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Summaries of Court Opinions

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In certain cases the judgment reached by the court may be of public interest or have wider implications beyond the parties involved. In these cases a summary of the court’s opinion will be produced and published along with a link to the full opinion. The summary provides a short explanation of the decision, the main points that it raises and will give an indication of any further proceedings that may be required. 

You can search judgments and opinions for individual cases on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s website. Please note that only in cases where there is a significant point of law or particular public interest will the opinions be published.

HMA v Eric Finlayson

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (28 November 2017) Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Eric Finlayson to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment and disqualified him from driving for 7 years after the accused pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. On sentencing Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Riasat Khan

Friday, 24 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today (24 November 2017) Lord Beckett sentenced Riasat Khan to life imprisonment (punishment part 16 years) for a murder he committed in 1978. On sentencing Lord Beckett made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Alexander McIlravie

Thursday, 23 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Livingston today (23 November 2017) Lord Uist imposed an order for lifelong restriction (punishment part 4 years) on Alexander McIlravie after the accused was found guilty of assault with intent to rape a 31-year-old woman. On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

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HMA v Lawrence Barilli

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (22 November 2017) Sheriff Principal C A L Scott QC sentenced Lawrence Barilli to 27 months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to charges of physical and domestic abuse. On sentencing Sheriff Principal Scott made the following statement in court:

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HMA v John Ryan Kilpatrick

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the Sheriff Court in Stirling today (22 November 2017) Sheriff P Di Emidio sentenced John Kilpatrick to 44 months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to a number of non-contact sexual offences involving the use of the internet and offences of fraud and extortion, a total of 24 charges. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely. On sentencing Sheriff Di Emidio made the following statement in court:

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