Case archive



Heroin dealer who claimed DNA evidence was ‘insufficient’ fails in appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of being concerned in the supply of heroin who claimed that DNA evidence linking him with the bags in which the drugs were found was insufficient for the jury to draw an inference of guilt has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 23 January 2020

Man facing trial for sexual offences fails in appeal to lead evidence of ‘false allegations’

A man accused of sexual offences against his partner and son who was seeking to introduce evidence that the mother of their children had induced her sons to make false allegations against him and others has had his application rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 21 January 2020

Foreign student who fraudulently claimed £23,000 for course fees admonished after appeal court quashes custodial sentence 

A foreign student who pled guilty to fraud after falsely claiming she had indefinite leave to remain in order to obtain £23,000 in student funding to pay for a nursing course has successfully appealed against her 14-month prison sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 January 2020

Rapist who claimed amended charge caused him ‘prejudice’ loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of the repeated rape of his former partner and her granddaughter on the basis of the doctrine of “mutual corroboration” has had an appeal against his conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 14 January 2020

Man acquitted of rape who skipped court for Ibiza wins appeal against sentence

A man acquitted of rape following a trial who was jailed for three years after being found guilty of a separate charge of failing to appear for a preliminary hearing of his case – because he had gone to Ibiza – has had his sentence reduced on appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 January 2020

Criminal Appeal Court issues guidance on sentencing discounts for returned prisoners 

A man who admitted a domestic assault charge after being released from prison on licence following a previous conviction for housebreaking has had his sentence for the latest offence reduced from 27 months to 17 months on appeal, in a new guideline judgment on how to take into account time spent on remand following a guilty plea.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 January 2020

Sex offender has sentence reduced over ‘material misdirection on mutual corroboration’

A man who was jailed for two years after being found guilty of three instances of sexual assault libelled in a single “omnibus” charge has had his sentence reduced after appealing against his conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 December 2019

Motorist found to have caused death by dangerous driving after examination of facts fails in appeal against decision

A motorist found to have caused death by dangerous after being deemed “unfit to stand trial” because he suffers from dementia has had an appeal against the finding that he committed the offence dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 12 December 2019

Woman found guilty of culpable homicide loses appeal against 10-year prison sentence

A young woman found guilty of culpable homicide after she “instigated” an attack which led to the murder of her ex-boyfriend has had an appeal against her sentence rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 December 2019

Order for Lifelong Restriction for beggar convicted of rape upheld by Criminal Appeal Court

A beggar who was sentenced to an Order for Lifelong Restriction after being convicted of rape has had an appeal against his life sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 December 2019

Rapist fails in appeal against conviction for breaching ‘unlawful’ sexual offences prevention order

A man found guilty of rape and child sex offences who claimed that a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) made in advance of his release from prison was null and void because it failed to specify a period for which it would apply has had an appeal against his conviction for breaching the order dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 3 December 2019

Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach convicted of sex offences wins appeal over Crown’s failure to disclose complainer’s conviction for dishonesty

A former coach of Celtic Boys Club who was jailed after being found guilty of a series of historical child sex offences has had his conviction on one of the charges quashed after prosecutors failed to disclose evidence of the complainer’s criminal record.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 28 November 2019

Appeal Court warns judges not to ‘cross-examine’ complainers in sexual offence cases in rejecting appeal against rape conviction

Judges presiding over solemn cases have been reminded not to take over the role of “cross-examiner” of witnesses, particularly in trials involving allegations of serious sexual offending.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 21 November 2019

Pair found guilty of producing psychoactive substances fail in appeal against convictions

Two men found guilty of producing psychoactive substances on an industrial scale following the introduction of new legislation to tackle the rising use of so-called “legal highs” have had appeals against their convictions rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 November 2019

Young motorist who caused serious injury by dangerous driving has ‘excessive’ custodial sentence reduced

A motorist who was jailed after being found guilty of causing “serious injury by dangerous driving” has had his custodial sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 November 2019