Pair ad­mit reck­lessly sup­ply­ing so-called ‘le­gal highs’

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TWO men who ran shops sell­ing so-called “le­gal highs” ad­mit­ted en­dan­ger­ing the lives of their cus­tomers by sell­ing them po­ten­tially lethal sub­stances.

Lis­ton Pacitti and Paul Brock­le­hurst sold an ex­ten­sive range of new psy­choac­tive sub­stances (NPS) from stores in Mon­trose, Ar­broath and Perth.

The pair’s prod­ucts left a num­ber of cus­tomers hos­pi­talised.

They sold sub­stances known as Happy Joker, Rap­ture and Ex­o­dus Dam­na­tion. The pair also sold bongs, hoses, grinders, pipes, cut­ting tools, lighters and smok­ing pa­pers.

In to­tal, eight peo­ple were “in­jured” by the sub­stances — one from Pacitti’s shop and seven from Brock­le­hurst’s. Brock­le­hurst ad­mit­ted sell­ing sub­stances at his store to two boys, one aged 15 and the other 13.

Brock­le­hurst, 62, of Glen Afron, Tre­garth, Gwynedd, Wales, and Pacitti, 28, of Deveron Road, Aberdeen, both pleaded guilty to charges of cul­pa­bly and reck­lessly sup­ply­ing new psy­choac­tive sub­stances to the dan­ger of health and life. Brock­le­hurst’s of­fences were com­mit­ted be­tween July 3 2013 and July 29 2015 at his shop, This ’N’ That, in County Place, Perth.

Pacitti’s were com­mit­ted be­tween July 3 2013 and De­cem­ber 7 2014 at his stores, Dec­la­ra­tion and Evape-O-Lu­tion in Brothock Bridge, Ar­broath, and The High Life and Evape-OLu­tion in High Street, Mon­trose.

Sher­iff Lorna Drum­mond de­ferred sen­tence un­til next month and both men were al­lowed bail.

Paul Brock­le­hurst

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