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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 Derek Lincoln or Birks, also known as John Green

Friday, 7 August, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (7 August 2020) Lord Matthews sentenced Derek Lincoln or Birks, also known as John Green to 11 years and 6 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to child abuse.

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HMA v Craig Derrick, Brian Laing & David Till

Thursday, 6 August, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (6 August 2020), Lord Matthews imposed extended sentences on three prisoners after they pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of another prisoner.

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HMA v Gary McInally and Stephen Owen Cairns

Wednesday, 5 August, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (5 August 2020), Lord Matthews sentenced Gary McInally and Stephen Owen Cairns to terms of imprisonment after the offenders plead guilty to forcing their way into a flat armed with knives and assaulting two occupants.

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HMA v Peter Conoboy

Tuesday, 4 August, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (4 August 2020) Lord Matthews sentenced Peter Conoboy to 2 years and 3 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to placing a suspicious package in the foyer of a multi-occupant residential building as a bomb hoax.

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HMA v Gary Grimes

Thursday, 30 July, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (30 July 2020) Lord Matthews sentenced Gary Grimes to 3 years and 9 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

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