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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 John Henderson and 5 others

Monday, 23 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 23 April 2018, Lord Beckett imposed life sentences for murder on John Henderson (punishment part 18 years), Gary Martin (punishment part 20 years), Thomas Martin (punishment part 16 years), James Connor (punishment part 14 years, 11 months) and Dean Leech (punishment part 16 years, 9 months). He also sentenced Joseph Martin to 12 years imprisonment for culpable homicide. On sentencing Lord Beckett made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Nathan William Pullman

Monday, 23 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 23 April 2018, Lord Matthews sentenced Nathan Pullman to imprisonment for three years and two months after he pled guilty to domestic abuse offences. On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement in court:

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PF v Mark Meechan

Monday, 23 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Airdrie Sheriff Court today, 23 April 2018, Sheriff Derek O'Carroll fined Mark Meechan £800 for breaching the Communications Act 2003, by posting a grossly offensive video on the internet. On sentencing Sheriff O'Carroll made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Catherine Leahy

Thursday, 19 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 April 2018, Lord Turnbull sentenced Catherine Leahy to six years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of accepting a bribe while serving as a juror.

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HMA v James McCann

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 18 April 2018, Lord Summers sentenced James McCann to a total of 10 years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of historical child sex offences.

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