HMA v Amir Ali

At the High Court in Edinburgh Lord Boyd sentenced Amir Ali to three years, six months imprisonment, after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine.

13 July 2016

On sentencing, Lord Boyd made the following statement in court:

"You have pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine, a class A drug, on 31st July last year. It appears that the drugs came from Manchester and you brought them up to Scotland in your taxi. You were stopped just after having handed over a kilo to your former co-accused for which you had received the sum of £12,000. A further kilo was found in your taxi. The purity of both quantities of drugs was 20% with a combined street value of £140,000.

Since you were found with a further kilo of drugs having passed one kilo to your former co-accused one inference may be that you had another delivery to make. In any event seems to me that you were well aware of your involvement in the supply of drugs.

I have taken into account everything that has been said on your behalf including the manner in which it is said that you became involved in this venture. I am prepared to accept that account. You are a first offender. You come from a family which has never been involved in any criminal activity and you have lost their respect. Your behaviour has had a significant impact on your wife and children.

You have shown very considerable remorse and I am concerned about the impact of prison on you. For these reasons I intend to exercise a degree of leniency. Nevertheless as you appreciate those who deal in drugs can expect to receive lengthy sentences.

I note that your former co-accused was sentenced to three years imprisonment discounted from four. It seems to me from the respective narratives that your involvement was greater than his and that will also be reflected in the sentence.

Had you been convicted after trial I would have imposed a sentence of 54 months imprisonment. This originally progressed to a trial diet which was discharged because of concerns as to your fitness for trial. These were subsequently allayed and further continued. But for the concern over your health this matter may have been dealt with earlier. Accordingly I shall discount the sentence to 3 years 6 months. I shall backdate the sentence to 10th May 2016."

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