Case archive



Young offenders cannot get off ‘scot-free’, appeal judges rule in refusing appeals against custodial sentences

Two teenagers who were given custodial sentences after one pled guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and the other admitted a charge of assault have had their appeals against the sentences imposed rejected.

High Court of Justiciary — 9 October 2018

Sex offender has sentence reduced following appeal

A man who was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a friend while she was asleep has had his sentence reduced by six months following an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary — 18 June 2018

Teenage rapist wins appeal against ‘excessive’ six-year sentence

A 14-year-old boy who raped and sexual assaulted two younger girls has had his sentence of six years’ detention cut following an appeal after judges ruled that the custodial term imposed was “excessive”.

High Court of Justiciary — 7 February 2018

Two-year prison sentence for assault to severe injury was ‘not excessive, appeal judges rule

A man who was jailed for two years after being found guilty of assault to severe injury following which his victim died has failed in an appeal against what he claimed was an “excessive” sentence.

High Court of Justiciary — 31 August 2017

Fire-raiser fails in ‘insufficient evidence’ appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of wilful fire-raising on an “art and part” basis after paying another man to start the blaze has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

High Court of Justiciary — 7 April 2017

Man who challenged extradition to Poland on medical grounds loses appeal

A man facing extradition to Poland who challenged the order to extradite him on medical grounds has had an appeal dismissed.

High Court of Justiciary — 12 January 2017

Prevaricating witness found in contempt of court fails in appeal after claiming she ‘purged’ her contempt

A witness in an assault trial who was found in contempt of court for “prevaricating” has had a petition to the nobile officium of the High Court of Justiciary refused.

High Court of Justiciary — 7 December 2016

Man jailed for assaulting fiscal in court has ‘excessive’ sentence appeal rejected

A man who was sentenced to a total of five years' imprisonment after admitting assaulting police officers while on duty and assaulting a procurator fiscal depute in court has failed in an appeal against sentence.

High Court of Justiciary — 5 October 2016

Drugs offences accused fails in appeal against admissibility of police ‘expert’ evidence

A man accused of drugs-related offences who challenged the admissibility of “expert” evidence of a police officer whose report included content copied from the “Ask Frank” government-funded website has failed in an appeal.

High Court of Justiciary — 12 August 2016

Crown wins appeal against ‘unduly lenient’ sentence imposed on man who attempted to conspire to sexually abuse three-year-old girl

The Crown has successfully challenged the sentence imposed on a man who pled guilty to attempting to conspire to rape and sexually assault a young girl and to take indecent photographs of her.

High Court of Justiciary — 27 January 2016