HMA v Barry Heggie

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 26 September 2019, Lord Pentland sentenced Barry Heggie to four years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin.

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

“Barry Heggie, you pled guilty to being concerned in the supplying of the class A controlled drug Diamorphine on 3 June 2019.

“On that date you were found to have in your home quantities of high-purity heroin with a potential street value of around £114,000, as well as materials commonly used to adulterate such drugs for the purpose of allowing them to be sold on to users.   “Police officers also found a blender, scales and gloves; there was evidence that these items had been used for mixing and breaking down drugs. 

“The number of street-level deals that were capable of being produced would have been in the region of 11,000.

“You are a 35-year-old man with a record of non-analogous previous convictions dating from 2002.  I note that you have not offended since 2010. 

“You accept that you picked up the drugs and took them to your house so that they could be adulterated and packaged there. 

“Your explanation for becoming involved in this activity is that you had to satisfy a drug-related debt that you owed. This arose from your own use of cocaine. 

“That cannot amount to an excuse for what you decided to become involved in.

“This court has repeatedly made clear that anyone who agrees to play a part, for whatever reason, in the trafficking of class A drugs must expect to receive a substantial custodial sentence.  These drugs cause misery and despair to many people within our communities. 

“I have taken into account all that was said this morning on your behalf in mitigation and of the contents of the criminal justice social work report.

“Had I been sentencing you after trial, I would have imposed a sentence of six years imprisonment. To take account of your early plea of guilty, I will reduce that to a term of four years’ imprisonment.

“The sentence will be backdated to 26 August 2019.”