Father and son cleared - with help from QC Findlay

Donald Findlay QC
Donald Findlay QC

Leading Scottish legal figure Donald Findlay made a rare sheriff court appearance as a Motherwell businessman and his son were cleared of charges following an alleged bust-up with the police.

Cameron Dalziel and his son William were accused of obstructing cops and an enforcement officer trying to inspect records at C&C MOT and Service Centre.

It was also alleged that Dalziel senior headbutted a police officer.

However, the charges were dropped on the second day of the trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

The presence of flamboyant QC Mr Findlay - who normally appears in High Court cases involving murder and other serious charges - raised eyebrows among the solicitors who practise in the sheriff court. It’s reckoned his fee for the two-day hearing would be at least £20,000.

More on this story in the Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.