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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 Davison Shaw

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 31 October 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Davison Shaw to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the rape of an 11-year-old girl and using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards another 13-year-old girl.

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HMA v Christopher Harkins, James O’Brien, and Steven Garrity

Monday, 29 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 29 October 2018, Lord Beckett sentenced Christopher Harkins, James O’Brien, and Steven Garrity to nine, six and seven years’ imprisonment respectively, the three co-accused having been convicted of wilful fire-raising.

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HMA v James Muir

Wednesday, 24 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

Sheriff Frank Crowe sentenced James Muir to a Community Payback Order at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, 24 October 2018, after the bus driver admitted causing the death of a 70-year-old woman by careless driving.

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HMA v Richard Fleming and Liam Richardson

Wednesday, 24 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburg today (24 October 2018), Lady Carmichael sentenced Richard Fleming and Liam Richardson each to substantial periods of imprisonment for armed robbery at Gleneagles hotel.

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HMA v Anthony Kevin Paul Higgins

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 23 October 2018, Lord Uist sentenced Anthony Higgins to seven years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of assaulting Darren Carr to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

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