McLaughlin v HM Advocate

Sentencing – Supply of drugs – Cannabis. High Court of Justiciary: Allowing an appeal against sentence by an appellant who pled guilty to a charge of supplying cannabis resin to another with value of approximately £36,000, and on whom the sheriff imposed a sentence of 29 months' imprisonment, reduced from 32 months because of the guilty plea, the court held that when appropriate weight was given to all of the relevant circumstances, including the fact that the appellant was, for practical purposes, a first offender, and that more than two years had passed between the offence occurring and sentence being imposed, the sentence selected was excessive: the court therefore substituted a headline sentence of 15 months' imprisonment, reduced to 13 months to reflect the utilitarian value in the guilty plea.

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