Jailed drug dealer threat­ened to kill

Thug made vi­o­lent threats to his ex-part­ner

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A Bon­hill drug dealer who is serv­ing an eight- and- a- half year sen­tence was back in the dock after ad­mit­ting threat­en­ing to kill his ex part­ner.

Kevin Power was hauled to Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court last week to face a string of of­fences in­volv­ing crimes against hi sex, pro­duc­ing cannabis and driv­ing con­vic­tions.

One of them in­cluded threat­en­ing to kill her and her fam­ily in text mes­sages.

The 35- year- old was locked up ear­lier this month at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh after try­ing to ex­tort thou­sands of pounds from rel­a­tives of those he claimed owed him drugs debts.

The High Court in Glas­gow pre­vi­ously heard how Power at­tempted to ob­tain £1500 from the mother of one of his “cus­tomers” and £ 1700 from the fam­ily of an­other be­tween Jan­uary and March this year.

He also threat­ened fam­ily mem­bers of an­other “client” telling them that their homes would be dam­aged and they would suf­fer vi­o­lence if they didn’t pay up.

He was found guilty last month of ex­tor­tion, as­sault and drug posses­sion charges.

He was also found guilty of be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of heroin in Bon­hill be­tween De­cem­ber last year and March and con­victed of as­sault­ing a “client” on Jan­uary 31 and an­other on Fe­bru­ary 27, both in O’Hare, Bon­hill.

On both oc­ca­sions Power de­manded money from his vic­tims. Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing by Judge Tom Hughes, Power was also told that he will be su­per­vised for 18 months once re­leased from prison.

He added :“You par­tic­i­pated in the evil drugs trade - a trade which we all have to suf­fer in Scot­land. You caused se­vere distress and con­cern to th­ese fam­i­lies. You brought mis­ery and suf­fer­ing to peo­ple who lost their jobs due to their ad­dic­tion.”

Power, for­merly of Pap­pert, was jailed again for 19 months on Fri­day last week but the term will run con­cur­rently with his cur­rent sen­tence, mean­ing his re­lease date will not be af­fected. Power ad­mit­ted re­peat­edly send­ing his ex text mes­sages, where he made vi­o­lent threats, in­clud­ing threat­en­ing to kill her and her fam­ily on De­cem­ber 2, 2015 at Strath­leven Drive.

The of­fence placed her in a state of fear and alarm for her safety.

The fol­low­ing day he was caught pro­duc­ing cannabis resin at his Pap­pert home.

On Jan­uary 20 last year at his home, he be­haved in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner by shout­ing and swear­ing at the woman and ges­tic­u­lat­ing at her in an ag­gres­sive way.

His next crime took place on Fe­bru­ary 8 and 9 last year, when he re­peat­edly sent fur­ther text mes­sages to the woman de­mand­ing that he re­spond to her.

He was also on two bail or­ders at the time, which had been im­posed on him at Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court five days ear­lier on Fe­bru­ary 3.

His crime spree con­tin­ued again on April 7 , 2016 when he was caught driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance in Pap­pert.

On the same date, at Cly­de­bank Po­lice Of­fice, he was also caught i n posses­sion of class A co­caine.

Sen­tenc­ing last week, Sher­iff Maxwell Hendry said: “I have five mat­ters where I have to im­pose a sen­tence to bring them to a con­clu­sion.”

Alan Mur­doch, de­fend­ing, said: “Mr Power very much re­grets the cir­cum­stances he found him­self in.”

Sher­iff Hendry said: “I am im­pos­ing sen­tence on all th­ese cases. None will have the ef­fect of af­fect­ing your lib­erty date.”

Mr Power very much re­grets the cir­cum­stances he found him­self in So­lic­i­tor Alan Mur­doch

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