Stewart has experience of defending some scary characters:
A double killer who beheaded and dismembered his victim has had his minimum jail term slashed by four years. David Collins was jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 26 years after murdering Kevin Bishop in a machete attack and severing his limbs and head in a bid to conceal the crime. But lawyers acting for Collins, 47, appealed against the minimum period – known as a punishment part – that he has to spend in jail before he can apply for parole. Judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh yesterday ruled his punishment part should be fixed at 22 years. Keith Stewart QC, for Collins, told appeal judges he recognised “the extreme gravity” of the crimes he had committed. He said: “He has, moreover, a significant criminal history, including a conviction for culpable homicide.” He said it was acknowledged that the trial judge was bound to select a significant punishment part, but argued that in the light of similar cases the sentence was excessive.
Sometimes, he just gives up on them:
Advocate Depute Bernard Ablett told a jury that John Bermingham (51), tried to take the two 10-year-old schoolgirls from Glenburn Road, Falkirk, in May 2017. Mr Ablett addressed the jury after defence advocate Keith Stewart QC told judge Lord Beckett that he didn’t intend to lead any evidence on behalf of his client.
Sounds like the just the experience needed to work with the Scottish Conservatives.