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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 Christopher Hutchison

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 6 March 2018, Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of 12 years on Christopher Hutchison, the accused having pleaded guilty to culpable and reckless conduct, assaulting a police officer by firing a crossbow at him, and wilful fire-raising. The custodial part will be eight years, which will be followed by an extended period of four years on licence.

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HMA v Gordon Knott

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 March 2018, Lady Scott sentenced Gordon Knott to four years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences.

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HMA v John Barbour

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 March 2018, Lord Ericht sentenced John Barbour to four years imprisonment after the accused was convicted of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards two young girls and the rape of one of them. On sentencing Lord Ericht made the following statement in court:

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HMA v John Robert Gribben

Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 28 February 2018, Judge Sean Murphy QC sentenced John Gribben to six years’ detention after the accused was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and dangerous driving.

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HMA v Norman Wesley Nicholl

Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 28 February 2018, Lord Uist imposed an extended sentence of 13 years on Norman Nicholl after the accused was found guilty of the rape of an 11-year-old girl. The custodial term will be seven years and will be followed by an extension period of six years on licence.

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