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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 James McMillan

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (29 April 2020), Lord Uist sentenced James McMillan to 3 years and 4 months’ imprisonment after the offender pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of just over 6 kilos of heroin.

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HMA v Sarah Cockburn

Monday, 27 April, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today (27 April 2020), Sheriff Andrew Cubie sentenced Sarah Cockburn to 22 months’ imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to embezzling nearly £240,000 from her employer, James McVicar Printers.

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HMA v Steven Loughton

Friday, 24 April, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (24 April 2020), Lord Beckett imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Steven Loughton after the offender was found guilty of killing his brother (culpable homicide) by reason of diminished responsibility.

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HMA v Alastair Greig

Wednesday, 15 April, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (15 April 2020) Lord Tyre sentenced Alastair Greig to 14 years' imprisonment after the offender was convicted of large scale fraud.

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HMA v Keith Rizzo

Monday, 6 April, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (6 April 2020), Lady Rae sentenced Keith Rizzo to life imprisonment after the offender was convicted of murdering his girlfriend. The punishment part (the minimum time the offender must serve in prison before being considered by the Parole Board for Scotland for possible release on a life licence with conditions), was set at 22 years. If still considered a serious risk after the punishment part has expired, the offender will not be released.

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