Ex-con is now on taxi run
Wants to change his life
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.”