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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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.
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HMA v Stephanie Bowie
Jul 7, 2022
On sentencing Lord Weir, made the following remarks in court:
You told the social workers who prepared the Criminal Justice Social Work Report that, at the time of the offence, you were under the influence of both drink and drugs. As you know, that affords no defence to your actions, nor does it in any way excuse them. Indeed, whatever dispute or disagreement may have been behind your decision to do so, the evidence revealed that you travelled from Paisley to Erskine by taxi, armed with a knife which you were prepared to use to inflict lethal violence on your victim.