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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 Shebli Alshebli

Monday, 11 November, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (11 November 2019), Lady Rae sentenced Shebli Alshebli to seven years imprisonment after the offender was convicted of rape.

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HMA v Dean Purdie

Monday, 11 November, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (11 November 2019), Lord Uist sentenced Dean Purdie to 6 years and 3 months imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin.

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HMA v Vojtech Gombar & Others

Friday, 8 November, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (8 November 2019) Lord Beckett sentenced Vojtech Gombar; Anil Raj Wagle; Jana Sandorova; and Rastislav Adam to imprisonment after the offenders were convicted of taking part in human trafficking and exploitation.

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HMA v Richard Hutchinson

Thursday, 7 November, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (7 November 2019), Lord Pentland sentenced Richard Hutchinson to 4 years imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to repeated sexual abuse of three teenage boys over a period between about 1996 and 2002.

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HMA v Nazareth Care Charitable Trust

Tuesday, 5 November, 2019
Sentencing Statements

Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC today (5 November 2019) fined Nazareth Care Charitable Trust £40,000 after the charity pled guilty to a serious health and safety breach by preventing an elderly woman from falling down stairs in which she later died from her injury.

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