Case archive



Man accused of rape of sister and fiancée to face trial after Crown wins ‘mutual corroboration’ appeal

A man accused of rape and other historical child sexual offences against his sister as well as allegedly raping his former fiancée will face trial on the charges after prosecutors successfully challenged a judge’s decision to uphold a “no case to answer” submission.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 November 2019

Lord Advocate wins appeal to prosecute man for murder despite accepting his guilty plea to assault

Scotland’s top law officer has successfully challenged a judge’s decision that the Crown was “barred” from prosecuting a man for murder, having previously accepted his guilty plea to a charge of assaulting the same man, who died almost five years later as a result of his injuries.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 November 2019

Woman who murdered husband in ‘merciless attack’ has punishment part reduced on appeal

A woman who was jailed for life with a minimum of 25-and-a-half years after being found guilty of the murder of her husband has had the punishment part of her sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 11 November 2019

Tax fraudster fails in appeal against proceeds of crime confiscation order 

A woman who was made the subject of a confiscation order under “proceeds of crime” legislation after being convicted of a £50,000 tax fraud has failed in an appeal against her sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 November 2019

Bail condition not to contact former partner both ‘lawful and appropriate’, appeal judges rule

A man who was ordered not to contact his former partner after being convicted of a statutory breach of the peace following a drunken rant at police officers has had an appeal against the bail condition imposed dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 30 October 2019

Man who murdered ex-partner loses appeal against ‘excessive’ 19-year punishment part

A man who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of the murder of his ex-partner has had an appeal against the punishment part of his sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 October 2019

Murderer with previous conviction for killing own father has punishment part reduced on appeal

A man who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice has had the punishment part of the sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 23 October 2019

Threatening behaviour libel gave adequate notice of significant sexual offence, appeal judges rule

A man found guilty of behaving in a “threatening” manner towards two teenage girls has had an appeal against a sheriff’s decision to place him on the sex offenders register dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 14 October 2019

Disabled man jailed for child ‘grooming’ offences wins appeal against ‘inappropriate and excessive’ custodial sentence 

A severely disabled man who was sentenced to one year and eight months’ imprisonment after being convicted of sexual offences against children has successfully appealed against a sheriff’s decision to impose a custodial sentence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 3 October 2019

Domestic abuser fails in appeal against four-year custodial sentence but has extension period quashed 

A man who was jailed for four years after being found guilty of domestic abuse offences has had an appeal against the custodial term imposed rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 2 October 2019

Rapist loses appeal against conviction over ‘insufficient evidence’ of lack of consent

A man who was found guilty of raping a family member but claimed that there was “insufficient evidence” that he lacked the “honest belief” that the complainer had consented has lost his appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 27 September 2019

Appeal against ‘intent to rape’ conviction over sheriff’s ‘prejudicial misdirection’ dismissed

A man found guilty of sexual assault with intent to rape who claimed that the sheriff’s directions to the jury were “prejudicial” has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 September 2019

Alesha MacPhail killer Aaron Campbell succeeds in appeal to have ‘excessive’ punishment part reduced

A teenager found guilty of the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl has had the punishment part of his life sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 September 2019

Man found guilty of gangland ‘execution’ loses legal bid to amend grounds of appeal

A man found guilty of a Glasgow gangland murder has had an application to amend the grounds of his appeal against his conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 September 2019

Motorist who claimed speeding prosecution notice signed by former police chief was ‘invalid’ loses appeal

A motorist accused of speeding who claimed that the notice of intended prosecution he received was “invalid” because it bore an electronic signature of the former chief constable has had his appeal dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 2 September 2019