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HMA V Graham Moffat

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Tuesday 26 May, Lord Matthews sentenced Graham Moffat to 6 years and 6 months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to attempting to murder a homeless gentleman.

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HMA v David Sharp, John Brookhouse and AS

Thursday, 21 May, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (21st May 2020) Lady Scott sentenced David Sharp and John Brookhouse to life imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to murder. A punishment part of 15 years was fixed for David Sharp and a punishment part of 13 years was fixed for John Brookhouse. The third accused, AS, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and sentencing was deferred to 6 July 2020.

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HMA v Mark Duthie

Wednesday, 20 May, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (20 May 2020), Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Mark Duthie to an extended sentence of 11 years after the offender was found guilty of a catalogue of physical and sexual assault.

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HMA v Michael Nolan

Tuesday, 19 May, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence on Michael Nolan with a custodial element of 6 years and 5 months and an extension period of 3 years after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other offences involving assault and breach of the peace. In addition the offender was also sentenced to 138 days which was imposed from 19 May 2020 in terms of Section 16 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 to reflect the fact that he committed the offences while on licence.

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HMA v Peter Cameron

Wednesday, 13 May, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (13 May 2020) Lady Scott imposed an order for lifelong restriction with a punishment part of 6 years on Peter Cameron, after the accused pleaded guilty to 1 charge of attempted murder, 1 charge of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement, and was found guilty of another charge of attempted murder.

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