HMA v Joel Julienne and Gary McIntyre

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 October 2016, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Joel Julienne to three years nine months imprisonment and Gary McIntyre to two years three months after both accused pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

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

“You have both pleaded to being concerned in the supply of cannabis. The total quantity of drugs recovered was over 13kg with a potential street value of over £130, 000.

Joel Julienne, you have accepted being concerned in the supply of cannabis over a three-month period.

There was a substantial quantity of drugs found within the family home along mobile phones, a set of digital scales, polythene bags and what appeared to be a tick list, in short the paraphernalia of a drug dealer.

I have listened carefully to what counsel has said on your behalf. I take into account that you are a first offender and that you co-operated with the police showing them where to find items of interest within the house.

I also take into account your background and the fact that you see this as an opportunity to change and turn away from criminal behaviour. Finally you have accepted your guilt at an early stage.

Had you been convicted after trial I would have imposed a sentence of five years imprisonment. In view of the plea I shall discount the sentence to one of three years nine months. I shall backdate the sentence to 27 September 2016.

Gary McIntyre, your involvement is restricted to two days only and the quantity of drugs that appears to have been in your possession is about 6kg.

You are older and have a criminal record albeit that all your previous convictions are at summary level. However your role in this was a more minor one.

I have listened carefully to what was said on your behalf. It is clear that you have attempted in the past to overcome your addiction to heroin and are once again on the same path. I am impressed by the references and your commitment not only to addressing your own addiction but to helping others in similar circumstances.

Had you been convicted after trial I would have sentenced you to three years imprisonment. In view of the plea I shall discount the sentence to two years three months, backdated to 27 September 2016.”