HMA v Paul Gary Williams Ness

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 11 January 2019, Lord Woolman sentenced Paul Ness to an extended sentence of 15 years after the accused pled guilty to the culpable homicide of Alan Glancy. The custodial part will be 11 years, which will be followed by an extension period of four years on licence

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

“Alan Glancy died at his home on 10 January 2018. He died as a result of a stab wound to his left thigh. You have pled guilty to his culpable homicide.

“No one knows what happened during the course of the fatal incident. On your account, there was an argument, Mr Glancy produced a knife, you took it from him, and in a moment of anger stabbed him.

“You did not, however, tell anyone about the incident. You left your friend bleeding in his flat. His body was not found for 22 days.

“You initially denied to the police that you had any knowledge of what had happened. When these proceedings were raised, you lodged a notice of incrimination blaming someone else.

“I take into account everything said by Mr Finlay, both on the last occasion and today. In particular I have regard to the following factors: you had a troubled upbringing blighted by sexual abuse; you have misused drugs throughout your adult life; you have significant mental health issues.

“But I must balance these factors against the seriousness of the crime. A man has lost his life. The impact on his family has been profound.

“Further, this is your second conviction for culpable homicide. In 1996 you received a seven-year sentence for killing a fellow prison inmate.

“That is only one of many convictions. You are now 46. Over the last 30 years you have been convicted of over 150 offences.

“Most relate to crimes of dishonesty, but your record also includes crimes of serious violence, house-breaking and drugs trafficking. In 2005 the High Court imposed a sentence of four years’ imprisonment for a drugs offence.

“Because you present a risk of causing serious harm, I shall impose an extended sentence. That will provide a measure of protection to members of the public on your eventual release from prison.

“The extended sentence is one of 15 years. That is the total period. It comprises a custodial element of 11 years and an extension period of four years.

“I have discounted the custodial element by one year to reflect your guilty plea. Although it was only offered at the trial diet, it had a measure of utility. It avoided the need for witnesses to give evidence.

“I backdate the sentence to 14 February 2018, when you were first taken into custody in respect of this matter.”