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Fatal Accident Inquiries

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is held following a death in the workplace or in cases which give rise to reasonable suspicion. These are usually held in the sheriff court, but may be held in other premises where appropriate. We publish summaries of some FAIs, particularly in cases where there is wider public interest. The summaries provide details of the case, the main findings of the inquiry and a link to the sheriff's full determination. 

For a full list of all fatal accident inquiry determinations published on the SCTS website click here.

HMA v Keith Russell

Friday, 14 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today (13 February 2020) Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC sentenced Keith Russell to 5 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of an attacking a man with weapons.

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HMA v Joseph Whyte

Friday, 14 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh High Court today (14 February) Judge McFadyen sentenced Joseph Whyte, who was already serving two sentences for attacks on fellow prisoners with bladed implements, to a further 5 years and 4 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to seriously assaulting a fellow prisoner with an improvised bladed implement.

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HMA v Stephen Reed

Thursday, 13 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (13 February 2020) Lord Beckett imposed an extended sentence of 13 years with a custodial term of 10 years on Stephen Reed after he was convicted of charges including rape, sexual assault and assault.

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HMA v Stephen Paul O’Donnell & Robert Arnold Muir

Thursday, 13 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (13 February 2020) Lady Rae sentenced Stephen Paul O’Donnell and Robert Arnold Muir each to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years after they were found guilty of murder.

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HMA v JB

Friday, 7 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow High Court today (7 February 2020) Lord Arthurson sentenced JB to 4 years detention after the offender pled guilty to a single charge of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life and attempted murder.

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