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Friday, 18 May 2012

Torture probe officer hails jail sentence

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THE detective who led the hunt for a gangland enforcer who tortured his victim during a clash over £50,000 of drug money has welcomed the six- year sentence he was given. Dean Buchanan, 33, forced Mark Morris into a van in Bathgate, West Lothian before inflicting serious injuries on him in August 2010. Morris, 39, told how he feared for his life during an attack by “ten or 15 men”. Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gachagan, who led the inquiry, said: “This was a particularly disturbing incident that left the victim with potentially life-threatening injuries. “Officers not only investigated the circumstances surrounding the attack, but carried out robust enquiries into Dean Buchanan’s involvement in organised crime. “His arrest and subsequent sentence should serve as a reminder to others involved in serious and organised crime that we will continue to gather evidence against you to bring you to justice and remove you from our communities.”

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