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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 Robert Shepherd

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 21 March 2018, Lord Armstrong sentenced Robert Shepherd to eight years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of four charges of sexual abuse of young children. On sentencing Lord Armstong made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Robert McPhee, James McPhee, Steven McPhee, John Miller

Thursday, 15 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 15 March 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced Robert McPhee, James McPhee, Steven McPhee and John Miller to a total of 29 years imprisonment after they were found guilty of a campaign of kidnappings, violence and intimidation towards workers. On sentencing Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Christopher Taylor

Wednesday, 7 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 7 March 2018, Lord Beckett imposed a Community Payback Order on Christopher Taylor and disqualified him from driving for 22 months after the accused was found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

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PF v Aaron Charles Gemmell, Conor Marshall Clark and Colin Gibb Clark

Wednesday, 7 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Dumfries Sheriff Court on 6 March 2018 Sheriff Brian Mohan sentenced Aaron Gemmell to two years' imprisonment after he pled guilty to housebreaking and a breach of bail; sentenced Conor Clark to two years' imprisonment after he pled guilty to housebreaking; and sentenced Colin Clark to three years and four months' imprisonment after he was found guilty of housebreaking. The three are also subject to confiscation and compensation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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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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