A man has narrowly escaped being sent to jail for supplying ecstasy to a work colleague who died after taking the drug in a Glasgow nightclub.
Russell Johnston, 19, originally from Kinross-shire, died after collapsing at the Arches nightclub in 2007.
Ryan Smith, 24, was originally charged with culpable homicide after selling his workmate 25 ecstasy tablets.
That charge was withdrawn but Smith, from Clydebank, was given 300 hours community service for drugs supply.
Mr Johnston, who is from Powmill but was living in Glasgow at the time, had bought 25 tablets from Smith for £50.
The former Dollar Academy pupil was clubbing with friends in the early hours of 1 April, 2007, when he collapsed.
He was rushed to hospital in Glasgow and later transferred to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he died on 3 April.
The teenager bought 25 ecstasy tablets for £xx
Smith admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug to Mr Johnston.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Smith said: "If one asks why it is parliament has legislated to make being concerned in the supply illegal the answer is simple: it is because they are dangerous, they are harmful, they can be extremely harmful, they wreck lives.
"That is why a very serious view has to be taken of anyone who gets involved in the supply of these drugs.
"It is not something glamorous, it is not fun, it is not something that can be treated lightly at all."
Lady Smith said that for such a crime it was the "norm" that an offender receive a custodial sentence.
But she added there were positive features in Smith's case - he was a first offender, the supply was on a single occasion and he was not involved in drug taking.
The judge said that although the offence involved supply of a Class A drug the case could be regarded as exceptional.
Defence counsel Mark Stewart QC said Smith was "a bright, intelligent young man" with a positive family background and that his involvement was a departure from the high standards normally expected of him.
He said his client was a young man who had learnt "a harsh and lasting lesson".
By BBC News, 7th April 2009
Original Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7987662.stm
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