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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 Anthony Peter Allan

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (18 February 2020) Lord Matthews imposed a sentence of life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years on Anthony Peter Allan after he was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v Keith Russell

Friday, 14 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today (13 February 2020) Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC sentenced Keith Russell to 5 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of an attacking a man with weapons.

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HMA v Joseph Whyte

Friday, 14 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh High Court today (14 February) Judge McFadyen sentenced Joseph Whyte, who was already serving two sentences for attacks on fellow prisoners with bladed implements, to a further 5 years and 4 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to seriously assaulting a fellow prisoner with an improvised bladed implement.

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HMA v Stephen Reed

Thursday, 13 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (13 February 2020) Lord Beckett imposed an extended sentence of 13 years with a custodial term of 10 years on Stephen Reed after he was convicted of charges including rape, sexual assault and assault.

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HMA v Stephen Paul O’Donnell & Robert Arnold Muir

Thursday, 13 February, 2020
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (13 February 2020) Lady Rae sentenced Stephen Paul O’Donnell and Robert Arnold Muir each to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years after they were found guilty of murder.

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