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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 David MacBride

Thursday, 13 December, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 13 December 2018, Lord Uist sentenced David MacBride to an order for lifelong restriction with a punishment part of seven years after the accused was found guilty of eight charges of rape and two of sexual assault. That sentence will be consecutive to a sentence of three years’ imprisonment for breaching bail by fleeing to Spain.

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HMA v Scott Dennis Ferguson

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 December 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Scott Ferguson to five years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and sexual assault. On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Christopher James O'Brien and Patrick McHugh

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 December 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Christopher James O’Brien and James McHugh to six years’ imprisonment after they each pled guilty to assault, hamesucken and robbery. On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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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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