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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 Scott Hamilton

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Stilring, Lord Ericht sentenced Scott Hamilton to one year imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing death by careless driving.

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HMA v James McCarten

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court, Judge Kenneth Maciver, QC, sentenced James McCarten to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 15 years after the accused was convicted of brutally murdering his partner.

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HMA v Steven Bennie

Friday, 21 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Steven Bennie to seven years six months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mary Laurie by dangerous driving.

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HMA v Mathew Watt, Mathew Todd and Shuaib Ashraf Dar

Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 19 October 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Mathew Watt, Mathew Todd and Shuaib Ashraf Dar to imprisonment after the three accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

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HMA v John Cousins

Monday, 17 October, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced John Cousins to four years and six months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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