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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 Paul Brian Moffat

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 April 2017, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence of ten years on Paul Moffat after the accused was found guilty of raping and sexually abusing a four-year-old girl. The custodial element will be eight years, followed by an extension period two years on licence.

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HMA v George McDonald

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 April, Lord Woolman sentenced George McDonald to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to culpable homicide.

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HMA v Robert Thomas Kay

Friday, 21 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 April 2017, Lady Rae sentenced Robert Kay to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after the accused pled guilty to the murder of Carlo Volante.

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HMA v John McKay

Friday, 21 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 21 April 2017, Lady Scott sentenced John McKay to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of William Scott.

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HMA v Ross Muir

Wednesday, 19 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 April 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Ross Muir to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the rape of an 11-year-old girl.

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