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Crimes of homicide and cannabis as aggravating factor (19 July 2016) (R013013)

Thank you for your request dated 4 May 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

“I would like to request details of all cases relating to crimes of homicide within the past three years where cannabis was recorded as an aggravating factor. This should include as much information as possible about each case, including the charge(s), the age, gender, location and allegations.”

I also refer to your telephone conversation with a member of our Media Relations Team, when it was confirmed that, within costs limits, we could provide information in relation to homicides, excluding driving related homicides, and you confirmed you were content with this course of action.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your request, this was due to the number of cases which required to be manually checked to obtain the information requested.

I should advise that COPFS case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes. 

Having checked the charges relating to crimes of homicide within the past three years, excluding driving related homicides, I can advise that no such charges show Cannabis being recorded as an aggravating factor.