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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 John Anthony Quantrell

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 15 January 2019, Lord Clark sentenced John Quantrell to an extended sentence of 11 years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the attempted murder of Christopher Willett. The custodial part will be nine years, which will be followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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HMA v David Mitchell

Monday, 14 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 14 January 2019, Lord Pentland sentenced David Mitchell to five years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to a serious firearms offences. On sentencing, Lord Pentland made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Paul Gary Williams Ness

Friday, 11 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 January 2019, Lord Woolman sentenced Paul Ness to an extended sentence of 15 years after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of Alan Glancy. The custodial part will be 11 years, which will be followed by an extension period of four years on licence

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HMA v Youth

Thursday, 10 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 January 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced a 17-year-old girl to detention for life with a punishment part of 16 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old Connor Cowper. On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Garry John Strang

Wednesday, 9 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 9 January 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Garry Strang to seven years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and sexual assault. On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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