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‘Renowned joyrider’ faces being locked-up

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A renowned joyrider has been warned he faces being locked up after he was snared by police getting into a stolen van with hundreds of pounds worth of drugs.

Jed Duncan appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis on May 14 this year when he was caught by officers on the city’s Ronaldsay Road.

The court heard police had been staking out the stolen van, which had been taken the night before from an address in Cults, when they spotted Duncan and another man heading for the vehicle at around 2.45am.

Fiscal depute Elaine Ward said Duncan had been dressed all in black and was wearing a balaclava. When officers approached them they found the 18-year-old was in possession of around £205 in cash and around £235 worth of the class B drug.

A mobile phone, which was also taken from Duncan, had numerous text messages on it which implied he had been involved in supplying cannabis.

The court heard Duncan was also found in possession of the key to the stolen van which officers managed to find as it had been fitted with a tracker device.

Duncan denied stealing the vehicle however did admit to a charge of reset having accepted he was in possession of a stolen van.

Duncan was previously sentenced to eight months detention in January having been locked up for driving a stolen car.

Officers using a stinger device caught repeat offender Duncan joyriding across Aberdeen without a licence or insurance on November 26 last year.

This was the third time he had been caught driving while disqualified or without a licence.

As Duncan would have had to serve a minimum of half of his last sentence his latest offence would have been committed within a matter of weeks from him being released from a young offenders’ institution.

He was also on a community payback order at the time, the court heard.

Sheriff Graeme Napier remanded Duncan, a prisoner in HMP and YOI Grampian, in custody until background reports are carried out into his character.

However he said: “It is quite likely I will deal with this by means of a custodial sentence but because you were on an order at the time it is not inevitable.”

Duncan will return to court for sentence next month.

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