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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 Robert Douglas

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 May 2019, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Robert Douglas to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 16 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of his partner Marie Walker.

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HMA v Ian Lightbody

Tuesday, 28 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 28 May 2019, Lord Armstrong sentenced Ian Lightbody to 13 years’ imprisonment after the offender was convicted of attempted murder and rape.

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HMA v Mark Nicholson

Wednesday, 22 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 May 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Mark Nicholson to six years and nine months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury and to the danger of life.

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HMA v Bryan Grimes

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 May 2019, Lady Rae imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Bryan Grimes, with a punishment part of six years, after the accused was found guilty of rape, attempted rape, and a series of historical child sex offences.

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HMA v David Collins

Friday, 17 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 May 2019, Lady Rae sentenced David Collins to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 26 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Kevin Bishop and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

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