Ex-Scottish Court Official Embroiled in Drug-Driving Scandal After Being Found in Possession of Cocaine

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A former court worker who stepped down after being discovered with cocaine has now been found guilty of driving at four times the legal alcohol limit.

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Isla Menzies had been an administrative officer at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court for almost a decade when she was caught with the substance during a police operation at an industrial area close to her residence in Cumnock, Ayrshire.

Her arrest in 2017 led to her resignation from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

This month, Menzies, 39, faced charges at Ayr Sheriff Court, where she pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without a license or insurance in October of the previous year. She received a total fine of £700.

In a late-night incident in October 2017, police encountered Menzies with a male at an industrial site just before 2 a.m., finding four grams of cocaine valued at approximately £150 in her purse. By February 2018, she had confessed to possessing the drug and was penalized £450.

Back in 2007, Menzies was driving when her vehicle collided with a stationary lorry, resulting in the deaths of her sister Cassie, 18, and cousin Laura Mitchell, 19.

Her duties at the court included managing fines and public money.

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