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Just more incompetence? Corrupt to the core...

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/4005953/celtic-Rangers-fans-sex-dolls-walk-free/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1552773961

THE Old Firm hanging sex dolls trial has been axed for good after prosecutors lost evidence, we can reveal.

Nine celtic fans accused of taunting Rangers rivals by hanging blow-up sex dolls walked free after prosecutors lost the evidence.

Nine celtic fans accused of taunting Rangers rivals The suspects were due to stand trial after two inflatable dummies clad in a Gers scarf and Orange Order sash were strung up in a Parkhead stand at an Old Firm clash. But we can reveal the case is dead in the water because the Crown Office lost video and photo productions ahead of a hearing last week.

A legal insider said of the shocking blunder — which comes amid intense scrutiny of fans’ behaviour:

“It’s down to the maladministration and incompetence of the Crown. Essentially they destroyed video evidence and the photographic evidence to a certain extent.”

The bungle — blasted by politicians and a legal expert — could prove expensive as legal aid for the nine has cost the taxpayer £3,650 alone before other fees are taken into account.

The legal source added: “It’s a very expensive mistake. Consider the cost of the police investigating the matter, the Crown evaluating it, any subsequent court time that has been devoted to it.

“Then there’s the cost of defence and prosecution work carried out in the background. “It could end up costing a million quid quite easily.”

Two inflatable dummies clad in a Gers scarf and Orange Order sash were strung up in a Parkhead stand The dolls had their hands bound and were suspended from the Jock Stein stand next to a banner that read: “This is it Bhoys, this is war”.

It came on World Suicide Prevention Day and shortly after ex-Rangers hero Kris Boyd, 35, spoke about his brother Scott taking his own life. Nine suspects first appeared in court that year charged under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act. When that law was scrapped, the charges were converted to threatening and abusive behaviour. After a two-year wait and a string of hearings the trial was supposed to get underway at Glasgow Sheriff Court last September.

But the case was postponed as it emerged prosecutors gave defence lawyers a version of video evidence that had been edited by cops. The briefs successfully argued that they did not have all the material available.

Sheriff Allan Findlay blasted law chiefs for not giving the solicitors “full disclosure” of evidence and threw out the trial. 4 The Crown Office have been blasted for the blunder He said: “The Crown have taken the view that they are going to rely on police evidence. “I don’t know what’s on the disks. For the life of me I cannot understand why the Crown simply didn’t disclose this stuff to the defence.”

The Crown Office then launched a fresh trial bid with two pre-trial hearings held earlier this year. But Kieran Carvill, 19, Andrew McDonald, 24, Kasey McKinnon, 19, Martin Gallagher, 27, Mark Macdonald, 24, Ross Brady, 29, Lewis McLachlan, 20, Myles McSwegan, 18 and Michael Bentley, 28, are all in the clear after the case finally fell. Mistakes are made and it’s not ideal but it’s definitely a cock-up.

Dr Andrew Tickell Legal expert and lecturer Dr Andrew Tickell said of the blunder: “Mistakes are made and it’s not ideal but it’s definitely a cock-up. It’s particularly unfortunate as it was such a visible incident. “No prosecutor wants to lose evidence. You do wonder if one of the reasons why is the fact that they were converting the Football Act charges into Section 38 charges. “I imagine that would have required the papers and materials to shuffle around. “The more hands things pass through, the easier it is for someone to misplace it.

In general terms, disclosure is extremely important and it became statutory in Scotland from 2010 onwards.”

 Tory shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr branded it 'unacceptable' Tory shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr added: “It’s unacceptable that a case like this should fall because material has been lost. “At a time when the spotlight is on the behaviour of football fans, this is disappointing.”

Retired police chief turned politician Graeme Pearson called for the Crown to explain the mistake. The ex-match commander, also Scottish Labour’s former justice spokesman, said: “This is extremely unhelpful in the current environment, given controversy around management of football crowds. The public are due a full explanation on what went wrong and how pieces of evidence could be lost.

“I would hope that going forward such cases would be treated with a higher priority than seems to be in this instance.

“The officers who conducted the investigation will be disappointed given the time dedicated to this case. “There will also be a feeling that public money has been wasted.” And Scottish Lib Dem justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said: “Losing evidence is a failure in basic case handling. The Crown Office has the responsibility to prosecute on behalf of the public, but under pressure they are letting things slip. It’s incompetence. Their problem is when they have multiple cases with numerous pieces of disclosure it is passed through hands — they just don’t have a clue. “This isn’t the first case where justice can’t be served because evidence has been lost, or disclosed too late. If pressures on the service aren’t addressed, it won’t be the last.”

