A cornerstone of the Crown's prosecution of Anderson was the use of the Moorov doctrine
, which commonly features in sex cases in Scotland, where evidence from one witness can corroborate that of another because of a link in time, circumstances and character of the alleged offending.
Under a legal precedent called the Moorov doctrine
, at least two separate but similar crimes must be proved, if the only witness is the accuser.
This was allowed in Scots law under a legal device called the Moorov Doctrine
, which means prosecutors can prove a case where there is no direct corroborative evidence.
It becomes a stated case, and the "Moorov Doctrine
" remains is constant use, particularly by policewomen.
His lawyer said it was due to Moorov doctrine
but didn't explain what it meant.
The Moorov Doctrine
is still in use in Scots law today and has resulted in several convictions since 1930.
Prosecutors tried to use the Moorov doctrine
to establish a case - a legal mechanism which applies where two or more separate offences are closely connected in time and circumstances.
But Mrs Buchan claims the Moorov doctrine
used to convict suspects of sex abuse "is flawed".
As the allegations dated back such a long time and were separated by eight years, the prosecution relied on the Moorov Doctrine