Lawyer David Blair Wilson jailed on prison smuggling charges
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."