SENTENCING STATEMENTS

 

A judge may decide to publish a statement after passing sentence on an offender in cases where there is particular public interest; where a case has legal significance; or where providing the reasons for the decision might assist public understanding.

Please note that statements may include graphic details of offences when it is necessary to fully explain the reasons behind a sentencing decision.  

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Once charges are spent, any statement in relation to them is removed. Statements published before the launch of the website may be available on request. Please email judicialcomms@scotcourts.gov.uk

The independence of the judiciary is essential to safeguard people’s rights under law - enabling judges to make decisions impartially based solely on evidence and law, without interference or influence from the government or politicians.

When deciding a sentence, a judge must deal with the offence that the offender has been convicted of, taking into account the unique circumstances of each particular case. The judge will carefully consider the facts that are presented to the Court by both the prosecution and by the defence.

For more information about how judges decide sentences; what sentences are available; and matters such as temporary release, see the independent Scottish Sentencing Council website.

Read more about victims of crime and sentencing.

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HMA v Scott Kelly

Oct 22, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Boyd sentenced Scott Kelly to 49 months imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of rape and assault

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HMA v Eric Lavender

Oct 15, 2021

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today Sheriff Kenneth Campbell QC imposed a Community Payback Order with a supervision requirement, 200 hours unpaid work a Restriction of Liberty Order and a compensation order in the amount of £38,960, on Eric Lavender after he pled guilty to embezzlement.

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HMA v Jack Whittle

Oct 14, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 29 September Lady Poole sentenced Jack Whittle to imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to firearms offences, and to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and ecstasy.

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HMA v Alexandru Adrian Tecla

Oct 14, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lady Poole sentenced Alexandru Adrian Tecla to 26 months imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v Dillon Anderson

Oct 12, 2021

At the High Court sitting in Edinburgh, Lady Poole sentenced Dillon Anderson to an extended sentence of 13 years after the offender was found guilty of raping 4 different people.

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HMA v Gerard McGinlay

Oct 6, 2021

At the High Court at Glasgow, Lord Matthews sentenced Gerard McGinlay to life imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v D Copeland Engineering Ltd

Sep 30, 2021

At Dundee Sheriff Court today Sheriff Paul Brown imposed a fine of £25,000 on D Copeland Engineering Ltd for a health and safety breach.

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HMA v Arron McDonald

Sep 28, 2021

At Dundee Sheriff Court today Sheriff Paul Brown sentenced Arron McDonald to 18 months' detention after the offender pled guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The Sheriff disqualified him from driving for 5 years and 3 months.

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HMA v Ryan Cameron

Sep 28, 2021

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Kenneth Campbell QC sentenced Ryan Cameron to 18 months imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of causing severe injury and permanent impairment by driving dangerously. The Sheriff also disqualified the offender from driving for 4 years and 9 months.

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HMA v Francis Creedican

Jul 24, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (24 July 2020) Lord Matthews imposed a Community Payback Order of 225 hours of unpaid work in the community on Francis Creedican after the accused pleaded guilty to causing death by driving without due care and attention. In addition the accused was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of 3 years and 9 months.

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HMA v Logan Russell

Sep 21, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Boyd sentenced Logan Russell to 42 months detention after the offender pled guilty to causing death and serious injury by driving without due care and attention, without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road and while blood alcohol level was in excess of the permitted maximum.

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HMA v Connor McMath

Sep 18, 2021

At the High Court at Glasgow yesterday, Lord Matthews sentenced Connor McMath to life imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v Eric Simpson

Sep 16, 2021

At the High Court at Paisley today, Lord Arthurson sentenced Eric Simpson to eight years’ imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of a series of sexual offences against children and young women in his capacity as an athletics coach.

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PF v Ashley Roberts

Sep 14, 2021

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court today Summary Sheriff Roderick Flinn ordered Ashley Roberts to pay a fine after the offender pled guilty to a breach of the health and safety at work legislation.

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HMA v Police Service of Scotland

Sep 7, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Beckett fined the Office of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland £100,000 following a guilty plea to a breach of the health and safety at work legislation.

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HMA v Nathan Shaw and John Lawrie

Sep 6, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews imposed sentences of imprisonment on Nathan Shaw and John Lawrie after they both pled guilty to the crime of hamesucken

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HMA v Stefan McCormack

Sep 1, 2021

At the High Court at Glasgow today, Lord Fairley sentenced Stefan McCormack to imprisonment for life after the offender was found guilty of murdering Rafal Sieja.

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HMA v Jake Hawkins

Aug 25, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lady Poole sentenced Jake Hawkins to an extended sentence of nine years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v David Ferguson

Aug 20, 2021

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Richardson sentenced David Ferguson to 10 years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of four charges of the sexual abuse.

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HMA v George West

Aug 11, 2021

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews sentenced George West to 15 years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of 16 charges including six charges of rape, three charges of indecent assault and three charges of assault.

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