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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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PF v Craig Lawson

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At Dundee Sheriff Court today, 26 August 2016, Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a community payback order on Craig Lawson with a requirement to undertake 225 hours of unpaid work after the accused pled guilty to tweeting a grossly offensive message about MPs.

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HMA v John Symington Wishart

Thursday, 25 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 25 August 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced John Wishart to five years and nine months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to discharging a taser in the direction of a police officer.

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HMA v Christopher Hogg

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 16 August 2016, Lord Clark sentenced Christopher Hogg to six years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to charges of assault to severe injury and to the danger of life.

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HMA v James Gilliard

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

16 August 2016 At the High Court in Edinburgh Lady Carmichael imposed an extended sentence of nine years on James Gilliard after he was found guilty of assault, disorder and rape. The sentence is composed of a custodial period of 7 years followed by an extended period of 2 years.

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HMA v John Bernard Farrell and Paul Vincent Kelly

Friday, 12 August, 2016
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 12 August 2016, Lord Matthews sentenced Paul Kelly to 10 years’ imprisonment and John Farrell to five years’ imprisonment after the two accused were convicted of historical child sex offences.

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