Case archive



Murder conviction quashed after amended charge resulted in ‘contradictory’ verdict

A man found guilty of murdering his friend after causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and repeatedly kicking and stamping on his head and body has successfully appealed against his conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Criminal Appeal Court issues judgment on sentencing of ‘statutory child’

The Crown has successfully challenged the sentence of detention in a young offenders’ institution imposed on a 16-year-old boy convicted of sex offences.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 June 2019

Murderer who claimed ‘miscarriage of justice’ over 999 call evidence loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of murder who claimed that the trial judge’s decision to refuse to allow part of a 999 call to be played in court, during which recording a voice could be heard saying words to the effect that one of his co-accused “did it”, has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 31 May 2019

Sheriff’s decision to impose supervised release order in addition to long-term sentence ‘incompetent’

A serial offender with over 100 previous convictions has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to impose a supervised release order (SRO) after he was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for an attempted robbery and a separate statutory breach of the peace.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 March 2019