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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 William Lannigan McArthur

Thursday, 6 December, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 December 2018, William MacArthur was found guilty of charges of rape, sexual assault and attempted murder. Sentence was adjourned until 16 January 2019. On conviction, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v David Scott

Friday, 30 November, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 30 November 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced David Scott to 10 years’ imprisonment after the accused was convicted of the rape and sexual abuse of two girls. On sentencing, Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Fraser Angus Neill

Thursday, 29 November, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 November 2018, Lady Scott sentenced Fraser Neil to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 19 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Hannah Dorans. On sentencing, Lady Scott made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Paul Johnson

Thursday, 15 November, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 15 November 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Paul Johnson to four years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to wilful fire-raising aggravated by religious prejudice. On sentencing, Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Brian Docherty

Monday, 12 November, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston today, 12 November 2018, Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence on Brian Docherty of nine years and ten months after the accused pled guilty to lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour and sexual assault. The custodial part will seven years and ten months, which will be followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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