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HMA v PAUL SPENCER DETTLAFF

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Uist sentenced Paul Spencer Dettlaff to 5 years 10 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to having been concerned in the supply of controlled drugs, and driving whilst disqualified and without insurance in Aberdeen on 15 and 16 March 2013.

11 June 2013

On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

“You have pleaded guilty to having been concerned in the supplying of heroin at the Premier Travel Inn, North Anderson Drive, Aberdeen and elsewhere, as well as possession of diazepam, and driving while disqualified and without insurance. In your room at that hotel the police found heroin with a potential total street value of £61,700 along with 27 diazepam tablets, drugs paraphernalia and £3232 in cash.  In addition, on your person they found heroin worth about £150. When interviewed by the police you freely admitted that you earned a living from drug dealing. You come from Liverpool and this case is yet another example of the notorious drugs link between Liverpool and Aberdeen, which I have repeatedly said this court will do everything in its power to destroy.

You are now 43 years old. You have previously been sentenced to custody for drugs trafficking offences in 1997, 2004, 2007 and 2009. The last of these convictions, which related to heroin and cocaine, resulted in a sentence of three years imprisonment being imposed on 30 September 2009, a sentence which clearly did not deter you from later dealing in heroin once again. You have also twice been sentenced to imprisonment for driving while disqualified. All these previous convictions are highly relevant considerations for me when deciding on the sentences in this indictment.

On charge 1, had you been convicted by a jury after trial, I would have imposed a sentence of 9 months imprisonment. In light of your early guilty plea that sentence will be discounted to 6 months imprisonment and will run from 18 March 2013. You will also be disqualified from driving for a period of 8 years and your licence will be endorsed on that charge.

On charge 2, you are admonished, as you would have been had you been convicted by a jury after trial, and your licence is endorsed.

On charge 3, had you been convicted by a jury after trial I would, having regard to your previous convictions for drug trafficking offences and the circumstances of your dealing in heroin, imposed a sentence of  8 years imprisonment. In light of your early guilty plea that sentence will be discounted to 5 years 4 months imprisonment and will be consecutive to the sentence on charge 1.

On charge 4 you are admonished, as you would have been after trial.

The total custodial sentence is therefore 5 years 10 months imprisonment from 18 March 2013.”