A Modern Day Vigilante

I salute you, Peter Drummond!

Police special operations salvage mission
Police special operations salvage mission

For all I know, you could be a horrible, violent person, but to have the guts to stand up to local drug dealers for the sake of your family is brave and respectable.

Not according to Perth Sheriff Court, who jailed him for two months yesterday. His crime? Breach of the peace.

Let me explain – after finding out that his brother-in-law was taking heroin, Drummond, 26, tracked down John Nellies, a local drug-dealer in Blairgowrie, Scotland, and flushed five bags of his heroin down the toilet, before threatening to kill him.

You only need to hear his testimony to realise that his actions were not borne of contempt for the law, and that his threat was probably a heat-of-the-moment remark:

My brother-in-law is on smack and he is getting it from the people there. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I shouldn’t have done it, but these people are ruining my family by supplying heroin. It is causing a family crisis and everyone is going through hell. Things have been so bad that I lost it and decided to try to stop the drug-dealing going on. I know I have done wrong. I’m sorry. I know I went about things the wrong way, but things just got on top of me.

Those who have seen Trainspotting will not need to be reminded of how heroin abuse in Scotland can tear families apart. In 2007, 64% of the drug-related deaths in Scotland came as a result of heroin abuse and the Scotsman claims that it also leads to millions of pounds‘ worth of theft.

I would argue that Drummond’s intentions and his willingness to confess show that he was only trying to do what he thought he was right. This, coupled with recent reports that Scotland is home to “dangerously overcrowded” prisons, is surely an irrefutable case for a civil sentence or even just a fine. I can only hope Nellies gets a more fitting sentence.

As for recovering the lost evidence, perhaps the police should employ Mark Renton.

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4 thoughts on “A Modern Day Vigilante

  1. Perth Sheriff Court knew in April 2007 the UK was going to suffer catastrophic flooding. (Criminal offences had been committed to ensure flood models were not validated, hence prevention strategies were not implemented) The Sheriff decided not to do anything). A few months later 13 people died and £5 billion of damage was done.

    As I presume you are from London you may not appreciate the difference between Scottish and English Law.

    Tayside Police knew the 2007 floods were going to happen on 29th October 2006. It was reported as ‘Terrorist Related’. This allows cross border jurisdiction. Without looking at the evidence Tayside police decided the offences were criminal, not terrorist. So outside of their jurisdiction and didn’t have to investigate or do anything to prevent them or warn anyone.

    If you know in Scotland, or have evidence of serious crime or terrorism in England. Scottish police do not have to do anything about it. They can decide it is criminal so don’t have to take any action.

    As the flood inquiry into the 2007 was ‘England and Wales’, Tayside police ‘Scotland’ didn’t have to tell the inquiry they knew in the previous October they would happen.

    I have full copies of all the evidence and it is completely meaningless, because of the difference between Scottish and English law and jurisdiction.

    13 people died unnecessarily due to the separation in law. It takes some getting your head around, but that’s how it happened.

    It’s also too complicated for newspapers or media even to report.

    Roger Thomas
    Blairgowrie

  2. Celticlion, you are right – I am from London and don’t know the finer points of Scottish law.
    Thanks for that detailed example, but I take issue with your point that this is too complicated for newspapers to report. It is their job to report complicated news, the hard part is making it interesting/comprehensible for the average reader. Something I’m still working on, so sorry if I oversimplified.

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