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Steward at Belladrum music festival sold drugs to fund his habit but a colleague at the event was suspicious and reported him to the police


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A steward at Belladrum music festival sold drugs to fund his own habit.

But another steward was suspicious about Peter Hawkes (29), of Thistle Street, Tillicoultry, Alloa, on August 3, 2019.

He reported his colleague to police.

Fiscal depute Pauline Gair said a search of the tent revealed a Tupperware container with £640 in cash and three bags of cannabis, weighing 2.1 grams, inside.

Defence solicitor David Patterson said: “This is not to be repeated. He is a different man today with stable accommodation and is in a relationship.

“But at the time of the offence, there were a number of issues in his life with the death of his father and the end of a nine-year relationship. Cannabis became a regular part of his life.

“His friends had got jobs at the festival and he saw the chance to go to the festival and also fund his habit.

“But he is drug-free now and is ashamed of his conduct.

“He has shown genuine remorse.”

Sheriff Gary Aitken confiscated the £640 cash and fined Hawkes, who admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, £800.


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