HMA v Adam Lundy

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 9 August, 2018, Lady Stacey sentenced Adam Lundy to life imprisonment for murder with a punishment part of 19 years. The punishment part is the period that he must serve before he can be considered for parole. That means he will not necessarily be released at the end of the punishment part.

On sentencing, Lady Stacey made the following statement in court:

“You have been convicted of the murder of John Kiltie. You took the life of a man who was a well-loved son, partner, brother and father. You did so in the course of a violent act with a knife following a disturbance caused by you and your friends. In doing so, you have left his family broken hearted. Life will never be the same again for them. His elderly parents and his siblings miss his company terribly. His partner misses him too and is left on her own to bring up and provide for her family. His children have lost the society and guidance of their father, and his youngest child is too young to remember him.

I understand from the criminal justice social work report that you have some comprehension of the terrible harm that you have done. I know that you too suffered the loss of your father as a young teenager. I know from the social work report and from all that Mr Ross had properly and ably said on your behalf that your mental health has been poor. 

The law prescribes that you will be imprisoned for life in recognition of the most serious crime of which you have been convicted. I therefore impose the sentence of life imprisonment on you. I have to set what is known as the punishment part, which is the period that you must serve before you can be considered for parole. That does not mean that you will be released at the end of the punishment part. That will be a decision for others to make. You were convicted in an earlier trial and appealed successfully. The trial earlier this year was a re trial. I have decided in all the circumstances to impose the same punishment part as was imposed at the end of the first trial, that is 19 years. I am also obliged to take into account all of the time that you have spent in custody in respect of this case and so I back date the sentence to 15 December 2016.”