Ex-ad­dict threat­ened to kill men

Man, 31, locked up

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER heroin ad­dict was jailed for eight years af­ter he threat­ened to kill two ex-work­mates.

Peter­head res­i­dent Joseph Rus­sell was found guilty of threat­en­ing to kill two col­leagues at the Au­toshine valet firm on Bal­moor Ter­race, Peter­head.

He was also found guilty of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a pis­tol and be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of am­phet­a­mine.

Ap­pear­ing at the High Court in Edinburgh for sen­tenc­ing, Judge Lord Pent­land told the 31-year-old he re­garded his con­vic­tion for pos­sess­ing a pis­tol “as very trou­bling in view of your crim­i­nal propen­si­ties”.

The court heard Rus­sell, pic­tured, a for­mer car valet, had 25 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Lord Pent­land added: “Par­lia­ment has made it clear such of­fences must be re­garded as par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous ones.

“My clear view is that you must now serve a sub­stan­tial term of im­pris­on­ment as a pun­ish­ment and to de­ter oth­ers.”

De­scrib­ing Rus­sell as own­ing “an unim­pres­sive crim­i­nal record” Lord Pent­land listed con­vic­tions for dis­hone s ty , firearms of­fences and drug sup­ply.

His de­fence ad­vo­cate Ge­orge Mathers said: “It has to be ac­cepted that the com­bi­na­tion of drugs, threats, guns and pro­hib­ited am­mu­ni­tion make this a mat­ter of the ut­most se­ri­ous­ness.”

But Mr Mathers added that the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the threats had been “a one off”.

He said Rus­sell’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions dated back to when he was aged 16 and ear­lier.

He was in­tro­duced to heroin at the age of 14, which ac­counted for his of­fend­ing as he tried to fund his habit, but he had done well when placed on a court drug treat­ment and test­ing or­der, Mr Mathers said.

Rus­sell, of 10 Park Lane, Peter­head, was ear­lier found guilty at the High Court in Aberdeen of il­le­gally pos­sess­ing the pis­tol and pep­per gas car­tridges in Peter­head last year.

He was also con­victed of threat­en­ing to kill Jeu­genji Samoroscenko and Prze­mys­law Ko­latkiewicz, their part­ners and mem­bers of their fam­i­lies at the premises of Au­toshine at Bal­moor Ter­race, Peter­head, on May 24 last year.

Lord Pentl a n d s e ntenced Rus­sell to eight years in prison.

RE­COV­ER­ING: TJ Craw­ford with mum Kimmy Craw­ford and, in­set, TJ’s in­juries af­ter the pick-up truck ac­ci­dent.

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