HMA v William Wright 2019Mr Wright has had his appeal against conviction and sentence refused at the High Court of Justiciary. The appeal against sentence relied on the appeal against conviction being successful in this case. Mr Wright was found guilty after trial of historic sexual offences in relation to two school pupils ages between 12 and 16 at the time of the offences; including one charge of indecent assault.
The appellant was an ex music teacher and the offence that was appealed against was said to have happened with the school’s music department. The appellant argued in relation to part of the indecent assault charge there had been misdirection to the jury in relation to corroboration of this specific charge and this was a separate offence and not the same course of conduct as the other charges. As a result Mr Wright argued that his sentence should have been significantly lower. However, the Crown argued there was a continual course of conduct and although the abuse of the second pupil which this charge related to was considered more serve this did not mean it could not be part of the same course of conduct.