Denise Mina's Case Histories [Radio Scotland]

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Episode 120180501

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history.

Denise takes a look at the most famous cases in Scottish legal history. Hilarious tales and dramatic trials where ordinary people fought the law and the law didn't win.

First up is the Paisley Snail, an unlikely story that's become one of the most well-known cases to lawyers around the world.

When May Donoghue, a shop assistant from the Barras, took a trip to the Wellmeadow Cafe in Paisley during the Glasgow Fair of 1928, little did she know she was on her way to making legal history. May ordered an ice cream float with ginger beer and was horrified when a decomposed snail slithered out of the bottle when she poured the second half into her float.

May was diagnosed with gastro-enteritis and shock. She was off her work for weeks. Her struggle for justice went all the way to the House of Lords and formed the basis of the modern law of negligence which places a duty of care on each and every one of us not to act in a way that could foreseeably injure our neighbours.

Denise tries to find out what they don't tell you in law school: who May Donoghue was and what became of her.

Episode 12018050120180528 (RS)

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history.

Denise takes a look at the most famous cases in Scottish legal history. Hilarious tales and dramatic trials where ordinary people fought the law and the law didn't win.

First up is the Paisley Snail, an unlikely story that's become one of the most well-known cases to lawyers around the world.

When May Donoghue, a shop assistant from the Barras, took a trip to the Wellmeadow Cafe in Paisley during the Glasgow Fair of 1928, little did she know she was on her way to making legal history. May ordered an ice cream float with ginger beer and was horrified when a decomposed snail slithered out of the bottle when she poured the second half into her float.

May was diagnosed with gastro-enteritis and shock. She was off her work for weeks. Her struggle for justice went all the way to the House of Lords and formed the basis of the modern law of negligence which places a duty of care on each and every one of us not to act in a way that could foreseeably injure our neighbours.

Denise tries to find out what they don't tell you in law school: who May Donoghue was and what became of her.

Episode 120180501

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history.

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history

Denise takes a look at the most famous cases in Scottish legal history. Hilarious tales and dramatic trials where ordinary people fought the law and the law didn't win.

First up is the Paisley Snail, an unlikely story that's become one of the most well-known cases to lawyers around the world.

When May Donoghue, a shop assistant from the Barras, took a trip to the Wellmeadow Cafe in Paisley during the Glasgow Fair of 1928, little did she know she was on her way to making legal history. May ordered an ice cream float with ginger beer and was horrified when a decomposed snail slithered out of the bottle when she poured the second half into her float.

May was diagnosed with gastro-enteritis and shock. She was off her work for weeks. Her struggle for justice went all the way to the House of Lords and formed the basis of the modern law of negligence which places a duty of care on each and every one of us not to act in a way that could foreseeably injure our neighbours.

Denise tries to find out what they don't tell you in law school: who May Donoghue was and what became of her.

Episode 22018050820180513 (RS)

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history.

Denise takes a look at the most famous cases in Scottish legal history. Hilarious tales and dramatic trials where ordinary people fought the law and the law didn't win.

Today, Denise investigates one of the most dramatic miscarriages of justice in Scotland: the trial of Oscar Slater.

On a cold December night in 1908, rich spinster Marion Gilchrist is brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. There's public outcry and the hunt is on to find the culprit. Police hone in on Oscar Slater when they find a pawn ticket for a diamond brooch similar to the one stolen during the murder. They soon realise that it's not the same brooch, but continue to pursue their prime suspect regardless, following him across the Atlantic as he flees to New York.

Oscar Slater is a German Jew. He's got a reputation as a gambler, a fence and a pimp. And everyone's determined he's the guilty party.

Eager to prove his innocence, Oscar voluntarily returns from New York to stand trial. He's convicted and sentenced to death, with no means of appeal.

Described as Scotland's Dreyfus, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stepping in to lead a public campaign on Slater's behalf, the case led to the establishment of the Scottish Court of Appeal.

Oscar Slater was never pardoned and lived out his days in Ayr working as a baker.

Episode 22018050820180528 (RS)

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history.

Denise takes a look at the most famous cases in Scottish legal history. Hilarious tales and dramatic trials where ordinary people fought the law and the law didn't win.

Today, Denise investigates one of the most dramatic miscarriages of justice in Scotland: the trial of Oscar Slater.

On a cold December night in 1908, rich spinster Marion Gilchrist is brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. There's public outcry and the hunt is on to find the culprit. Police hone in on Oscar Slater when they find a pawn ticket for a diamond brooch similar to the one stolen during the murder. They soon realise that it's not the same brooch, but continue to pursue their prime suspect regardless, following him across the Atlantic as he flees to New York.

Oscar Slater is a German Jew. He's got a reputation as a gambler, a fence and a pimp. And everyone's determined he's the guilty party.

Eager to prove his innocence, Oscar voluntarily returns from New York to stand trial. He's convicted and sentenced to death, with no means of appeal.

Described as Scotland's Dreyfus, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stepping in to lead a public campaign on Slater's behalf, the case led to the establishment of the Scottish Court of Appeal.

Oscar Slater was never pardoned and lived out his days in Ayr working as a baker.

Episode 22018050820180513 (RS)

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history.

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history

Denise takes a look at the most famous cases in Scottish legal history. Hilarious tales and dramatic trials where ordinary people fought the law and the law didn't win.

Today, Denise investigates one of the most dramatic miscarriages of justice in Scotland: the trial of Oscar Slater.

On a cold December night in 1908, rich spinster Marion Gilchrist is brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. There's public outcry and the hunt is on to find the culprit. Police hone in on Oscar Slater when they find a pawn ticket for a diamond brooch similar to the one stolen during the murder. They soon realise that it's not the same brooch, but continue to pursue their prime suspect regardless, following him across the Atlantic as he flees to New York.

Oscar Slater is a German Jew. He's got a reputation as a gambler, a fence and a pimp. And everyone's determined he's the guilty party.

Eager to prove his innocence, Oscar voluntarily returns from New York to stand trial. He's convicted and sentenced to death, with no means of appeal.

Described as Scotland's Dreyfus, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stepping in to lead a public campaign on Slater's behalf, the case led to the establishment of the Scottish Court of Appeal.

Oscar Slater was never pardoned and lived out his days in Ayr working as a baker.

Episode 220180508

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history.

Denise takes a look at the most famous and infamous cases in Scottish legal history

Denise takes a look at the most famous cases in Scottish legal history. Hilarious tales and dramatic trials where ordinary people fought the law and the law didn't win.

Today, Denise investigates one of the most dramatic miscarriages of justice in Scotland: the trial of Oscar Slater.

On a cold December night in 1908, rich spinster Marion Gilchrist is brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. There's public outcry and the hunt is on to find the culprit. Police hone in on Oscar Slater when they find a pawn ticket for a diamond brooch similar to the one stolen during the murder. They soon realise that it's not the same brooch, but continue to pursue their prime suspect regardless, following him across the Atlantic as he flees to New York.

Oscar Slater is a German Jew. He's got a reputation as a gambler, a fence and a pimp. And everyone's determined he's the guilty party.

Eager to prove his innocence, Oscar voluntarily returns from New York to stand trial. He's convicted and sentenced to death, with no means of appeal.

Described as Scotland's Dreyfus, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stepping in to lead a public campaign on Slater's behalf, the case led to the establishment of the Scottish Court of Appeal.

Oscar Slater was never pardoned and lived out his days in Ayr working as a baker.