Five cases which called at Edinburgh High Court today resulted in the confiscation of £1,475,459.24 from criminals, all of which will be made available to the Scottish Government for use in the CashBack programme, benefitting communities across Scotland.
Orders were made against money launderer Michael Voudouri, drug dealers Peter Walters and Alan Gardner, and brothel-keepers Margaret Paterson and Robert Munro.
At Stirling Sheriff Court today, gamekeeper James O'Reilly was given a Community Payback Order and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work after having pled guilty to four charges under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
O'Reilly was convicted at Stirling Sheriff Court on 24 April of a number of charged including the use of an illegal trap for the purposes of taking of wild birds on the Cardross Estate in March 2013. Common buzzards, red kites, goshawks and white tailed eagles can all be found nesting in or as regular visitors to the area.
- Crown action outsmarting shoplifting gangs.
- A network of more than 200 organised shoplifters who cost Scotland’s economy tens of millions of pounds each year has been identified and will become the focus of renewed activity.
- In 2014/15 we have recovered assets worth more than £8,500,000 through Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) cases
- We have used a raft of measures to tackle those who seek to profit from crime, through both the criminal and civil courts, to make life for criminals as difficult as possible
- Others successfully taken to court include brothel keepers, money launderers, and drug dealers.
At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 18-year-old Kriss Strachan was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, plus a seven year extended sentence, and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for a violent sex attack on a 90-year-old woman in her Bellshill home.
The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC has applied to the High Court for authority under the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 to set aside the acquittal of Francis Auld and prosecute him again for the murder of Amanda Duffy.
At Perth Sheriff Court today, Austen Sievewright, (DOB 07/06/1981) from Perth, was made subject to a confiscation order for £40,000.
On 27 February 2013, Sievewright was observed by Police officers driving his motor vehicle to a sports centre car park, exiting the car and then cycling through Perth to meet another individual. Sievewright was stopped by police after the meeting and found in possession of 250g of cocaine with a wholesale value of £7,500.