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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 Wright

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 5 July, Judge Arthurson imposed a six year prison sentence on Mark Wright and disqualified him from driving for six years after the accused pled guilty to charges of assault and armed robbery, and dangerous driving in residential areas while pursued by the police.

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HMA v Michael Starrs

Monday, 4 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 4 July 2016, Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of nine years on Michael Starrs after the accused was found guilty of a catalogue of violent offences against women, including rape. The custodial part of the sentence is seven years followed by an extension period of two years on licence.

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HMA v Daniel Severin aka Hutcheon

Friday, 1 July, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow on 1 July 2016, Lord Beckett imposed an extended sentence of 12 years on Daniel Severin after the accused was found guilty of raping three women. The custodial term is nine years, followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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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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