HMA v PETER ALAN PATERSON

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 11 February 2015, Lord Uist sentenced Peter Paterson to seven years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of assault and attempted armed robbery.

On sentencing, Lord Uist made the following statement in court: 

“Peter Alan Paterson, you have been convicted by the jury of the assault and attempted robbery of a taxi driver in Kirkcaldy in the early hours of the morning of 10 November 2013. 

The evidence showed that he was lured to the scene by a phone call and that you and your associate presented and discharged weapons at him in an attempt to obtain money. He had the presence of mind to put his car into gear and drive off, but was later badly affected by what had happened to him. This must have been a terrifying experience for him. 

You are now 22 years of age. You have only one previous conviction, but it was in the High Court in March 2010 for assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to life. You were sentenced to 40 months detention and a supervised release order of 12 months. That sentence obviously did not have the necessary deterrent effect on you. 

The time has now come for a seriously deterrent sentence to be imposed on you. In light of your previous conviction and the circumstances of the crime of which you have now been convicted a sentence of eight years imprisonment is merited. As you have already served on remand the equivalent of one year’s imprisonment I take that into account by imposing upon you a sentence of seven years imprisonment from today’s date.”