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HMA v Steven John Clark and Sean Douglas Imlach


Oct 3, 2023

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lord Arthurson handed Steven John Clark and Sean Douglas Imlach respective sentences of 3 years and 6 months and 3 years and 9 months imprisonment. Both had pled guilty to being involved in the supply of Class B drug cannabis.

On sentencing Lord Arthurson said:

“Steven John Clark and Sean Douglas Imlach, on 4 September 2023 at a preliminary hearing, you each tendered a plea of guilty to a single charge of being concerned in the supply of 56kg of cannabis, an amount equivalent to a maximum potential street value of £940,925, the period libelled being 2 months for Mr Clark and 3 months for Mr Imlach.  You did this for what appears to be short to medium term monetary gain.

You each have non‑analogous summary convictions, which are of no weight in the sentencing exercise before the Court this morning.  Neither of you has been to prison before.  This conviction for both of you on any view represents a personal catastrophe in terms of your family and working lives.  Your respective counsel have advanced submissions in mitigation on your behalf this morning, which I have noted and duly take into account, in particular the shame expressed by both of you.

The gravity of the index offence requires the selection of a substantial custodial headline tariff.  Plainly no other disposal would be appropriate.  You each played a significant role in a trafficking operation in respect of a class B drug on a major scale. The headline custodial period that I propose to use in this case will be 5 years for each of you, having particular regard to the amount and potential value of the drugs.

Mr Clark, you offered to plead in the terms now accepted by the Crown by way of pre‑indictment section 76 procedure.  You will accordingly serve a sentence of 3 years and 6 months imprisonment.  Mr Imlach, your plea was tendered at the first preliminary hearing in this case.  You will accordingly serve a sentence of 3 years and 9 months imprisonment.

These sentences will be backdated to the date of your respective pleas of guilty and subsequent remands into custody, namely to 4 September 2023.”

3 October 2023