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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 WILLIAM DAVID MCLEAN

Wednesday, 20 April, 2011
Sentencing Statements

Today at the High Court in Glasgow Lord Turnbull sentenced William McLean to life imprisonment after he pled guilty to the murder of Sandra Brown in January 2011 at Barassie Street, Troon. The punishment part of the sentence will be 17 years.

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HMA v Karen McCoshan & Leanne Miller

Friday, 8 April, 2011
Sentencing Statements

Today at the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Pentland imposed extended sentences on Karen McCosan and Leanne Miller after they were found guilty of the attempted murder of Janet Timmons on the 17 August 2010 in Westcliff, Dumbarton.

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HMA v DEVON AUDLEY ALLEN, BARRY JAMES ROBERTSON & KRISTOPHER KIRTON SIMPSON

Thursday, 17 March, 2011
Sentencing Statements

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court Sheriff Cuisine imposed custodial sentences on Devon Allan, Barry Robertson and Kristopher Simpson after they were found guilty of witness intimidation in October 2010.

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HMA v STUART HUGHES & WILLIAM JOHN WILLIAMSON

Wednesday, 16 March, 2011
Sentencing Statements

Today at Edinburgh High Court Lord Woolman imposed extended sentences of eight years on Stuart Hughes and William Williamson after they were found guilty of sexual assault. The sentences consist of a custodial period of six years followed by an extension period of two years.

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HMA v DEBORAH LAIRD

Friday, 11 March, 2011
Sentencing Statements

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Woolman imposed an extended sentence of six years and six months on Deborah Laird after she pled guilty to the culpable homicide of George Ross on the 4 May 2010 in Glasgow.

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