Case archive



Rapist who claimed amended charge caused him ‘prejudice’ loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of the repeated rape of his former partner and her granddaughter on the basis of the doctrine of “mutual corroboration” has had an appeal against his conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 14 January 2020

Man acquitted of rape who skipped court for Ibiza wins appeal against sentence

A man acquitted of rape following a trial who was jailed for three years after being found guilty of a separate charge of failing to appear for a preliminary hearing of his case – because he had gone to Ibiza – has had his sentence reduced on appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 January 2020

Criminal Appeal Court issues guidance on sentencing discounts for returned prisoners 

A man who admitted a domestic assault charge after being released from prison on licence following a previous conviction for housebreaking has had his sentence for the latest offence reduced from 27 months to 17 months on appeal, in a new guideline judgment on how to take into account time spent on remand following a guilty plea.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 January 2020

Sex offender has sentence reduced over ‘material misdirection on mutual corroboration’

A man who was jailed for two years after being found guilty of three instances of sexual assault libelled in a single “omnibus” charge has had his sentence reduced after appealing against his conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 December 2019

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

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

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

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 found guilty of gangland ‘execution’ loses legal bid to amend grounds of appeal

A man found guilty of a Glasgow gangland murder has had an application to amend the grounds of his appeal against his conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 September 2019

Motorist who claimed speeding prosecution notice signed by former police chief was ‘invalid’ loses appeal

A motorist accused of speeding who claimed that the notice of intended prosecution he received was “invalid” because it bore an electronic signature of the former chief constable has had his appeal dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 2 September 2019

Double rapist who claimed ‘mutual corroboration’ could not apply loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of the rape of two former partners on the basis of the principle of “mutual corroboration” has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 August 2019

Rapist who claimed rubbing woman’s leg could not corroborate rape of another woman loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of rape and sexual assault who claimed that the two offences were too dissimilar for the doctrine of “mutual corroboration” to apply has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 July 2019

‘Legal highs’ dealer wins appeal against sentence after SCCRC referral

A man who was jailed for four-and-a-half years for selling so-called “legal highs” has had his sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 July 2019