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Announcement on the Snowman and Jim Clark Rallys’ Fatal Accident Inquiry

Following investigations into two separate fatal accidents at motor sport events, the Crown Office will use new legislation to hold, for the first time, a joint Fatal Accident Inquiry.

Fine for Scapa Flow Divers

Two men who were involved in the unlawful removal of artefacts from sunken German warships were today each fined £18,000 at Kirkwall Sheriff Court.

Divers Robert Infante and Gordon Meek committed the offences at Scapa Flow, Orkney, where a number of German ships have lain on the seabed since they were scuttled in June 1919.

 

Keane Wallis-Bennett Fatal Accident Inquiry

Following a full investigation and after careful consideration the Crown has concluded that there will be no criminal proceedings in relation to the death of Keane Wallis-Bennett. It has been decided that a Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held to examine the circumstances of her death.

Company director jailed for 7 years over £18m Ponzi scheme

A 57 year old has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to a complex investment fraud which accrued more than £18 million.

Stephen Farley, from Edinburgh, established his business through cold calling potential investors and then providing a false picture of the returns on their investments.

Woman jailed for fraud totalling over £100k

A 43 year old woman who conned a family run business out of £110,000 is facing three years in jail after being sentenced at Dumfries Sheriff Court today.

Life term for man who murdered his partner

A 51 year old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his partner and then trying to cover up his crime.

James McCarten beat 43 year old Anna Rosenberg so severely that she died from her injuries.

Solicitor General to deliver speech at major conference on human trafficking

18 October is Anti-Slavery Day (EU Anti-Trafficking Day) and the Solicitor General for Scotland, Alison Di Rollo QC is speaking at a conference in London which is examining the UK's response to modern slavery.

Skipper jailed for neglect that lead to crewman’s death

The skipper of a fishing vessel has been sentenced to six months imprisonment today after a crew member died when the ship ran aground off the Shetland Islands.

Christopher Smith pled guilty to a contravention of Section 58(2)(b) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on 13th September 2016.

Life sentence for delicatessen murder

A 32 year old has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 15 year old Paige Doherty.

Today at the High Court in Glasgow John Leathem, who pled guilty at a hearing on 5 September, was told he would spend a minimum of 27 years in prison for the horrific attack on the teenager.

Lord Advocate’s personal pledge on Hate Crime

The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC has marked UK Hate Crime Awareness Week by sending a strong message to those who engage in this abhorrent behaviour that they will face the full force of the law.