HMA v Dean Purdie

At the High Court in Edinburgh today (11 November 2019), Lord Uist sentenced Dean Purdie to 6 years and 3 months imprisonment after the offender pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin.

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

You have pleaded guilty to having been concerned in the supplying of heroin between 2 and 26 April this year. When searched in Musselburgh by the police you were found to have 126g of heroin and £325 in cash on your person. The heroin had a wholesale value of £2,700 and a maximum street value of £9,330.

You are now 42 years old. You have a criminal record dating from 1997 and have been sentenced to imprisonment on five separate occasions. On 28 July 2003 you were sentenced to 6 years 3 months imprisonment at Edinburgh High Court for being concerned in the supplying of a class A drug. It is of particular significance that this is your fourth conviction for being concerned in the supplying of a class A drug. You are therefore subject to a minimum sentence of 7 years imprisonment, which I consider to be the appropriate period in this case. In light of your guilty plea at a late stage in proceedings you will receive a discount of 9 months from that period. The sentence which I impose is therefore 6 years 3 months imprisonment from 29 April 2019.”