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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 Edward Cairney and Avril Jones

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 July 2019, Lord Matthews sentenced Edward Cairney and Avril Jones to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 14 years after the two accused were found guilty of the murder of Margaret Fleming and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

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HMA v Alan Kusz

Tuesday, 16 July, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 16 July 2019, Lord Armstrong sentenced Alan Kusz to 10 years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of sexually assaulting a one-year-old girl to her severe injury and permanent impairment.

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HMA v Robin Irons

Friday, 12 July, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 12 July 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Robin Irons to three years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to historical child sex offences.

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HMA v Hamish Macintosh Paterson

Thursday, 11 July, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 July 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Hamish Paterson to five years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v Abel Muntean and Raul Covaci Novac

Thursday, 4 July, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 4 July 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Abel Muntean to ten years’ detention for the abduction and rape of an 18-year-old woman, while Raul Novac was sentenced to seven years and three months’ imprisonment for the rape of the same woman and for failing to appear in court at an earlier hearing.

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