Beautician turned to drugs after discovering fiancé had wife and kids in different country

By David Meikle

A beautician who turned to cannabis after discovering her ffiancé had been leading a double life has been fined £355 for having a stash of drugs at her family's £575,000 home.

Mena Zubydy, 24, claimed her world collapsed when she found out her partner had a pregnant wife and children in Dubai.

She fled from London to Lanarkshire as the country plunged into lockdown to live with her mum and brother.

But when police acting on a tip-off raided their eight-bedroomed mansion near Larkhall they discovered cocaine and cannabis.

Business graduate Zubydy claimed she found the class A substance as she cleaned the house after her brother Zaid held a stag party.

She insisted she had given her older sibling the drug to dispose of but officers searching a locked office area found 6.34g of cocaine worth £250 along with 7g of cannabis worth £120.

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Zubydy and her brother were charged with possession and appeared in the dock at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

She admitted possessing both cocaine and cannabis in August 2020 while Zaid had his not guilty pleas accepted by prosecutors.

The court heard she is currently studying a medical course which will see her qualified to deliver high-end beauty treatments such as botox and lip fillers.

Zubydy claimed her future would be 'ruined' if she gained a criminal record because she wanted to live and work in America.

But she wept in the dock as Sheriff Andrew McIntyre rejected the pleas and fined her £355.

Giving evidence to a special hearing, she said: "My partner had a family already and his wife was pregnant in Dubai.

"I'd never had a relationship before so it hit me really hard and as a result I couldn't work, I couldn't sleep and started using cannabis.

"There was a stag party my brother had hosted and the next day I was cleaning for him and found a bag of cocaine.

"I told my brother and he took it from me. That is the only time I had it in my hands.

"I hope to live and work in America in the future and this would ruin my future if I was convicted.

"I would spend the rest of my life regretting it and it would ruin the rest of my life."

Her brother Zaid, 32, told the court: "My sister told me she had found pills and tablets in the house and gave me the bag of cocaine and I gave it to my mum and it ended up in the wardrobe.

"I know she was using cannabis because she found out the person she had been staying with was leading a double life but the cocaine was not hers.

"When I found out I was trying to persuade her to get help, I care a lot about my sister and I hope she'll go on and do great things but the cocaine wasn't hers."

Diarmid Bruce, defending, pleaded for Zubydy to be granted an absolute discharge to avoid having a criminal record.

He said: "She comes across as a very decent person and was clear and unequivocal that she wanted to address this by pleading guilty.

"She seems to have got her life back on track after a difficult period.

"She now has a class A drug conviction which will stay with her and cause her all sorts of money and opportunities in the future.

"I would be asking for this to be dealt with in such a way that wouldn't impact the rest of this young girl's life and that is by granting an absolute discharge in these unusual circumstances."

Sheriff McIntyre said: "You accept you had criminal responsibility for these drugs.

"Even viewing the matter as leniently as I can, I'm not of the view that this is an exceptional case where I can discharge an absolute discharge.

"I will deal with this by way of a financial penalty which I will mitigate to the greatest extent possible."

The fine was reduced from £450.


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