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Dundee second-hand car dealer condemns ‘fishing expedition’ after legal case collapses

Charles Sandeman.
Charles Sandeman.

A Dundee car dealer accused of trading without a licence and failing to keep records will not face prosecution.

A lengthy legal case against the former Glencross Motors on Clepington Road now called Motormile Motors and its owner Charles Sandeman has been dropped.

The sheriff dealing with the court case refused a bid by prosecutors to let it drag on any further.

The case was adjourned on two previous occasions, and it is understood that information deemed crucial to the case was not disclosed in court.

The decision ended a near two-year ordeal for Mr Sandeman, 40.

He said: “It has had a massive effect on myself and my family.

“I couldn’t put a figure on how much money I’ve lost, but this has got nothing to do with the money.

“I’m just angry at the way the police have acted. They were looking for a crime that didn’t exist.”

He added: “I haven’t got a clue why I was targeted by the police, but it was just a fishing expedition.

“I’ve not got any criminal convictions whatsoever. I’ve been a second-hand car dealer for 15 years now.”

A Crown Office spokesman said: “At a previous hearing on February 2 2016, the sheriff made an order in relation to the disclosure of further material from Police Scotland to prosecutors and defence.

“At the diet on February 10, the Crown requested further time to obtain, process and consider this material. We note the decision of the sheriff to deny that request and bring proceedings to an end.”

Police Scotland said the decision was a matter for the court and they could not comment.

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