HMA v Alan Buick

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 4 September 2017, Lord Arthurson sentenced Alan Buick to seven years and six months’ imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of wilful fire-raising charges.

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

“Alan Buick, you have been convicted unanimously by the ladies and gentlemen of the jury of extremely serious criminal charges.

“Over a two month period you embarked on a campaign of petrol bombing which involved five separate offences and significant planning.

“Your conduct in particular must have been, and clearly was on the evidence led at this trial, utterly terrifying for the family who were the unknowing and wholly blameless victims of four of these crimes, which I characterise as quite wicked and premeditated.

“By their verdict, this jury has clearly rejected your own account of events given in your evidence.

“Having listened to the evidence given at this trial, I have to tell you that the evidence against you on the charges upon which you have been convicted has on any view been substantial and indeed overwhelming.

“You have accrued 32 groups of previous convictions between 1999 and 2014, and served nine custodial sentences. I note that two of your previous convictions, in 2003 and then again in 2009, involved a knife.

“I have listened carefully to the mitigation advanced on your behalf this afternoon in respect of your personal circumstances and taken what he has said into account in imposing sentence.

“On charges 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, backdated to the date of your first remand in custody on these matters, namely 12 February 2017, the sentence of the court is an in cumulo sentence of seven years and six months’ imprisonment.”