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15-year-old boy on trial for psychological domestic abuse in Scotland

A 15-year-old boy has been accused of psychological domestic abuse against his 14-year-old girlfriend, making him the youngest person to face prosecution under the new legislation. It is alleged the boy engaged in a course of behaviour between 17 and 22 October, which was considered abusive towards the third-year pupil at Perth Secondary School. His aim was allegedly to “control, regulate and monitor her day-to-day activities and to frighten, humiliate, degrade and punish her”.

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Reduced sentence after 'material misdirection' on sexual assault charge

A man who was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault in an ‘omnibus’ charge has had his sentence reduced from two years to eight months after appealing against his conviction. The appellant, Piotr Rysmanowski, argued only one of the three episodes was corroborated and questioned how the jury was directed on what ‘mutual corroboration’ is.

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Homicide cases fall 25% in a decade

The number of homicides across Scotland has fallen by 20 cases (25 per cent) since 2009/10. There were 61 victims of homicide recorded in 2018/19; two victims (or three per cent) more than the 59 recorded the previous year. Following the 59 cases in both 2015/16 and 2017/18, this is the third-lowest number of recorded cases for a single 12-month period since 1976. In Scotland, the number of homicide cases has remained fairly stable, with figures staying between 59 and 63 cases every year since 2012/13.

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Dangerous driving conviction overturned after CCTV viewed by appeal court

A bus driver has successfully appealed his conviction after he was charged with dangerous driving because he ‘failed to leave a sufficient gap’ when driving past a parked van and pedestrian.

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Man wins appeal against 'excessive' sentence for child grooming offences

A severely disabled man who was found guilty of sexual crimes against children and sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment has successfully appealed against a sheriff’s decision to impose a custodial sentence.

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