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A 75 year old, who was ordered to pay more than £50,000 in compensation to victims of fraud, has been given a confiscation order for more than £12,000.

A 43 year old has been sentenced to a Community Payback Order at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for using cruel animal snares as well as stealing the GPS fitted cameras that led to his arrest.

Craig Aitken pled guilty to wildlife crimes carried out in January of last year at a farm in East Lothian.

He also admitted to stealing cameras which had been placed covertly by the Scottish SPCA with the land owner’s permission.

The Appeal Court today refused the appeal against both conviction and sentence by John Docherty.

In an update on the investigation into RBS, a Crown Office spokesperson today said:  

“The failure of RBS is an issue of great public concern. The Crown undertook a thorough, independent investigation following publication of the FSA (now FCA) report in December 2011.

"The Crown's investigation focussed on the rights issue of April – June 2008, and involved detailed consideration of whether there was any evidence of criminal conduct associated with the rights issue.

"If there were such evidence those responsible would face prosecution. If not, the public in Scotland could be reassured that the matter had been properly investigated.

An auction house in Hamilton has been fined £1,500 at Hamilton Sheriff Court after offering for sale three lots of elephant ivory.

LS Smellie & Son Ltd pled guilty to a contravention of regulations designed to protect endangered species from illegal trade.

A 31 year old has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering another man in his Perthshire home.

Confiscation order after two and a half kilos of drugs discovered at Fife house.

A man who pled guilty to supplying cannabis in Glenrothes has been given a confiscation order of £43,000, with 6 months to pay.

VAT fraudster Ronnie Decker stripped of assets after global investigation

- Assets valued at approximately £3million

- Investigation spanned three continents

- Funds will be provided to Scottish Government for reinvestment in the community

A 38-year-old who grew cannabis at his grandmother’s house has been given a Confiscation Order worth £10,500, with 6 months to pay.

Mark MacAulay previously pled guilty to cultivating the plant at his late grandmother’s home in Shotts.

Michael Murphy was today jailed for 7 years for physically and sexually abusing a number of boys in his care at St Joseph’s residential school in Tranent, East Lothian between January 1971 and July 1985.

Known as Brother Benedict or Brother Ben, Murphy, who is now retired and in his 80’s, was a member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian schools also known as the De La Salle Brotherhood.