An extended sentence of 10 years, comprising a custodial term of six years and an extended licence period of four years, was appropriate in the case of the appellant following his pleas of guilty to arson and aggravated burglary.
It was in the interests of justice to allow a defendant insurer permission to withdraw an admission of liability under CPR r.14.1B for a road traffic accident which had resulted in the claimant suffering serious brain injuries where it sought to raise the defence of ex turpi causa.
Convictions for wounding with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, having an offensive weapon and criminal damage were upheld. The judge had not erred in her summing up and the appellant had not been prejudiced by an agreed admission placed before the jury.
In determining that it was not in the interests of justice for an offender’s case to be referred to the High Court of Justiciary on the basis of Cadder (Peter) v HM Advocate  UKSC 43, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission had not erred in taking into account the fact that the offender had not disputed the truth of an admission made in his police interview, had not challenged the fairness of the interview or its use at trial, and had made use of the interview at trial.
In a case where experts had recommended that an intermediary be appointed to assist the defendant, the trial judge had been entitled to conclude that the intermediary should be present only when the defendant was giving evidence.