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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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For more information about how judges decide sentences and what sentences are available to them, see the Scottish Sentencing Council website.

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HMA v Gordon Patrick Collins

Wednesday, 29 June, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 29 June 2016, Lady Wise sentenced Gordon Collins to six years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of rape and sexual abuse.

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HMA v Graham Alexander Higgins

Thursday, 23 June, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 23 June 2016, Lord Armstrong sentenced Graham Alexander Higgins to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 21 years after the accused was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and assault.

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HMA v Gavin Riley

Friday, 17 June, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 17 June 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Gavin Riley to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 17 years, after the accused was convicted of the murder of William Gibb.

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HMA v John Gallagher

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 15 June 2016, Lady Wolffe sentenced John Gallagher to six years imprisonment after the accused was convicted of sexual assault.

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HMA v Paul Burgess

Friday, 10 June, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Boyd sentenced Paul Burgess to seven years and six months in prison after he pled guilty to the culpable homicide of a 15 week old baby.

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