Case archive



High Court rejects final posthumous appeal against Lockerbie bomber’s conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has rejected a final posthumous appeal against conviction on behalf of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 January 2021

Edinburgh man has ‘mouth punch’ culpable homicide appeal upheld 

The High Court of Justiciary has allowed an appeal by an Edinburgh man against his conviction for culpable homicide after he argued that the trial judge had misdirected the jury in relation to the definition of the offence. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 21 December 2020

Lockerbie appeal: High Court refuses to order recovery of secure documents

The High Court of Justiciary has refused to order the recovery of two protectively marked documents (PMDs) by the legal team appealing the conviction of the late Abdelbaset al-Megrahi following a recommendation by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 23 November 2020

Belfast man convicted of sexually assaulting teacher in Dumfries loses appeal against conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has upheld on appeal the conviction of a man charged with the sexual assault of a 25-year-old schoolteacher in Dumfries while he was in Scotland to take part in an ice hockey tournament.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 November 2020

High Court refuses appeal by man convicted of possessing child abuse imagery

A man who was imprisoned for three charges relating to indecent photographs of children and images depicting bestiality has lost his appeal against conviction. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 November 2020

High Court quashes 'broken bottle' assault and threatening behaviour charges on appeal 

The Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has quashed three convictions arising from an incident in Edinburgh in which a man was said to have assaulted a restaurant owner whilst brandishing a broken bottle. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 11 November 2020

Convicted rapist loses mutual corroboration appeal based on paternity of complainer’s child

A man who was found guilty of the rape of his stepdaughter as well as incest under Section 2B of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 1976 has lost his appeal against the former conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 November 2020

Man who defrauded Dundee City Council has sentence reduced on appeal

A former IT worker for Dundee City Council who was sentenced to five years and four months’ imprisonment for fraud has successfully appealed against the length of his sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 November 2020

Sex offender who inappropriately touched 11-year-old loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl who argued that there was insufficient evidence to convict has lost his appeal against conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 2 November 2020

Convicted rapist loses hearsay evidence appeal 

A man convicted of raping a woman who appealed against his conviction on the basis that the trial judge had erred in allowing certain evidence has had the appeal refused. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 October 2020

Rape accused loses 5-judge appeal against refusal to allow character evidence 

A man accused of rape who applied under section 275 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 to admit evidence of the complainer’s character has had his appeal against the preliminary hearing judge’s refusal of his application refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 October 2020

Sex offender who assaulted his sister and cousin loses appeal against conviction 

A sex offender who was convicted of indecently assaulting his cousin, who died before the beginning of the trial diet, has had his appeal against the conviction on the grounds that the trial was unfair refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 October 2020

Three young offenders have punishment parts of life sentences for murder reduced 

A trio of young offenders have successfully appealed the punishment parts of life sentences imposed on them after their joint murder of a man in Edinburgh, reducing them by two to four years each. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 October 2020

Murderer of Aberdeen woman loses appeal against sentence

The murderer of Aberdeen-born woman Neomi Smith, who was also convicted of minor assaults and behaving in an abusive or threatening manner towards her, has had his appeal against his sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 October 2020

Son of Lockerbie bomber succeeds in obtaining order allowing appeal against father’s conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has granted an order allowing the son of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, to appeal against his late father’s conviction, following a referral of the case by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 1 October 2020