Sheriff blasts £1 drug case

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A SHERIFF demanded to know why a young woman had been brought to court for possessing just £1 worth of cannabis.

The decision to prosecute Leanne McConnachie involved a court hearing presided over by Sheriff Graeme Fleming, with a procurator fiscal, a sheriff clerk, a court officer and a police constable.

Ironically, the accused didn’t bother turning up at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday and was fined £40 in her absence.

The sheriff pointed out that taxpayers were picking up the bill. He asked: “What’s the cost to the public purse of bringing this case to court?”