THE Law Officers have paid tribute to former advocate depute Derek Ogg QC, who has died at the age of 65.
Mr Ogg was an influential and respected advocate who performed a number of roles within Crown Office and was the first head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit.
Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said:
“Derek was an outstanding advocate, both as a prosecutor and a defender.
“As an advocate depute, as defence counsel, and in other ways, he made a significant contribution to the administration of justice in Scotland.
“I was shocked and very sad to learn of his death.”
Solicitor General Alison Di Rollo QC said:
“Derek was an extraordinary talent, whether as the visionary head of NSCU or as a supremely skilled defence advocate, quite simply one of Scotland’s best.
“I too was shocked – and shaken – by the news of his untimely death.
“We are all the poorer for his loss.”
Away from Crown Office, Mr Ogg represented clients in a number of high-profile cases, was a campaigner for LGBTI rights and acted as a legal commentator on current affairs programmes.