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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 JAMES WATSON

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Burns sentenced James Currie Watson to 8 years and 9 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to causing the death of Brendon Main by driving dangerously in Newburgh on 24th July 2011.

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HMA v ROBERT WEMYSS & MARTIN SMART

Friday, 15 March, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Dumbarton Lord Stewart sentenced Martin Smart and Robert Wemyss in connection with the attempted murder of three police officers in Aberdeen in July 2012. Robert Wemyss was given an extended sentence of 15 years, and Martin Smart was sentenced to one year imprisonment.

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HMA v RICHARD SUTTON HOUSLEY & CAROLINE JANE LAING

Monday, 4 March, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Tyre imposed custodial sentences on Richard Housley and Caroline Laing after they were found guilty of committing fraud.

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HMA v SHANIECE DOBSON

Monday, 25 February, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 11 years on Shaniece Dobson after she was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Sean Martin on 25 February 2012 in Coatbridge.

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HMA v DOUGLAS CALDER

Friday, 22 February, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Stewart sentenced Douglas Calder to 18 months imprisonment and a driving ban of four years after he was found guilty of causing William Webber’s death by careless driving on 15 April 2011 in Aberdeenshire.

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