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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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Appeal Against Conviction Rejected
LM v HMA 2018 LM, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for a series of sexual offences against two boys, AM and PG, had an appeal against his conviction rejected after the appeal judges ruled there was ‘no merit’ in his arguments. The man was convicted after...
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Appeal Against Extended Sentence
HMA V Stephen Bell 2018 Mr Bell was given an extended sentence for having an “uncontrollable obsession” with child pornography but he has successfully appealed against the sentence imposed. The appellant was convicted of possessing thousands of still and moving...
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“Mercy Killing” Appeal Against Conviction
Gorgan V HMA 2018 Mr Gordan was jailed for culpable homicide over a ‘mercy killing’ of his terminally wife. However he was admonished following appeal. Mr Gordan was released after the appeal court ruled there was no public interest in putting him in prison after the...
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Confiscation Order Appeal Refused
HMA V John Farrell 2018 Mr Farrell was admonished after pleading guilty to being connected in the supply of class B drugs, namely cocaine. The appellant was admonished as a result of his good behaviour but was subject to a confiscation order. He was charged along with...
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“Excessive” Sentence Reduced on Appeal
HMA v VE 2018 VE, a 14-year-old boy, who raped and sexual assaulted two younger girls has had his sentence of six years reduced on appeal. Judges ruled that this term was "excessive" and instead imposed a sentence of three years and nine months after ruling that the...
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Limbs in the Loch Killers Claim for State Funding Refused
HMA v WILLIAM BEGGS 2018 "Limbs in the loch’ killer William Beggs was convicted of murder and given life imprisonment in 2001 for murdering a man and dismembering his body and throwing it in different lochs. The convicted murderer sought legal aid for a UK Supreme Court...
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Appeal Against Compulsion Order Refused
HMA v FD 2018 A man accused of assaulting a nurse had his plea of not guilty accepted by the Crown in July 2017 on the basis that he was incapable by reason of mental disorder to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct. However he recently has had an appeal against a...
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“Miscarriage of Justice” Appeal Against Conviction Refused
HDJS 2018 A man found guilty of sexually assaulting his own daughter and making and sharing indecent images of her has had an appeal against his conviction refused. The appeal was based on the fact that the sheriff refused the jury to view a number of the images during...
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