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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 Steven Joseph McIvor

Wednesday, 6 March, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 6 March 2019, Lord Matthews sentenced Steven McIvor to 12 years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Michael Mowat.

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HMA v Lee Adams

Wednesday, 6 March, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 March 2019, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Lee Adams to an extended sentence of nine years’ duration, after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury, permanent impairment, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of life. The custodial part will be six years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Steven Sidebottom

Wednesday, 6 March, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 March 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Steven Sidebottom to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 21 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Brian McKandie.

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HMA v Gavin Scouler

Friday, 1 March, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 1 March 2019, Lord Summers sentenced Gavin Scouler to an extended sentence of 17 years’ duration, after the accused was found guilty of multiple charges of rape and lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour. The custodial period will be 12 years, which will be followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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HMA v Gary Ian Modiak

Friday, 1 March, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 1 March 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Gary Modiak to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to attempted murder.

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