Former Glasgow gangster Ian ‘Blink’ MacDonald in rehab for cocaine dependancy

Former Glasgow gangster Ian ‘Blink’ MacDonald is in rehabilitation for cocaine dependancy.

The 61-year-old is a convicted financial institution robber and had shut hyperlinks to gangland figures Paul Ferris and Arthur Thompson snr. MacDonald claims his ‘life spiralled uncontrolled’ whereas hooked on the Class A drug.

In a determined bid to kick his behavior, he has been attending Cocaine Nameless for the final 4 months.

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He instructed the Daily Record: “My use of cocaine bought out of hand. It bought to the stage that socialising didn’t appear value it until it was accessible.

“There was no such factor as having a quiet drink with my buddies. Cocaine needed to be concerned, it simply took over every thing. Even when I didn’t have it, it was simple to search out somebody who did. It’s landed me in trouble and I do know I’ve to alter my methods.

“I took the automobile in a second of insanity. I took go away of my senses, I don’t know what I used to be pondering on the time. I’m no spring rooster. The prospect of going again to jail at my age is a extremely terrifying thought. Jail isn’t any place for a person in his 60s so I would like to remain on the straight and slim.”

He added: “The folks at Cocaine Nameless have been an incredible assist. They know precisely what I’m going by means of. I’m going to 2 or three conferences each week.”

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Ian ‘Blink’ McDonald.
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MacDonald added that being a greater dad to the three-year-old daughter he had together with his associate Ashley Lurinsky was inspiring him to stay with rehab. He mentioned: “I’ve bought a younger daughter and I must be round for her. The craziness has bought to cease. I do know it’ll finish badly if it doesn’t.”

MacDonald was jailed for 16 years over his position in an tried £6million financial institution theft in 1991. He was a part of a six-man gang that focused a NatWest department in Torquay, Devon. A feminine employee survived being shot within the head through the raid.

MacDonald went on the run for a number of months however was arrested by undercover police in a Chinese language restaurant in Glasgow. He served 10 years of his sentence earlier than being launched in 2002.

MacDonald added: “My drug abuse actually began after I was launched from jail. I’ve been a celebration animal all my life however my ­dependancy occurred after getting parole. I made probably the most of being free.”

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MacDonald appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court docket on Wednesday. He admitted stealing associate Ashley’s Vary Rover after that they had a row and dumping it a number of miles away in Uddingston.

MacDonald additionally pled responsible to taking the automobile and threatening Ashley, 35. He additionally admitted kicking the car after the incident was caught on CCTV in Could.

The courtroom heard that the couple have been hoping to reconcile following a stormy interval of their relationship. A sheriff deferred sentence till subsequent month and ordered a social work report back to be ready.

MacDonald has additionally launched his crime podcast Blink And You’ll Miss It which has constructed a cult following.

He mentioned: “I’ve appeared on different folks’s podcasts and so they have been fairly widespread.

“A few of them have had a whole bunch of 1000’s of views so what I’ve bought to say should be fascinating to some folks. I assumed I would as nicely do my very own and see the way it goes.

“The suggestions has been pretty optimistic thus far. I’ve managed to dodge being trolled however know that may change. Folks can say what they need, I don’t care. I’m simply attempting to do ­one thing optimistic for myself and I get pleasure from it.

“A few of my tales are fairly humorous however I usually inform youthful guys that my life has by no means been ­one thing they need to need to copy.”

Ashley mentioned: “I’m supporting Ian in his rehabilitation. We need to put the previous behind us.”


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