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Probation for fighting with fencepost

A SHETLAND fish worker who grabbed a fence post to attack two men during a fight in Lerwick town centre was placed on probation at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Gordon Comrie, of 117 Sandveien, Lerwick, had initially been arrested on 20 March after fighting with another man on the town’s Harbour Street.

At the time he denied causing a breach of the peace, assaulting a man by punching him on the head and carrying an offensive weapon but changed his plea to guilty on Thursday.

The court heard that the 28 year old had grabbed a wooden fence post after a “raucous encounter” with two youths descended into a full blown fight, but police arrived before Comrie was able to use the weapon.

Comrie also admitted breaching a bail condition that he only allow one other person in the flat where he was living at 7d Browns Buildings, Lerwick.

On 12 June neighbours called the police because of the noise coming from his flat, and when officers arrived they found four other people having a party there.

Sheriff Graeme Napier described his actions as “juvenile behaviour” and said people witnessing the fight would have been frightened.

He placed him on probation for nine months and ordered him to carry out 80 hours community service. He must return to court in three months to be sentenced for the breach of bail.