Jan 19 2012 by Les Stewart, Blairgowrie Adv
A CONVICTED murderer was caught with almost £1000 worth of heroin after police pulled him over on the A9, near Blackford, because his car had a faulty exhaust.
Perth Sheriff Court was told that Kenneth Lawday (42), of Ferguson Park Road, Rattray, had been released on licence in February, 2009, after serving 15 years for the brutal murder of 25-year-old Robert Wallace.
But he became involved in drug dealing on November 7 last year. And he paid the penalty when he was handed down a 10-month sentence by Sheriff Robert McCreadie.
Depute fiscal Charmaine Cole said traffic patrol police stopped him in Moray Street, Blackford, and searched his car after needles and drugs paraphernalia were seen inside the vehicle.
A container was also discovered with two wraps containing brown powder, later analysed as heroin.
Ms Cole said if it weighed 6.9 grammes and had a potential illicit value of £960 if broken down to £10 bag deals.
Lawday insisted that the Class A drug was for the personal use of himself and his girlfriend.
Lawday was jailed for life at the High Court in Glasgow in May, 1994, after battering Mr Wallace to death and dumping his body in a rain-swollen burn in Bannockburn.
He was dubbed the Black Swan murderer after his psychic gran Helen McLeod claimed she had a premonition of a death on the night the murder took place.
She said she had dreamed of a black swan swimming on water and knew instinctively that her grandson Lawday would be in trouble.
Less than a month before he was caught being concerned in the supply of heroin on the A9, he was given 120 hours of community service at the Perth court for torching his wife's car in a suspected insurance fraud.
Lawday's sentence was backdated to November 9, when he was remanded in custody.