|Procurator Fiscal||Mr J Dunn|
Procurator Fiscal's Office
10 Ballater Street
At Duns Sheriff Court today, David Cochrane (Duns) Ltd, a scrap metal business, was fined a total of £53,000 for illegally keeping and treating waste for 14 years and for failing to remove a quantity of mixed waste metals, liquid waste, tyres and batteries after being required to do so by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
As well as one of the most significant fines for such offending, the case also resulted in the first confiscation order to be made under Proceeds of Crime legislation for an environmental offence.
At Glasgow Sheriff Court today five men were sentenced for their part in a large scale disturbance at Glasgow Central Station following the Scottish Cup match between Ayr United and Hibs at Somerset Park, Ayr on 10 March 2012.
The final of the Edinburgh Schools Public Speaking Competition took place last night at Broughton High School, Edinburgh.
Organised by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, this is the first time that the competition has run in Edinburgh, after a successful pilot in Glasgow last year.
Today, at the High Court in Glasgow, Archibald McKay (46) was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for the attempted murder on 27 August 2012 of Mr. Rashid Ali (34), a shop worker, near his place of work in Saracen Street, Glasgow. McKay had appeared at Court on a charge of assault to injury, danger of life and attempted murder with "an ignited bottle containing fuel".
The Crown Office has published details of the investigation process which will follow the Clutha Helicopter crash in Glasgow. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives and the other victims of the incident at this difficult time. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) have responsibility for leading the investigation into any sudden and unexplained deaths in Scotland and deciding whether criminal proceedings or a Fatal Accident Inquiry should be held.
At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Johnathan MacKinnon and Stefan Millar were both sentenced to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years for the murder of Liam Aitchison on the Isle of Lewis on 22 November 2011.
The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, announced the winning students in a South Lanarkshire schools art competition designed to promote equality through art and educate school pupils about hate crime to help eradicate the offences from Scottish society.
Third-year students from Biggar High School, Calderside Academy and John Ogilvie High School took part in the ‘Promoting Equality Together Through Art’ competition to raise awareness amongst young people of the need for equality in our society and the destructive effects hate crime can have on their peers and their community.
More than £12 million worth of proceeds of crime has been recovered in the past year, the Solicitor General Lesley Thomson, QC, announced today.
The specialist prosecutors of the Crown's Serious and Organised Crime Division secured confiscation orders worth over £8 million against convicted drug dealers, benefit fraudsters, and a variety of others including more than £4.3 million alone from those involved in the "black fish" cases.
Prosecutors in Scotland have today been issued with guidance by the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, on the prosecution of anyone who opposes same sex marriage in Scotland.
The action follows the publication today of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill by the Scottish Government.