JGC v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence and procedure – Mutual corroboration – Moorov doctrine – Sufficiency of evidence. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing appeals against conviction and sentence by an appellant who was found guilty of six charges involving sexual offences against two young girls who were sisters, the court rejected the contention that the trial judge had erred in refusing a 'no case to answer' submission and in holding that the older sister's evidence about non-penetrative sexual activity in relation to charges of using lewd and indecent behaviour was capable of providing the requisite underlying similarity of conduct for the rape charges relating to the younger sister. Furthermore, the court was not persuaded that the 10-year prison sentence imposed on the appellant excessive.

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