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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 Stuart Kitt

Thursday, 18 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 18 January 2018, Lord Pentland imposed an extended sentence of 10 years on Stuart Kitt after the accused was found guilty of assault to injury, permanent impairment and disfigurement and to the danger of life. The custodial part will be seven years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Kenneth Wilson

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 17 January 2018, Lady Scott imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction upon Kenneth Wilson with a punishment part of three years after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury and to the danger of life.

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HMA v Kurt McInnes

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston today, 17 January 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Kurt McInnes to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape, lewd and libidinous practices and charges of assault to the danger of life.

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HMA v Thomas Telford

Friday, 12 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 12 January 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Thomas Telford to a total of 10 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of attempted murder, attempting to defeat the ends of justice, and assault. On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Gordon Ayre

Thursday, 11 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 January 2018, Lord Woolman sentenced Gordon Ayre to four years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and endangering life and to a breach of bail conditions. On sentencing Lord Woolman made the following statement in court:

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