(264) CROWN APPEAL AGAINST RAPE SENTENCE
The Crown Office has lodged an appeal against the 5-year sentence imposed on James Taylor (43) from Grangemouth. Taylor pled guilty to a number of charges, the most serious being a charge of rape (of a baby – see No 262), and was sentenced at the High Court, Dunfermline on 3 September, 2003. The High Court of Justiciary, sitting as an appeal court, will set a date for the matter to be considered at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh. The Crown Office can lodge an appeal only in cases where the sentence could be considered unduly lenient.