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Sentencing Statements

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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 James Elder

Friday, 11 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 May 2018, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence of 11 years on James Elder after the accused was found guilty of rape. The custodial period will be nine years, which will be followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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HMA v David Jack

Friday, 11 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 11 May 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced David Jack to seven years' imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences, including rape, attempted rape and lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour.

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HMA v David Scott

Thursday, 10 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 10 May 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced David Scott to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 22 years after the accused was convicted of murder by shooting.

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HMA v Gordon Christopher Cowan

Thursday, 10 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 May 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon Cowan to five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape. On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Gordon John Angus McKay

Thursday, 10 May, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 May 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon McKay to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of a five-month-old baby. On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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Summaries of Court Opinions

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In certain cases the judgment reached by the court may be of wider public interest. In these cases a summary of the court’s Opinion is produced and published along with a link to the full Opinion.

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