Published: 17/08/2012 18:00 - Updated: 17/08/2012 15:15

Caithness man caught with contraband cigarettes

Court.A CAITHNESS man landed in trouble for the first time when he bought some cheap cigarettes in Glasgow.

Sixty-three-year-old Ronald McGregor paid £800 for 5000 cigarettes after attending a football match in the city earlier this year but found himself on the wrong side of the law on his way home, Wick Sheriff Court heard on Friday.

Senior fiscal depute David Barclay said police stopped the accused’s car on the Sordale to Halkirk road on April 5 in connection with another matter when they found the cigarettes.

It was later discovered that duty and taxes amounting to £1190.71 had not been paid, stated Mr Barclay.

McGregor of Sanna, Sordale, Halkirk was not present in court but admitted the offence through his solicitor Neil Wilson.

The agent said MacGregor had been “a law-abiding citizen who paid his taxes in the past.”

He made the purchase as he thought he would save himself £700 but landed in trouble instead.

Sheriff Andrew Berry deferred sentence until August 31 for a personal appearance.

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