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Dingwall schoolchildren alerted police after being offered drugs by man (39); Highland sheriff hears details of incident as man admits being concerned in drugs' supply

By Ali Morrison

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The pupils alerted the police in Dingwall after being offered drugs.
The pupils alerted the police in Dingwall after being offered drugs.

Three Dingwall schoolchildren were offered drugs by a Tayside man who asked one of the girls to take a tablet he said was valium.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told yesterday that the teenager agreed but added she would consume it in the toilets of the Tesco car park in Mart Road, Dingwall.

However the trio went straight to the nearby police station on February 25, 2019, reported what had happened and handed over the white tablet.

Dundee man Ronald Reilly was then traced to a house in Peffery Road, Dingwall and arrested.

He still had blister packs and bags of drugs in his possession, some illegal, others not controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act, fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Sara Matheson.

Analysis determined the drug given to the 14 year old was not valium but Etizolam, a class C drug.

The 39 year old was searched by officers and as well as more Etizolam, another class C drug, Buprenorphine, was also found.

Reilly, now of Kite Way, Perth, admitted being concerned in the supply of drugs and possession of two other illegal drugs.

Defence solicitor David Duncan said: "My client has a record spanning a number of years. He lost his father in October, 2018 and his personal life spiralled out of control.

"He failed to cope with the bereavement and turned to drugs. He was in a very bad place when these offences took place and had no regard for his own safety or well-being.

"But things have improved and he has resumed his relationship with the mother of his children and has left Dundee for Perth."

Sheriff Matheson deferred sentence until June 21 for a background report and restriction of liberty order assessment.

She allowed Reilly's bail to continue but warned him: "You should read nothing into that."

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