HMA v STEVEN MCDONALD & ARTHUR NOBLE ORD

At the High Court in Dumbarton Lord Pentland sentenced Steven McDonald to 3 years 6 months imprisonment and Arthur Noble Ord to 3 years 4 months imprisonment after they pled guilty to being concerned in the supplying of a Class A drug.

On sentencing Lord Pentland made the following statement in court:

26 November 2013

“Steven McDonald and Arthur Noble Ord, you have each pled guilty at an early stage in the proceedings to a serious offence of being concerned in the supplying of the Class A drug Diamorphine over a period of around two months earlier this year. Your involvement McDonald was in distributing the drugs and collecting cash payments for them and yours Ord was in storing them in your home. The potential street value of the drugs recovered from that address was between about £50,000 and £60,000.

You are both mature men with limited criminal records and neither of you has previously served a custodial sentence.  I acknowledge that you each became involved in the supplying of drugs because of certain financial and other difficulties you were experiencing and that you were to some extent taken advantage of by another individual.  It must be stressed, however, that none of this can possibly serve to justify or excuse what you foolishly and irresponsibly agreed to do.  You would appear to have taken no account of the damage and misery that drugs cause to others. Anyone who chooses to become involved in supplying drugs, whatever the reason, must understand that they are liable to be severely punished when brought before the courts.   

I take into account all that has been said on behalf of each of you and of the information contained in the respective criminal justice social work reports.

I accept that your guilty pleas have had practical benefits since a full prosecution and trial involving the attendance of witnesses were avoided. 

In your case McDonald had you not pled guilty I would have sentenced you to 5 years and 3 months imprisonment, 3 months of which would have been attributable to the bail aggravations.  In view of your guilty plea I shall reduce that sentence to one of 3 years and 6 months imprisonment.

In your case Ord, I would have sentenced you to 5 years imprisonment but for your guilty plea. I shall modify your sentence to one of 3 years and 4 months imprisonment to reflect your early plea of guilty.

The sentences will be backdated to 14 October 2013 in your case McDonald and to 15 October 2013 in your case Ord.”