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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 Keith Rizzo

Monday, 6 April, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (6 April 2020), 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 McAllister

Friday, 27 March, 2020
Sentencing Statements

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

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HMA v Keith Farquharson

Monday, 23 March, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (23 March 2020) 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

Friday, 13 March, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow High Court on Wednesday 12 March 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

Thursday, 12 March, 2020
Sentencing Statements

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.

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