Case archive



Glasgow man convicted of rape of young partner loses appeal against conviction

A man convicted of raping his partner, with whom he allegedly began a sexual relationship with while she was underage, has had his appeal against conviction and sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 27 May 2020

Appeal on leading evidence of complainer's previous sexual conduct refused

The appellant, SJ, was due to appear at trial on three charges. The first was for sexual assault, the second for rape, and the third for perverting the course of justice by disposing of his mobile phone to prevent the police from gaining access to information in it. The appeal was heard by Lord Malcolm, Lord Turnbull, and Lord Pentland, all three of whom gave opinions. Previous conduct At the time of the alleged offenc

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 30 April 2020

Man who raped woman in hotel loses appeal against conviction

A man who was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for raping a woman in an Edinburgh hotel has had his appeal against conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 28 April 2020

Woman who shook eight-month-old baby loses appeal against conviction

A woman who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for shaking an eight-month-old baby and endangering her life has lost her appeal against conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 April 2020

Repeat offenders denied bail appeal due to COVID-19 uncertainties over trial diet

Two men who had been remanded in custody since July 2019 charged with assault and robbery and whose trial had been postponed due to the suspension of jury trials have had their appeal against refusal of bail refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 April 2020

Sex offender’s conviction upheld on appeal but sentence reduced by two years

A man convicted of a number of sexual offences has had his appeal against conviction refused but succeeded in having his sentence reduced due to his significantly low intelligence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 April 2020

Man who pled guilty to assault but claimed ‘mental disorder’ fails in ‘defective representation’ appeal

A man who pled guilty to a violent assault who claimed he was the victim of a “miscarriage of justice” because he may have been suffering from a “mental disorder” at the time of the offence has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 26 March 2020

Criminal Appeal Court upholds firearms convictions after rejecting ‘hearsay’ claim

Two men found guilty of firearms offences have failed in an appeal against their convictions.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 25 March 2020

Woman’s drugs conviction quashed over ‘unfair’ police questioning

A woman found guilty of being concerned in the supplying of heroin and speed after the drugs were found during a police search of her home has had her conviction quashed following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 March 2020

Criminal Appeal Court quashes order to recover rape complainer’s medical records in petition to ‘nobile officium’

A complainer in a rape and domestic abuse assault case successfully challenged a court order authorising the accused to recover her medical records in a bid to disclose any “mental health problems”.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 27 February 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

Appeal against cannabis growing and supplying conviction refused despite sheriff’s ‘misdirection’ on concert 

The High Court of Justiciary Appeal Court held that the concept of “art and part guilt” had “no part to play” in establishing the statutory offence under section 4(3)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, but ruled that the misdirections did not result in a miscarriage of justice because the evidence against the appellant was “virtually irresistible”. The appellant had been sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment on the production charge and six months on the supply charge, to be serviced consecutively, but the appeal judges ruled that the periods should run concurrently.  ‘Commercial cultivation’ Lord Malcolm, Lord Tur

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 February 2020

Robber whose DNA was found on torch inside house fails in appeal against conviction 

A man who was found guilty of breaking into a dead person’s home and stealing a quantity of jewellery after his DNA was found on a torch which was left in the property has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 February 2020

Right-wing extremist fails in appeal against two-year sentence for downloading terrorist manuals

A right-wing extremist convicted of downloading “sinister, violent and disturbing” terrorist material has had an appeal against his prison sentence dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 31 January 2020

Criminal Appeal Court clarifies application of ‘mutual corroboration’ in child sex abuse cases

Two men found guilty of child sexual offences on the basis of the principle of “mutual corroboration” who claimed that there were insufficient similarities between the offences to demonstrate a “course of conduct” have had their appeals against their convictions rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 29 January 2020