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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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For more information about how judges decide sentences and what sentences are available to them, see the Scottish Sentencing Council website.

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HMA v Craig Donaldson

Monday, 13 April, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 13 April 2015, Lord Uist imposed an order for lifelong restriction on Craig Donaldson with a punishment part of three years and nine months after the accused pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Patrick Feeley.

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HMA v James Murray

Friday, 10 April, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Wolffe imposed an extended sentence of five years on James Murray after he was found guilty of assault and sending sexualised text messages.

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HMA v William Alexander Aitkin

Friday, 10 April, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Wolffe sentenced William Aitkin to a total of 16 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of rape and lewd and libidinous behaviour.

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HMA v David Mitchell

Thursday, 9 April, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Wolffe sentenced David Mitchell to two years and eight months imprisonment after he pled guilty to supplying class A and class B drugs.

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PF v Keith McDonald

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015
Sentencing Statements

On 7 April at Selkirk Sheriff Court, Sheriff J Scott sentenced Keith McDonald to 8 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of a number of indecent assaults.

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