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Drunken brawl lands three in dock

A DRUNKEN brawl landed three friends with a hefty fine at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Simon Edwards, aged 37, of 24 Leaside, Firth, and 24 year old Adam Chapman, of 67 Sandveien, Lerwick, both unemployed, admitted threatening and abusive behaviour along with 40 year old chef Dean Hastings, of 12 Ladies Drive, who also admitted brandishing a metal bar.

The court heard that the three men got into a violent fracas in a house at Hoofields, Lerwick, that spilled out onto the street at around 8.30pm on 13 July, at which the point the police were called to physically break it up.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said that Hastings had picked up a car jack handle from a nearby vehicle to try and extricate himself from the fight, but it had been taken off him before he used it.

Sheriff Philip Mann fined Hastings £400 because of the weapon, while restricting the fine for other two to £300 each.

The sheriff also imposed a £400 fine on 27 year old fish factory worker Barry Dutton, of 15 Bank Lane, Lerwick, after he pled guilty to assaulting another man during an argument over money in the town’s Commercial Street at 11.30am on 26 February.