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.

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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 Scottish Sentencing Council website.

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HMA v Alexander Morgan

Apr 15, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Richardson today sentenced Alexander Morgan to 8 years’ imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of the sexual abuse of children.

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HMA v Kieran Ali

Apr 14, 2021

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC sentenced Kieran Ashard Ali to 32 months' imprisonment after the offender pleaded guilty to sending messages of a sexual nature via social media to recipients whom he thought to be children.

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HMA v Christopher Robertson

Apr 6, 2021

At Edinburgh High Court today Lord Boyd sentence Christopher Robertson to 5 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v Paul Balarsky

Mar 26, 2021

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today Sheriff Mackenzie imposed a Community Payback Order on Paul Balarsky, with a supervision period of 3 years and a requirement to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work or other activity within the next 12 months, after the accused was found guilty of committing four sexual assaults on three different female complainers.

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HMA v Damien McCann

Mar 24, 2021

Today at the High Court in Edinburgh, Lady Scott sentenced Damien McCann to an extended sentence of 13 years and 6 months after the offender pleaded guilty to a number of serious charges of child sexual abuse.

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HMA v Colin Sangster and Alexander Sangster

Mar 15, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Beckett imposed sentences on Colin Sangster and Alexander Sangster after both accused were found guilty of attempted murder by driving a car. An extended sentence was imposed on Alexander Sangster of 13 years and 6 months with a custodial term of 10 years and 6 months to run consecutively to a sentence he is currently serving. Colin Sangster was sentenced to 8 years and 4 months imprisonment.

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HMA v Jarron Rutherford and Kevin Gerrard Pullar

Mar 3, 2021

At Livingston High Court today Lord Arthurson sentenced Jarron Rutherford to 5 years and 6 months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to charges involving extortion, attempted extortion and theft of a car. Kevin Gerrard Pullar was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to extortion, attempted extortion and a charge libelling a contravention of section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968.

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Clive Thomson

Feb 25, 2021

Clive Thomson was today ordered to be imprisoned for 6 months at the High Court in Edinburgh for contempt of court in relation to the trial of HMA v Alex Salmond.

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HMA v Mark Lawson

Feb 25, 2021

At Glasgow High Court today Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of 7 years and 6 months, comprising a custodial part of 4 years and 6 months and an extension period of 3 years, on Mark Lawson after the accused pleaded guilty to attempted rape to injury.

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HMA v Andrew Evan McCarry

Feb 24, 2021

At Glasgow High Court today Lord Arthurson sentenced Andrew Evan McCarry to 5 years imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to assault to injury and danger of life and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

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HMA V Simon Bowes-Lyon

Feb 23, 2021

At Dundee Sheriff Court today Sheriff Carmichael sentenced Simon Bowes-Lyon to 10 months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to a serious sexual assault.

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HMA v George Taylor

Feb 18, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Arthurson sentenced George Taylor to 9 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of two charges of rape.

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HMA v Roman Frackiewicz

Feb 18, 2021

At the High Court in Aberdeen today Lord Braid imposed a life sentence with a punishment part of 19 years on Roman Frackiewicz after the accused was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v Ulf Koischwitz

Feb 17, 2021

At Dundee Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown deferred sentenced for 12 months for Ulf Koischwitz to carry out unpaid work in Germany after the offender pleaded guilty to death by careless driving.

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HMA v Dean Wright

Feb 11, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Arthurson sentenced Dean Wright to life imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of murder and attempted murder.

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HMA v Paul Davidson

Feb 11, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 7 years with a custodial part of 5 years on Paul Davidson after the accused pleaded guilty to a brutal, sustained assault.

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HMA v John Farrell

Feb 5, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Beckett imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction with a punishment part of 2 years and 11 months on John Farrell after the accused pleaded guilty to 10 charges involving robbery and threatening behaviour.

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HMA v Cameron House Resort (Loch Lomond) Limited

Jan 29, 2021

At Dumbarton Sheriff Court today, Sheriff William Gallacher imposed a £500,000 fine after Cameron House Resort (Loch Lomond) Limited pleaded guilty to two separate offences in terms of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

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HMA v Christopher O'Malley

Jan 29, 2021

At Dumbarton Sheriff Court today, Sheriff William Gallacher sentencted Christopher O'Malley to a Community Payback Order after the offender pleaded guilty to an offence in terms of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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HMA v Jean Ozan

Jan 27, 2021

At Dundee Sheriff Court today Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown sentenced Jean Ozan to a Community Payback Order after the offender pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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