Sher­iff blasts drug deal­ing woman for ly­ing to court

The Oban Times - - NEWS - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

A FEMALE drug dealer from Oban was threat­ened with per­jury charges while giv­ing ev­i­dence dur­ing her boyfriend’s trial this week.

Ciaron McLuckie, 19, of 2 Burn­side Court, Oban, told Oban Sher­iff Court on Mon­day that a man she didn’t know let him­self into her house and placed a dealer’s quan­tity of drugs into a jacket hang­ing in her wardrobe be­fore co­in­ci­den­tally bump­ing into her in the street.

McLuckie was giv­ing ev­i­dence dur­ing her boyfriend’s trial.

Early in the day she had pled guilty to be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of a con­trolled drug, cannabis, af­ter a po­lice raid on her house on Au­gust 21.

Po­lice had sought a search war­rant on Au­gust 21 for McLuckie’s home and the home of her boyfriend, Calum MacColl, at 11a Miller Road. MacColl is nine years her se­nior.

Eoin McGinty, procu­ra­tor fis­cal, sug­gested to McLuckie that her part­ner was ‘using her’ but she claimed she had no knowl­edge of who had put the drugs in her home.

McLuckie fur­ther claimed she met a per­son in the street who told her the drugs were in her house. But she main- tained she did not know who the per­son was. MacColl, who pled not guilty to the charges, reg­u­larly shouted from the dock that po­lice of­fi­cers were ly­ing, that his girl­friend was naked when po­lice ar­rested her and that wit­nesses were ly­ing.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC warned MacColl on four oc­ca­sions that he would be found in con­tempt of court if his be­hav­iour con­tin­ued.

Speak­ing to McLuckie as she gave ev­i­dence, Sher­iff An­der­son warned the young woman that it was ‘ very se­ri­ous’ to tell lies to a court.

She said: ‘ You have al­ready pled guilty and I will be sen- tenc­ing you so do not tell lies to this court.’

McLuckie claimed she had made a guess about how much cannabis was in her pos­ses­sion to within 10gms of its cor­rect weight, which was not ac­cepted by the sher­iff.

McLuckie said she had been mis­taken when she told po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing an in­ter­view that MacColl had taken some of the drugs for his own use. The same amount, she said, that had been taken had ended up in MacColl’s house.

In MacColl’s house, mi­cro weigh­ing scales, cut-up cling film and cash of £1,030 was found.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence Po­lice Con- sta­ble Danny MacBeth said these items were of­ten found in the homes of drug deal­ers.

McColl was found guilty of be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of drugs and he and McLuckie will be sen­tenced af­ter re­ports are com­pleted.

Sher­iff An­der­son said: ‘I am ex­er­cis­ing my com­mon sense in this case. There is no doubt that MacColl was con­cerned in the sup­ply of drugs.

‘I don’t know who advised you on the con­coct­ing of this story but it has prob­a­bly got­ten you into even more trou­ble.

‘ There is a very sim­ple rule in court – tell the truth. I have heard lies to­day. You can ex­pect a cus­to­dial sen­tence.’

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