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In cases where there is public interest or where the sentence may be complicated or controversial, the judge may decide to make the sentencing statement more widely available. You can read the judge’s full statement here once sentence has been passed.

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HMA v Graham Thomas Watson

Thursday, 4 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 4 October 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Graham Watson to five years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and indecent assault. On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Gregg William Anderson and HMA v Tiegan Andrea Sinclair or Law or Carruthers

Wednesday, 3 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 3 October 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Gregg Anderson to six years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Linda Dunn by dangerous driving, causing death while driving with no licence or insurance, and perverting the course of justice by lying to police about who was driving at the time of the fatal accident. Lord Uist also imposed a Community Payback Order on Tiegan Sinclair after she pled guilty to permitting Mr Anderson to use her car without insurance and to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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HMA v John James McKinlay

Friday, 28 September, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 28 September 2018, Lord Uist imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on John McKinlay with a punishment part of two years and three months, after the accused pled guilty to assaulting a fellow inmate at Saughton Prison.

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HMA v David Shields

Friday, 28 September, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 28 September 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced David Shields to five years’ imprisonment after he accused pled guilty to causing the death of Yvonne Blackman by dangerous driving. On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Michael Harlow

Friday, 28 September, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 28 September 2018, Lord Uist imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Michael Harlow with a punishment part of two-and-a-half years after the accused was found guilty of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls and pled guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

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