Case archive



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

High Court rejects appeal of man convicted in 'distressing' sexual assault trial

A man who was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment for sexually assaulting a woman has had his appeal against conviction refused by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 4 June 2020

Woman who shook eight-month-old baby loses appeal against conviction

A woman who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for shaking an eight-month-old baby and endangering her life has lost her appeal against conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 April 2020

Repeat offenders denied bail appeal due to COVID-19 uncertainties over trial diet

Two men who had been remanded in custody since July 2019 charged with assault and robbery and whose trial had been postponed due to the suspension of jury trials have had their appeal against refusal of bail refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 April 2020

Sex offender’s conviction upheld on appeal but sentence reduced by two years

A man convicted of a number of sexual offences has had his appeal against conviction refused but succeeded in having his sentence reduced due to his significantly low intelligence.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 April 2020

Man who pled guilty to assault but claimed ‘mental disorder’ fails in ‘defective representation’ appeal

A man who pled guilty to a violent assault who claimed he was the victim of a “miscarriage of justice” because he may have been suffering from a “mental disorder” at the time of the offence has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 26 March 2020

Criminal Appeal Court upholds firearms convictions after rejecting ‘hearsay’ claim

Two men found guilty of firearms offences have failed in an appeal against their convictions.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 25 March 2020

Robber whose DNA was found on torch inside house fails in appeal against conviction 

A man who was found guilty of breaking into a dead person’s home and stealing a quantity of jewellery after his DNA was found on a torch which was left in the property has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 10 February 2020

Criminal Appeal Court clarifies application of ‘mutual corroboration’ in child sex abuse cases

Two men found guilty of child sexual offences on the basis of the principle of “mutual corroboration” who claimed that there were insufficient similarities between the offences to demonstrate a “course of conduct” have had their appeals against their convictions rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 29 January 2020

Rapist who claimed amended charge caused him ‘prejudice’ loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of the repeated rape of his former partner and her granddaughter on the basis of the doctrine of “mutual corroboration” has had an appeal against his conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 14 January 2020

Man acquitted of rape who skipped court for Ibiza wins appeal against sentence

A man acquitted of rape following a trial who was jailed for three years after being found guilty of a separate charge of failing to appear for a preliminary hearing of his case – because he had gone to Ibiza – has had his sentence reduced on appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 January 2020

Criminal Appeal Court issues guidance on sentencing discounts for returned prisoners 

A man who admitted a domestic assault charge after being released from prison on licence following a previous conviction for housebreaking has had his sentence for the latest offence reduced from 27 months to 17 months on appeal, in a new guideline judgment on how to take into account time spent on remand following a guilty plea.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 7 January 2020

Sex offender has sentence reduced over ‘material misdirection on mutual corroboration’

A man who was jailed for two years after being found guilty of three instances of sexual assault libelled in a single “omnibus” charge has had his sentence reduced after appealing against his conviction.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 December 2019

Order for Lifelong Restriction for beggar convicted of rape upheld by Criminal Appeal Court

A beggar who was sentenced to an Order for Lifelong Restriction after being convicted of rape has had an appeal against his life sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 6 December 2019

Rapist fails in appeal against conviction for breaching ‘unlawful’ sexual offences prevention order

A man found guilty of rape and child sex offences who claimed that a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) made in advance of his release from prison was null and void because it failed to specify a period for which it would apply has had an appeal against his conviction for breaching the order dismissed.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 3 December 2019