I speak in support of Liam Kerr’s members’ bill proposal. I am a qualified advocate who has dealt with these sorts of cases on both sides of the court room, and it appears to me that a move towards ensuring that whole-life custody sentences can be handed down by Scottish judges could be part of a positive way to restore confidence in our justice system. As the consultation on the proposed...
When I was an advocate, I was acting in the courts in either prosecution or defence, and I was not involved in the political process in this chamber as I am now. I am sure that that the member will agree that we always have to look at revising and improving the law, and at addressing gaps in it. The proposed bill would do that.
I will not at this point. I need to make some progress. In the media, we regularly read and hear of life sentences being handed down for the worst criminals, but we have seen some criminals being released after serving as little as 14 years. How is that justice for the victim’s family? Over 70 per cent of lifers have been released after less than 15 years in prison, and more than 800 of...
Conservative MSP for Lothian
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election
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