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HMA v Robert Ross and Edward Wilson
May 5, 2023
On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following remarks in court:
"Robert Ross you pleaded guilty to 3 charges.
Edward Wilson, you pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine between 17 October 2021 and 22 February 2022. Each charge was aggravated by a connection with serious organised crime but I do not intend to add anything to the sentences in respect of that since the offences themselves implicitly involve that connection as it is defined in the Act.
Mr Ross, as far as charge 6 is concerned, there is nothing in the narrative to suggest that any amounts of cannabis were actually found, although it might be inferred that some transactions took place. In relation to charge 8 much the same can be said, your involvement with the supply of cocaine being in its infancy.