Why search me, says man with 21 ec­stasy pills

The Oban Times - - News - COURT RE­PORTER editor@oban­times.co.uk

A FORT Wil­liam man has been found guilty of pos­sess­ing 21 ec­stasy tablets.

Sa­muel Warne, of Alma Road in the town, de­nied the charge but was found guilty fol­low­ing a trial in Fort Wil­liam sher­iff court last Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 16).

Sher­iff Richard David­son heard po­lice had been car­ry­ing out a rou­tine pa­trol in the early hours of Septem­ber 6 last year, when they spot­ted the 26-yearold and another man be­hav­ing ‘sus­pi­ciously’ at Fort Wil­liam’s View­forth car park.

When the of­fi­cers got out of their car and ap­proached the pair, po­lice wit­nesses said they at­tempted to hide be­hind bins and saw some­thing be­ing passed to the ac­cused by his ac­quain­tance.

On search­ing Warne, orig­i­nally from Cornwall, the po­lice found a bag of 21 pink pills in his back pocket.

When he took to the stand to give ev­i­dence in court, Warne didn’t deny hav­ing the drugs, which have a street value of £210, but said he had given the po­lice no rea­son to search him.

He said: ‘I was walk­ing to my house from High Street with some­one I had been with ear­lier in the night. We stopped mo­men­tar­ily and the po­lice car pulled in with bright lights. Within sec­onds they came over and de­manded to search me.’

Warne de­nied hid­ing from the po­lice or any­thing be­ing passed to him.

But sher­iff David­son said he be­lieved the ev­i­dence of two po­lice wit­nesses and said they had rea­son to search Warne.

He added: ‘Ec­stasy is dan­ger­ous. There have been too many cases of young peo­ple suf­fer­ing fa­tal con­se­quences as a re­sult of in­gest­ing it. This was ex­tremely foolish.’

Sen­tenc­ing was de­ferred on Warne un­til Oc­to­ber 15 for back­ground re­ports.

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