A source close to the case added: “It’s incompetence. Their problem is when they have multiple cases with numerous pieces of disclosure it is passed through hands — they just don’t have a clue. “And that’s not the fiscals in court, it’s the fiscals and managers behind the scenes.

The Crown Office just seems to reel from disaster to disaster at the moment. People would rightly be astonished if they realised just how chaotic it is.” The bungled prosecution comes after a string of recent shameful incidents at football matches. Hibs fan Cameron Mack, 21, of Port Seton, East Lothian, this week admitted breach of the peace after running on the pitch and confronting Rangers skipper James Tavernier, 28, during the sides’ 1-1 draw at Easter Road on March 8.

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16 minutes ago, They Gnu said:

Are they

A: A bit careless

B: corrupt to the core.

My guess would be the latter, Lets not upset the dregs of society now or it could scupper Wee Nickys quest for her wet dream of an independent Scotland, Absolute shitehole of a wee country imo

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So what is it, lost or destroyed ?

“But we can reveal the case is dead in the water because the Crown Office lost video and photo productions ahead of a hearing last week.

A legal insider said of the shocking blunder — which comes amid intense scrutiny of fans’ behaviour: “It’s down to the maladministration and incompetence of the Crown. Essentially they destroyed video evidence and the photographic evidence to a certain extent.”

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14 minutes ago, SeparateEntityMyArse said:

They may be under funded but this seems like failed basics which is unacceptable. Heads should roll if the public purse has been emptied to the tune of a million quid. But they won't.

It definitely won’t have cost a million quid, but the root cause will likely be little more than an underfunded Office with too few staff who have received too little by way of training.

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Just now, Creampuff said:

It definitely won’t have cost a million quid, but the root cause will likely be little more than an underfunded Office with too few staff who have received too little by way of training.

Ah that's ok then.

As long as there's no negligence by senior personnel who are responsible for those under them fulfilling the requirements of their positions. Things like ensuring evidence is sufficiently secured to allow a case to progress. 

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7 minutes ago, SeparateEntityMyArse said:

Ah that's ok then.

As long as there's no negligence by senior personnel who are responsible for those under them fulfilling the requirements of their positions. Things like ensuring evidence is sufficiently secured to allow a case to progress. 

No one is on the “this is acceptable” side of the argument, so I’ve no idea why you’re acting like there is. 

All I am saying is that “calling for heads” at the PF’s office (or indeed wherever Any purported evidence was lost) doesn’t address what is the fundamental underpinning reason for it.

Seeking retribution rather than a solution solves nothing.

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16 minutes ago, Creampuff said:

It definitely won’t have cost a million quid, but the root cause will likely be little more than an underfunded Office with too few staff who have received too little by way of training.

You would need to be naive to think that.

Guaranteed there's a taig at the top of the chain of custody and the underlings only to willing to make evidence disappear, knowing there will be no come back. Your reasoning could be the outcome of a corrupted investigation.

 

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Just now, Creampuff said:

No one is on the “this is acceptable” side of the argument, so I’ve no idea why you’re acting like there is. 

All I am saying is that “calling for heads” at the PF’s office (or indeed wherever Any purported evidence was lost) doesn’t address what is the fundamental underpinning reason for it.

Seeking retribution rather than a solution solves nothing.

It's too late for a solution is it not? And whilst mistakes can happen anything related to evidence shouldn't impact on viability of any case. These things should be tighter than tight, Disclosure only strengthens the attention given to things like cctv etc.

But yeah no responsibility, no accountability, just acceptance. That's the solution.

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4 minutes ago, sRcFoCt said:

Another fuck up by the justice system and that justice minster should be investigating this 

Wonder if the justice minister will be getting wined and dined in hospitality at a certain club as a wee thank you for keeping their good name clean

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2 minutes ago, SeparateEntityMyArse said:

It's too late for a solution is it not? And whilst mistakes can happen anything related to evidence shouldn't impact on viability of any case. These things should be tighter than tight, Disclosure only strengthens the attention given to things like cctv etc.

But yeah no responsibility, no accountability, just acceptance. That's the solution.

I don’t mean to be disrespectful here, but can you read? 

At no point did I suggest things should be accepted, and whilst it is too late to find a solution for this case, what could still be addressed (at ministerial level) is the chronic underfunding that causes cases to be dropped for similar reasons everyday.

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6 minutes ago, Blue Avenger said:

You would need to be naive to think that.

Guaranteed there's a taig at the top of the chain of custody and the underlings only to willing to make evidence disappear, knowing there will be no come back. Your reasoning could be the outcome of a corrupted investigation.

 

“Guaranteed” :lol: 

The person at the ‘top of the chain’ will have had no input whatsoever. Is it Dr Reid again? This fanciful idea of Government Depts being instructed to act certain way in certain cases simply doesn’t happen.

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