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Court round up for 5 October 2011

A LERWICK man was fined £480 after pleading guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner when asked to leave an address in the Grodians area of the town, in February this year.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard that Daniel Nicolson, of 46 North Lochside, had been given the opportunity to leave, but instead he fought with another man, shouted and swore.

Fining him, Sheriff Graeme Napier told the 21 year old that he was sure he had better things to do with his money than give it to the court.

Meanwhile, a nine month community payback order with 40 hours of unpaid work was imposed on another 21 year old Lerwick man, after he admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner towards a young woman at the town’s Market Cross, on 23 August.

Darren Laurenson, of 16 Hoofields, shouted and swore at the woman and told her to go back to her country. He pled guilty to the charge at an earlier court hearing.
And a 28 year old Lerwick man was fined £500 for calling a hairdresser a “Paki faggot” in a studio in Lerwick. 

The court heard that Owen Finbar Haughian, of 61a Burgh Road, had admitted the charge at an earlier court hearing, but had since sent a letter of apology to the Eclipse Hair Studio and paid for the damage he caused when he smashed a display stand containing hair care products.

In other cases, a 24 year old offshore worker was fined £250 and had six penalty points imposed on his driving licence for speeding.

Christopher Martyn Morrice, of 21 Morrison Street, Kirriemuir, admitted by letter to driving 85 miles per hour on the main A970 between Tingwall and Sandwater, on 29 January.

And a Lerwick car park attendant was disqualified for a year and fined £700 after pleading guilty to being just over the drink driving limit when he was stopped by police in Ronald Street, in the early hours of 18 June.

Stephen Dobson, aged 44, of 26 Ronald Street, was told that he can reduce the period of disqualification by three months if he successfully completes a drink driver rehabilitation course.