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Desmond Tough

In 2017, an Aberdeen City Council Valuation Officer who was responsible for valuing properties being sold by the Council under the ‘Right to Buy’ scheme was convicted of 8 charges in terms of section 2(2) of the 2010 Act and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. On 8 occasions during 2014 and 2015 he requested payment from prospective buyers, in exchange for reducing the valuation of the property. The sums requested ranged from £75 to £500, and the accused received approximately £2000 in total. The Sheriff commented that “because of the breach of public trust there is no alternative to a custodial sentence”.