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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 Aaron McGuire

Tuesday, 19 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (19 December 2017) Lord Beckett imposed an extended sentence of 11 years and 6 months (custodial part 7 years and 6 months) on Aaron McGuire after the accused pled guilty to culpable homicide. On sentencing Lord Beckett made the following statement in court:

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Determination following examination of facts in HM Advocate v John Pringle

Tuesday, 19 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 December 2017, Judge John Morris QC imposed a supervision and treatment order on John Pringle after the accused was found to have committed indecent assault and lewd and libidinous practices against two boys following an examination of facts.

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HMA v Ian David Cargill

Monday, 18 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (18 December 2017) Lord Woolman fined Ian Cargill a total of £900 after the accused pled guilty to being in possession of a revolver and ammunition, contrary to the Firearms Act. On sentencing Lord Woolman made the following statement in court:

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HMA v George Stewart

Friday, 15 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (15 December 2017) Lord Summers sentenced George Stewart to five years and four months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to attempted murder and assault to severe injury. On sentencing Lord Summers made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Michael Stuart

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (12 December 2017) Lady Scott sentenced Michael Stuart to a total of eight years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and assault offences. On sentencing Lady Scott made the following statement in court:

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