Case archive



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

Armed robber who claimed ‘miscarriage of justice’ over alleged misdirection loses appeal against conviction 

A man found guilty of an armed robbery committed while wearing a Mexican wrestling mask who claimed he suffered a “miscarriage of justice” as a result of the advocate depute’s speech to the jury on the forensic evidence has had his appeal against conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 June 2019

Criminal Appeal Court issues judgment on sentencing of ‘statutory child’

The Crown has successfully challenged the sentence of detention in a young offenders’ institution imposed on a 16-year-old boy convicted of sex offences.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 June 2019

Murderer who claimed ‘miscarriage of justice’ over 999 call evidence loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of murder who claimed that the trial judge’s decision to refuse to allow part of a 999 call to be played in court, during which recording a voice could be heard saying words to the effect that one of his co-accused “did it”, has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 31 May 2019

Man found guilty of theft by housebreaking who claimed ‘no case to answer’ fails in appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of theft by housebreaking who claimed there was “insufficient evidence” that he was at the scene of the crime at the time of the offence has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 28 May 2019

Murderer’s appeal against conviction over judge’s ‘misdirection’ on diminished responsibility rejected

A man found guilty of murder after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs who claimed that he was suffering from “abnormality of mind” at the time of the killing has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 May 2019

Sex offender fails in legal bid for more time to appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of attempted rape who failed to lodge an appeal within the statutory time limits has had an application for an extension of time to challenge his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 May 2019

Man convicted of violent domestic assaults fails in appeal for sentence discount for guilty plea

A man who was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to serious and violent assaults against his former partner has failed in an appeal to have his sentence reduced.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 May 2019

‘Ruff justice’ appeal rejected as judges confirm destruction of dangerous dog

A dog-owner who challenged a sheriff’s decision to order the destruction of her pet Bullmastiff after it attacked a passer-by and another dog has had her appeal dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 3 May 2019

Gleneagles Hotel armed robber fails in appeal against sentence for £500,000 heist

An armed robber who was given an extended sentence of 18 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of carrying out a £500,000 jewellery heist at one of Scotland’s top hotels has had an appeal against his sentence rejected. Rich

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 April 2019

Sheriff’s decision to impose supervised release order in addition to long-term sentence ‘incompetent’

A serial offender with over 100 previous convictions has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision to impose a supervised release order (SRO) after he was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for an attempted robbery and a separate statutory breach of the peace.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 March 2019

Rapist convicted of assaulting fellow prisoner fails in appeal against order for lifelong restriction

A serial offender who was sentenced to an order for lifelong restriction (OLR) following his fourth High Court appearance has had an appeal against a judge’s decision to impose the OLR rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 March 2019

Bank employee who stole customers’ cash has prison sentence cut following appeal

A bank employee who stole more than £50,000 from customers’ accounts has had his sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 12 March 2019