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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 James Taylor

Thursday, 22 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 March 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 14 years on James Taylor after the accused was found guilty of two charges of rape and two assault offences. The custodial part will be nine years, which will be followed by an extension period of five years on licence. On sentencing Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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HMA v David Bruce Penman

Thursday, 22 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 22 March 2018, Lord Uist imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction with a punishment part four years on David Penman after the accused was convicted of rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour. On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:.

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HMA v Charles Strachan

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 March 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Charles Strachan to six years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the attempted murder of his former partner. On sentencing Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Robert Shepherd

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 21 March 2018, Lord Armstrong sentenced Robert Shepherd to eight years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of four charges of sexual abuse of young children. On sentencing Lord Armstong made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Robert McPhee, James McPhee, Steven McPhee, John Miller

Thursday, 15 March, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 15 March 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced Robert McPhee, James McPhee, Steven McPhee and John Miller to a total of 29 years imprisonment after they were found guilty of a campaign of kidnappings, violence and intimidation towards workers. On sentencing Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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