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Prosecution Costs (R016411) July 2017

 Thank you for your request dated 29 June 2017 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"What was the total financial cost to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in bringing a culpable homicide case against Katy McAllister, of Seafield Close, Dundee, to the High Court earlier this year (case reference DN15004489)?

Background: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dundee-medic-cleared-causing-friends-death-tattoo-parlour/

Costs should cover the money spent on staff to investigate and prepare the case after receipt of a report from police, and to present the case in court.

Please also detail the total man hours used in relation to the above.

Please note, these costs should cover all of the charges that McAllister faced in court, and not just the culpable homicide charge."

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) does not routinely collate the total time spent and total costs associated with investigating individual cases and I can therefore confirm in terms of Section 17 of FOISA that COPFS does not hold the information you have requested.

However, what we can provide is recorded information on the costs associated with payment of expenses for the prosecution witnesses involved in the court case. That amount is £6,705.81. These expenses include, but are not limited to, loss of earnings, travel and accommodation costs and any fees payable to expert witnesses for work undertaken and reports prepared by them.