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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 Connor Ward

Thursday, 12 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 12 April 2018, Lord Burns imposed a discretionary life sentence (punishment part six years) on Connor Ward after he was found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism. On sentencing Lord Burns made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Gary Lee Goodrum

Thursday, 12 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 12 April 2018, Lord Woolman sentenced Gary Goodrum to nine years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of sexually abusing eight teenage girls. On sentencing Lord Woolman made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Francis Paul Gabriel Moore

Wednesday, 11 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 April 2018, Lady Rae sentenced Francis Moore to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was convicted of sodomising a five-year-old boy; lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour; and indecent assault. On sentencing Lady Rae made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Derek Meikle

Wednesday, 11 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 April 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Derek Meikle to six years imprisonment for assault and robbery. He also ordered that the sentence should run consecutively to a period of 1,000 days in prison as the accused had been on licence at the time of the offence. On sentencing Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Alasdair Graeme McDonald

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 April 2018, Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of 13 years (custodial part 10 years) on Alasdair McDonald after the accused was convicted of rape. On sentencing Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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