McDowall and others v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence – Sufficiency of evidence – Possession of goods recently stolen. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing appeals by three appellants who were convicted of theft and reset in relation to a break-in at a house in which, inter alia, jewellery and commemorative coins were stolen, the court rejected contentions that the sheriff had erred in repelling submissions of no case to answer, holding that the conditions for the doctrine of recent possession of stolen goods to apply had been satisfied and that at the stage of the no case to answer submission there was sufficient evidence to demonstrate that all three accused had been involved in the break-in.

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