Case archive



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

Man accused of rape of sister and fiancée to face trial after Crown wins ‘mutual corroboration’ appeal

A man accused of rape and other historical child sexual offences against his sister as well as allegedly raping his former fiancée will face trial on the charges after prosecutors successfully challenged a judge’s decision to uphold a “no case to answer” submission.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 November 2019

Lord Advocate wins appeal to prosecute man for murder despite accepting his guilty plea to assault

Scotland’s top law officer has successfully challenged a judge’s decision that the Crown was “barred” from prosecuting a man for murder, having previously accepted his guilty plea to a charge of assaulting the same man, who died almost five years later as a result of his injuries.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 November 2019

Woman who murdered husband in ‘merciless attack’ has punishment part reduced on appeal

A woman who was jailed for life with a minimum of 25-and-a-half years after being found guilty of the murder of her husband has had the punishment part of her sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 11 November 2019

Tax fraudster fails in appeal against proceeds of crime confiscation order 

A woman who was made the subject of a confiscation order under “proceeds of crime” legislation after being convicted of a £50,000 tax fraud has failed in an appeal against her sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 November 2019

Bail condition not to contact former partner both ‘lawful and appropriate’, appeal judges rule

A man who was ordered not to contact his former partner after being convicted of a statutory breach of the peace following a drunken rant at police officers has had an appeal against the bail condition imposed dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 30 October 2019

Man who murdered ex-partner loses appeal against ‘excessive’ 19-year punishment part

A man who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of the murder of his ex-partner has had an appeal against the punishment part of his sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 October 2019

Murderer with previous conviction for killing own father has punishment part reduced on appeal

A man who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice has had the punishment part of the sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 23 October 2019

Threatening behaviour libel gave adequate notice of significant sexual offence, appeal judges rule

A man found guilty of behaving in a “threatening” manner towards two teenage girls has had an appeal against a sheriff’s decision to place him on the sex offenders register dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 14 October 2019

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