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Ayrshire man jailed for dog fighting offences

A 50 year old man, who kept dogs for fighting, has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment and banned from keepings dogs for life.

Tony Barbara, who is originally from Essex, was given the custodial sentence after being found guilty earlier this year of breaching the Dangerous Dogs Act by keeping two female pit bull terrier type dogs at his home in East Ayrshire.

Minimum of 17 years in jail for knife murderer

A 24 year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of an 18 year-old in Uddingston, SouthLanarkshire.

Today at the High Court in Edinburgh Paul Kane was told he must serve a punishment part of at least 17 years after being given a mandatory life term for the murder of Sean Banks on the 12th September 2015.

Life Sentence for Mid Calder killer

A 35 year old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his estranged wife at their former home in West Lothian.

Erhan Havaleoglu killed 29 year old social care worker Leighanne Cameron in a frenzied attack in October 2015 in the house they used to share in Mid Calder. Their children were asleep upstairs at the time.

Hamilton man who threw flare at Scottish Cup fixture banned from all matches

At Stranraer Sheriff Court, Carlos Rankin was sentenced for throwing a flare during a match between Stranraer and Celtic at Stair Park, Stranraer on January 10 this year.

Flooring company sentenced for health and safety failing

A company based in Lancashire has admitted health and safety offences after an employee fell through a void in the floor of a building under construction at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Edinburgh.

Livingston man caught dealing drugs facing five figure confiscation order

A drug dealer from Livingston has been ordered to pay £80,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

At Livingston Sheriff Court today, Graham Carroll was made subject of the Confiscation Order after previously having been found guilty of being involved in the supply of ‘designer’ drugs.

Arran man jailed for historic sex offences spanning more that twenty years

A 55 year old man has been jailed after being found guilty of sexually abusing three young girls.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court today Duncan Mulholland was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for abusing the girls who were aged between 7 and 15 .The offences were carried out between April 1987 and September 2008.

Former teachers jailed for historic abuse

Two former teachers were today jailed for a total of 15 years for physical and sexual abuse over a four year period against a number of boys in their care.

John Farrell and Paul Kelly, former members of the Christian Brotherhood, carried out the abuse from January 1979 until July 1983 while they were working at St Ninian's School in Falkland, Fife.

Men sentenced to 42 years' imprisonment for UK’s largest cocaine haul

Mumin Sahin, 47, and Emin Ozmen, 51, from Turkey, have today been sentenced to 22 and 20 years imprisonment respectively for their role in the smuggling of more than 3 tonnes of cocaine aboard the ocean-going tug, the MV Hamal.

The ship was boarded by officers from the National Crime Agency and Border Force on 23 April 2015 off the Aberdeenshire coast, on its way from Guyana to a planned rendezvous to the west of Denmark.

South Lanarkshire dog breeder sentenced for neglect

A 54 year-old woman has been banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after failing to provide adequate care and treatment and a good living environment for dogs in her care.

Morag Jackson, a licensed commercial dog breeder and seller, was found guilty of four offences under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 between July and September of last year at West Town Farm Cottage, Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire.