Case archive



Scottish Power fine after Longannet worker was burned now reduced following appeal

An electricity company which was fined £1.75 million for breaching health and safety legislation after a worker was badly burned has had the financial penalty reduced by £550,000 following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary 7 November 2016

Appeal judges dismiss T in the Park drug dealer’s claim that police search was ‘unlawful’

A man accused of being concerned in the supply of ecstasy at T in the Park who claimed that the police search of him was “unlawful” has had an appeal refused after a sheriff rejected his challenge.

High Court of Justiciary 25 October 2016

Court issues reasons for authorising new prosecution of Ronnie Coulter for murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar

Judges have issued their reasons for setting aside the acquittal of a man accused of the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown, Lanarkshire.

High Court of Justiciary 24 October 2016

Paedophile loses appeal against Order for Lifelong Restriction

A paedophile convicted of a catalogue of sexual offences against 19 children has failed in an appeal against his “lifelong” sentence.

High Court of Justiciary 29 September 2016

Armed robber fails in ‘defective representation’ appeal

A man found guilty of a knifepoint robbery who also allegedly threatened to assault his defence counsel has lost an appeal against his conviction after claiming he did not receive a fair trial due to “defective representation”.

High Court of Justiciary 23 September 2016

Sheriff’s 'misdirection' on statutory offence of stalking did not result in miscarriage of justice, appeal court rules

A man found guilty of stalking who claimed that the sheriff “misdirected” the jury by failing to advise them of the need for his conduct to have caused “actual fear or alarm” has failed in an appeal against conviction, after the Criminal Appeal Court ruled that the misdirection was not a “material” one.

High Court of Justiciary 17 August 2016

Gamekeeper found guilty of killing wild bird loses appeal against conviction

A gamekeeper who was found guilty of killing a buzzard after a sheriff rejected his special defence of alibi has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

High Court of Justiciary 10 August 2016

John Docherty loses appeal against conviction and sentence for murder of Elaine Doyle

The man found guilty of the murder of Elaine Doyle, who claimed that the jury’s verdict was “unreasonable”, has had an appeal against conviction refused.

High Court of Justiciary 1 June 2016

Housebreaker who claimed DNA evidence was insufficient corroboration loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of a charge which libelled that he broke into a residential property and stole jewellery has failed in an appeal against conviction after claiming there was “insufficient evidence” to corroborate the theft.

High Court of Justiciary 5 May 2016

Crown loses appeal against disclosure order after appeal judges rule access to productions is for court to determine

Prosecutors have failed in an appeal against a judge’s decision to order the disclosure of recordings of interviews of two complainers in a sex abuse case after appeal judges ruled that such label productions are subject to the control of the court, not the Crown.

High Court of Justiciary 22 April 2016

Judges rule ‘very little required to corroborate single positive identification’ in refusing appeal against statutory breach of the peace conviction

A man found guilty of a statutory breach of the peace who claimed there was “insufficient proof” that he committed the offence has had an appeal against conviction refused.

High Court of Justiciary 20 April 2016

Sheriff did not misdirect jury in describing knives as ‘weapon’, appeal court rules

A man found guilty of carrying an “offensive weapon” in public after witnesses saw him brandishing two knives and chasing youths in a street “as if he was going to stab someone” has failed in an appeal against conviction.

High Court of Justiciary 5 April 2016

Crown not obliged to investigate special defence of incrimination or disclose incriminee’s details, appeal court rules

A man found guilty of being concerned in the supply of cocaine who lodged a special defence of incrimination which he later had to withdraw due to a lack of evidence to support it has failed in an appeal against conviction after claiming that prosecutors failed in their duty to disclose information relating to the incriminee.

High Court of Justiciary 1 April 2016

Man who assaulted and robbed beggar loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of assaulting and robbing a homeless person who claimed that the sheriff erred in repelling a “no case to answer” submission and that the sheriff “misdirected” the jury has failed in an appeal against conviction.

High Court of Justiciary 24 March 2016