Smuggling claim lawyer faces court

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A SOLICITOR accused of trying to smuggle mobile phones and drugs into Saughton prison has made his first appearance in open court.

David Blair Wilson, of Dunfermline, Fife, denies the charges against him and has lodged papers in court blaming another person.

During a brief hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, Edward Targowski QC, defending, told judge Lord Bannatyne there was further preparation to be done before Blair Wilson was ready for trial.

The solicitor is due back in court next month.

Blair Wilson, 54, denies a total of nine charges, all dating back to last October 6 when he was said to be visiting a prisoner in Saughton in his professional capacity.

The contraband items were allegedly hidden in a folder which, it is said, he tried to bring into the jail. The articles listed in the charges include three mobile phones, three SIM cards, cannabis resin, diazepam, drostanolone propionate, testosterone propionate and trenbolone acetate, plastic syringes, and buprenorphine tablets.

The charges allege breaches of the Prisons (Scotland) Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act.