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Inverness man jailed for attempted murder is handed 30 month sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court for drug dealing; Class A drugs with street value of £44,000 were seized in Highland capital

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Colin Dingwall, being led from court after an earlier appearance.
Colin Dingwall, being led from court after an earlier appearance.

A PRISONER locked up for seven-and half years for attempted murder has now been jailed for 30 months for being concerned in the supply of £44,000 of class A drugs in Inverness.

But the sentence imposed at Inverness Sheriff Court will run concurrently with his existing sentence and will not affect the time he spends behind bars.

In May the High Court heard that Colin Dingwall (22) and Stephen Burns attacked Lee Fraser on December 16, 2018 at his home in Friars Street using knives, broken bottles and a vacuum cleaner before tying him with a bedsheets and bundling him into a cupboard.

The 27-year-old sustained horrific injuries including fractured skull and nose and he was rescued only when his cries for help were heard by a passer-by.

Dingwall was jailed for the attack.

Earlier this month Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Dingwall, formerly of Heather Road, Inverness, and Carly Wilson (24) of Knocknagael, Slackbuie, were facing charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and diamorphine.

Wilson’s not guilty pleas to the drugs offences were accepted by the Crown but she admitted two breach of bail offences.

The pair were back in court on Monday for sentencing.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson was told by depute fiscal Robert Weir that on July 26 last year Wilson and Dingwall knocked on the door of an address in Craigton Avenue and were invited in by the householder.

They went into the living room and said they were waiting for a lift.

The fiscal said at 1am the following morning (July 27) police received information that Wilson and Dingwall were at the address in possession of a large amount of money.

The householder was going to bed when she heard a knock on the door. She looked outside and saw police.

Dingwall told her not to answer the door but she opened the door for the police.

Police caught Dingwall as he tried to escape through a rear window.

A bundle of cash containing £5775 was found wrapped clingfilm. Cocaine valued between £6,510 and and £17,820 and the heroin between £10,520 and £28,290 – a potential street value of over £44,000 was recovered.

Dingwall admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and diamorphine at Rosehaugh Road and Craigton Avenue in Inverness between June 20 and July 27 last year.

Wilson admitted breaching bail by failing to be at her bail address in Glendoe Terrace on September 10, 2018 and failing to appear for a court hearing on March 8 this year.

Sentence had been deferred for reports on both but no reports were available on Monday.

Sheriff Neilson jailed Dingwall for 30 months.

Solicitor Clare Russell it was hoped after Dingwall's jail term he will be rehabilitated back into society.

Wilson's case was deferred again until November 14 for reports. She was remanded.

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