Case archive

Extended sentence for man who possessed and shared extreme child sex abuse images was ‘entirely appropriate’

A man who claimed he did not pose a “serious risk of harm to the public” after being given an extended sentence for possessing and distributing indecent images of children has had an appeal against a sheriff’s decision to impose an extension period dismissed.

High Court of Justiciary 23 November 2018

Man convicted of rape fails in ‘fresh evidence’ appeal despite complainer’s retraction

A man found guilty of the repeated rape of a former partner who claimed he was the victim of a “miscarriage of justice” based on “fresh evidence” that the complainer had sent a message to police stating that she had put “an innocent man in jail” has had his appeal against conviction refused.

High Court of Justiciary 12 November 2018

Young offenders cannot get off ‘scot-free’, appeal judges rule in refusing appeals against custodial sentences

Two teenagers who were given custodial sentences after one pled guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and the other admitted a charge of assault have had their appeals against the sentences imposed rejected.

High Court of Justiciary 9 October 2018

Sex offender has sentence reduced following appeal

A man who was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a friend while she was asleep has had his sentence reduced by six months following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 18 June 2018

Mother of baby loses appeal against sentence after lying to child's father about abortion so gay friend could obtain parental rights

A mother of an unborn baby and a gay friend who hatched a “callous and selfish scheme” whereby she lied to the father of the child by telling him that she had terminated the pregnancy when in fact she gave birth to the baby so that her friend could obtain parental rights and responsibilities have failed in appeal against their sentence.

High Court of Justiciary 11 January 2016

Appeal judges reject legal challenge to ‘lack of statutory defence of coercion’ by alleged human trafficking victim accused of drugs offences

A man accused of growing cannabis and being concerned in the supply of the class B drug who claimed that he was a victim of human trafficking and had been forced to commit the offences has had a human rights challenge against his prosecution rejected.

High Court of Justiciary 2 May 2018

Pilots accused of being drunk win appeal and have charges dropped after blood samples were destroyed

Two airline pilot accused of preparing to fly a passenger jet while under the influence of alcohol have had the charges against them dropped following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 30 April 2018

Sexual assault accused fails in appeal against decision to grant extension to 12-month period following Crown error

A man charged with assault with intent to rape who claimed that a sheriff erred in granting an extension to the 12-month period in which to bring the accused to trial has had his appeal dismissed.

High Court of Justiciary 26 April 2018

‘Fugitive from justice’ who regretted sacking lawyer loses appeal against extradition

A man who was seeking to challenge a sheriff’s decision to order his extradition to Poland on the basis that he had been living “a normal life” in Scotland has had an application for leave to appeal dismissed.

High Court of Justiciary 19 March 2018