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Second test chance for Inverness drug addict who missed drug treatment and testing order assessment after being involved in a car accident and then admitted to hospital for mental health treatment


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A drug user who failed to turn up for a second drug treatment and testing order assessment has been given another chance to co-operate.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Warren MacLean (44), of Academy Street, Inverness, had been involved in a car accident and was then admitted to hospital for mental health treatment.

Defence solicitor John MacColl asked Sheriff Margaret Neilson to defer sentence again to give his client an opportunity to complete the assessment and she agreed.

However he was ordered to make a personal appearance on April 8 after the sheriff indicated that if he was not suitable for the treatment order, he would be jailed.

Previously, the court heard MacLean broke into student hostel accommodation in Culduthel Road, Inverness between September 19 and 20 last year, with intent to steal.

The building’s caretaker unexpectedly found the lights at the hostel on when she returned to the building, having left it with the lights off earlier in the evening.

At that time she found a safe open and other items moved about but no sign of anyone.

Getting a friend to stay with her, they were wakened by a noise upstairs, and found MacLean in the living room. They ushered him out and flagged down a passing police car.

MacLean admitted the offence and to possessing a pair of scissors without reasonable excuse.

The court heard he had moved to Aberdeen but returned to Inverness when he was in danger of being lured back into drugs.

Solicitor advocate Shahid Latif said his client had remained drug free from March to September, but after returning to Inverness was given a Xanax tablet, a strong Valium not prescribed in this country.

Mr Latif told the court: “You can join the dots after that.”



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