Ex-coun­cil of­fi­cer in drugs fine

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A FOR­MER Aberdeen City Coun­cil spin doc­tor has been fined £300 for pos­sess­ing Class A drugs Paul Gil­feather, who was pre­vi­ously an ex­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at Aberdeen City Coun­cil, ad­mit­ted two counts of drugs pos­ses­sion at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court in De­cem­ber. At a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing yes­ter­day, the court heard the 46-year-old was caught with heroin worth £50 and a nom­i­nal amount of co­caine when po­lice ex­e­cuted a war­rant at his home ad­dress in the city’s Stan­ley Street on June 28 last year. De­fence agent Gre­gor Kelly said Gil­feather had lost a job in Manch­ester as a re­sult of the court case. He added: “In the last year, he has strug­gled with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. He doesn’t try to ex­cuse him­self but his abil­ity to find em­ploy­ment be­cause of this will be dif­fi­cult.” Sher­iff Jack Brown ruled Gil­feather could pay the fine at £75 a month.

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