A CATRINE man has appeared in court accused of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug nearly three years ago.

But James Kelly’s solicitor said his client’s alleged involvement was “entirely innocent”.

The 46-year-old appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court last week to face a charge of being concerned in the supply of cocaine on May 1, 2021.

The charge alleges that Mr Kelly, of Gordon Street, was found in possession of the drug on an unclassified single track road near Blindburn farm, north of Sorn.

Defence solicitor Neil McPherson told a brief hearing that his client denied the charge and that Mr Kelly’s “handling of this was entirely innocent”.

Mr McPherson said he expected the trial to be a relatively short one in view of the amount of evidence capable of being agreed between the Crown and the defence, and said he expected Mr Kelly to give evidence in his own defence.

Mr Kelly’s bail was continued and he will return to court to face the allegation at a later date.

All accused persons reported in the Cumnock Chronicle are considered innocent unless found or later admit to being guilty.