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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 Helena Edwina Happell and Mary Hawthorn

Thursday, 18 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 18 October 2018, Lord Matthews sentenced Helena Happell to 4 years and 11 month imprisonment and Mary Hawthorn to 4 years and 3 months after they pled guilty to assault causing severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to life. On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement

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HMA v Sean Paul Price

Friday, 12 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston today, 12 October 2018, Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of eight years on Sean Price after the accused was found guilty of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to life. The custodial part will be six years, which will be followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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HMA v Robert Bonnar

Wednesday, 10 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston today, 10 October 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Robert Bonnar to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was convicted of the rape of a female child and other sexual offences.

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HMA v Peter Cope

Thursday, 4 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 4 October 2018, Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of ten years on Peter Cope, after the accused pled guilty to sexual assault by penetration. The custodial term will be six years, which will be followed by an extension period of four years on licence.

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HMA v Alexander Gare

Thursday, 4 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Paisley Sheriff Court today, 4 October 2018, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew sentenced Alexander Gare to three years’ imprisonment, after the accused pled guilty to taking or permitting to be taken or making and possession of more than 230,000 indecent images of children. On sentencing, Sheriff Pettigrew made the following statement in court:

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