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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 Aldis Minakovskis

Friday, 10 March, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 March 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Aldis Minakovskis to 13 years and eight months imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Aigars Upenieks.

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HMA v Michael Buchanan

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 8 March 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 14 years on Michael Buchanan after the accused pled guilty to charges of rape and sexual abuse of children. The custodial part will be nine years, followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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HMA v Ross Bayley

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 28 February 2017, Lady Carmichael imposed an extended sentence of seven years on Ross Bayley after the accused pled guilty to sexual assault. The custodial period will be two years, followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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HMA v Alistair Thompson

Friday, 24 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 24 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Alistair Thompson to an extended sentence of 13-and-a-half years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life. The custodial part will be seven years and six months, followed by an extension period of six years on licence.

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HMA v Ryan Ferguson, Paul Mackenzie and Andrew Smith

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 22 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Ryan Ferguson, Paul Mackenzie and Andrew Smith to 12, 14 and 18 months’ imprisonment respectively, after the three accused each pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of amphetamine.

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