Hamesucken and how Scotland’s laws are the best in the world.

Scots Law is often touted as the best law in the world. It certainly has some brilliant names for crimes, like hamesucken. Spell check suggests “homesick”, but instead, it is breaking into someone’s home with the intention of assaulting them. People in their own homes have an extra level of defence as hamesucken is an aggravation of common assault and so it attracts higher penalties. There are various examples of its use over the years;


In 2010 85 persons were prosecuted by COPFS where Hamesucken was coded as a charge and of those 25 charges of Hamesucken resulted in a conviction (with 35 cases still ongoing).  The first six months of 2011 saw 5 charges of Hamesucken successfully proven in Scotland with 28 cases still to be concluded.  Over the last 4 and a half years there have been a total of 310 people across Scotland have been charged where Hamesucken was coded as an offence.”

There is another law called stouthreif, which spell check suggests “smothered”, but it is the criminal offence of using or threatening violence against a householder during a break in. I cannot find any examples of records of instances where it has been libelled as a charge.

Then there is violation of sepulchures, which sounds like a thrash metal band, but is breaking into a grave.

I think charges in Scotland should make more use of the Scottish vernacular. For example; “you did assault Tam Brown and give him a Glesga kiss” or “you did act like a pure fanny and did commit a breach of the peace”.

Theft of Irn Bru should be an aggravation of the common law crime of theft, as it is a cherished institution and Scotland’s other national drink.

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