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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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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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HMA v FARIS AL-KHORI

Thursday, 2 April, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 2 April 2015, Lady Wolffe sentenced Faris Al-Khori to three years and four months imprisonment and made a supervised release order after the accused pled guilty to possessing explosive substances.

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HMA v TAYLOR DIBA

Monday, 30 March, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 30 March 2015, Lord Uist sentenced Taylor Diba to six years and four months imprisonment after the accused was convicted of rape and failed to appear at an earlier High Court hearing.

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HMA v STEPHEN SWEENEY

Thursday, 26 March, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 26 March 2015, Judge John Morris QC sentenced Stephen Sweeney to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assaulting a baby to his severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of his life.

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HMA v TERRY NEWLANDS

Thursday, 26 March, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen on 20 March 2015, Lord Burns imposed an extended sentence on Terry Newlands after the accused pled guilty to the attempted murder of his partner.

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