A FISH factory worker from Unst who broke into a house in the early hours of Christmas morning last year after a day of heavy drinking was fined at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
The court heard that 20 year old Stephen Henderson, 6 Nikkavord Lea, Baltasound, of had been trapped in Lerwick by the snow and spent the whole of Christmas Eve in various town pubs.
He was very drunk by 3am when he knocked on the door of a house in Clairmont Place where a woman was preparing for her children’s Christmas. She answered the door and he asked to come in for a chat, but she declined.
He then went next door, hammered on the door and broke the lock. He then entered the house where he was later found by police looking through CDs in a bedroom and unable to explain himself.
The court was told Henderson had been drinking with the householder that day, but he was not welcome at the house.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said there was concern about the young man’s drinking and that he had a previous conviction for stealing a significant quantity of spirits and burying them in his back garden.
Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had steadied his lifestyle after finding regular employment on Yell and had offered to pay for the damage to the door.
Henderson admitted malicious damage and was fined £675. He was also ordered to pay £125 compensation.
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