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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 Duncan Burns

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (12 December 2017) Lord Mulholland sentenced Duncan Burns to five years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape. On sentencing Lord Mulholland made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Tomas Gulbinavicius and Janis Karajevs

Friday, 8 December, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (8 December 2017) Lord Uist sentenced Tomas Gulbinavicius and Janis Karajevs to life imprisonment (punishment part 13 years and 14 years respectively) after the accused were found guilty of murder. On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Ralph Goldie

Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Glasgow High Court today (30 November 2017) Lord Arthurson sentenced Ralph Goldie to life imprisonment (punishment part 14 years) after the accused was found guilty of murder and assault to severe injury. On sentencing Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Eric Finlayson

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (28 November 2017) Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Eric Finlayson to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment and disqualified him from driving for 7 years after the accused pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. On sentencing Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Riasat Khan

Friday, 24 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (24 November 2017) Lord Beckett sentenced Riasat Khan to life imprisonment (punishment part 16 years) for a murder he committed in 1978. On sentencing Lord Beckett made the following statement in court:

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