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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 Michael Friel

Thursday, 7 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 7 February 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Michael Friel to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Megan Ambrozevich-Blair by dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for nine years and nine months. On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Allan Peach

Monday, 4 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 31 January 2019, Lord Clark imposed an extended sentence of nine years on Allan Peach, after the accused pled guilty to making an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, or to enable any other person to do so. The custodial part will be six years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Allenbuild Limited

Friday, 1 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, 1 February 2019, Sheriff Norman McFadyen fined Allenbuild Limited £600,000 for a contravention of Regulation 27(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) 2015 Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, section 33(1)(c) on 5 December 2016 at the construction site of the Engine Yard, Leith Walk Edinburgh, also known as Shrubhill, which resulted in the death of Vincent Ramsay, a labourer who was working there.

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HMA v William Tucker

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 30 January 2019, Lord Summers sentenced William Tucker to 13 years’ imprisonment, after the accused was found guilty of rape and other historical child sexual offences. On sentencing, Lord Summers made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Paul Green, Lee Noonan and Robbie Brown

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 January 2019, Lord Summers sentenced Paul Green, Lee Noonan and Robbie Brown to life imprisonment with punishment parts of, respectively, 18 years, 21 years and 18 years five months, the three co-accused having been found guilty of the murder of James Watt. On sentencing, Lord Summers made the following statement in court:

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