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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 David McGurk

Friday, 17 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 August 2018, Lady Rae sentenced David McGurk to an Order for Lifelong Restriction with a punishment part of two years and two months after the accused pled guilty to the attempted rape of two women.

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HMA v Sean Gorman

Friday, 17 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 17 August 2018, Lord Woolman imposed an extended sentenced of 11 years and nine months on Sean Gorman after the accused pled guilty to the attempted murder of Shabaz Ali. The detention period will be seven years and nine months, which will be followed by an extension period of four years on licence.

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PF, Paisley v James Paul

Thursday, 16 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At Paisley Sheriff Court today, 16 August 2018, Sheriff Susan Sinclair imposed a Community Payback Order on James Paul after the accused pled guilty to possessing indecent images of children. On sentencing, Sheriff Sinclair made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Peter Morgan

Thursday, 16 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 16 August 2018, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 15 years on Peter Morgan after the accused was found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism. The custodial period will be 12 years, which will be followed by an extension period of three years on licence.

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HMA v Scott Forbes

Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 13 August 2018, Lord Woolman imposed an extended sentence of 13 years on Scott Forbes after the accused was found guilty of the rape of a 14-year-old girl and other sexual offences. The custodial period will be nine years, which will be followed by an extension period of four years on licence.

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