SENTENCING STATEMENTS

 

A judge may decide to publish a statement after passing sentence on an offender in cases where there is particular public interest; where a case has legal significance; or where providing the reasons for the decision might assist public understanding.

Please note that statements may include graphic details of offences when it is necessary to fully explain the reasons behind a sentencing decision.  

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Once charges are spent, any statement in relation to them is removed. Statements published before the launch of the website may be available on request. Please email judicialcomms@scotcourts.gov.uk

The independence of the judiciary is essential to safeguard people’s rights under law - enabling judges to make decisions impartially based solely on evidence and law, without interference or influence from the government or politicians.

When deciding a sentence, a judge must deal with the offence that the offender has been convicted of, taking into account the unique circumstances of each particular case. The judge will carefully consider the facts that are presented to the Court by both the prosecution and by the defence.

For more information about how judges decide sentences; what sentences are available; and matters such as temporary release, see the independent Scottish Sentencing Council website.

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HMA v Connor McMath

Sep 18, 2021

At the High Court at Glasgow yesterday, Lord Matthews sentenced Connor McMath to life imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v Eric Simpson

Sep 16, 2021

At the High Court at Paisley today, Lord Arthurson sentenced Eric Simpson to eight years’ imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of a series of sexual offences against children and young women in his capacity as an athletics coach.

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PF v Ashley Roberts

Sep 14, 2021

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today Summary Sheriff Roderick Flinn ordered Ashley Roberts to pay a fine after the offender pled guilty to a breach of the health and safety at work legislation.

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HMA v Police Service of Scotland

Sep 7, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Beckett fined the Office of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland £100,000 following a guilty plea to a breach of the health and safety at work legislation.

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HMA v Nathan Shaw and John Lawrie

Sep 6, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews imposed sentences of imprisonment on Nathan Shaw and John Lawrie after they both pled guilty to the crime of hamesucken

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HMA v Stefan McCormack

Sep 1, 2021

At the High Court at Glasgow today, Lord Fairley sentenced Stefan McCormack to imprisonment for life after the offender was found guilty of murdering Rafal Sieja.

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HMA v Jake Hawkins

Aug 25, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lady Poole sentenced Jake Hawkins to an extended sentence of nine years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v David Ferguson

Aug 20, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Richardson sentenced David Ferguson to 10 years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of four charges of the sexual abuse.

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HMA v George West

Aug 11, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews sentenced George West to 15 years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of 16 charges including six charges of rape, three charges of indecent assault and three charges of assault.

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HMA v James Wright

Aug 10, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Arthurson sentenced James Wright to 3 years and 9 months after the offender pled guilty to dangerous driving and a charge of assault upon two police officers to the danger of their lives.

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HMA v Jamie Cameron

Aug 9, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Judge John Neil McCormick imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction with a punishment part of 4 years and 6 months on Jamie Cameron, after he was found guilty of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of life and attempted murder.

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HMA v Daniel Cunningham

Aug 9, 2021

At Edinburgh High Court today Lord Arthurson sentenced Daniel Cunningham to 7 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of the crime of rape to injury.

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HMA v Kenneth Morrison

Aug 6, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews sentenced Kenneth Morrison to 16 months detention after he plead guilty to three offences involving sexual conduct towards three young boys

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HMA v Brian Murphy

Jul 21, 2021

At the High Court at Glasgow today, Lord Matthews sentenced Brian Murphy to an extended sentence of 9 years after the offender was found guilty of indecent practices towards two young boys.

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HMA v The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow Trust

Jul 6, 2021

At Airdrie Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Morag Shankland fined the trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow Trust £13,400 after they pled guilty to breaching health and safety regulations which led to the death of a church member.

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HMA v Andrew Montgomery

Jul 6, 2021

At the High Court at Glasgow yesterday Lady Stacey sentenced Andrew Montgomery to imprisonment for 7 years and 6 months after the offender pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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HMA v Stuart Ben Smith

Jul 5, 2021

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Sean Murphy sentenced Stuart Ben Smith to a restriction of liberty order requiring that he remains within his home address between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am daily for a period of six months after the offender posted a grossly offensive message on Twitter.

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HMA v Tobias Davies

Jun 23, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 10 years on Tobias Davies after the offender was found guilty of rape and domestic abuse.

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HMA v Ewan Fulton

Jun 17, 2021

At the High Court at Edinburgh today, Judge Norman McFadyen sentenced Ewan Fulton to 38 months detention at a young offenders' institution after the offender pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of, and unlawful sexual activity with, a 15 year old girl.

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HMA v Francis Bowman

Jun 11, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lady Poole sentenced Francis Bowman to five years’ imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of rape.

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