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Drugs trial witness jailed for changing story; 18 months inside after gangster cleared over PS8m heroin.

Byline: WILMA RILEY

A MAJOR witness in a trial of a gangster cleared of international drug trafficking was yesterday jailed for 18 months for contempt of court.

Samuel Wilson kept changing his evidence and was "unwilling to help".

He took the stand in the trial of Russell Stirton, 58, from Milngavie, near Glasgow.

Stirton was cleared last month of being concerned in the supply of PS7.8million of heroin in Greece, Italy and the UK, after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lady Rae told Wilson, 47: "You were a significant witness in a trial involving the international trafficking of Class A drugs. It was clear from the standard of your evidence you were a reluctant witness and unwilling to help."

Stirton had been accused of handing over two holdalls containing 34 kilos of heroin at a service station in Greece on November 24, 2012.

HGV driver Peter Cameron, 37, claimed Stirton had given him the drugs. But co-driver Wilson told the jury it was a man of Moroccan appearance who made the handover.

The drivers were caught with the heroin hidden among breadsticks in Italy two days later.

They were each jailed for six years.

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'NOT PROVEN' Russell Stirton

'RELUCTANT' Wilson winked and blew a kiss to family as he was led away to cells yesterday. Pic: Iain McLellan/ Spindrift

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Date:Jun 9, 2018
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