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HMA v DANIEL LEVI STERLING

At the High Court in Aberdeen Lord Uist sentenced Daniel Sterling to eight years in prison after he pled guilty to supplying heroin and cocaine in Aberdeen.

On sentencing Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

“You pleaded guilty at the third calling of your trial diet to having been concerned in the supplying of heroin and cocaine in Aberdeen and elsewhere between 16 March and 14 May 2010. From what I have been told by the Crown you were the main operator of a drugs syndicate dealing in heroin and cocaine in Aberdeen on a daily basis

You are now 33 years old. You have a lengthy criminal record dating from 1993. You have received custodial sentences on nine separate occasions. Your convictions for dishonesty, violence and driving while disqualified show that you really are just a criminal. Your serious criminal record is something that I have to take into account when imposing sentence in this case. 

The practice of drug dealers from various parts of England coming to Aberdeen to ply their evil trade is notorious. It is a practice which has to be suppressed and the only weapon which this court has at its disposal to suppress it is the imposition of lengthy sentences of imprisonment on those who engage in it. The word must go out from this court that those who come to Aberdeen and the surrounding area to deal in dangerous drugs face long prison sentences when brought to justice.

As the prospective jurors for your trial were grossly inconvenienced by having to attend court on three separate occasions and public funds were needlessly expended due to your failure to appear (which constitutes a separate offence with which I am not at present dealing) I do not consider that you are entitled to any discount in your sentence for your plea of guilty.

The sentence which I impose is 8 years imprisonment on each charge to run concurrently from yesterday’s date”.  

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