Ex-con is now on taxi run

Wants to change his life

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Staff re­porter

A con­victed drug dealer who has spent three sep­a­rate terms in prison has been al­lowed to drive taxis.

Scott Brown­lie, who was jailed for seven years af­ter be­ing caught with over £100,000 worth of heroin, told West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing com­mit­tee: “I won’t let you down” when they granted a tem­po­rary li­cence.

The for­mer sec­re­tary of Cly­de­bank TOA Taxis, who stays in Dum­bar­ton’s Glas­gow Road, pre­vi­ously told coun­cil­lors how he wanted a chance to turn his life around by be­com­ing a cab­bie.

The 50-year-old’s ap­pli­ca­tion was post­poned last month for the so­cial work depart­ment to make a rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the com­mit­tee. A let­ter was pro­duced and Brown­lie pre­sented cer­tifi­cates he had been given af­ter com­plet­ing a va­ri­ety of cour­ses while serv­ing his most re­cent jail term.

He told the com­mit­tee last Wed­nes­day: “I was asked about my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. These are things I did when I was in prison.

“These things and work­ing with my so­cial worker are pos­i­tives in my life and I would like your­selves to grant the tem­po­rary li­cence to give me the chance to prove to the coun­cil I can be a good cit­i­zen and I have changed in my life.”

Brown­lie de­tailed how he had com­pleted a course in jail about the im­pact of crime and re­spon­si­bil­ity and an­other on the pos­i­tive ef­fect of stop­ping of­fend­ing again.

Li­cens­ing com­mit­tee chair, Lawrence O’Neill last month la­belled Brown­lie’s record of of­fend­ing “quite a cat­a­logue” af­ter hear­ing he had been handed a 10year jail term in 1992 at the High Court in Kil­marnock for con­spir­acy to as­sault and rob.

The com­mit­tee was told he was then sen­tenced to three years in prison from the High Court in Glas­gow fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in June 1999 when po­lice of­fi­cers made an at­tempt to stop a ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing in Knightswood.

The po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tive told how Brown­lie rammed a sta­tion­ary po­lice ve­hi­cle and, once they had caught up with him a sub­se­quent search of a lock-up he owned found a kilo­gramme of co­caine with a street value of £80,000 and 250 grammes of cannabis to the value of £1250.

And in October 2011 he was found with the heroin haul re­sult­ing in a seven-year sen­tence and a con­fis­ca­tion or­der of £1000.

Brown­lie was re­leased from his most re­cent sen­tence last year but it still on li­cence un­til 2019.

On be­ing granted a sixweek tem­po­rary li­cence, Brown­lie said: “I will not let you down. Thanks very much for giv­ing me that chance.”

Thanksvery­much­for­giv­ing­methat chance

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