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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 GARY OWENS

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 3 December 2014, Lord Uist sentenced Gary Owens to five years and nine months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to various firearms offences.

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HMA v ALEXANDER GAY

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 25 November 2014, Lady Wolffe sentenced Alexander Gay to 12 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of the attempted murder of six people by wilful fire-raising.

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HMA v ANGUS SINCLAIR

Friday, 14 November, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston on 14 November 2014, Lord Matthews sentenced Angus Sinclair to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 37 years after the accused was found guilty of the 1977 murders of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott.

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HMA v LYNDSAY STIRLING

Thursday, 13 November, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow Sheriff Court on 13 November 2014, Sheriff John Beckett QC sentenced Lyndsay Stirling to 17 months imprisonment after she pled guilty to an assault to severe injury on an 80-year-old man in his own home.

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HMA v ROBERT BROWN

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Perth on 4 November 2014, Lord Bannatyne sentenced Robert Brown to two years’ imprisonment and banned him from driving for 15 years after he pled guilty to causing the deaths of Scott Prior and Mark McColl by dangerous driving.

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