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 and cannot be provided or acknowledged. 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.

Read more about victims of crime and sentencing.

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HMA v Kenneth Divers

Jun 21, 2023

At Paisley Sheriff Court, Sheriff Brian Mohan sentenced Kenneth Divers to a period of 5 years imprisonment for five charges of sexual abuse towards pupils while he was a teacher at a secondary school.

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HMA v Ineta Dzinguviene

Jun 20, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lady Poole sentenced Ineta Dzinguviene to 8 years and 6 months imprisonment, after the offender pled guilty to culpable homicide on the basis of diminished responsibility.

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HMA v Alan Graham Massie

Jun 14, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Fairley sentenced Alan Massie to life imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to murder. The punishment part, the minimum period which he must spend in prison before being able to apply to the Parole Board for Scotland for release on licence , was set at 20 years.

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HMA v Alex Beck

Jun 14, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Tyre sentenced Alex Beck to four years imprisonment after the offender was convicted of rape.

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HMA v James Purves

Jun 13, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh this morning, Lord Tyre sentenced James Purves to 10 years imprisonment. The offender had been found guilty of the rape and sexual abuse of two children. He was also placed in the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

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HMA v Coran Michael Wells

Jun 13, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lady Poole sentenced Coran Michael Wells to 5 years in prison, with a further 1 year extension on licence. The offender was found guilty of the rape and sexual assault of two women.

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HMA v Toby Deakin

Jun 8, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Clark sentenced Toby Deakin to 6 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping two girls.

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HMA v. Myles James Harris

Jun 7, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Scott sentenced Myles Harris to 3 years detention, after the offender pled guilty to the rape of a young child.

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HMA v Rhys Roberts

Jun 6, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Young sentenced Rhys Roberts to three years detention after the offender was convicted of contraventions of sections 1, 2 & 5 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 including rape.

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HMA v Broomhall Ltd

Jun 5, 2023

At Perth Sheriff Court today, Sheriff WM Wood fined Broomhall Ltd £27,000, after the company pled guilty to failing to ensure the safety of its employees after a member of staff was severely injured by a forklift truck.

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HMA v Ethan McDade

Jun 2, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Clark sentenced Ethan McDade to 3 years in custody after the offender was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v Lewis McGuiness

Jun 2, 2023

At the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh today, Lord Doherty sentenced Lewis McGuiness to an extended sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, with a custodial part of 7 years and an extension period of 3 years.

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HMA v Darren Morrison

May 25, 2023

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Joan Kerr sentenced Darren Morrison to 2 years imprisonment after he was convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The offender was also disqualified from driving for 8 years and ordered to sit an extended test before driving again.

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HMA v Rhys Bennett

May 24, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Arthurson sentenced Rhys Bennett to life imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to the rape and murder of Jill Barclay. Lord Arthurson set the punishment part at 24 years, this is the number of years someone must serve before they can be considered for release on life licence.

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HMA v James Gordon

May 17, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Matthews sentenced James Gordon to 12 years imprisonment after the offender was convicted of 15 charges against three girls, including rape, attempted rape and sexual assault.

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HMA v Thomas Fullerton

May 17, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews sentenced Thomas Fullerton to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to attempted murder

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HMA V Daniel Langman

May 15, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Fairley sentenced Daniel Langman to life imprisonment after the offender was convicted of murder. Lord Fairley set the punishment part at 17 years and six months. This is the minimum period the offender will spend in prison before they can apply for parole.

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HMA v Ethan Tyler Cruz

May 12, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, Lord Summers imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction, with a punishment part of 4 years imprisonment, on Ethan Tyler Cruz. This was after the offender was convicted of causing injury to the danger of life to two women.

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HMA v Tigh-Na-Muirn Ltd

May 10, 2023

At Dundee Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown fined Tigh-Na-Muirn Limited £20,000, after the company pled guilty to a breach of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 following the death of a resident at a retirement home in Monifieth.

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HMA v Lewis Brodie

May 9, 2023

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Ericht sentenced Lewis Brodie to 8 years imprisonment after the offender was convicted of three charges of rape.

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