Drugs supplier avoids jail

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A drugs supplier has been spared a prison sentence following an appearance at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

Ryan Galbraith, 20, of Da Vadill, has instead been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He has also been ordered to abide by a curfew, designed to restrict his liberty between 7pm-7am, Monday to Friday.

Galbraith previously admitted supplying cannabis resin to four people between September 2012 and February last year at Nordavatn and Sandveien in Lerwick.

He also pleaded guilty to supplying diazepam, and possessing amphetamine with intent to supply.

Galbraith would have been facing a custodial sentence for his offending.

However, sheriff William Taylor was persuaded that Galbraith was “changing for the better”.

He accepted recommendations in a social work report not to impose a custodial sentence.

“I take into account that, as a 20-year-old, you’ve got your whole life in front of you, and a restriction of liberty order is something that is quite a punishment.”