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Supervision for brandishing knives

| Written by Shetland News

A MAN from Sandwick who brandished two knives after an argument with a neighbour has been placed under supervision for one year.

John Gair, of Central Park, previously admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at his home address on 16 May.

Lerwick Sheriff Court previously heard from procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie that the incident stemmed from a "spontaneous dispute between neighbours".

The complainer first approached the 44 year old in a "fairly robust manner" about noise coming from his home.

After an altercation, Gair went into his house and armed himself with two knives before brandishing them in his garden.

The situation then ended and both neighbours went back into their homes.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the source of the neighbour's frustration had been noise coming from Gair’s home.

At the court on Wednesday, the solicitor said that his client now appreciates that he had too much to drink.

Sheriff Philip Mann said that “brandishing any sort of weapon is a very serious offence” as there is a “very high risk” that the items might be used – even if that wasn’t the initial intention.

The sheriff noted Gair’s lack of previous offending and the fact that he had never been in custody before and placed him on a community payback order.

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