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Mr Big's minions to be seen by a shrink; DOCTOR TO DECIDE IF ARSONISTS ARE 'DANGEROUS'.

Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT gareth.lightfoot@trinitymirror.com @GazetteCourt

PSYCHIATRISTS are to see two underlings of a drugs baron believed to be hiding out in Thailand - to help a Teesside judge decide whether they are dangerous men.

The futures of Christopher Devlin, 24, and Jason Magill, 37, hang in the balance. If deemed dangerous offenders, they could receive extended prison sentences.

The pair took part in criminal conspiracies linked to fugitive drugs kingpin Jonathon Moorby, 46.

The "Mr Big" figure orchestrated a drug dealing enterprise from abroad and used lackeys and lieutenants to do his bidding, Teesside Crown Court heard previously.

Both Devlin and Magill were linked to an arson plot at the Stockton home of Moorby's estranged wife, which left her "trapped by fear" and forced her to move house.

She was victim of two fire attacks after Moorby sent her a string of threatening messages, one saying: "Tick tock tick tock."

Devlin torched her Volvo feet away from the home in the early hours of October 7, then set fire to her back door on December 20.

Devlin, of Waterford Road, Norton, and Magill, of Swinburn Road, Norton, admitted conspiring to commit arson. Devlin also admitted criminal damage charges.

Moorby should be serving a 15-year prison sentence for drug offences and paying off a PS575,680 proceeds of crime bill.

He fled the country awaiting trial in June 2014, was convicted of possessing cocaine and amphetamine with intent to supply and sentenced in his absence that December.

The crime boss - who has a series of drug trafficking convictions - was since believed to be living in Thailand and is still on the run.

Magill was described as the UK hub, manager, lieutenant of Moorby's drugs network.

He and Neil McIver, 29, were caught with a consignment of just under 2kg import-quality cocaine in the boot of a Vauxhall Corsa on the A19 on October 16 last year.

Courier McIver, of Teesdale Avenue, Billingham, is serving a sevenyear jail term after he and Magill, who had cocaine-contaminated scales at his home, admitted conspiracy to supply the Class A drug. On Friday, lawyers agreed McIver made PS3,250 from crime and he was ordered to pay PS850, money already seized by police, under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Finally, Magill was involved in sending Moorby thousands of pounds from the UK before and after his latest drugs conviction.

He and three other money launderers transferred almost PS60,000 to the wanted man.

Magill and Devlin had been due to be sentenced for the plots.

But the judge saw phone call transcripts which, said Devlin's counsel Duncan McReddie, "perhaps put a different complexion on the matter".

Andrew Turton, defending Magill, asked for a psychiatric report into his client, saying a probation officer could not determine whether Magill was "dangerous or just a good liar".

He said Magill knew the serious consequences of his actions.

Judge Simon Phillips QC said both men were anxious to know their fates and expected "substantial sentences in prison".

He said: "I make it plain that I'm considering dangerousness provisions and whether or not an extended sentence is appropriate in this case.

"I do consider that the psychiatric report in each of your cases will assist the court in determining more precisely the issue of dangerousness and the risk assessment.

"You will expect to be seen by psychiatrists. It's in your interests to cooperate."

He remanded both men in custody until sentencing on December 1.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2016
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