SENTENCING STATEMENTS

 

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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 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 pf 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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HMA v Parvinder Singh

Jun 11, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Richardson sentenced Parvinder Singh to 10 and a half years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of four serious sexual assaults on women.

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HMA v Samuel Lloyd

Jun 9, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lady Scott sentenced Samuel Lloyd to 3 years’ imprisonment after the offender was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

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HMA v Callum Duncan

Jun 9, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lady Scott sentenced Callum Duncan to 8 years’ imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v David Brown and Patrick Hattie

Jun 8, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Summers sentenced David Brown and Patrick Hattie to periods of imprisonment after they were found guilty of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

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HMA v Kevin Turner

Jun 8, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Braid sentenced Kevin Turner to an extended sentence of 12 years after the offender was found guilty of an assault with intent to rape on a tourist.

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HMA v Michael Dixon

May 31, 2021

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, Lord Burns sentenced Michael Dixon to 4 ½ years’ imprisonment after the offender was convicted of charges of sexual abuse.

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HMA v Albert Bremner

May 28, 2021

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, Lady Poole sentenced Albert James Bremner to 17 years’ imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of sexually abusing children.

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HMA V Steven Bryceland

May 27, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Richardson sentenced Steven Bryceland to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after the offender pled guilty to the murder of Christopher Nicol or Caraher.

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HMA v William Whyte

May 20, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Braid sentenced William Whyte to 6 years’ imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of raping a 15-year-old.

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HMA v Graham McGill

May 18, 2021

At the High Court in Aberdeen, Lord Burns today sentenced Graham McGill to life imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v Kevin Guthrie

May 14, 2021

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today Sheriff Hughes sentenced Kevin Guthrie to 3 years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of a contravention of Sections 2 and 3 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

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HMA v Finlay Hutchison and Kyle McLachlan

May 13, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Boyd sentenced Kyle McLachlan to 20 months detention after the offender pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and imposed a Community Payback Order on Finlay Hutchison who pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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Craig Murray: Petition and Complaint

May 11, 2021

Today at the High Court, a period of eight months’ imprisonment was imposed on Craig Murray after three judges determined that he had acted in contempt of court in relation to the HMA v Alex Salmond trial. The Court delayed the issuing of the warrant for imprisonment for a period of three weeks to allow Craig Murray to appeal the decision.

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