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 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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HMA v Scott Roger

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Beckett imposed an extended sentence of 18 years with a custodial term of 8 years on Scott Roger after he pleaded guilty to assault.

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HMA v David Sharp, John Brookhouse and AS

Jun 16, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (21st May 2020) Lady Scott sentenced David Sharp and John Brookhouse to life imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to murder. A punishment part of 15 years was fixed for David Sharp and a punishment part of 13 years was fixed for John Brookhouse. The third accused, AS, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and sentencing was deferred to 6 July 2020.

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HMA v Mark Duthie

May 20, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Mark Duthie to an extended sentence of 11 years after the offender was found guilty of a catalogue of physical and sexual assault.

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HMA v Michael Nolan

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence on Michael Nolan with a custodial element of 6 years and 5 months and an extension period of 3 years after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other offences involving assault and breach of the peace. In addition the offender was also sentenced to 138 days which was imposed from 19 May 2020 in terms of Section 16 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 to reflect the fact that he committed the offences while on licence

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HMA v Peter Cameron

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lady Scott imposed an order for lifelong restriction with a punishment part of 6 years on Peter Cameron, after the accused pleaded guilty to 1 charge of attempted murder, 1 charge of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement, and was found guilty of another charge of attempted murder.

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HMA v Donovan Reid

May 5, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Judge Andrew Cubie sentenced Donovan Reid to an extended sentence of 6 years after the offender was found guilty of assaulting and robbing a 76-year-old man.

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HMA v Tharaneetharan Manikkavasagar

May 21, 2020

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Andrew Cubie sentenced Tharaneetharan Manikkavasagar to an extended sentence of two years and eight months, after the offender plead guilty to four charges of sexual assaults on bus journeys.

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HMA v James McMillan

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Uist sentenced James McMillan to 3 years and 4 months’ imprisonment after the offender pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of just over 6 kilos of heroin.

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HMA v Sarah Cockburn

Apr 27, 2020

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today, Sheriff Andrew Cubie sentenced Sarah Cockburn to 22 months’ imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to embezzling nearly £240,000 from her employer, James McVicar Printers.

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HMA v Steven Loughton

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Beckett imposed an Order for Lifelong Restriction on Steven Loughton after the offender was found guilty of killing his brother (culpable homicide) by reason of diminished responsibility.

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HMA v Alastair Greig

May 21, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today Lord Tyre sentenced Alastair Greig to 14 years' imprisonment after the offender was convicted of large scale fraud.

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HMA v Keith Rizzo

Apr 6, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lady Rae sentenced Keith Rizzo to life imprisonment after the offender was convicted of murdering his girlfriend. The punishment part (the minimum time the offender must serve in prison before being considered by the Parole Board for Scotland for possible release on a life licence with conditions), was set at 22 years. If still considered a serious risk after the punishment part has expired, the offender will not be released.

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HMA v John McCallister

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (27 March 2020) Judge Cubie sentenced John McCallister to 8 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of 3 charges of rape.

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