Judge ‘unconvinced’ by Focus evidence
by Gerry Braiden, Senior reporter at The Herald,
Joseph Cairns, 20, was acquitted after a sheriff questioned the evidence of police officers who claimed he had been singing songs in support of the IRA at a match between Ross County and Celtic.
Mr Cairns, from Glasgow, was previously cleared of the same charges by Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist after a no case to answer submission was made.
However, in the first move of its kind under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, prosecutors appealed against the decision.
Judges at the Justiciary Appeal Court in Edinburgh recalled the acquittal and sent the case back to the sheriff to proceed with it.
Yesterday, at Dingwall Sheriff Court, Sheriff Gilchrist ruled the case against Mr Cairns was not proven, saying he was not convinced beyond reasonable doubt by the evidence of two members of the Football Co-ordination Unit Scotland (FoCUS), Constables Barry Inglis and Colin Stevenson.