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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 Michael Gray

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 25 January 2018, Lord Mulholland imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Michael Gray with a punishment part of seven years after the accused was found guilty charges of repeated rape, sexual assault and assault to severe injury and to the danger of life.

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HMA v Kris Godsman and Lee Paterson

Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 24 January 2018, Lord Summers sentenced Kris Godsman to seven years’ imprisonment and Lee Paterson to two years’ imprisonment after they were each convicted of being concerned in the supplying of heroin and cocaine.

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HMA v Grace Fullerton

Tuesday, 23 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 23 January 2018, Lord Ericht imposed a Community Payback Order on Grace Fullerton after the accused was found guilty of the attempted murder of her husband Iain, in a “highly exceptional” case.

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HMA v David Sell and others

Monday, 22 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 January 2018, Lord Beckett sentenced David Sell, Barry O’Neil, Anthony Woods, Francis Mulligan, Michael Bowman, Mark Richardson, Gerard Docherty, Steven McArdle and Martyn Fitzsimmons to a total of 87 years' imprisonment.

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HMA v Kathleen Downey and Rene Howieson

Thursday, 18 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 18 January 2018, Lord Armstrong sentenced Rene Howieson to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 14 years and two months for the murder Colin Skilbeck, and sentenced Kathleen Downey to five years and three months for culpable homicide.

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