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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 Mark Anderson

Friday, 3 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 3 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Mark Anderson to nine years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of Nigel Poustie.

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HMA v James Allan

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 1 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 17 years imprisonment on James Allan after the accused pled guilty to two charges of attempted murder and one contravention of the Firearms Act. The custodial part will be 12 years followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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HMA v Robert Kerr

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Boyd of Duncansby ordered Robert Kerr to be detained in the state hospital without limit of time after the accused killed his wife.

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HMA v Fiona McArdle

Friday, 27 January, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, 27 January 2017, Sheriff Frank Crowe sentenced Fiona McArdle to 18 months’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards two girls.

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HMA v Paul Paterson

Thursday, 26 January, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 26 January 2017, Lady Rae sentenced Paul Paterson to 12 years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to the attempted murder of a police officer.

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