A SEX attacker who targeted two students from St Andrews University had carried out three similar attacks in Germany.
Scotland's national police force paid off nearly a thousand officers and staff in its first year at a cost of nearly £31m.
THE firm behind the famous Di Maggio's restaurant chain has been fined £30,000 after a manager was served a deadly chemical with his lunch.
AN award-winning St Andrews University PhD student has admitted carrying out sex attacks on two women.
A SPEEDING drink driver who killed his friend in a car crash after he got fed up waiting for a taxi has been jailed for nine years.
FOUR illegal miners who murdered a Scottish geologist in Kenya have been jailed for a total of 160 years after being convicted of attacking him with clubs, spears, bows and arrows.
THE number of motorists caught drink-driving has dropped since Scotland introduced its tough new limit.
A Scottish oil firm has been hit by a major proceeds of crime action after admitting corruption in Kazakhstan.
A MAN who murdered his partner following a row about DVDs of her late husband has been jailed for at least 16 years.
There will be no criminal proceedings against a woman arrested after a three-year-old girl drowned in a hotel pool, prosecutors have said.
MP Eric Joyce has been charged with two counts of common assault and one count of criminal damage, the Metropolitan Police has said.
A COMMENDED former police officer has been jailed for 12 years he carried out sex attacks on two women along with a string of assaults.
THE disgraced husband of former Clyde 1 DJ Suzie McGuire wants answers about charges being dropped against his estranged wife and maintains he was attacked by her.
A KILLER battered a friend to death - while awaiting sentence for an earlier attack on him.
A gamekeeper has been found guilty of killing and injuring protected birds of prey on an estate.
POLICE Scotland will seek unpublished details of an explosive US Senate report into torture.
A man who attacked the Respect MP George Galloway while calling him an "anti-semite little man" in a London street has been jailed for 16 months.
A mother unwittingly exposed her DJ son as a paedophile after handing his old computer equipment in to a recycling centre.
POLICE are to use new SmartWater technology to catch domestic abusers.
A church elder exposed himself to a beauty therapist during a hotel massage treatment.
HOMICIDES hit a record low in Scotland last year just as alcohol consumption and knife crime slumped.
A MAN who chased a 70-year-old on his bike before assaulting him in a row over right of way on the road has been warned he is facing a lengthy jail term.
A man has been charged with attempted murder following an incident on a motorway in which another man died.
A sheriff was asked to step down from a criminal trial because her love of birds presented a conflict of interest, the Lord President has revealed.
A mother was yesterday still being held in connection with the death of her five-year-old son.
A POLICE constable, who deliberately lied to protect a fellow officer from being investigated for allegations of drink driving, has been jailed for seven months.
A woman has been held by police investigating the death of a five-year-old boy.
THE organisers of the Royal Highland Show have been fined £100,000 for health and safety failings after the death of a three-year-old boy.