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S5W-14543: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will set out the reasons for the decision not to reconsider the rape case of the two footballers, David Goodwillie and David Robertson, in light of the successful civil action against them.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 5 March 2018

As a result of the decision in the civil case referred to, the Lord Advocate instructed that all of the available case materials and Lord Armstrong’s judgement be considered by a Senior Crown Counsel who had had no previous involvement in the case. Senior Crown Counsel reviewed the case and concluded that, looking at the evidence as a whole, the decision not to raise criminal proceedings was the correct one.