Case archive



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

Man who sexually abused two boys in ‘mutual corroboration’ case loses appeal against conviction

A man who was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of a series of sexual offences against two boys has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

High Court of Justiciary 16 March 2018

‘Flasher’ wins appeal against ‘excessive’ custodial sentence

A “flasher” who was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment for breaching community payback orders after being convicted of two “random acts of sexual exhibitionism” has had the custodial term reduced following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 15 March 2018

Man with child porn ‘obsession’ wins appeal against imposition of extended sentence

A man with an “uncontrollable obsession” with child pornography who was given an extended sentence after being convicted of being in possession of indecent images of children has successfully appealed against the sentence imposed.

High Court of Justiciary 14 March 2018

Time-barred charges may competently be included in a docket as evidence of mutual corroboration

The Crown has successfully appealed against a judge’s decision to refuse an attempt by prosecutors to include evidence of alleged sexual offences which were previously held to be “time-barred” in a docket in an indictment libelling other sex crimes.

High Court of Justiciary 10 January 2018

Drug dealers’ ‘excessive’ sentences cut following appeal

Two drug dealers convicted of being concerned in supply of drugs with a street value of some £400,000 have had their prison sentences reduced following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 20 June 2017

Lord Advocate’s bid to appeal extradition ruling to UK Supreme Court refused

The Lord Advocate has been refused permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court after a British businessman wanted by authorities in Taiwan to serve a prison sentence won a human rights appeal against a decision to extradite him.

High Court of Justiciary 30 November 2016

British businessman found guilty of negligent manslaughter in Taiwan wins human rights appeal to stay in Scotland

A British businessman wanted by authorities in Taiwan to serve a prison sentence after he was found guilty of negligent manslaughter following a drink-driving accident has won a human rights appeal to stay in Scotland.

High Court of Justiciary 28 September 2016

Ex-naval officer wins appeal against custodial sentence for assault

A former Navy officer who was jailed after being convicted of brandishing a knife and punching a 17-year-old boy which resulted in his victim having to undergo extensive dental treatment has successfully appealed against his sentence.

High Court of Justiciary 23 August 2016

Lorry driver loses appeal against conviction for dangerous driving and statutory breach of the peace

A lorry driver found guilty of dangerous driving and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm, who claimed that a sheriff erred in repelling a “no case to answer” submission, had an appeal against conviction refused.

High Court of Justiciary 2 February 2016

Witness who failed to attend court after accompanying son to hospital has contempt of court finding quashed

A witness who failed to attend court after his son was rushed to hospital following an accident has had a finding of contempt of court quashed.

High Court of Justiciary 24 November 2015

‘Stick it up your a***’: Judges refuse appeal against ‘threatening or abusive’ behaviour conviction

A motorist who shouted “stick it up your arse” to a parking attendant who had given him penalty charge notice has failed in an appeal against conviction for behaving in a “threatening or abusive manner” which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer “fear and alarm”.

High Court of Justiciary 23 November 2015

Woman found guilty of brandishing broken bottle in ‘self defence’ wins ‘reasonable excuse’ appeal

of or fear of future violence would not constitute a reasonable excuse. However matters would be different where a person took possession of a weapon during an incident where he or she was under attack, for the purpose of preventing or discouraging further violence.

High Court of Justiciary 11 November 2015