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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 Paul Green, Lee Noonan and Robbie Brown

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 January 2019, Lord Summers sentenced Paul Green, Lee Noonan and Robbie Brown to life imprisonment with punishment parts of, respectively, 18 years, 21 years and 18 years five months, the three co-accused having been found guilty of the murder of James Watt. On sentencing, Lord Summers made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Ralph Goldie

Thursday, 24 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 24 January 2019, Lord Matthews sentenced Ralph Goldie to six years and nine months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of Jeremy Paradine. On sentencing, Lord Matthews made the following statement in court:

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HMA v John Patrick Turnbull

Thursday, 24 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 24 January 2019, Lord Woolman sentenced John Turnbull to six years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the rape of a teenage girl. On sentencing, Lord Woolman made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Ronald Bridges

Monday, 21 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 21 January 2019, Lady Stacey sentenced Ronald Bridges to a community payback order after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Michael Laverty by careless driving. On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Margaret Wade and Marie Sweeney

Monday, 21 January, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 18 January 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced both Margaret Wade and Marie Sweeney to six years and four months’ imprisonment after the two accused pled guilty to wilful ill-treatment and neglect of their two-year-old daughter Lauren, who died of malnutrition. On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

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