HMA v Gordon James Flett

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 19 July 2017, Lord Uist sentenced Gordon Flett to six years and four months imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

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

“Gordon James Flett, this is the fourth occasion on which you have appeared in the High Court for sentence on a drug-trafficking offence involving a class A drug.

“In 1996 you were sentenced to five years imprisonment, in 2001 to six years imprisonment and in 2009 to six years six months imprisonment.

“None of these sentences has had the necessary deterrent effect and a strongly deterrent sentence is now called for.

“On this occasion the drug involved was cocaine amounting to 13.4g with a maximum street value of £950.

“Had you been convicted by a jury after trial I would have imposed a sentence of nine years six months imprisonment, six months being attributable to the bail aggravation.

“As you have pleaded guilty at an early stage that sentence will be discounted to six years four months imprisonment, to run from 19 June 2017.”