Rio Shaklah Thomas v HM Advocate

5th June 2014 Background On 17th January 2011, police forced entry to a property on Urquhart Road. The appellant, Ms. Thomas, along with her co-accused TB, was found in the property although it was tenanted by someone else. Various items … Continued

FB v Procurator Fiscal, Aberdeen

12th June 2014 Background On 26th January 2012, the appellant, FB, was convicted of the following charge. “On 26 January 2012, at 25E Don Place, Woodside, Aberdeen, you being a person having attained the age of 16 years and who … Continued

Robert Chalmers v HM Advocate

9th May 2014 Background On 12th May 2011, the appellant was convicted of the following: “(i) the murder of Samantha Wright and (ii) of defeating the ends of justice by, inter alia, mutilating and attempting to conceal her body.” (numbering … Continued

Adam Young vs. Procurator Fiscal Dingwall

13th May 2014 Background In July 2012, Young travelled from Fife to Poolwewe to collect two lorries which he had purchased on the internet for spare parts. For the return journey to Fife one of the two lorries was loaded … Continued

William Walker v. Procurator Fiscal, Edinburgh

8th May 2014 Background William Walker’s first, second and third wife had charged him with various counts of domestic violence, alleged to have taken place over a number of decades. Appeal The appeal relates only to the first two charges, … Continued

Brian Croal v. Her Majesty’s Advocate

29 April 2014 Background On 20 June 2012, Stirling Sheriff Court found the appellant guilty of assaulting a female, MH, by repeatedly punching her head and threatening further violence. The assault happened in Fallin on 26 February 2012. Sentencing was … Continued

Bruce Smith v HM Advocate

10th April 2014 Background On 3rd September 2013, Mr Bruce Smith was convicted of of having offensive weapons in his possession without a reasonable excuse. Since Mr Smith had bought these weapons while on holiday in Cyprus and was bringing … Continued

James Johnston v. HMA

09 April 2014 Background On the 15 May 2013, a sheriff and jury convicted the appellant of lewd and libidinous practices in contravention of section 5 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 1976 and an indecent assault. The latter charge … Continued