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Prisoner compassionate release: cases from 2016

Published: 8 Jun 2018
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Law and order

Cases granted and refused.

Published:
8 Jun 2018
Prisoner compassionate release: cases from 2016

Scottish Ministers have the power to release prisoners on licence on compassionate grounds. Reasons can include:

  • terminal illness
  • severe incapacitation
  • where continued imprisonment would endanger a prisoner or shorter their life expectancy

 

Date released and date died Name and DOB Nationality Case type Case offence and date of conviction Grounds for release Circumstances and life expectancy Decision Prison serving sentence Responsible Minister
Released 28/07/2016
Died 28/07/2016
Thomas Riley British Determinate Sexual/violent offences x 11 Terminal illness Cerebrovascular disease Granted HMP Edinburgh Paul Wheelhouse
Released 16/08/2016 Witheld British Determinate Assault and robbery Terminal illness Brain tumour Granted HMP Shotts Michael Matheson
Released 25/10/2016
Died 28/11/2016
John McNeil British Extended sentence Lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour Terminal illness Rectal, stomach and lung cancer Granted HMP Barlinnie Michael Matheson
Released 18/11/16
Died 07/01/2018
Nikki Hunter British Determinate Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 S4(3)B Terminal illness Adrenal gland cancer Granted HMP Shotts Michael Matheson
Released 15/06/2017
Died August 2017
John McFadden British Extended sentence Culpable homicide Terminal illness Lung cancer Granted HMP Low Moss Michael Matheson
Released 05/06/2018
Died 12/06/2018
Henry McDonald British Determinate Theft by housebreaking Terminal illness Livercancer Granted HMP Low Moss Michael Matheson

Pre-2016 compassionate case information can be found at the gov.scot archive