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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 John McKay

Friday, 21 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 21 April 2017, Lady Scott sentenced John McKay to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of William Scott.

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HMA v Ross Muir

Wednesday, 19 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 April 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Ross Muir to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the rape of an 11-year-old girl.

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HMA v Alexander Cassidy

Wednesday, 19 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 19 April 2017, Lord Clark sentenced Alexander Cassidy to a Community Payback Order with a requirement for 240 hours of unpaid work after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Wayne Strickland by careless driving.

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HMA v Cameron Ferguson & Sean Seawright

Wednesday, 12 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Matthews today, 12 April, 2017, sentenced Cameron Ferguson to 19 months imprisonment for housebreaking and car theft, and sentenced Sean Seawright to 10 months imprisonment for dangerous driving and other traffic offences.

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HMA v Gordon Martin Coventry

Monday, 10 April, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Dunfermline today, 10 April 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon Coventry to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Darren Adie.

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