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HMA v Stephen Wright

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 January 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Stephen Wright to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to armed robbery.

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HMA v Ross Nelson

Friday, 6 January, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 6 January 2017, Lady Scott imposed a Community Payback Order upon Ross Nelson after the accused pled guilty to causing the death of Brenda Donaldson by careless driving.

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HMA v Craig Services & Access Limited, Donald Craig and J M Access Solutions Ltd

Friday, 6 January, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At Airdrie Sheriff Court today, 6 January 2017, Sheriff Petra Collins sentenced Donald Craig to two years’ imprisonment for breaches of health and safety law after his company Craig Services & Access Limited hired out an unsafe cherry picker which buckled while it was in use, causing the death of Gary Currie. Craig Services was fined a total of £61,000 for breaching its duty to ensure that those using the cherry picker were not exposed to the risk of injury or death, for failing to maintain the equipment and for hiring it out when it had not been certified as safe. J M Access Solutions Ltd was also fined £30,000 for breaching its duty to ensure that those using the cherry picker were not exposed to risks of serious injury or death, by failing to carry out an adequate Thorough Examination.

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HMA v Michael Lever

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 December 2016, Lady Rae imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Michael Lever with a punishment part of four years and six months after the accused was convicted of raping two women.

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HMA v Paul McLellan

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 December 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Paul McLellan with a punishment part of four years after the accused was convicted of assault with intent to rape and a several other sexual offences against girls.

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