HMA v Frazer Neil 2019Mr Neil who was found guilty of the murder of his ex partner has had his appeal against sentenced refused. Mr Neil appealed to the High court in Edinburgh against the punishment part of his sentence in which he was ordered to serve at least 19 years behind bars. Mr Neil’s legal team argued the punishment part of the sentence was excessive. Mr Neil was found guilty after trial of the murder of Ms Doran’s in Edinburgh.
His defence was that he could not remember what happened during the killing, due to complete memory loss, but admitted he has killed his ex partner. The appellants leave to appeal against his conviction was refused. During the trial evidence was led by the crown that the appellant was controlling of the victim an it was described by the trial judge as a “premeditated murder”. The appellant argued, however, that his sentence should be reduced as he was a first offender. The appeal court did not agree that the 19 year punishment part of the sentence was excessive. Lord Menzies concluded at the hearing: “In the present case we are satisfied that the sentencing judge did indeed take the particular circumstances appropriately into account.