Drug user gets six months

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AN OBAN drug user was sen­tenced to six months in prison af­ter he pled guilty to strug­gling with po­lice of­fi­cers and swal­low­ing a quan­tity of drugs in a su­per­mar­ket car park on March 25.

David MacGil­livray, 39, of 9 MacGre­gor Court, was said by po­lice of­fi­cers to be be­hav­ing in a ‘furtive man­ner’ by ‘dodg­ing around cars and try­ing to hide’ when he came to their at­ten­tion.

Two po­lice of­fi­cers tried to ap­pre­hended MacGil­livray, but he ob­structed them, and the in­ci­dent ended with the ac­cused swal­low­ing a small packet, Oban Sher­iff Court heard on Mon­day.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal and later re­leased into po­lice cus­tody.

MacGil­livray said he had held down a job at a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket un­til it re­lo­cated and since then he had re­trained and he was now li­censed to be a spot­ter for work­forces using heavy ma­chin­ery.

De­fence agent Kevin McGin­ness said MacGil­livray had turned his life around and hoped to be in full-time em­ploy­ment if he was spared a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

How­ever, Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC said MacGil­livrary had done ‘too lit­tle and too late’ and would serve a six-month cus­to­dial sen­tence.

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