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PostSubject: Sean Paul Kergan   Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:25 pm

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (‘the Commission’) has
today referred the case of Sean Paul Kergan, in respect of his sentence
only, to the High Court of Justiciary.
In accordance with the Commission’s statutory obligations, a statement of
reasons for its decision has been sent to the High Court, Mr. Kergan, his solicitor
and Crown Office. The Commission has no power under its founding statute to
make copies of its statements of reasons available to the public. Brief summaries
of the background of the case and the Commission’s reasons for referral are
given below. These summaries are for information purposes only and the content
of this news release should not be treated as forming part of the Commission’s
statement of reasons.
1.0 Background
1.1 On the 27 April 2006, at the High Court at Glasgow, Mr. Kergan and a coaccused
appeared on an indictment that they did assault Stephen Michael Daly all
to his severe injury and that they did murder him.
1.2. After the Crown led evidence from five witnesses, both co-accused pled
guilty to the charge of murder. Mr. Kergan was sentenced to life imprisonment
with a punishment part of thirteen years’ imprisonment.
2.0 Reasons for Referral
2.1 The Commission considers that the sentencing judge did not apply correctly
the sequence of steps to be taken before he had to decide whether Mr. Kergan
was entitled to receive a ‘discount’ in his sentence for his guilty plea (in terms of
section 196 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995). In light of this, and
the sentencing practice of the High Court, the Commission believes that there
may have been a miscarriage of justice in respect of the punishment part of Mr.
Kergan’s sentence and that it is in the interests of justice to refer the case to the
High Court for determination.
3.0 Notes for Editors
3.1 The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission was established as an
independent body on 1 April 1999 to review alleged miscarriages of justice in
Scottish convictions and/or sentences. Under section 194A–L of the Criminal
Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, as inserted by section 25 of the Crime and
Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997, the Commission may refer a case to the High
Court if it believes that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred and that it is in
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the interests of justice that a reference should be made. Once the Commission
refers a case to the High Court, the case will proceed as a normal appeal.
3.2 The Commission operates with a Board of seven Members (one of whom is
the Chairperson), a Chief Executive, a Director of Corporate Services, two Senior
Legal Officers, six Legal Officers and administrative support staff.
3.3 The Commission has reviewed its policy on disclosure and, from 1 April
2008, it has or will disclose the fact that a case has been referred to the High
Court, and has or will provide a short summary of the reasons for this. However,
as the Commission operates under statutory non-disclosure provisions, it is not
considered appropriate for the Commission to disclose any additional information
about such cases. The Commission will not release any information about cases
in which no referral has been made or in respect of cases under review.
3.4 For any further general information about the Commission, please contact
Mr. Chris Reddick, Director of Corporate Services, SCCRC, 5th Floor, Portland
House, 17 Renfield Street, Glasgow; telephone: 0141 270 7030; e-mail:
creddick@sccrc.org.uk; or visit the Commission’s website at www.sccrc.org.uk
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