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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 Adrian Atkinson

Monday, 22 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 October 2018, Lord Matthews sentenced Adrian Atkinson to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 16 years after the accused pled guilty to the murder of Stephen Wallace.

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HMA v Piotr Swiatek

Friday, 19 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, Friday 19 October, Sheriff Gordon Liddle sentenced Piotr Swiatek to 30 months imprisonment and a 12 month supervision order after he was found guilty of attempting to set fire to the Scottish Parliament, possession of weapons and causing fear and alarm. On sentencing Sheriff Liddle made the following statement in court

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HMA v Robert John Hawkins

Friday, 19 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 October, 2018, Lord Pentland imposed an extended sentence on Robert Hawkins for serious sexual offences against women and children. The custodial part will be 14 years, followed by an extension period of 5 years on licence.

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HMA v Helena Edwina Happell and Mary Hawthorn

Thursday, 18 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 18 October 2018, Lord Matthews sentenced Helena Happell to 4 years and 11 month imprisonment and Mary Hawthorn to 4 years and 3 months after they pled guilty to assault causing severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to life. On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement

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HMA v Sean Paul Price

Friday, 12 October, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston today, 12 October 2018, Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of eight years on Sean Price after the accused was found guilty of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to life. The custodial part will be six years, which will be followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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