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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.  If you would like to receive these as soon as they are issued sign up for RSS feeds.

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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.

HMA v Christopher Graham

Friday, 18 March, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 18 March 2016, Lady Wolffe sentenced Christopher Graham to seven years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to wilful fire-raising to the danger to life.

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HMA v Steven Mays

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 16 March 2016, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence on Steven Mays of 12 years and eight months imprisonment, after the accused was found guilty of rape, sexual and physical assault charges and sending text messages of a sexual nature.

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HMA v Jay Christopher Lee Bell

Thursday, 10 March, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 10 March 2016, Judge Paul Arthurson QC sentenced Jay Bell to four years imprisonment after accused pled guilty to culpable and reckless conduct towards a nine-week-old baby, to his severe injury, permanent impairment, and to the danger of his life.

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HMA v Brian Charles Mackenzie

Friday, 4 March, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 4 March 2016, Lord Uist imposed an order for lifelong restriction on Brian Mackenzie with a punishment part of seven years after the accused was found guilty of rape and sexual assault charges.

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HMA v Robert Sinclair Richards

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 24 February 2016, Lord Uist sentenced Robert Sinclair Richards to six years imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to having been concerned in the supplying of heroin and cocaine.

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