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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 Patrick Young

Friday, 4 December, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Paisley, Lord Matthews sentenced Patrick Young to eight years and nine months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to a series “bogus workman” frauds against elderly and vulnerable people.

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HMA v James Cowan and Allana Wood

Wednesday, 2 December, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court at Livingston today, Lady Rae sentenced James Cowan to an extended sentence of 11 years and five months (with a custodial part of eight years and five months), and co-accused Allana Wood to five years and four months after they each pled guilty to abducting and robbing an elderly man.

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HMA v Donald Jeffrey

Tuesday, 1 December, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Paisley today, Lord Matthews imposed an order for life long restriction on Donald Jeffrey with a punishment part of 10 years, after the accused was found guilty of numerous charges including attempted murder, rape and domestic assaults.

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HMA v Ross Taggart

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Uist sentenced Ross Taggart to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years, after the accused was found guilty of the murder of his mother, Carol Anne Taggart.

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HMA v Jamie King

Friday, 20 November, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Judge Paul Arthurson QC imposed an extended sentence on Jamie King – a custodial term of six years detention followed by an extension period of two years on licence – after the accused was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

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