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Convicted Dundee drug supplier given ‘last chance’ and spared prison

Convicted Dundee drug supplier given ‘last chance’ and spared prison

A convicted drug supplier has been spared jail after being told by a court he was not a “frontline dealer”.

Steven Cox, 31, appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court after admitting dealing cocaine in Crescent Lane between November 7 and December 6 last year.

George Donnelly, appearing for Cox, appealed to Sheriff George Way for a “viable alternative” to a prison sentence.

Mr Donnelly said: “There is absolutely no reason why that can’t be considered.

‘‘He has not offended seriously for many months.”

Sheriff Way put Cox under a restriction of liberty order, requiring him to be at home between 7pm-7am every day for eight months.

As part of this, Cox, who was remanded in custody for 10 weeks prior to appearing in court, also has to wear an electronic tag.

The sheriff said: “I am aware that the easiest thing to do would be to impose a custodial sentence but the way I see it, the restriction of liberty order would be his last chance.

“I appreciate he is not a frontline dealer.

‘‘In the circumstances I’m going to offer him, as a direct alternative, the restriction of liberty order.”

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