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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.  If you would like to receive these as soon as they are issued sign up for RSS feeds.

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HMA v Alistair Thompson

Friday, 24 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 24 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Alistair Thompson to an extended sentence of 13-and-a-half years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life. The custodial part will be seven years and six months, followed by an extension period of six years on licence.

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HMA v Ryan Ferguson, Paul Mackenzie and Andrew Smith

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 22 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Ryan Ferguson, Paul Mackenzie and Andrew Smith to 12, 14 and 18 months’ imprisonment respectively, after the three accused each pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of amphetamine.

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HMA v John McAteer

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 February 2017, Lord Clark sentenced John McAteer to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine and cocaine.

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HMA v Nicholas McGurk

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 22 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 16 years' imprisonment on Nicholas McGurk after the accused pled guilty to charges of armed robbery, assault and abduction. The custodial part will be nine years followed by an extension period of seven years on licence.

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HMA v Jay Jay Kirkton and Richard Allan Cameron

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Paisley today, 21 February 2017, Lord Ericht sentenced Jay Jay Kirkton and Richard Cameron after the two accused were convicted of robbery at knife-point.

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