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Ralph Goldie – Successful Murder Appeal

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After a six day murder trial at the High Court of Justiciary in Glasgow the client was found guilty by the jury under deletion of much of the charge.

An appeal was taken on the basis that what the jury left in the charge didn’t adequately amount to a charge of assault as it didn’t chime with what the Crown evidence was or how they were charged in respect of the mechanism of the assault by the trial judge. It was submitted on behalf of the appellant by Senior Counsel, Brian McConnachie QC, that the charge that remained didn’t make sense and the jury should be directed to reconsider their verdict.

This course of action was not, however, adopted by the trial judge and conviction followed. Mr Goldie however successfully appealed his murder conviction. The decision of the appeal court can be read here.



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