead certain evidence refused. The man who was charged with sexual offences against his partner and son sought to allow his defence team to lead evidence at trial that...
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Covid-19 Bail Appeal Refused
HMA v JD and BK 2020 Two men have made a bid to the Appeal court to reverse the decision to refuse them bail in light of the current COVID 19 Pandemic. The men have both had their appeal against the refusal of bail refused at the High Court. Both men were remanded after...
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High Court Appeal Against Sentence Allowed
HMA v PGT 2020 An appellant, PGT, had successfully appealed his sentence but failed in his bid to quash his conviction at the High Court of Judiciary. PGT was found guilty of three sexual offences, two against his teenage nephew and one against his wife. The appellant was...
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‘ Miscarriage of Justice’ Appeal Against Conviction Refused
HMA v Gursel Duzgun Mr Duzgun has his appeal against conviction refused after he claimed he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice because she stated he was suffering a mental disorder at the time of the offence and his solicitor did not investigate this. The appellant...
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Conviction Quashed on Appeal
HMA v Veronica Logan 2020 Ms Logan has successfully appealed against her drug convictions at the High Court of Judiciary. The High court ruled that the sheriff had erred by not allowing a challenge to the fact that the woman was not cautioned before she was...
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Appeal to Overturn Harassment Order Refused
PF v Barry Finlay 2020 Mr Finlay has had his appeal to overturn the decision to impose a six month non harassment order when this was not sought by the complainer refused. The Sheriff Appeal Court stated that “necessity trumps the views of the victim” and kept the...
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Sex Offenders Register Appeal Granted
HMA v Barry Sorrel 2020 Mr Sorrel has successfully appealed against the Sheriff’s decision to place him on the sex offenders register. The appellant pled guilty an offence under section 2(1) of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016. This is commonly...
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Disclosure of Medical Records Appeal
HMA v Paul McMillan 2019 A complainer has successfully argued at the High Court it was incorrect to recover her medical records in the proceedings of a rape trial of a former partner. The records were sought by the accused in order to note the position of any “mental...
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Appeal Against Conviction Refused
HMA v Steven Barclay 2020 Mr Barclay has had his appeal against conviction refused after being found guilty of producing cannabis and supplying class B drugs. This was despite the High Court agreeing that the Sheriff had misdirected the jury. However, the High Court...
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Murder Conviction Successfully Appealed
HMA v Ralph Goodie 2020 Mr Goodie has successfully appealed against his murder conviction at the High Court ofJusticiary. The High Court agreed with the appellant’s argument that a miscarriage of justice had taken place. Mr Goldie was found guilty after trial of...
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