Questions re Correct Elements of Criminal Law in Scotland for Crime Writer

by Indiana69 on October 15, 2014

Questions below re correct elements of criminal law in Scotland for a crime writer – any comments appreciated:-


I’m hopeful that someone is able to help me,

I am in the final stages of writing a crime novel (set in Edinburgh), and I would like to be accurate regarding applicable Scots law.

The scenario: A large country house which is used by a very select membership for sexual encounters. However, the house has one wing which is used by a paedophile group.

The questions I have are, what law would be used against (a): anyone in the wing? (b): the owner of the whole house? (I assume he would have a ‘duty to know’ what was happening), and (c): could anyone found in the ‘main’ house be charged with anything?

As something of a supplemental question to (c), given that the activity in the ‘main’ house is legal, if there was ‘recreational drug’ paraphernalia found (not on a person, but in the ‘main’ house), could all people be charged? And, if so, under what law?

Any help in this would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


Writer from Edinburgh, currently living in the United States.

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