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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 Joseph Whyte

Wednesday, 14 October, 2015
Sentencing Statements

Today, at the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Uist imposed an order for life long restriction on Joseph Whyte with a punishment part of 6 years and 8 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to attempted murder, and committing an assault to the danger of life, on fellow prisoners.

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HMA v Jose Martins Barbosa

Tuesday, 13 October, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 13 October 2015, Lord Matthews sentenced Jose Barbosa to three years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to facilitating the exploitation of women for prostitution.

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HMA v Stephen Michael Nisbet, James Nisbet, John McMahon, David Milne, Robert Borland, Ronald Harrison

Friday, 9 October, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Armstrong sentenced Stephen Michael Nisbet, James Nisbet, John McMahon, David Milne, Robert Borland, Ronald Harrison and Allan Holland after they were convicted of “grave contraventions of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, principally in relation to the supply of heroin”. Stephen Michael Nisbet was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, James Nisbet to 10 years, John McMahon to seven years ten months, David Milne to four years, and Robert Borland, Ronald Harrison and Allan Holland to five years imprisonment.

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HMA v Linsey Cotton

Thursday, 8 October, 2015
Sentencing Statements

Today, at Paisley Sheriff Court, Sheriff Robert Fife sentenced Linsey Cotton to three years imprisonment after she pled guilty to fraud.

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HMA v Ralston Vint Graham

Wednesday, 7 October, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At Dumfries Sheriff Court on 7 October 2015, Sheriff Jamieson sentenced Ralston Vint Graham to 12 months imprisonment after the accused was convicted of sexual offences against two girls.

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