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Woman disfigured by brutal assault

A THIRTY year old Lerwick man was told he will probably go to prison after pleading guilty to a serious assault.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Lerwick Sheriff Court heard that Stephen James Gair’s victim will have to undergo surgery to reconstruct her nose. She also suffered severe bruising and cuts all over her body.

Gair, of 20 Russell Crescent, pled guilty to punching his victim repeatedly on her head, knocking her to the ground and repeatedly kicking and stamping on her head and body.

He also admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner and struggling with police officers.

The assault on his partner’s sister, who was visiting from England, followed an argument after a night out in Lerwick on 13 December.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the assault was “methodical” and “extremely violent”.

Police had to force their way into the house and had to overcome Gair by using CS gas.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said his client could not explain his behaviour and that there was concern about Gair’s mental state.

Sheriff Graeme Napier told Gair that Mr Allen “had to work hard” to convince him not to impose a prison sentence. Gair is to re-appear before the court on 21 April. 

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