The Solicitor General Lesley Thomson Q.C. today backed the Scottish Governments plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration pointing out the current system is denying too many victims the opportunity to get justice.
At Aberdeen Sheriff Court today Billy Buchan was sentenced to carry out 175 hours of unpaid work and William Buchan 200 hours, for singing songs containing religiously offensive content on a crowded train. They also each had two year Football Banning Orders imposed.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has published details of the investigation process to help inform grieving relatives of the next steps, and details of the investigation process, which will follow the Clutha helicopter crash in Glasgow.
Elaine Taylor, Head of Health and Safety Division at the Crown Office said:
"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.
"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. The technical investigation currently being carried out by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch takes precedence over other inquiries as it is responsible for ensuring the safety of other aircraft. This inquiry is complex and detailed and is likely to be some time before it reports fully.
"In addition to this inquiry, Police Scotland will continue with its investigation working with other agencies to carry out a separate investigation. When these two investigations are complete the Crown Office will take a decision as soon as possible about whether criminal proceedings or a Fatal Accident Inquiry may be held."
Details of the investigation process which will follow the Clutha Helicopter crash are published on the COPFS website.
The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, yesterday met with Jack Gault, a pupil from John Ogilvie High School in Hamilton, and his family as his prize-winning artwork was put on display in the Scottish Parliament.
The Appeal Court in Edinburgh has refused an appeal by Barry McGrory against conviction and sentence for the murder of Paul John McGee.
In November 2012, McGrory was sentence to life imprisonment, having been found guilty by a jury at a trial at Edinburgh High Court of murdering 18-year-old Mr Wallace.
At the High Court at Glasgow today Stuart Arron Patterson was sentenced for the murder of Paul Cunningham in Glasgow in January of this year after being found guilty of the crime on 13 September 2013.
Patterson (DoB 27/08/1986) was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a punishment part of 18 years, for the murder and 3 years for being concerned in the supplying of drugs.
At the High Court in Glasgow today, James Trigwell (DOB 26/09/1985) was sentenced to 5 years 4 months imprisonment and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for a catalogue of sex offences against young girls.
Trigwell had earlier pled guilty to a total of 23 offences against numerous girls aged between 13 and 16 which occurred between June 2011 and September 2012.
At Aberdeen Sheriff today, Ian Paterson (DOB 13/07/1951) from Ellon, Aberdeenshire was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for sexually assaulting three women.
Following trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, on 14 October this year Paterson was convicted of three charges in contravention of Section 3 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act, after the court heard evidence that he had made inappropriate remarks to, and sexually assaulted the women between July 2011 and October 2012.