Man not guilty of sup­ply­ing drugs

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A MAN charged with sell­ing mephedrone to some­one who died later that night has been found not guilty.

Cameron Kirkham from Camp­bell Court ap­peared in Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court last week ac­cused of sup­ply­ing the drug to the late Don­ald Ruar­idh MacKin­non on Jan­uary 19, 2016.

Dur­ing the trial on Mon­day Novem­ber 7, Craig Cook who was friends with the de­ceased, gave ev­i­dence that he had spent much of Jan­uary 19 with Mr MacKin­non, that the two had gone to the doc­tors where Mr MacKin­non was given di­azepam in a blis­ter packet.

Later, Mr MacKin­non went round to Mr Cook’s flat, he then went out and reap­peared with a bot­tle of mephedrone which he left there. That was the last time Mr Cook had seen his friend.

The court heard Kirkham had come to the at­ten­tion of the po­lice af­ter he was no­ticed by an off- duty of­fi­cer putting bot­tles into a bin near the Crofter bar in Fort Wil­liam.

Kirkham, who has been tak­ing mephedrone for 25 years, de­nied any wrong­do­ing and told the court he had taken the de­ci­sion on that day to re­cy­cle these bot­tles for the first time.

He told the court Mr MacKin­non had come round to his house on Jan­uary 19 and asked to buy mephedrone but Kirkham re­fused be­cause he needed it.

Kirkham said he washed an old bot­tle and gave it to Mr MacKin­non for him to put his own loose tablets in.

In reach­ing his de­ci­sion Sher­iff James Tay­lor said: ‘ There is a con­sid­er­able amount of sus­pi­cion which took place on Jan­uary 19, 2015.’

He said thank­fully for Mr Kirkham the law puts a very high bur­den of proof that he had sup­plied the drug.

The Sher­iff said he was not sat­is­fied the Crown re­moved that bur­den of proof and found Mr Kirkham not guilty.

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