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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 Kinning Park Care Home (Scotland) Limited

Thursday, 14 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, Thursday 14 February 2019, Sheriff Alan R Mackenzie fined Kinning Park Care Home (Scotland) Limited £60,000 after the company pled guilty to health and safety breaches which resulted in the death of care home resident Margaret Young.

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HMA v Andrew Wallace

Friday, 8 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 8 February 2019, Lady Rae sentenced Andrew Wallace to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 28 years after the accused pled guilty to the murder of Julie Reilly.

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HMA v James Burke Hume

Friday, 8 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 8 February 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced James Hume to five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury with intent to rob.

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HMA v Francis Cairney

Thursday, 7 February, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today, 7 February 2019, Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC sentenced Francis Cairney to four years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences. On sentencing, Sheriff Kelly made the following statement in court:

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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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