Man not guilty of supplying drugs
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.