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Top stories in Scotland this week
BBC Scotland's news website looks back at the stories making the headlines over the last week.


On Monday cancer experts warned that patient care was being "seriously compromised" by out-of-date scanning equipment at a hospital in Glasgow.

Scotland coach Matt Williams
Scotland coach Matt Williams was under increasing pressure

Consultant radiologists at the Western Infirmary said they were "extremely frustrated" that their pleas for a new machine had remained unanswered.

Matt Williams was sacked as Scotland's national rugby coach.

The much-anticipated move by the Scottish Rugby Union followed weeks of speculation about his future.

An 80-year-old church elder who smothered his wife of more than 50 years as he struggled to cope with her dementia was admonished on Tuesday.

Kenneth Edge, from Grangemouth, earlier admitted culpable homicide by smothering his wife Winifred, 85, with a pillow in March 2003.

The skipper and mate of the UK's largest trawler admitted a two-year "black fish" scam worth 3.4m.

John Peter Duncan and Jerry Ramsay, from Shetland, exceeded landing quotas.

Victims Sean McCue (left) and Keith Moncrieff and the Brent Bravo platform
Keith Moncrieff and Sean McCue died in the gas tragedy in 2003

On Wednesday oil firm Shell was fined 900,000 following the deaths of two workers on a North Sea platform.

Sean McCue and Keith Moncrieff died in a massive gas escape on the Brent Bravo platform in September 2003.

They had been sent down into the utility leg to inspect a temporary patch on a leaking pipe.

Shell had admitted breaching three health and safety regulations. It is thought to be the biggest fine on a company following a North Sea accident.

On Thursday MSPs voted to introduce a ban on smoking in public places in Scotland from April next year.

Health Minister Andy Kerr said the ban was the most important health law for a generation and he hoped it would "de-normalise" smoking.

MSPs voted by 83 votes to 15 with three abstentions to support the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill.

Jack McConnell on poster against smoke ban
Protesters unveiled a poster opposing the smoking ban

The licensed trade association warned it would lead to hundreds of pubs closing and thousands of job cuts.

Members of a Glasgow drugs gang were found guilty of murder and conspiracy to murder on Friday following a high court trial in Dunfermline.

The trio were also convicted of drugs dealing, firearms offences and perverting the course of justice.

Robert O'Hara, 27, known as the Birdman, led the drugs gang which terrorised the Possil area of Glasgow.

O'Hara, Robert Murray and Colin Mackay were found guilty of murdering Paul McDowall last July.




SEE ALSO:
Drugs gang found guilty of murder
29 Apr 05 |  Scotland
Smoking ban law given green light
28 Apr 05 |  Scotland
Shell fined 900,000 over deaths
27 Apr 05 |  Scotland
Church elder smothered sick wife
26 Apr 05 |  Scotland
Fishermen net 3.4m in catch scam
26 Apr 05 |  Scotland
Williams sacked as Scotland coach
25 Apr 05 |  International
Ageing scanner 'compromises care'
25 Apr 05 |  Scotland



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