Caselaw: Carrying Knives, Knowledge and Reasonable Excuse

Section 49 of the Criminal Law Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1995, as amended makes it an offence for a person to have with him in a public place a sharply pointed or bladed article.  It is important to note that the words “to have with him” ignore any question of knowledge and intent.  The careless, casual, Read more about Caselaw: Carrying Knives, Knowledge and Reasonable Excuse[…]

Caselaw – Knife Crime and Young Offenders

The following link relates to a press report of the sentence appeal concerning a 16 year-old first offender. (Tay FM News, 24th November 2011.) The case illustrates the Appeal Court’s attitude to the sentencing of young offenders involved in knife crime within the statutory framework of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. Section 207(3) provides Read more about Caselaw – Knife Crime and Young Offenders[…]