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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.

PF v Gayle Hunter and Elsie Hunter

Monday, 29 June, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 29 June 2015, Sheriff Kevin Drummond QC sentenced Gayle Hunter to two months imprisonment and imposed a Community Payback Order on her mother Elsie Hunter after the two accused made false allegations of domestic abuse.

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HMA v Peter Bernard McDermott

Wednesday, 17 June, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Stirling on 17 June 2015, Lord Uist sentenced Peter McDermott to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years after the accused was found guilty of murdering his father.

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HMA v Vincent Spears

Friday, 5 June, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston on 5 June 2015, Lady Wolffe imposed an extended sentence of seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment on Vincent Spears after the accused was convicted of rape – a custodial term of five-and-a-half years followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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HMA v Gavin Bowie

Wednesday, 3 June, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston on 3 June 2015, Lady Wolffe sentenced Gavin Bowie to 13 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of indecent assaults and lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards boys.

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HMA v Daniel Ross

Friday, 29 May, 2015
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 29 May 2015, Lord Matthews sentenced Daniel Ross to 12 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of child sexual abuse charges.

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