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
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
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
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
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
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
Young motorist who caused serious injury by dangerous driving has ‘excessive’ custodial sentence reduced
A motorist who was jailed after being found guilty of causing “serious injury by dangerous driving” has had his custodial sentence reduced following an appeal.
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 November 2019
Man who broke into Army property fails to establish exceptional circumstances in firearms offence but has overall sentence length reduced
The sentence of a man convicted of breaking into a British Army building and stealing dummy rifles as well as possessing a prohibited firearm under the Firearms Act 1968 has been reduced on appeal in relation to the theft charge owing to his original sentences being regarded as excessive when taken cumulatively.
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 25 June 2019
A man who was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to serious and violent assaults against his former partner has failed in an appeal to have his sentence reduced.
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 May 2019
Rapist convicted of assaulting fellow prisoner fails in appeal against order for lifelong restriction
A serial offender who was sentenced to an order for lifelong restriction (OLR) following his fourth High Court appearance has had an appeal against a judge’s decision to impose the OLR rejected.
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 March 2019
A teenager who was sentenced to 18 months’ detention after being convicted of assault has had his custodial sentence quashed following an appeal.
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 January 2019
A schoolboy who was sentenced to 12 months’ detention for slashing a fellow pupil with a knife during a fight in the school canteen has successfully appealed against a sheriff’s decision to impose a custodial sentence.
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 November 2018
A man convicted of unlawful sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to impose an extended sentence.
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 31 October 2018
Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 September 2018