A housebound drug dealer who sold heroin through his letterbox was late for court yesterday because he needed extra time using his oxygen tank.
Roy Green, 62, faces prison after he was convicted of drug dealing for the third time at Perth Sheriff Court.
Sheriff William Wood warned Green the case may take time to reach a conclusion while prison chiefs assess their ability to house him in jail.
The court was told Green, gasping heavily and severely hunched as he walked into the dock, had a number of serious ailments.
Solicitor Billy Somerville, defending, said: “He is not well. He suffers from numerous ailments. All of these make it extremely difficult for him to get around.
“He requires more oxygen than normal. He is on oxygen most days – that is what caused the delay in getting to court this morning.”
The same court heard in a previous case that Green had been making £20,000 per year selling heroin without ever having to leave his home.
In that case he was jailed for 33 months in 2016 after he admitted making around £350 a week by pushing heroin out through his letterbox to desperate addicts.
Yesterday, Mr Somerville said: “He was using heroin to supplement his prescribed medication. I don’t know if the Scottish Prison Service will be able to accommodate him because of his health.”
The court was told Green was supplying the drug to his partner and had been caught with £660 worth of the drug during a raid on his Scone home.
Sentence was deferred.