Man ‘addicted’ to firearms given Scotland’s first standalone SCPO

Man ‘addicted’ to firearms given Scotland’s first standalone SCPO

A man who told police he was ‘addicted’ to firearms has been given Scotland’s first standalone serious crime prevention order (SCPO).

David Collins was subject of civil proceedings at Inverness Sheriff Court on Wednesday where the SCPO was issued.

Until now, the orders have only been granted as part of the criminal conviction and sentencing process in Scotland.

Mr Collins has two previous convictions for firearms offences and one for carrying a bladed object in public. He has also been recalled to jail for breaching both his parole and a supervised release order.

The 43-year-old has also made threats to kill family members, colleagues, bus drivers and police officers.

It’s hoped the restrictions imposed by the SCPO will help prevent Mr Collins from further offending.

As part of the order, he is required to undertake counselling and report frequently to a police station. The order also restricts the number of communication devices he can own and prohibits him from possessing firearms. It will be in place for three years.

Jennifer Harrower, procurator fiscal for specialist casework said: “An SCPO allows for intensive monitoring of an individual and is designed to prevent someone committing further offences.

“David Collins’ actions have caused considerable fear and alarm over the years. Hopefully the restrictions placed on him today will give some peace of mind to the community.

“This order is the first of its kind in Scotland; it has been pursued and granted as a standalone SCPO, separate from the conviction process. It shows prosecutors will use all measures at our disposal to disrupt criminal activity.”

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