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Lord Advocate announces changes to Crown Counsel team

3 March 2009

Dorothy Bain QC will replace Brian McConnachie QC as Principal Advocate Depute at the end of May 2009, the Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini QC has announced.

Mrs Angiolini paid tribute to Brian McConnachie's outstanding contribution as Principal Advocate Depute, including his lead role in many of the major prosecutions in recent years in Scotland. These have included the trial of Owen Anderson for the murder of Gary Linn, the trial of Michael Ross for the murder of Shamsuddin Mahmood, and the trial of Mohammed Atif Siddique for terrorist offences.

Mrs Angiolini said: "Brian's advice and support has been invaluable over many years, and I am grateful in particular for his effective leadership of Crown counsel. I would like to wish him every success for the future."

Dorothy Bain QC is currently Assistant Principal Advocate Depute. In view of the increasing complexity and scale of a number of High Court cases, the Lord Advocate has decided to appoint two Assistant Principal Advocate Deputes. Alex Prentice QC and Derek Ogg QC, both currently senior advocate deputes, have been appointed as Assistant Principal Advocate Deputes.

Dorothy Bain has prosecuted a number of major cases. These include the prosecution of four members of a Glasgow drugs gang - Colin McKay, Brian Kelly, Robert Murray and Robert O'Hara - who were sentenced to a total of 56 years following the murder of Paul McDowall. Ms Bain also prosecuted Samuel Petto and others in the Allison Street petrol bombing, in which Myra Donnachie was murdered.

Dorothy Bain said: "I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the Crown Counsel team, and to build on the significant improvements made by Brian McConnachie. I look forward to working with colleagues across the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to ensure that the investigation and prosecution of serious crime is conducted professionally and sensitively and that we continue to bring compelling prosecutions before the court."

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