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Convicted drug dealer seeking return of seized cash loses services of solicitor, Wick Sheriff Court is told

By Ali Morrison

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Wick Sheriff Court.
Wick Sheriff Court.

The man had more than £3000 seized by police officers in a Thurso street.

Josey Donnachie told Sheriff Gary Aitken at Wick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that she had not been in a position to conduct his case because of a lack of input from Raymond Daulby.

The solicitor said: "He has not been in regular touch with me so, unfortunately, I have to withdraw from representing him."

Daulby, of Archiestown, Moray, was stopped by police on December 14, 2019, in Park Avenue, Thurso, where he was staying while working locally as a motor mechanic on buses.

Officers found 18g of heroin and the £3219 in cash on his person.

Daulby admitted possession of the Class A drug but denied being concerned in its supply. He insisted that the drugs were for his own personal use.

He was found guilty after a trial last August and jailed for a year.

Sheriff Mungo Bovey described the accused's evidence as "unworthy of belief" and added that his finances "did him no favours".

Daulby (49) maintains that the cash recovered by police was earned legitimately from his work, but has to prove that to the Crown's Proceeds of Crime Unit.

Sheriff Aitken said that Daulby had to do something to demonstrate he was engaging with the action.

The sheriff continued the pre-hearing to Tuesday when Daulby will require to be present in court.

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