HMA v John Cousins

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced John Cousins to four years and six months imprisonment after the accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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

“John Cousins, you have pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine, a class A drug.

You were found with a block of cocaine weighing a quarter kilo and substantial quantities were found within your house. The total street value estimated at about £250,000. 

Also found within the house were significant quantities of benzocaine and a smaller quantity of glucose, both well-known adulterants. Not only that but you had four rounds of ammunition for a Lugar 9 mm pistol.

This demonstrates to me a significant role in supply of cocaine.  

I do accept that you were not the directing mind and that you did not make substantial profits. I am prepared to accept that you were a weak link in the chain, albeit a significant one.

You have a record of previous convictions towards the trivial end but they include convictions under the Misuse of Drugs Act albeit at a far less significant level than the charge you face today.

On charge 1 had you been convicted after trial I would have imposed a sentence of six years imprisonment. In view of the plea I shall restrict the sentence to four years six months.

On charge 4 had you been convicted after trial I would have sentenced you to two years imprisonment, discounted to 18 months.

These sentences will run concurrently and be backdated to 19 September 2016.”

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