A JOHNSTONE man spent his injury claim cash on class B drugs. Reports the UK Gazette
Scott Carruthers admitted to having 407 grams of cannabis following a police check on October 9 last year on Auchengreoch Road in Johnstone.
The 26-year-old appeared before Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill at Paisley Sheriff Court last week and admitted charges of having the class B drug with intent to supply.
Procurator fiscal Ziad Ul Hassan explained that the drugs came to a total of £2600.
He said: “Two police officers were on patrol at around 10.55pm.
They stopped a vehicle and the accused was in the driver’s seat.
When speaking to the accused, the officers could sense a strong smell of cannabis. They carried out a check and found a Haribo tub with six rolls of plastic containing cannabis.”
The court heard that a further two tubs found in the rear seat of the car also contained cannabis.
“He was cautioned and told the police officers “I’ll be honest, I went and bought it. I just got my claim money in”.”
Defence solicitor Gordon Nicol explained that Carruthers recently received £1000 for an injury sustained at work.
He said: “The drugs were for personal use and for friends and family, but he had no intention for it to be for commercial use. He understands how close he could have come in receiving a custodial sentence. He is keen to show the court that this is something that he can put behind him.”
Sheriff Gill condemned Carruthers for his ‘idiotic’ actions.
She said: “You are no stranger to the court. Most people, when they get compensation of £1000, spend it on a holiday or take their friends out for a pint. You did the most idiotic thing ever and bought cannabis.”
He was ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work over a nine month period, as a direct alternative to custody.