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HMA V DAVID STUART NISBET

Thursday, 19 May, 2011
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Smith sentenced David Nisbet to five years and eight months in prison after he pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on Waterfront Avenue, Edinburgh.

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HMA v THOMAS FRANCIS McALEAVEY

Wednesday, 18 May, 2011
Sentencing Statements

At the Sheriff Court in Shetland Sheriff Napier sentenced Thomas McAleavey to 43 months in prison after he pled guilty to being concerned in the supply a class A drug on the 27 May 2010.

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HMA v WILLIAM BUCHAN

Thursday, 12 May, 2011
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Matthews sentenced William Buchan to two years in prison after he was found guilty of rape and lewd, indecent and libidinous practices at various addresses in Aberdeen between 2003 and 2006.

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HMA v ANDREW DOCHERTY & MICHAEL DOBSON

Tuesday, 10 May, 2011
Sentencing Statements

Today at the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Pentland imposed life sentences on Andrew Docherty and Michael Dobson after they were found guilty of the murder of Brian Docherty on the 16 August 2010 in Greenock. The punishment part of both sentences was fixed at 16 years.

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HMA v DONALD MCDADE

Tuesday, 10 May, 2011
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Matthews sentenced Donald McDade to three years and seven months in prison after he was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Thomas Murphy in Glasgow on 16 December 2009.

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