Holy­rood plans that could change tag­ging law un­der scru­tiny

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By TOM PETERKIN

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.

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