Drug ad­dict told to sort his life out

Sher­iff’s warn­ing to knife yob af­ter de­tox plea

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

A blade yob who “drifts through life tak­ing heroin” has begged for a chance to get clean in­stead of be­ing jailed.

Gary Coyle, 52, pleaded to be put on a de­tox pro­gramme af­ter he was caught with a Stan­ley blade stashed in a packet of rolling pa­pers.

He was hauled off a bus and searched af­ter be­ing caught shoplift­ing from a town cen­tre depart­ment store and in­sisted it was used to cut car­pet.

De­fence lawyer Bob Kerr in­sisted his client’s be­hav­iour was linked to his hunger for the class A sub­stance.

He said: “He’s a man who ticks all the boxes for a drug treat­ment or­der.

“He got into heroin later in life than most be­cause it was sim­ply not avail­able in Pais­ley at the time.

“He’s been a client of mine since he was 16 and for many years he’s been be­set by it. He hasn’t com­mit­ted of­fences which would lead to sub­stan­tial prison sen­tences – he gets out af­ter a short spell and im­me­di­ately re-of­fends.

“He’s a man who doesn’t care, some­body who is list­less and, at best, de­tached.

“He drifts his way through life tak­ing heroin and com­mit­ting crimes to fund this.

“I reg­u­larly ex­pect to see him crop up at the cus­tody court at any mo­ment.

“He is get­ting on in years and shouldn’t be com­ing back to court at his age. “He is ready to make a change.” Coyle was caught with the six-cen­time­tre blade af­ter leg­ging it from Pais­ley’s Co­op­er­a­tive depart­ment store with two stolen jack­ets on July 25.

He pled guilty to the of­fence and to steal­ing mounts for mo­tor sat nav sys­tems from the nearby Hal­fords on Jan­uary 22 last month.

The court heard Coyle had been re­leased from prison in March for a sep­a­rate of­fence, but of­fended “straight away”.

Sher­iff Craig Har­ris told Coyle he would con­sider putting him on a de­tox pro­gramme, but warned he must be­have for a fort­night while he is as­sessed.

He added: “It is not an easy op­tion, but I have been told you have reached a point in your life when you are mo­ti­vated to change.

“It is a long jour­ney, but this is a very im­por­tant step and you must stay out of trou­ble for two weeks.

“You have made a prom­ise to me. You need to show me why I should trust you. “It is now in your hands.” Coyle, of McKer­rell Street, has been or­dered to re­turn to court on Septem­ber 28.

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