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Excessive and Erroneous Sentences Reduced Following High Court Appeal
HMA v Mark Simpson and Lee Wallace 2018 Mr Simpson and Mr Wallace pled guilty to supplying heroin and cocaine at a Trial Diet at the High Court in Aberdeen in November 2017. The value of the drugs was in excess of £100,000. However, both men appealed their sentence on...
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Appeal Against Trial Diet Adjournment Refused
HMA v Mark Kane Mr Kane appealed against a Sheriff’s decision to adjourn his Trial Diet due to a key prosecution witness being absent. Mr Kane lodged a bill of advocation in order to challenge this decision. The appellant argued the decision was “contrary to...
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‘Excessive Sentence’ Appeal Refused
HMA v Barry O'Neill 2018 Mr O’Neil was unsuccessful in a High Court appeal against his sentence of seven years and four months, however he has successfully appealed against his travel ban. The High court did not agree with the appellant’s argument that his...
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Sentence Reduced on Appeal
HMA v Lee McAuley 2018 Mr Lee McAuley was convicted in 2017 of killing 16 year old Luke Wallace. He was convicted of the charge of culpable homicide after chasing the victim with a knife. However, Mr McAuley has now challenged the conviction at the High Court of appeal...
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‘Peaceful Protest’ Appeal Conviction Refused
HMA v David Orr 2018 Mr Orr was found guilty of a breach of the peace for standing outside a church in Paisley while holding a sign that read “God hates Catholics” and “God hates the Kirk.” Mr Orr and his legal team appealed against his conviction stating that...
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‘Admissibility Of Evidence’ Appeal Refused
HMA v Raymond Kyle 2018 Mr Raymond Kyle was accused of being concerned with the supply of Class A drugs, namely heroin. However, he challenged the admissibility of evidence to the Appeal Court in his case in relation to the recovery of bags of brown powder found by...
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Murder Conviction Quashed On Appeal
HMA v Adam Lundy 2018 Adam Lundy was found guilty of the murder of a neighbour, Mr Kiltie, after a Trial in 2016. An argument began between the appellant and thMe victim over loud noise coming from the appellant’s home as he had guests. The appellant argued that he...
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‘Lack of Identification Evidence’ Appeal Against Conviction Refused
HMA v Malcolm Cumlin 2018 Mr Cumlin was found guilty of two charges of assault on two women by a jury in Glasgow. He had appealed his conviction as the only witness who had previously identified him as the attacker was not able to indentify him as the attacker in Court....
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Appeal Court Agrees With Crown On “Not Necessary To Corroborate” Point
HMA v David Martin Mr Martin was recently acquitted of a speeding charge after a Justice of the Peace upheld a defence submission of “no case to answer.” The respondent was charged with driving at 81mph on a 60mph speed limit on the A9 towards Perth in May 2017. This...
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Seven Year Custodial Sentence Reduced On Appeal
HMA v Michael Brown Michael Brown, who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for being involved in organised crime, has had his custodial sentence reduced following an appeal. The appellant was indicted along with eight co accused. He pled guilty to the charge but...
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