HMA v GRAEME STEAR

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Uist sentenced Graeme Stear to three years and four months in prison after he pled guilty to storing a large quantity of drugs.

Lord Uist made the following statement in court:

" You pleaded guilty to storing 92 kilos of cannabis resin and 12 kilos of amphetamine in your flat in Bathgate on 15 September last year. You were addicted to cannabis and amphetamines and you say that you held these drugs in order to pay off a £600 drugs debt. You maintain that when you made the arrangement to provide warehousing for the drugs you did not know that such a large quantity was involved. Fortunately the police were able to intercept the drugs and thus prevent them getting onto the streets.

 You will be 38 years old tomorrow. You have only one minor conviction, in 1993, which did not result in a custodial sentence. You are the father of three children and have not been in employment for about four years. I note that you co-operated with the police when they raided your flat, but also that there were children there when you were storing the drugs.  You must have known the considerable risk which you were running when you agreed to store the drugs and you must now take the consequences.

 Had you been convicted by a jury after trial I would have imposed concurrent sentences of sentence of 5 years imprisonment on each charge. Having regard to the stage at which you pleaded guilty those sentences will be discounted to 3 years 4 months imprisonment, to run from 13 June 2013."