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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 William Burns

Tuesday, 25 July, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 25 July 2017, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence of 15 years on William Burns after the accused was found guilty of assaulting journalist Russell Findlay to his severe injury and to the danger of his life. The custodial element will be ten years imprisonment and will be followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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HMA v Louisa Jane Rendall Anderson

Friday, 21 July, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 21 July 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Louisa Anderson to six years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of her husband Douglas Anderson.

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PF v Christopher Gorman

Friday, 21 July, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Airdrie Sheriff Court today, 21 July 2017, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll imposed a six-month Restriction of Liberty Order on Christopher Gorman after the accused was convicted of a series of animal abuse offences. He was also fined £500 and disqualified from owning, keeping or selling animals or running a pet shop for a period of 10 years.

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HMA v Gordon James Flett

Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 July 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon Flett to six years and four months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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HMA v Ajay Varma

Wednesday, 12 July, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today, 12 July 2017, Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC sentenced Ajay Varma to four years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with an older child, and taking and distributing indecent images of the teenage girl and stalking her.

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