HMA v Ajmer Ali

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 10 February 2017, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced Ajmer Ali to seven years and six months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine.

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

“Ajmer Ali, you have pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine on two separate days in in 2015. The value of the drugs seized on these occasions amounts to over £170,000.

Your role appears to have been one of instructing and managing the operations on both occasions. The charge is aggravated by a connection with serious and organised crime.

According to your counsel you became involved as a result of accruing a debt and as a result of threats to yourself and to family members.

I note however that you were on licence from a very significant sentence amounting in total to 16 years imprisonment imposed at the High Court in Dundee in 2006.

The conviction involved contraventions of the Firearms Act and assault and abduction.

I am told that there are 533 days of your previous sentence outstanding. It appears that since you have been taken back into custody following your release on licence in April 2014 you have served a further 500 days of your previous sentence.

For that reason I have decided not to make an order under s.16 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 returning you to prison. I shall however commence the sentence that I am about to pass from today’s date.

Had you been convicted after trial I would have imposed a sentence of 10 years imprisonment, one year of which would be attributable to the aggravation of the connection to serious and organised crime.

In view of the plea I shall discount that sentence to seven years six months to commence from today’s date.”