Orr v Procurator Fiscal, Paisley

Criminal law – Threatening or abusive behaviour. Sheriff Appeal Court: Refusing appeals against conviction and sentence for threatening or abusive behaviour aggravated by religious prejudice by an appellant who stood outside a Catholic cathedral on a Sunday morning holding a placard bearing the words 'God hates Catholics', the court rejected contentions that the sheriff had erred in holding that the appellant's conduct was abusive and was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear and alarm: each of the constituent elements of a charge under s 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 had been satisfied and the sentence imposed, a fine of £400, was not excessive; it fell well within the discretion available to the sheriff.

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