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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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Attempting to defeat the ends of justice Appeal Successful
HMA v Cameron Laurie 2019 Mr Laurie has appealed against his conviction and sentence after being convicted of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice for the second time. He was convicted at Aberdeen High Court in July 2018 for the second time after a retrial....
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Successful Appeal at the Sheriff Appeal Court
HMA v Sean Connolly 2019 Mr Connelly’s case has been referred to the High Court of Judiciary in Edinburgh after the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission escalates matters believing he may have a case to appeal against a miscarriage of justice having taken place...
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Communications Act Appeal Refused
HMA v Mark Meechan Mr Meechan has failed in an effort to appeal to the Supreme Court after he was found guilty of breaching the Communications Act 2003 at Airdrie Sheriff Court before Sheriff O’Carroll. The appellant had uploaded a video online of a dog performing a Nazi...
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Successful Appeal Against Sentence
HMA v William Buchan 2018 Mr Buchan has successfully appealed against his sentence in the High Court at Edinburgh. The appellant pled guilty at Perth Sheriff Court to a drink driving charge after he was caught by the police over seven times the legal limit. He was...
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