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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 Nicholas McGurk

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 22 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 16 years' imprisonment on Nicholas McGurk after the accused pled guilty to charges of armed robbery, assault and abduction. The custodial part will be nine years followed by an extension period of seven years on licence.

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HMA v Jay Jay Kirkton and Richard Allan Cameron

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Paisley today, 21 February 2017, Lord Ericht sentenced Jay Jay Kirkton and Richard Cameron after the two accused were convicted of robbery at knife-point.

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HMA v Stephen Clarke

Monday, 20 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 20 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Stephen Clarke to two years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving for a period of four years.

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HMA v Ross Nicholson

Thursday, 16 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 16 February 2017, Lady Scott sentenced Ross Nicholson to 14 years' imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the murder of Brian Martin.

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HMA v John Costello

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 15 February 2017, Lord Clark sentenced John Costello to 10 years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of repeatedly raping a girl and sexually abusing her sister.

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