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Teenager sold drugs at school

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

A teenager stole his mother’s mor­phine pills and of­fered them at 50p each to other school­boys … one of whom gave the drug to a girl.

And a court heard that the scheme was un­cov­ered when the girl be­came un­well at school and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­cov­ered the source.

And in the court, the youth, aged 17, from the Cas­tle Dou­glas area, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, ad­mit­ted steal­ing the med­i­ca­tion at his home in Septem­ber and be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of mor­phine.

The court at Dumfries was told that the boy was traced in his class and taken to the school head where a bulge was no­ticed in his sock.

The teenager was found to have two plas­tic bags one con­tain­ing the mor­phine pills and the other an­other type of pill.

When seen by the po­lice the youth said:“Now I look at it, it was not the right thing to do.”

A so­lic­i­tor pointed out the youth’s age and the fact that he had never been in trou­ble be­fore and just wanted to con­tinue with his school­ing.

He sug­gested that with the good record pre­vi­ously the case might be dealt with by an ab­so­lute dis­charge.

Sher­iff Ge­orge Jamieson con­tin­ued the case to the end of the month to con­sider the re­quest for an ab­so­lute dis­charge and ev­i­dence that the youth had paid £100 to a Dumfries and Galloway youth or­gan­i­sa­tion and a let­ter from a se­nior mem­ber of his church.

■ A 39-year-old man has been made the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der fol­low­ing the re­cov­ery of drugs worth up to £7,000 from a car in Locker­bie.

Martin Smith was or­dered to carry out 200 hours un­paid work and was warned by Sher­iff Ge­orge Jamieson at Dumfries that the sen­tence was a di­rect al­ter­na­tive to prison.

Smith, of Craighaugh, Eskdale­muir, ad­mit­ted be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of cannabis on Jan­uary 3 at Liv­ing­stone Place at Locker­bie in Jan­uary.

The court heard that po­lice had traced the car on an un­con­nected man­ner at Liv­ing­stone Place and found Smith in­side as well as un­cov­er­ing the cannabis.

■ Sen­tence by the sher­iff at Dumfries was de­ferred un­til next month on a 28-year-old man on a charge of mak­ing an of­fen­sive tele­phone call to his ex-part­ner,

Wayne O’Shea, of Ash­grove Cres­cent, Ec­cle­fechan. ad­mit­ted shout­ing and swear­ing at her at Close­head Av­enue in Annan in July.

■ A 23-year-old man who be­haved in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner in Annan High Street has been made the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with a con­di­tion he carry out 150 hours un­paid work.

Ma­teusz Mis­tel­ski, of Scotts Street, Annan, ad­mit­ted shout­ing, swear­ing, mak­ing of­fen­sive re­marks and act­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner in the town in Jan­uary.

He also pleaded guilty at Dumfries Sher­iff Court to breach­ing a bail or­der not to con­tact or com­mu­ni­cate with a cer­tain man by mak­ing re­marks and ges­tic­u­lat­ing to­wards him.

■ A man who breached an an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour or­der by play­ing loud mu­sic at his home in Locker­bie, has had his sen­tence at Dumfries Sher­iff Court de­ferred for back­ground re­ports.

Peter Xavier, 36, of Dryfes­dale Court, ad­mit­ted play­ing mu­sic which could be heard out­side the prop­erty at the end of last month con­trary to re­stric­tion in the ASBO.

The court was told that Xavier had had a friend in and fallen asleep but ac­cepted that he was re­spon­si­ble in the house. The case was con­tin­ued to Novem­ber 28.

■ A man who sent of­fen­sive mes­sages to a woman has been fined £190 at Dumfries Sher­iff Court. Jamie Brown, 39, of Buc­cleuch Ter­race, Thorn­hill, ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence at Euchan Cot­tage, Dun­reg­gan, Mo­ni­aive. in March last year.

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