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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 Alasdair McCulloch

Tuesday, 16 June, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (16 June 2020), Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Alasdair McCulloch to an extended sentence of 6 years, of which the custodial part is 4 years with 2 years extended, after the offender pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of two young boys.

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HMA v William David Sutherland Montgomery

Thursday, 11 June, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh High Court today, 11 June 2020, Lord Arthurson sentenced William David Sutherland Montgomery to 2 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to possessing a stun gun disguised as a mobile telephone.

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HMA v Craig William Harkins

Monday, 8 June, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow High Court today (8 June 2020) Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of 17 years, with a custodial part of 12 years and a further 5 years post release supervision, on Craig William Harkins after he was found guilty of domestic abuse against four women.

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HMA v Craig Bell

Friday, 5 June, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Fairley sentenced Craig Bell to imprisonment for four years after the offender pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and diamorphine at a park.

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HMA v Hugh Steel

Thursday, 4 June, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Uist sentenced Hugh Steel to 6 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving. The accused was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.

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