Lawyer David Blair Wilson jailed on prison smuggling charges

David Blair Wilson David Blair Wilson had claimed he knew nothing about the contraband

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A solicitor caught trying to smuggle drugs and phones into a prison has been jailed for four years.

David Blair Wilson, 55, from Dunfermline, was stopped by police as he went to visit a prisoner in Saughton jail in Edinburgh on 6 October 2011.

When his car was searched they found phones, diazepam tablets and cannabis resin.

Blair Wilson had denied the charge but was found guilty after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

Judge Lord Jones told him he had abused his position as a lawyer.

He said: "The illegal drugs were intended for onward supply within the prison.

"The misuse of drugs in prison is a well-recognised problem to which you were intent on contributing.

"You knew that as a solicitor visiting a client in prison you were in a privileged position.

"You cynically abused the privilege you had been given and abused the trust placed in you."

The smuggling attempt was a well-planned operation, the judge added.

'Deeply committed'

Blair Wilson, from Dunfermline, insisted he did not know the suspect packages were there and blamed another man for any wrong-doing.

Defence advocate Susan Duff, asking for leniency, paid tribute to Blair Wilson as a solicitor.

She said: "He has had a long and successful career in the law, a career built on hard work and a deeply committed attitude of care for his clients.

"He accepts your lordship must impose a custodial sentence and it is difficult to look to the end of that sentence.

"His life, as he knew it, came to an end on 6 October 2011."

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