HMA v Michael Adam Hill

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 13 March 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Michael Hill to five years and three months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life.

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

“Michael Adam Hill, on 18 February 2019 at Glasgow High Court you were convicted on your own plea of one charge of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life, which offence involved the repeated use by you upon your victim of a knife with an 8-inch serrated blade, and of a second charge of assault to injury, all having forced your way in to the domestic premises where the attacks occurred.

“You attended at this house, having armed yourself with the said knife, which you proceeded to use immediately on entry as a weapon.  You repeatedly stabbed your first victim, inflicting two potentially life‑threatening penetrating wounds to his chest, four wounds to his left bicep and a further wound to his abdomen.  

“You assaulted your second victim, the 68-year-old householder, by way of blows to his head and body with a bag, thereby causing him to fall to the ground, and thereafter by repeatedly kicking him on the head and body, inflicting in the process numerous injuries, albeit fortunately of a minor nature.

“You have one prior non‑analagous conviction, which was dealt with at summary level in 2016 by a fine. You have a very supportive and stable family background and have completed two years of a four-year plumbing apprenticeship.  

“In addition, you have been assessed in the background report which has been prepared for today’s sentencing hearing as presenting a low risk of reconviction, and have expressed remorse for your crimes. Your counsel has further advanced submissions in mitigation on your behalf this morning concerning your personal circumstances and the particular background to these offences, all of which I note.

“You will appreciate, however, that the crimes that you have admitted represent a very grave course of violent criminal conduct for which you require to be held to account by the court. In particular, your offending in relation to charge one on this indictment plainly involved sustained instrumental violence inflicted by you occasioning significant and potentially life‑threatening injuries upon your victim with a large bladed weapon within his grandparents’ home.  

“In these circumstances, notwithstanding the recommendation which appears in the background report, I have concluded without difficulty that only a substantial custodial disposal would be appropriate as a disposal in your case.

“I now accordingly sentence you as follows. On charges one and two on the indictment, on an in cumulo basis, you will serve a period of five years and three months’ imprisonment, discounted from a period of seven years due to the timing of your pleas of guilty.

“This sentence will be backdated to 23 October 2018, being the date of your initial remand in custody in respect of these offences.”