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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 MARC McKILLOP

Friday, 29 November, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Scott imposed an extended sentence of 13 years on Marc McKillop with a custodial period of 10 years and an extension period of 3 years after he was found guilty of assault, rape and attempted murder.

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HMA v DARREN LEE MITCHELL

Thursday, 28 November, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Dumbarton Lord Pentland imposed an order for lifelong restriction on Darren Mitchell after he pled guilty in the sheriff court to breaching the terms of two sexual offences prevention orders. The custodial part of the sentence is 20 months.

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HMA v ROBERT FALCONBRIDGE

Thursday, 28 November, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Doherty sentenced Robert Falconbridge to an extended sentence of 10 years after he pled guilty to downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

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HMA v DAVID GARDYNE

Thursday, 28 November, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Doherty sentenced David Gardyne to 6 years imprisonment after he pled guilty to the attempted murder of James Reid in Dundee on 16 August 2013 and also ordered that he be returned to prison to serve 160 days of a previous sentence.

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HMA v COLIN JAMES FERGUSON

Thursday, 28 November, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence of ten years and three months on Colin Ferguson after he pled guilty to the attempted murder of Thomas Fisher on 28 March 2013 in Ayr.

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