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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 Margaret Wade and Marie Sweeney

Monday, 21 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 18 January 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced both Margaret Wade and Marie Sweeney to six years and four months’ imprisonment after the two accused pled guilty to wilful ill-treatment and neglect of their two-year-old daughter Lauren, who died of malnutrition. On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Sharyn Stewart

Friday, 18 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (18 January 2019) Lord Pentland sentenced Sharyn Stewart to life imprisonment for murder with a punishment part of 15 years.

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HMA v Robert Stratton

Thursday, 17 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (17 January 2019), Lord Armstrong sentenced Robert Stratton to 5 years imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to serious assault committed in HM Prison Grampian.

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HMA v Felix Beck

Thursday, 17 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 17 January 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Felix Beck to three years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault of an 18 year old female student.

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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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