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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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For more information about how judges decide sentences and what sentences are available to them, see the Scottish Sentencing Council website.

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HMA v David Neill

Friday, 28 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (28 February 2020) Judge Hughes QC sentenced David Neill to 7 years imprisonment after he was convicted of charges of indecent assault.

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HMA v Caroline Thomson

Monday, 24 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Monday 24 February 2020, Lady Rae sentenced Caroline Thomson to 9 years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assaulting a baby to his permanent impairment and disfigurement, and to the danger of his life.

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HMA v Lee Thomas John Thomson

Friday, 21 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh High Court today (21 February 2020) Lord Pentland imposed an extended sentence of 13 years with a custodial term of 9 years on Lee Thomas John Thomson after the offender was convicted of charges including assault and rape.

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HMA v Dennis Charles Cox

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow High Court today (18 February 2020) Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of 10 years with a custodial term of 8 years on Dennis Charles Cox after he was found guilty of charges including assault and attempted murder.

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HMA v Anthony Peter Allan

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (18 February 2020) Lord Matthews imposed a sentence of life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years on Anthony Peter Allan after he was found guilty of murder.

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Welcome to the judicial website. We hope that you find this website both helpful and informative. It is our intention to publish as much information as we can, as quickly as we can. We believe it is vital in a democracy that justice is not only seen to be done, but that it operates in an open and transparent way and contributes to public understanding and awareness of what takes place in courts each day across Scotland.

Lord President

HMA v John McAllister

Friday, 27 March, 2020
Sentencing Statement

At the High Court in Glasgow today (27 March 2020) Judge Cubie sentenced John McAllister to 8 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of 3 charges of rape.

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Metal-on-metal hip replacement action fails

Tuesday, 26 November, 2019
Court Opinion

A 64-year-old former forestry worker has lost his action for damages at the Court of Session against two companies which manufactured the components used in his hip replacements 10 years ago.

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