HMA v Anthony Harrigan

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 19 September, 2018, Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of 11 years and eight months on Anthony Harrigan after the offender pleaded guilty to brandishing a knife, and abducting and robbing a woman.

On sentencing, Lady Rae made the following statement in court:

“These are very serious offences to which you have pleaded guilty, particularly charge 4. On that charge you broke into a young woman’s house while she was in bed, brandished a knife at her and demanded money from her. She had no cash so you decided to force her to drive you to a cash machine to extract money from her personal bank account. Not satisfied with that you forced her to drive you to another address. Fortunately there, she managed to persuade you to get out of the car, which in turn allowed her to escape from what must have been a terrifying ordeal.

There are a number of aggravating factors which I have to take into account in this case, the most serious of which is your significant record of previous convictions. These include crimes of violence and significantly 4 convictions for assault and robbery, however, none as serious as charge 4. At the time of these offences you were on early release from a previous sentence for assault to severe injury and you were on a supervised release order. I note you have had a number of non-custodial disposals in the past, none of which have resulted in a cessation of your offending. It is clear that any attempt to assist you with your drug addiction, including a drug treatment and testing order, has failed. You are in my view a serious risk to the public and it is accepted by your Senior Counsel that an extended sentence is appropriate in this case.

I am informed that there are 256 days of an unexpired previous sentence which I could re-impose. Having regard to the circumstances of charge 4 and the fact that the previous offence was for violence, I intend to re-impose 200 days to take account of part of your remand period. I am not giving you credit for the full remand period because I require to date the 200 days from today despite the fact that you are currently serving a 6 month sentence for breach of the supervised release order.

I shall take account of all that has been said on your behalf and of your personal circumstances as disclosed in the criminal justice social work report.

I am prepared to discount the sentences by approximately 15% to reflect your plea at a preliminary hearing. I note that the preliminary hearing had been discharged twice, albeit administratively.

On charges 1, 2 and 3, the housebreaking charges, the sentences would have been 4 years cumulo which I shall reduce to 3 years and 5 months.

On charge 4, the sentence would have been 9 years which I shall reduce to 7 years and 8 months.

I shall extend the sentence on charge 4 by a further 4 years post release supervision.

These sentences will run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the 200 days I have imposed in terms of section 16 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (S) Act 1993.”