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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 James Smith

Tuesday, 4 August, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Matthews sentenced James Smith to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after he was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v Joseph Cullen

Friday, 24 July, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 23 July 2015, Lord Turnbull sentenced Joseph Cullen to 12 months imprisonment for historical sex abuse offences.

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HMA v Rajinder Sidhu

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 22 July 2015, Lady Wolffe sentenced Rajinder Sidhu to seven years imprisonment after the accused was convicted of rape.

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HMA v Alexander Hilton

Friday, 17 July, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Burns sentenced Alexander Hilton to three years imprisonment after he pled guilty to assault by poisoning.

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HMA v Colin McKay

Friday, 17 July, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Wolffe imposed an extended sentence of 10 years on Colin McKay after he was found guilty of a number of rapes and indecent assault. The sentence is composed of a custodial period of 8 years followed by an extended period on supervision of 2 years .

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