HMA v DAVID MCKENZIE

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Matthews sentenced David McKenzie to six years and eight months in prison after he pled guilty to the supply of cocaine.

On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement in court:

"David McKenzie you have pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Cocaine over a period of seven months. The drugs recovered had the potential to realise somewhere between £224, 000 and £920,000.

I have listened to what has been said on your behalf but you are no stranger to this type of offending, having two analogous previous convictions, and you will be aware that the courts have repeatedly said that those who deal in controlled drugs can expect very little mercy when they are caught.

The most significant feature in your favour is the time when you first indicated to the Crown that you were prepared to plead guilty in the terms which have now been accepted. The Advocate depute agrees with the timeline spoken to by Mr Jackson and I will take that fully into account.

In view of your record and the potential value of the drugs with which you were involved I have decided that had you been convicted after trial I would have sentenced you to imprisonment for 10 years.

In the result, the sentence, which will run from 1 March of this year, will be 6 years and 8 months".