Holyrood plans that could change tagging law under scrutiny
0 Ruth Davidson raised a tagging case at FMQS Nicola Sturgeon has signalled that she will look at Scottish Government plans that could see offenders, who breach tagging orders, escape further prosecution.
The First Minister said she would look at the legislation when it was raised at Holyrood following the murder of Craig Mcclelland, 31.
Ms Sturgeon said she would review the circumstances surrounding the case that saw Mr Mcclelland murdered by James Wright,25, after the killer had been illegally at large for six months.
Wright had 16 previous convictions, including two for knife crimes, when he was let out of jail last February on home detention curfew.
He had tampered with his electronic tag and breached the curfew after just 11 days, but remained illegally at large for six months before stabbling Mr Mcclelland to death in Foxbar, Paisley.
The case was raised at First Minister’s Questions by Ruth Davidson, who objected to the idea that offenders who breach tagging orders would not automatically see their actions treated as a crime.
Ms Sturgeon said: “It is important though that we always keep these processes under review so that when cases such as the one we were talking about last week happen.”
Sheadded:“thankfullythese are rare cases although that offers no comfort to the familyaffectedinthatcase. Where situations like that arise, we review that properly and if there are lessons or changes that require to be made then we take action to do that.” Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose body was found at a nature reserve.
Two members of the public found Steven Donaldson’s body in the car park at Kinnordy Nature Reserve near Kirriemuir, Angus, at 5am on 7 June.
Police said three people – a woman aged 19 and two men both aged 23 – have been arrested in connection with the death of Mr Donaldson, 27.
Officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
A car believed to be Mr Donaldson’s was seen in the Kinnordy Nature Reserve car park at around 11pm on 6 June.