Case archive



Disabled man jailed for child ‘grooming’ offences wins appeal against ‘inappropriate and excessive’ custodial sentence 

A severely disabled man who was sentenced to one year and eight months’ imprisonment after being convicted of sexual offences against children has successfully appealed against a sheriff’s decision to impose a custodial sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 3 October 2019

Domestic abuser fails in appeal against four-year custodial sentence but has extension period quashed 

A man who was jailed for four years after being found guilty of domestic abuse offences has had an appeal against the custodial term imposed rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 2 October 2019

Rapist loses appeal against conviction over ‘insufficient evidence’ of lack of consent

A man who was found guilty of raping a family member but claimed that there was “insufficient evidence” that he lacked the “honest belief” that the complainer had consented has lost his appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 27 September 2019

Appeal against ‘intent to rape’ conviction over sheriff’s ‘prejudicial misdirection’ dismissed

A man found guilty of sexual assault with intent to rape who claimed that the sheriff’s directions to the jury were “prejudicial” has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 September 2019

Alesha MacPhail killer Aaron Campbell succeeds in appeal to have ‘excessive’ punishment part reduced

A teenager found guilty of the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl has had the punishment part of his life sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 September 2019

Man found guilty of gangland ‘execution’ loses legal bid to amend grounds of appeal

A man found guilty of a Glasgow gangland murder has had an application to amend the grounds of his appeal against his conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 September 2019

Motorist who claimed speeding prosecution notice signed by former police chief was ‘invalid’ loses appeal

A motorist accused of speeding who claimed that the notice of intended prosecution he received was “invalid” because it bore an electronic signature of the former chief constable has had his appeal dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 2 September 2019

Ex-music teacher loses appeal against conviction for historic sex offence

An ex-music teacher who was convicted of historic sex crimes against his former students has had an appeal against conviction and sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 14 August 2019

Man convicted of carrying a machete in woodland loses appeal against conviction

A man who was found carrying a machete in a Cambuslang woodland has had his appeal against conviction for carrying an offensive weapon in public without a reasonable excuse refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 12 August 2019

Double rapist who claimed ‘mutual corroboration’ could not apply loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of the rape of two former partners on the basis of the principle of “mutual corroboration” has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 August 2019

Rapist who claimed rubbing woman’s leg could not corroborate rape of another woman loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of rape and sexual assault who claimed that the two offences were too dissimilar for the doctrine of “mutual corroboration” to apply has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 July 2019

‘Legal highs’ dealer wins appeal against sentence after SCCRC referral

A man who was jailed for four-and-a-half years for selling so-called “legal highs” has had his sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 July 2019

Knife attacker’s appeal against conviction rejected in ‘googling juror’ case

A man found guilty of assault with a knife who claimed he suffered a “miscarriage of justice” after it emerged that a juror had “googled” his name and discovered a previous conviction for assault has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 17 July 2019

Cannabis ‘gardener’ who claimed he was human trafficking victim fails in appeal against sentence 

A Vietnamese man who was jailed for three years after admitting being involved in a cannabis growing operation has had an appeal against his sentence rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 July 2019

Punishment parts imposed on teenage murderers were ‘excessive’, appeal court rules

Two teenagers convicted of murder have had the punishments parts of their life sentences reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 12 July 2019