HMA v COLIN MITCHELL

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Doherty sentenced Colin Mitchell to 5 years and 4 months in prison after he pled guilty to two counts of sexual abuse against children.

On sentencing Lord Doherty made the following statement in court:

“You have pled guilty to repeated and grave sexual abuse of two children over lengthy periods. You abused you position of trust in relation to them. The abuse has had lasting and detrimental impacts on both complainers.

I take account of the fact that you have pled guilty by s. 76 letter and that at the time of the commission of these offences you were a first offender.

You are already serving another sentence for subsequent analogous offences in England, and in January 2012  you were made the subject of an order for life long restriction following your plea of guilty to possession of indecent images of children. Prior to your being sentenced today the earliest time the Parole Board could have considered your possible release would have been be 28 January 2020. The sentences which I am about to impose will postpone such possible consideration for an additional period.

Had it not been for your guilty pleas I would have sentenced you to 8 years imprisonment on charge 1 and to 7 years imprisonment on charge 2.  In view of your pleas of guilty the sentences I impose are 5 years 4 months imprisonment on charge 1 and 4 years  8 months imprisonment on charge 2. Those sentences will be concurrent to each other but will be consecutive to the sentences previously imposed upon you at Lewes Crown Court on 16 July 2004.”

 

Speeches

Case Management in Complex and Lengthy Trials and Sentencing

Monday, 11 March, 2019

21st Century Bar Conference 2018

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Opening of the Legal Year 2018-19

Monday, 24 September, 2018

21st Century Bar Conference 2017

Friday, 8 December, 2017

Opening of the Legal Year 2017-2018

Monday, 25 September, 2017

Related FAQs

Q.Why don’t judges speak to the media or give interviews after cases?

View all related FAQs