SENTENCING STATEMENTS

 

A judge may decide to publish a statement after passing sentence on an accused 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.

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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 Scottish Sentencing Council website.

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HMA v John Bain Johnstone

Jul 20, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Fairley sentenced John Bain Johnstone to 32 months imprisonment and disqualified the accused from driving for 5 years and 4 months after he pled guilty to causing the death of Hanno Garbe by dangerous driving.

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HMA v James Whitton Kerr

Jul 13, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence on James Whitton Kerr of 13 years and 6 months with an extension period of 6 years after the offender pleaded guilty to a catalogue of sexual abuse and violent offending.

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HMA V Janey Mains

Jul 6, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Matthews sentenced Jayney Mains to 6 years and 8 months imprisonment after the offender plead guilty to the culpable homicide of Alistair MacFadyen.

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Contempt of Court Finding

Jul 8, 2020

At the Court of Session today, Lady Wolffe found Greenpeace Limited to be in breach of interdict and accordingly in contempt of court; and fined the company £80,000. Lady Wolffe issued the following sentencing remarks.

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HMA v Stephen Scott

Jun 26, 2020

At Glasgow High Court today Lord Arthurson sentenced Stephen Scott to 4 years imprisonment after he pled guilty to carrying cocaine in the car he was driving.

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HMA v Charlene Keenan or Gallacher

Jun 26, 2020

At Glasgow High Court today Lord Arthurson sentenced Charlene Keenan or Gallacher to 5 years imprisonment after she pled guilty to storing cocaine behind a kitchen skirting board in the property at which she resided.

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HMA v Frank Mayne

Jun 26, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Pentland imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Frank Mayne after the offender was found guilty of a catalogue of sexual and violent offences committed over a long period of years against vulnerable women and children.

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HMA v Griselt Maranaku & Elton Bega

Jun 19, 2020

At Glasgow High Court today (19 June 2020) Judge Murphy QC sentenced Griselt Maranaku and Elton Bega after they were found guilty of serious sexual offences. Griselt Maranaku was sentenced to 4 years and 7 months imprisonment and Elton Bega was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.

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HMA v Lee Stanley Weir

Jun 19, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Uist sentenced Lee Stanley Weir to a community payback order for a period of 2 years after he pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of a 5 year old girl.

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HMA v Naser Ellase

Jun 19, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Naser Ellase to five years imprisonment after the offender was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v Alan Robert Boulter & James Elder

Jun 18, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (18 June 2020) Lord Fairley sentenced Alan Robert Boulter to 5 years and 4 months imprisonment and James Elder to 2 years imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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HMA v Danielle Findlay

Jul 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (17 June 2020), Lord Boyd of Duncasby sentenced Danielle Findlay to a Community Payback Order with a requirement of 240 hours unpaid work and 3 years supervision, after the offender pleaded guilty to being concerned in supplying drugs to the Inverness area.

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HMA v Alasdair McCulloch

Jul 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Alasdair McCulloch to an extended sentence of 6 years, of which the custodial part is 4 years with 2 years extended, after the offender pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of two young boys.

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HMA v William David Sutherland Montgomery

Jun 16, 2020

At Edinburgh High Court today Lord Arthurson sentenced William David Sutherland Montgomery to 2 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to possessing a stun gun disguised as a mobile telephone.

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HMA v Craig William Harkins

Jun 16, 2020

At Glasgow High Court today Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of 17 years, with a custodial part of 12 years and a further 5 years post release supervision, on Craig William Harkins after he was found guilty of domestic abuse against four women.

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HMA v Craig Bell

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Fairley sentenced Craig Bell to imprisonment for four years after the offender pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and diamorphine at a park.

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HMA v Hugh Steel

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Uist sentenced Hugh Steel to 6 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving. The accused was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.

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HMA V Behroz Hamedi

May 29, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Arthurson sentenced Behroz Hamedi to six years imprisonment after the accused was found guilty of the abduction and rape of a young woman.

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HMA v Terrence Tant

Jun 16, 2020

At Edinburgh High Court today Lord Pentland sentenced Terrence Tant to four years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to assault and robbery. On sentencing, Lord Pentland made the following statement in court:

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HMA V Graham Moffat

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Matthews sentenced Graham Moffat to 6 years and 6 months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to attempting to murder a homeless gentleman.

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