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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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HM Advocate v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Monday, 1 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on 1 August 2016, Sheriff Alistair Watson fined Network Rail £130,000 after the accused company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of an employee who was electrocuted in the course of his duties.

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HMA v Graeme McLaughlin

Monday, 1 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 1 August 2016, Lord Armstrong sentenced Graeme McLaughlin to a Community Payback Order and disqualified him from driving for four years after the accused pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

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HMA v Craig Guest and William Handy

Friday, 29 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 29 July 2016, Lord Woolman sentenced Craig Guest to six years imprisonment and William Handy to five years imprisonment after the two accused were convicted of wilful fire-raising.

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HMA v Thomas Sellar

Thursday, 28 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 28 July 2016, Lord Ericht sentenced Thomas Sellar to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years after the accused was convicted of the murder of Jamie Walsh.

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HMA v Grant Monteith

Thursday, 28 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 27 July 2016, Lady Scott imposed an extended sentence of nine years imprisonment on Grant Monteith after the accused was convicted of rape and assault charges. The custodial period is seven years followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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