Case archive



Aberdeenshire man has murder sentence reduced

A man convicted of murdering a man in Turiff, Aberdeenshire, has had the punishment part of his sentence reduced on appeal to the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 July 2020

High Court refuses appeal of man convicted of assaulting a baby

The Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal against conviction by a man convicted of assaulting his baby daughter between May and July 2017.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 30 June 2020

High Court rules dual-purpose items can be considered disguised firearms

The High Court of Justiciary has ruled that the incorporation of a firearm into a dual-purpose object does not mean that it cannot be regarded as “disguised as another object” under section 5(1A)(a) of the Firearms Act 1968.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 22 June 2020

High Court allows appeal against conviction for rape and indecent assault

The High Court of Justiciary has allowed an appeal against conviction for charges of rape and indecent assault on the ground that the two charges were too materially different to mutually corroborate one another.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 June 2020

COVID-19: Man who deliberately coughed in faces of police officers has sentence increased

A Crown appeal against the leniency of the sentence of a man who pled guilty to deliberately coughing in the faces of two police officers and thus recklessly endangering their lives has resulted in the total sentence being increased by nine months.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 June 2020

Inner House refuses alleged fraudster’s extradition appeal

A Scottish man who is the subject of an extradition request by the US government has failed in his challenge of a sheriff’s decision to grant permission for the extradition to go ahead.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 June 2020

Killers of Glasgow man murdered with knife and hammer lose appeals against conviction

Two men who were convicted of the murder of a man in Glasgow have failed in their appeals against their conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 1 June 2020

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