HMA v Brian Wylie

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Uist sentenced Brian Wylie to 9 years imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

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

“You have pleaded guilty at a continued preliminary hearing to having been concerned in the supplying of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis resin at a flat in Kirkintilloch on 17 December 2016. The police recovered eight quantities of cocaine weighing almost one and a half kilos and worth up to £236,560; 15 quantities of amphetamine weighing just over four and a half kilos and worth up to £38,924; four quantities of cannabis resin weighing almost eight kilos and worth up to £14,400; and money amounting to £25,569.20. On any view this was a colossal quantity of drugs, especially of cocaine, and a large amount of money, indicative of a substantial drugs dealing operation, whatever your exact part in it was.

You are now 42 years of age and have an almost unbelievable record for dealing in class A drugs. You have three High Court convictions, in 1992, 1995 and 1998. In 1992 you were sentenced to 200 hours community service, in 1995 to 3 years imprisonment and in 2008 to 5 years imprisonment. On charge 1 on this indictment you are therefore subject to a minimum sentence of 7 years imprisonment. It is clear that the sentences which have been imposed in the past have not deterred you from becoming concerned in the supply of class A drugs again upon your release from prison. On this occasion a seriously deterrent sentence must be passed. You must have been well aware of the risk involved when you undertook this activity and you must therefore now face the consequences. In light of your previous convictions for drugs offences and the quantities of drugs and money recovered in this case, the sentences which I impose, taking account of your pleas of guilty, are as follows. On charge 1, the cocaine charge, 10 years imprisonment discounted to 9 years imprisonment for your plea of guilty. On charge 2, the amphetamine charge, 5 years imprisonment discounted to 4 years 6 months imprisonment for your plea of guilty. On charge 3, the cannabis resin charge, 4 years imprisonment discounted to 3 years 6 months imprisonment for your plea of guilty. These sentences will run concurrently from 19 December 2016, meaning that your total sentence is 9 years imprisonment from 19 December 2016."