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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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For more information about how judges decide sentences and what sentences are available to them, see the Scottish Sentencing Council website.

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HMA v David Collins

Friday, 17 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 May 2019, Lady Rae sentenced David Collins to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 26 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Kevin Bishop and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

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HMA v John Paul Regan

Friday, 17 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 May 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced John Paul Regan to five years and four months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault and robbery and firearms offences.

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HMA v Zhi Min Chen

Friday, 17 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 May 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Zhi Min Chen to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years after the accused pled guilty to the murder of Tracy Wylde in 1997.

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HMA v James McCafferty

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 14 May 2019, Lord Beckett sentenced James McCafferty to six years and nine months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to historical child sex offences.

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HMA v James Faulds

Monday, 13 May, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 13 May 2019, Lord Pentland sentenced James Faulds to seven-and-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assaulting a fellow prisoner to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of his life.

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