Man’s rape convictions quashed following trial judge’s misdirection of jury

A Scottish man has had his rape convictions overturned, as reported by

A man jailed for eight years for the rape of two women has had his convictions quashed after Appeal Court judges ruled he suffered a miscarriage of justice.

Lord Eassie, sitting with Lady Smith and Lady Clark of Calton ruled that Alan Clark, 40, suffered a miscarriage of justice.

At the High Court in Glasgow in 2014, Mr Clark was convicted after trial of the rape of two of his former partners – convictions which turned on the application of the Moorov doctrine and hence on the complainers’ evidence being credible and reliable.

The ‘Moorov doctrine’ relates to the admissibility of similar fact evidence; you can read about it on Wikipedia here:

The full report from Scottish Legal News can be seen here:

About DarrenMWinter (63 Articles)
Blogger, photographer, geek and all round carbon-based bipedal life form.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: