Following an investigation under the direction of the Crown Office Cold Case Review Unit, John Docherty, born 2 December 1964 has been indicted for the murder of Elaine Doyle in Greenock on 2 June 1986. The case will call for a preliminary hearing at the High Court of Justiciary, Glasgow on 10 February 2014. This is the first indictment to be served following an investigation by the Cold Case Unit set up by the Crown Office in 2011.
A Skills for Justice report on enhancing the professionalsim of the provision of interpreting in the Scottish criminal justice sector was published today. The report was commissioned by the Working Group on Interpreting and Translation (WGIT) whose members include the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The publication reports on the key findings of a scoping exercise to review and evaluate current interpreting provision, standards, qualification, training and service contracts.
Under the pilot scheme there will be a presumption that anyone committing criminal behaviour on public transport, which puts people at risk of violent or threatening behaviour, will be prosecuted.
Offences involving violence which cause injury of any description to transport staff will carry a presumption of prosecution in front of a Sheriff and jury – increasing the chances of a jail sentence.
The pilot scheme will run from December until 6 January 2014.
The Crown Office has published details of the investigation process which will follow the Clutha Helicopter crash in Glasgow. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives and the other victims of the incident at this difficult time. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) have responsibility for leading the investigation into any sudden and unexplained deaths in Scotland and deciding whether criminal proceedings or a Fatal Accident Inquiry should be held.
Representatives from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and victim support organisations will debate and work together to raise awareness and consider how best to overcome the challenges in the fight against those who traffic and trade in human beings for profit.
Scottish prosecutors have been issued with new guidance by the Solicitor General for Scotland, Lesley Thomson QC, which sets out how the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) will deal with crimes against older people who are victims or witnesses of crime. The Older People’s Policy has been made public, on the COPFS website.
At the High Court in Edinburgh today Taylor Gordon (19) was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and Drew Paterson (25) to 18 years imprisonment for the murder of William Reid (27) in Perth on 7 December last year after being found guilty of the crime last month.
The Solicitor General today urged business leaders and regulators to play their full part in disrupting organised crime across Scotland.
Speaking at a Serious Organised Crime Task Force seminar hosted by the Crown Office, Lesley Thomson QC said law enforcement needs the continuing support of legitimate business to undermine organised criminals.
Today Scott Snowden and Robert Jennings were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of Thomas Sharkey Snr, his son Thomas Sharkey Jnr (21) and eight-year-old daughter Bridget Sharkey.
Snowden was sentenced to Life with a punishment part of 33 years.