Case archive



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

Knife attacker’s appeal against conviction rejected in ‘googling juror’ case

A man found guilty of assault with a knife who claimed he suffered a “miscarriage of justice” after it emerged that a juror had “googled” his name and discovered a previous conviction for assault has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 17 July 2019

Cannabis ‘gardener’ who claimed he was human trafficking victim fails in appeal against sentence 

A Vietnamese man who was jailed for three years after admitting being involved in a cannabis growing operation has had an appeal against his sentence rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 15 July 2019

Punishment parts imposed on teenage murderers were ‘excessive’, appeal court rules

Two teenagers convicted of murder have had the punishments parts of their life sentences reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 12 July 2019

Serial domestic abuser’s non-custodial sentence was ‘not unduly lenient’

A sheriff’s decision not to impose a custodial sentence on a father-of-three who was convicted of “significant and serious” domestic abuse offences after repeatedly assaulting his wife and two daughters over several years was not “unduly lenient”, appeal judges have ruled.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 9 July 2019

Carer convicted of class A drugs offence wins appeal for non-custodial sentence

A man who pled guilty to being concerned in the supplying of cocaine after providing a “safe house” for a friend has successfully appealed against a sheriff’s decision to impose a custodial sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 8 July 2019

Army veteran with PTSD who raped former partners fails in appeal against sentence

A former member of the armed forces found guilty of the rape of two ex-partners has had an appeal against his sentence dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 5 July 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

Crown wins rape case appeal against ‘no case to answer’ ruling on complainer’s ‘consent’ 

The Crown has successfully appealed against a trial judge’s decision to sustain a “no case to answer” submission by a man accused of the abduction, assault and rape of his partner, who had given evidence that she “consented” to sex “but just to calm him down”. The trial judge had held that the complainer’s testimony did not amount to rape because she

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 19 June 2019

Removal of screen to enable dock identification of domestic abuser ‘should not have occurred’

Appeal judges have criticised a sheriff’s decision to allow the removal of a screen behind which a domestic abuse victim had given evidence against her former partner in order for a dock identification to take place.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 18 June 2019

Computer expert loses appeal against conviction for possession of indecent images of children

A computer repair expert found guilty of being in possession of indecent images of children who claimed that he did not have knowledge of the photographs has had an appeal against his conviction dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 17 June 2019

Crown wins appeal against ‘no case to answer’ ruling in alleged rape case

Prosecutors have successfully challenged a judge’s decision to uphold a “no case to answer” submission made during a rape trial.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 13 June 2019

Rapist who claimed judge ‘misdirected’ the jury on consent loses appeal against conviction 

A man found guilty of two charges of rape who claimed that the trial judge “distracted” the jury by giving an “inappropriate and unnecessary” direction on the issue of reasonable belief of consent has had an appeal against his convicted rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 11 June 2019

British citizen wins appeal against extradition to Taiwan

A British citizen wanted by authorities in Taiwan to serve a prison sentence after he was found guilty of negligent manslaughter following a drink-driving accident has successfully appealed against an order for his extradition.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary — 7 June 2019