O'Neil v HM Advocate

Sentencing – Supply of drugs. High Court of Justiciary: In an appeal against sentence by an appellant who pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine with a wholesale value of £45,000, aggravated by a connection with serious organised crime, and in respect of whom the sentencing judge selected a headline sentence of 8 years' imprisonment, with 1 year attributable to the aggravation, which was reduced to 7 years and 4 months on account of the guilty plea, and on whom he also imposed a 2-year travel restriction order prohibiting the appellant from leaving the UK , the court held that the starting point of 7 years for the substantive offence before the 1 year aggravation was not excessive; however it quashed the travel restriction order, holding that it was neither necessary nor proportionate and was therefore not appropriate.

Category: