Case archive



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

Criminal Appeal Court critical of ‘inappropriate and insulting’ questioning of rape complainer

The Criminal Appeal Court has reiterated its warning to defence lawyers over the “derogatory and insulting” questioning of rape complainers and criticised a judge for “wholly inappropriate” comments made about the evidence of a witness during the course of a trial.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 27 February 2019

Royal Blind School sex offender loses appeal against conviction over Crown reference to previous convictions

A man who was found guilty of historical sexual offences including the rape of fellow pupils at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh has had an appeal against his conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 November 2018

Murder conviction quashed over advocate depute’s ‘unfair’ speech to jury

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 August 2018

Man who murdered wife loses ‘defective representation’ appeal but judges call for change in solicitor advocate instruction rules

The Criminal Appeal Court has “very strongly” suggested that consideration should be given to changing the rules on the instruction of solicitor advocates, in disposing of an appeal claiming “defective representation”.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 September 2015