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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 Daniel Cieslak

Friday, 17 March, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 March 2017, Lady Scott discharged Daniel Cieslak absolutely after the accused pled guilty to the rape of a 12-year-old girl.

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HMA v James McGowan

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 15 March 2017, Lady Scott sentenced James McGowan to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years after the accused was found guilty of the murder of Owen Brannigan.

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HMA v Aldis Minakovskis

Friday, 10 March, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 10 March 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Aldis Minakovskis to 13 years and eight months imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Aigars Upenieks.

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HMA v Michael Buchanan

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 8 March 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby imposed an extended sentence of 14 years on Michael Buchanan after the accused pled guilty to charges of rape and sexual abuse of children. The custodial part will be nine years, followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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HMA v Ross Bayley

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 28 February 2017, Lady Carmichael imposed an extended sentence of seven years on Ross Bayley after the accused pled guilty to sexual assault. The custodial period will be two years, followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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