At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Pentland sentenced Derek Dunsmuir to 3 years 9 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to drugs offences in January 2013.

On sentencing Lord Pentland made the following statement in court:

12 December 2013

“Derek Dunsmuir, you pled guilty at a preliminary hearing to two serious offences of being concerned in the supplying of the Class B drug Amphetamine and an associated Class A drug on a single day in January this year.  I am told that you agreed to store a substantial consignment of drugs in your home as a means of discharging a drugs debt.  I accept that you would not have known that there were Class A drugs amongst the cache.

You are a mature man with a non-analogous criminal record and you have not previously served a custodial sentence.  I acknowledge that you became involved in the supplying of drugs because of financial difficulties.  It must be stressed, however, that this cannot possibly serve to justify or excuse what you foolishly and irresponsibly agreed to do.  You would appear not to have stopped to think about the damage and misery that controlled drugs cause to others. The court has repeatedly made plain that anyone who chooses to become involved in supplying controlled drugs, whatever the reason, must understand that they are liable to be severely punished when brought to justice.   

I take into account all that has been said on your behalf and of the information contained in the criminal justice social work report. I acknowledge that you have now expressed remorse and regret for what you did.

Had you not pled guilty I would have sentenced you to 5 years imprisonment as a cumulo sentence in respect of both charges on the indictment.  I accept that your guilty plea had practical benefits since a full prosecution and a trial involving the attendance of witnesses became unnecessary.  In the exercise of the discretion vested in me, I shall in these circumstances modify your sentence to one of 3 years and 9 months imprisonment. 

Your sentence will be backdated to 15 November 2013.”