Case archive



Convicted rapist loses hearsay evidence appeal 

A man convicted of raping a woman who appealed against his conviction on the basis that the trial judge had erred in allowing certain evidence has had the appeal refused. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 October 2020

Rape accused loses 5-judge appeal against refusal to allow character evidence 

A man accused of rape who applied under section 275 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 to admit evidence of the complainer’s character has had his appeal against the preliminary hearing judge’s refusal of his application refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 October 2020

Sex offender who assaulted his sister and cousin loses appeal against conviction 

A sex offender who was convicted of indecently assaulting his cousin, who died before the beginning of the trial diet, has had his appeal against the conviction on the grounds that the trial was unfair refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 October 2020

Three young offenders have punishment parts of life sentences for murder reduced 

A trio of young offenders have successfully appealed the punishment parts of life sentences imposed on them after their joint murder of a man in Edinburgh, reducing them by two to four years each. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 October 2020

Murderer of Aberdeen woman loses appeal against sentence

The murderer of Aberdeen-born woman Neomi Smith, who was also convicted of minor assaults and behaving in an abusive or threatening manner towards her, has had his appeal against his sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 October 2020

Son of Lockerbie bomber succeeds in obtaining order allowing appeal against father’s conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has granted an order allowing the son of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, to appeal against his late father’s conviction, following a referral of the case by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 1 October 2020

Man found with indecent images of children loses appeal against conviction

A man who was found in possession of indecent images of children and convicted of offences under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 has had his appeal against conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 September 2020

‘Pick-up artist’ wins appeal against convictions for threatening and abusive behaviour

A self-styled “pick-up artist” who was convicted of five minor sexual assault charges has succeeded in quashing all five convictions on appeal. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 22 September 2020

Teen who committed knife assault in Edinburgh has sentence reduced

A teenager who was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment after committing an assault with a knife has had his sentence reduced by eight months on appeal. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 27 August 2020

Man who pursued and intimidated two women in vehicle loses appeal against conviction

A man who was found guilty of pursuing two sisters in a car and striking their vehicle with a scythe whilst subject to an undertaking to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court has had his appeal against conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 August 2020

Man who permanently disfigured another loses appeal against attempted murder conviction

A man who was tried alongside his brother for attempted murder and assault has failed to appeal his conviction in the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 August 2020

Historic sex offender loses appeal against conviction and sentence

A man who was convicted of historical lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour between 1983 and 1987 has had his appeal against conviction and sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 August 2020

Romanian grandmother wins appeal against extradition for shoplifting

A Romanian national has succeeded in appealing an extradition order that would have seen her returned to Romania to serve a 13-month prison sentence for a conviction of aggravated theft.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 August 2020

Aberdeenshire man has murder sentence reduced

A man convicted of murdering a man in Turiff, Aberdeenshire, has had the punishment part of his sentence reduced on appeal to the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 July 2020

High Court refuses appeal of man convicted of assaulting a baby

The Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary has refused an appeal against conviction by a man convicted of assaulting his baby daughter between May and July 2017.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 30 June 2020