Sentenced for injecting heroin into man who then collapsed


A Fife man has been sentenced for injecting heroin into the arm of another male who then collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital. 

Mark Anderson (28) previously admitted the offence at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

He pleaded guilty to a charge that on 16th September at an address in Craigmyle Street, Dunfermline, he culpably, recklessly and with utter disregard to the consequences inserted a hypodermic needle into the arm of a man residing there and injected him with a substance believed to be diamorphine, all to his injury. 

Depute fiscal Jane Rennie said Anderson had been out in Dunfermline and met the victim, who asked him back to his home “for a smoke”. 

She went on, “Once there the accused took heroin and the complainer asked if he could have some.” 

Unemployed Anderson, formerly from Dunfermline and now of Cardenden, had injected heroin into the arm of the other man who then began groaning and fell unconscious. 

“The accused went to neighbours’ doors for help and they called 999 for an ambulance which then attended as well as the police,” added the depute. 

The victim was taken to the Victoria Hospital for observation and released the following day. 

The depute said the police had been unable to contact the victim since the incident. 

Defence solicitor David Bell said, “It was the complainer who had the heroin. My client agreed to inject him. It was a very poor decision. When there was this reaction he immediately ran to get help.  

“He has now moved from Dunfermline and this incident has had quite an impact on him.” 

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a restriction of liberty order on Anderson for 202 days.


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