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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 Nikola Borislavov Zhulev

Thursday, 5 May, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 5 May 2016, Lady Rae sentenced Nikola Zhulev to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 21 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Alan Gardner.

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HMA v Martin Blyth

Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 3 May 2016, Sheriff Paul Arthurson QC imposed an extended sentence of five years imprisonment on Martin Blyth after the accused pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children. The custodial term is three years followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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HMA v Akib Aslam

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 26 April 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Akib Aslam to five years and eight months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment.

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HMA v David McMillan

Monday, 25 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 25 April 2016, Lord Uist sentenced David McMillan to 12 years imprisonment after the accused was convicted of assaulting a prison officer to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

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HMA v Stephen Paul Bollard

Thursday, 14 April, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Uist sentenced Stephen Bollard to an extended sentence of five years and two months, with the custodial part being three years and two months, for assault and robbery.

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