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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 John Patrick Turnbull

Thursday, 24 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 24 January 2019, Lord Woolman sentenced John Turnbull to six years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the rape of a teenage girl. On sentencing, Lord Woolman made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Ronald Bridges

Monday, 21 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 January 2019, Lady Stacey sentenced Ronald Bridges to a community payback order after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Michael Laverty by careless driving. On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Margaret Wade and Marie Sweeney

Monday, 21 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 18 January 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced both Margaret Wade and Marie Sweeney to six years and four months’ imprisonment after the two accused pled guilty to wilful ill-treatment and neglect of their two-year-old daughter Lauren, who died of malnutrition. On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Sharyn Stewart

Friday, 18 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (18 January 2019) Lord Pentland sentenced Sharyn Stewart to life imprisonment for murder with a punishment part of 15 years.

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HMA v Robert Stratton

Thursday, 17 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (17 January 2019), Lord Armstrong sentenced Robert Stratton to 5 years imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to serious assault committed in HM Prison Grampian.

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