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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 David Bruce Penman

Friday, 23 June, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 23 June 2017, Lord Uist made a risk assessment order in respect of David Bruce Penman after the accused was found guilty of rape and other sexual offences committed against fellow pupils at the Royal Blind School. A risk assessment report will be prepared to allow the judge to make an informed decision as to whether it is appropriate to impose an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

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HMA v Andrew Docherty & others

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews sentenced 5 men to imprisonment for being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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HMA v Frederick Wilson Talbot

Thursday, 15 June, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Lanark Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Nikola Stewart sentenced Frederick Talbot to four years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of indecently assaulting school children.

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HMA v Edwin McLaren and Lorraine McLaren

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 13 June 2017, Lord Stewart sentenced Edwin McLaren to 11 years’ imprisonment and Lorraine McLaren to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the two accused were found guilty of fraud and money laundering.

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HMA v Craig James Hunter

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Uist sentenced Craig Hunter to 5 years and 219 days imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin.

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