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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 Ronald Thomas Smith and Kristopher Marshall

Thursday, 29 September, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 September 2016, Lady Scott sentenced Ronald Smith and Kristopher Marshall to four years imprisonment after both accused pled guilty to assaulting prison officers and wilful fire-raising within prison.

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HMA v Francis Cassidy

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Livingston Sheriff Court today, 28 September 2016, Sheriff Susan Craig imposed an extended sentence of five years imprisonment on Francis Cassidy after the accused was found guilty of sexual offences against a child and other indecent assault charges. The custodial term will be four years followed by an extension period of one year on license.

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HMA v Alisdair Grant

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 28 September 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Alisdair Grant to three years imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to causing the death of Gerrard Lewis by dangerous driving. The accused was also disqualified from driving for four years.

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HMA v Paul Kane and Liam Donnelly

Tuesday, 20 September, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 20 September 2016, Lord Armstrong sentenced Paul Kane to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after the accused was convicted of the murder of Sean Banks. Lord Armstrong also sentenced the co-accused Liam Donnelly to nine years detention after he was convicted of culpable homicide.

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Procurator Fiscal, Paisley v Laura Houston

Thursday, 15 September, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Paisley Sheriff Court today, 15 September 2016, Sheriff Colin Pattigrew imposed a Community Payback Order on Laura Houston after the accused was convicted of assaulting children in her care at a nursery.

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