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 Wayne Ashley Banks

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today 5 March, 2020, Lord Uist sentenced Wayne Ashley Banks to 10 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of 14 offences involving physical and sexual violence and drugs offences.

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HMA v Mikey James Durdle

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Aberdeen today (5 March 2020) Lord Arthurson sentenced Mikey James Durdle to 3 years imprisonment after he pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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HMA v David Neill

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today Judge Hughes QC sentenced David Neill to 7 years imprisonment after he was convicted of charges of indecent assault.

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HMA v Caroline Thomson

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 24 February, Lady Rae sentenced Caroline Thomson to 9 years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assaulting a baby to his permanent impairment and disfigurement, and to the danger of his life.

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HMA v Lee Thomas John Thomson

Feb 21, 2020

At Edinburgh High Court today, Lord Pentland imposed an extended sentence of 13 years with a custodial term of 9 years on Lee Thomas John Thomson after the offender was convicted of charges including assault and rape.

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HMA v Dennis Charles Cox

Apr 3, 2020

At Glasgow High Court today (18 February 2020) Lord Arthurson imposed an extended sentence of 10 years with a custodial term of 8 years on Dennis Charles Cox after he was found guilty of charges including assault and attempted murder.

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HMA v Anthony Peter Allan

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (18 February 2020) Lord Matthews imposed a sentence of life imprisonment with a punishment part of 18 years on Anthony Peter Allan after he was found guilty of murder.

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HMA v Keith Russell

Apr 3, 2020

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today (13 February 2020) Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC sentenced Keith Russell to 5 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of an attacking a man with weapons.

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HMA v Stephen Paul O’Donnell & Robert Arnold Muir

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (13 February 2020) Lady Rae sentenced Stephen Paul O’Donnell and Robert Arnold Muir each to life imprisonment with a punishment part of 20 years after they were found guilty of murder.

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HMA v JB

Apr 3, 2020

At Glasgow High Court today (7 February 2020) Lord Arthurson sentenced JB to 4 years detention after the offender pled guilty to a single charge of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of life and attempted murder.

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HMA v Rhys Kane

Apr 3, 2020

At Glasgow Sheriff Court today (6 February 2020) Sheriff MacKenzie imposed a Community Payback Order of 300 hours of unpaid work on Rhys Kane after he pled guilty to punching another individual on the head causing him to fall and strike his head on the ground, resulting in severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to life. The offender will also be subject to supervision for a period of 12 months.

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HMA v Robert Warnock

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (6 February 2020) Judge Liddle sentenced Robert Warnock to an extended sentence of 14 years, with a custodial term of 11 years after he was convicted of attempted murder and assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

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HMA v Gary Martin

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (6 February 2020) Lord Matthews imposed an extended sentence of 9 years and 6 months with a custodial period of 6 years and 6 months on Gary Martin after he pled guilty to charges which included the possession of a loaded shot gun.

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HMA v Anwar Sadhat Chowdhury

Apr 3, 2020

At Aberdeen High Court today (4 February 2020) Lord Uist sentenced Anwar Sadhat Chowdhury to 6 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of rape and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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HMA v Keirin McMillan or Elliott, Aron McMillan & Levi Hunter or Brown

Jan 31, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (Friday 31 January 2020) Lord Uist sentenced Keirin McMillan or Elliott, Aron McMillan and Levi Hunter or Brown after they were found guilty of robbery and murder.

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HMA v Christopher Walter Bruce and Colin Stewart

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 30 January 2020,Lord Arthurson sentenced Christopher Walter Bruce and Colin Stewart after they were convicted of drug trafficking offences.

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HMA v Liam Donnelly & 2 others

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (29 January 2020), Lady Rae sentenced Liam Donnelly to 8 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide. Two others were sentenced for knife crimes.

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HMA v Robert James Lennie & James Daniel Tinney

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (17 January 2020) Lord Arthurson sentenced Robert James Lennie and James Daniel Tinney to 6 years imprisonment after they pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of a class A controlled drug.

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HMA v Craig Higgins

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today 15 January, 2020 Lady Rae imposed an extended sentence of 12 years with a custodial part of 9 years on Craig Higgins after he was found guilty of rape.

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HMA v Liam Hay

Apr 3, 2020

At the High Court in Glasgow today (13 January 2020), Lady Stacey imposed a life sentence on Liam Hay with a punishment part of 19 years, after he pled guilty to murder.

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