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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 Patrick Gwatidzo

Friday, 8 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Judge Arthurson QC sentenced Patrick Gwatidzo to an extended sentence of 10 years with a custodial term of 7 years after he was found guilty of sexual offences.

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Determination following examination of facts in HMA v George Watson

Friday, 8 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

High Court Edinburgh. At the conclusion of the examination of facts in this case Lord Pentland acquitted the accused of all the charges on the indictment.

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HMA v William King

Friday, 8 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Wolffe sentenced William King to 5 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of three charges of sexual misconduct.

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HMA v Nyomi Fee and Rachel Fee

Wednesday, 6 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

In the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Burns sentenced Nyomi and Rachel Fee to life imprisonment with punishment parts of 24 years and 23 years, six months respectively after they were found guilty of murder.

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HMA v James Lee Nolan

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 5 July 2016, Lady Rae sentenced James Lee Nolan to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years after the accused pled guilty to murdering an elderly man in his home.

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