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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 Jack McKay

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 25 January 2018, Lady Scott imposed an extended sentence of seven years and eight months on Jack McKay after the accused pled guilty to indecent assault of a fellow prisoner at HMP Perth. The custodial part will be two years and eight months, which will be followed by an extension period of five years on licence.

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HMA v Michael Gray

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 25 January 2018, Lord Mulholland imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Michael Gray with a punishment part of seven years after the accused was found guilty charges of repeated rape, sexual assault and assault to severe injury and to the danger of life.

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HMA v Kris Godsman and Lee Paterson

Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Aberdeen today, 24 January 2018, Lord Summers sentenced Kris Godsman to seven years’ imprisonment and Lee Paterson to two years’ imprisonment after they were each convicted of being concerned in the supplying of heroin and cocaine.

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HMA v Grace Fullerton

Tuesday, 23 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 23 January 2018, Lord Ericht imposed a Community Payback Order on Grace Fullerton after the accused was found guilty of the attempted murder of her husband Iain, in a “highly exceptional” case.

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HMA v David Sell and others

Monday, 22 January, 2018
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 22 January 2018, Lord Beckett sentenced David Sell, Barry O’Neil, Anthony Woods, Francis Mulligan, Michael Bowman, Mark Richardson, Gerard Docherty, Steven McArdle and Martyn Fitzsimmons to a total of 87 years' imprisonment.

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