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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 DARYL SMITH

Monday, 16 December, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 16 December 2013 Lady Wise sentenced Daryl Smith to 4 years 6 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping a woman in Shetland in June 2011.

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HMA v KYLE GLASS JOHNSTON

Friday, 13 December, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court Sheriff Crowe sentenced Kyle Glass Johnston to 14 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to assaulting a taxi driver to his severe injury and robbing him of a digital device and his car keys. The incident arose as vehicles were filtering from two lanes into one at roadworks and the taxi driver was assaulted as he sat in his cab on 30 March 2013 on Gorgie Road, Edinburgh.

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HMA v MICHAEL FALCONER

Friday, 13 December, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court Sheriff Crowe sentenced Michael Falconer to a 12 month Restriction of Liberty Order after he pled guilty to claiming Invalidity Benefit to which he was not entitled from 1 December 2003 to 19 March 2012 and obtaining a total of £32,272.50.

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HMA v DEREK DUNSMUIR

Friday, 13 December, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Pentland sentenced Derek Dunsmuir to 3 years 9 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to drugs offences in January 2013.

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HMA v JOHN WARNE

Friday, 6 December, 2013
Sentencing Statements

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court Sheriff Crowe sentenced John Warne to 12 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to embezzling funds while in the employment of Edinburgh City Council.

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