This is just one example why more and more people are losing faith in the Scottish justice system.
The trial judge, Lord Uist, called the situation 'most unfortunate'. Six hearings before a judge is able to pass sentence is incompetence from all concerned.
In its current form the system is failing all of us and requires rebuilding from bottom to top. The cost of endless court proceedings such as in this case, could possibly pay the winter heating bills of many Scottish pensioners and other vulnerable folk.
Time for Mr MacAskill to use his clout and stop this waste of taxpayers' money. If our courts started to collect the fines dished out by the judiciary that would be a start.
In this particular case I would like the victim's son to be reimbursed for the hearings he has attended because of other's ineptitude. No heads will roll of course and nothing will be done. This is not the manner in which I want an independent Scotland to process justice.
By all accounts the English system isn't any better.