A north-east man has been jailed for attempting to secretly pass heroin to his brother inside Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
David McCallum attended the court on December 28 to watch as his brother, Andrew McCallum, appeared from custody.
The Fraserburgh man returned to the building yesterday after pleading guilty to making a misguided attempt to pass his sibling some drugs that morning.
Fiscal Jamie Dunbar said: “There were no substances found on the accused as he passed security in December.
“But as his brother was led into court in handcuffs, the accused was observed to approach him and move his hand towards his brother’s, as if he was passing him something.
“When security staff asked Andrew McCallum to open his hand they found a cellophane wrap and David McCallum was arrested.”
The 44-year-old later admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Defence agent, David Sutherland, asked that his client be spared prison as he is helping his partner to recover from a “year of hell” she has endured.
He said: “His partner asks that the accused be given a chance.”
But Sheriff Philip Mann locked him up for eight months, backdated to May 28 when McCallum, of Gray Street, was first remanded in custody.
Sheriff Mann said: “This was a very serious offence, perpetrated within this very court where justice is dispensed.”