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Solicitor General for Scotland attends Lockerbie bombing 25th anniversary events at Syracuse University, New York

The Solicitor General for Scotland, Lesley Thomson QC has accepted an invitation to attend a programme of events at Syracuse University in New York, in remembrance of the 35 students from the University who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

The Solicitor General is leading a delegation from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Lord Advocate welcomes drop in homicides

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC has welcomed the drop in recorded homicides reported in the statistical bulletin Homicide in Scotland, 2011-12 which was published today (1 October) by Scotland's Chief Statistician. The publication presents statistics on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland over the past 10 years.

The figures show that crimes of homicide have decreased by 32% since 2011-12 which is the lowest figure recorded by the bulletin over the 10 year period.

Super Puma G-REDL 2009 Investigation timeline

A timeline into the investigation into the 2009 incident involving helicopter G-REDL has been made available to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

Specialist lead prosecutor to strengthen response to domestic abuse

The prosecution of cases involving domestic abuse has been further enhanced by the introduction of a new specialist, national prosecutor.

As Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse, Anne Marie Hicks will co-ordinate the prosecution service's response to domestic abuse cases from across Scotland.

This new role will bring further expertise to the prosecution approach towards cases involving domestic abuse.

Murderers sentenced for death of Perth man

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Taylor Gordon (19) was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and Drew Paterson (25) to 18 years imprisonment for the murder of William Reid (27) in Perth on 7 December last year after being found guilty of the crime last month.

Scottish business can lead the way in disrupting organised crime

The Solicitor General today urged business leaders and regulators to play their full part in disrupting organised crime across Scotland.

Speaking at a Serious Organised Crime Task Force seminar hosted by the Crown Office, Lesley Thomson QC said law enforcement needs the continuing support of legitimate business to undermine organised criminals.

Snowden and Jennings sentenced to life imprisonment for Sharkey family murders

Today Scott Snowden and Robert Jennings were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of Thomas Sharkey Snr, his son Thomas Sharkey Jnr (21) and eight-year-old daughter Bridget Sharkey.

Snowden was sentenced to Life with a punishment part of 33 years. Jennings was sentenced to Life with a punishment part of 29 years.

New date set for Gary McCourt appeal

A new date has been set for the hearing of the sentence appeal in the case against Gary McCourt.

The hearing will now take place at 10:00 on 13 August 2013 at the Appeal Court at Lawnmarket, Edinburgh.

Lord Advocate issues ‘same sex’ marriage opposition guidance to prosecutors

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.

Hate Crime in Scotland 2012-13

A report on Hate Crime in Scotland, 2012-13 was published today. This brings together figures on race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity. It also includes figures for charges under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, covering the first 13 months since the introduction of this legislation.