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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 William Leiper and Robert Leiper

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (26 June 2019), Lady Scott sentenced William Leiper to 10 years imprisonment and Robert Leiper to a Community Payback Order and a Restriction of Liberty Order after they were convicted of assaulting a man trying to cycle home.

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HMA v James Black

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019
Sentencing Statements

In the High Court in Edinburgh today (26 June 2019), Lord Arthurson sentenced James Black to an extended sentence of 10 years and 6 months, with a custodial term of 7 years and 6 months, after the offender pled guilty to raping a 67-year-old woman.

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HMA v David West

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 June 2019, Lady Wise sentenced David West to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of two charges of rape.

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HMA v Alistair Findlay

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 18 June 2019, Lord Matthews imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Alistair Findlay, with a punishment part of four-and-a-half years, after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences.

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HMA v James Donaldson

Thursday, 6 June, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 June 2019, Lord Uist sentenced James Donaldson to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was convicted of rape, sexual assault and common law assault, as well as charges of stalking and threatening and abusive behaviour.

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