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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 Zackary Ramsay Welsh

Monday, 8 April, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Monday 8 April 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Zackary Ramsay Welsh to 7 years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of two charges of rape.

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HMA v Robert Wilson

Thursday, 4 April, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 4 April 2019, Lord Uist sentenced Robert Wilson to six years’ imprisonment, after the offender was convicted of assaulting a man to the danger of his life by driving a car over him.

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HMA v Paul O’Neill

Thursday, 4 April, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 4 April 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Paul O’Neill to five years’ imprisonment, after the offender was convicted of sexual assault of young boys while volunteering in a children’s home.

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HMA v John Gilchrist

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 3 April 2019, Lady Carmichael sentenced John Gilchrist to eight years imprisonment after he pled guilty to attempted murder.

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HMA v Shaun Borrett

Friday, 29 March, 2019
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 29 March 2019, Lord Beckett imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Shaun Borrett with a punishment part of 7 years and 6 months, after the offender was convicted of the serious sexual abuse of nine different children over a period of 24 years.

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