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Sexual Offences Prevention Order Quashed On Appeal
HMA v James Moore 2018 Mr James Moore was sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to taking, possessing and sharing indecent images of children. He has now had his appeal against a custodial term imposed rejected but the appeal Court...
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Murder Convictions Quashed Following Appeal
HMA v Ryan Gibb and Cameron Laurie 2018 Mr Ryan Gibb and Mr Cameron Laurie have had their murder convictions quashed after the Appeal Court has ruled the Trial judge removed the option of a culpable homicide verdict from the jury in error. The appeal was allowed on the...
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Conviction Quashed Following High Court Appeal
JM v HMA 2018 JM was found guilty of sexual offences against two children almost 17 years apart. However, he has had his conviction quashed following an High Court appeal. The High Court ruled that the similarities between the offences were not “sufficiently...
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Sentence Reduced on Appeal Due to ‘No Corroboration’
HMA v Robert Spinks Mr Robert Spinks was found guilty of a single charge of assault at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in August 2017. This charge comprised of eight separate incidents in a “course of conduct” involving a four-year campaign of domestic abuse. However, he has...
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High Court Appeal Against ‘Lenient Sentence’ Refused
HMA v John Barbour Mr John Barbour was sentenced to four years imprisonment after being found guilty of historical child sex offences on three charges. These offences were found to be committed when he was a teenager. After an unsuccessful appeal to the High Court...
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“Right to Fair Trial” Appeal Against Conviction Refused
HMA v James Mullen 2018 James Mullen who was found guilty of using a mobile phone, as a sat nav, at Inverness Sheriff Court while driving had his appeal against conviction dismissed. He was fined £300.00 and had 6 penalty points imposed. His appeal was based on the fact...
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Excessive Sentence Reduced on Appeal
HMA v Cameron Jackson 2018 Mr Cameron, a man who was jailed for two years after pleading guilty at the First Diet to sexually assaulting a friend while she was asleep, has had his sentence reduced by six months. This follows a successful High Court appeal. The High...
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Excessive Sentence Successfully Quashed on Appeal
HMA V SM 2017 SM, a mother found guilty of contempt of court, has successfully appealed against her conviction and sentence of 3 months imprisonment. This first began in relation to a contact action whereby SM was the Defender in the case and her ex-partner, CM, was...
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Sentence Reduced on Appeal
HMA v Barry Little 2018 Mr Barry Little was jailed for 22 months for throwing slabs of paving stone, culpably and recklessly, at his neighbours house and window which narrowly missed the complainers 10 year old child. However he has now had his sentence reduced following...
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Appeal Against 12 Month Extension to Bring Accused to Trial Refused
HMA v GB 2018 ‘GB,’ a man who was charged with assault with intent to rape, has his appeal against the decision to grant an extension of a 12-month period to bring the accused to Trial following Crown error refused. The Appeal Court upheld the sheriff’s decision to...
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