SENTENCING STATEMENTS

 

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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 Graham Moffat

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Matthews sentenced Graham Moffat to 6 years and 6 months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to attempting to murder a homeless gentleman.

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HMA v Scott Roger

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Beckett imposed an extended sentence of 18 years with a custodial term of 8 years on Scott Roger after he pleaded guilty to assault.

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HMA v David Sharp, John Brookhouse and AS

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (21st May 2020) Lady Scott sentenced David Sharp and John Brookhouse to life imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to murder. A punishment part of 15 years was fixed for David Sharp and a punishment part of 13 years was fixed for John Brookhouse. The third accused, AS, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and sentencing was deferred to 6 July 2020.

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HMA v Mark Duthie

May 20, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Mark Duthie to an extended sentence of 11 years after the offender was found guilty of a catalogue of physical and sexual assault.

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HMA v Michael Nolan

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence on Michael Nolan with a custodial element of 6 years and 5 months and an extension period of 3 years after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other offences involving assault and breach of the peace. In addition the offender was also sentenced to 138 days which was imposed from 19 May 2020 in terms of Section 16 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 to reflect the fact that he committed the offences while on licence

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HMA v Peter Cameron

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lady Scott imposed an order for lifelong restriction with a punishment part of 6 years on Peter Cameron, after the accused pleaded guilty to 1 charge of attempted murder, 1 charge of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement, and was found guilty of another charge of attempted murder.

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HMA v Donovan Reid

May 5, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Judge Andrew Cubie sentenced Donovan Reid to an extended sentence of 6 years after the offender was found guilty of assaulting and robbing a 76-year-old man.

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HMA v Tharaneetharan Manikkavasagar

May 21, 2020

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Andrew Cubie sentenced Tharaneetharan Manikkavasagar to an extended sentence of two years and eight months, after the offender plead guilty to four charges of sexual assaults on bus journeys.

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HMA v James McMillan

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Uist sentenced James McMillan to 3 years and 4 months’ imprisonment after the offender pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of just over 6 kilos of heroin.

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HMA v Sarah Cockburn

Apr 27, 2020

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Andrew Cubie sentenced Sarah Cockburn to 22 months’ imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to embezzling nearly £240,000 from her employer, James McVicar Printers.

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HMA v Steven Loughton

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Beckett imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Steven Loughton after the offender was found guilty of killing his brother (culpable homicide) by reason of diminished responsibility.

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HMA v Alastair Greig

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Tyre sentenced Alastair Greig to 14 years' imprisonment after the offender was convicted of large scale fraud.

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HMA v Keith Rizzo

Apr 6, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lady Rae sentenced Keith Rizzo to life imprisonment after the offender was convicted of murdering his girlfriend. The punishment part (the minimum time the offender must serve in prison before being considered by the Parole Board for Scotland for possible release on a life licence with conditions), was set at 22 years. If still considered a serious risk after the punishment part has expired, the offender will not be released.

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HMA v John McCallister

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (27 March 2020) Judge Cubie sentenced John McCallister to 8 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of 3 charges of rape.

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HMA v Keith Farquharson

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lady Stacey sentenced Keith Farquharson to imprisonment for life after the offender was found guilty of murdering his wife.

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HMA v Jason Watson

Mar 24, 2020

At Glasgow High Court on Wednesday 12 March 2020 Judge Cubie sentenced Jason Watson to 3 years 4 months imprisonment and a supervised release order for a period of 12 months, the accused was also disqualified from driving for 68 months, after he was found guilty of assaulting two men and their dogs with a car.

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HMA v James Martin

Mar 24, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (12 March 2020) Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on James Martin after the offender admitted attempting to murder his mother. This is a sentence of imprisonment for an indefinite time with release only if the Parole Board is satisfied that the offender would no longer endanger public safety. The minimum time the offender must serve before the Parole Board can consider release is 4 years.

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HMA v Lucjan Krzeminiski

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Aberdeen today (11 March 2020) Lord Arthurson sentenced Lucjan Krzeminiski to 6 years imprisonment after he was convicted of rape.

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HMA v David Bowman

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Monday 9 March 2020, Lord Boyd sentenced David Bowman to 7 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the historical sexual abuse of young boys.

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HMA v Dawn Reilly

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Monday 9 March 2020, Lord Boyd imposed a community payback order with a two year supervision requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work after the offender pleaded guilty to breach of the peace, by taking a photograph of a complainer while he gave evidence in a High Court trial.

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