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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 Lanarkshire Health Board

Tuesday, 13 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today, 13 December 2016, Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC imposed a fine of £60,000 on Lanarkshire Health Board after the board pled guilty to breaching health and safety legislation following the suicide of a patient under a compulsory treatment order.

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HMA v James Macdonald

Tuesday, 13 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 13 December 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced James Macdonald to 12 years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to attempted murder with a chainsaw.

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HMA v Gary Ralston

Thursday, 8 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Ericht sentenced Gary Ralston to four years imprisonment for a vicious robbery on a family who had taken him in.

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HMA v Angela Ryan and Jason Kirby

Tuesday, 6 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 6 December 2016, Lady Scott sentenced Angela Ryan to four years imprisonment and Jason Kirby to five years imprisonment, after both accused pled guilty to assault and robbery.

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HMA v Richard McCormick

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 30 November 2016, Lady Carmichael sentenced Richard McCormick to eight years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of sexually abusing children.

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