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Deferred sentence for assaulting girlfriend

A REPEAT offender who admitted assaulting his girlfriend by throwing a drink over her had sentence deferred when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday.

17 year old Larri Goodlad, of Hillgrind, Lerwick, pleaded guilty to the offence along with a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing at Herrislea Court, Tingwall on Saturday 24 May.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his girlfriend was in court with him and had indicated that she wanted their relationship to continue. Goodlad had told him it was “the worst thing he has done”.

Sheriff Philip Mann deferred sentence until 26 June for a criminal justice social inquiry report. He warned Goodlad that the more times he appeared in court the greater the likelihood that he would end up in “deep trouble”.

“I am disappointed to see you back here because I thought you were trying to get on the straight and narrow,” Sheriff Mann said.

Meanwhile a 19 year old who became “extremely jealous” after his girlfriend began speaking to another man at Posers nightclub also saw sentence deferred.

Matthew Ross, whose address was given as c/o Lerwick Police Station, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by backing the girl up against a wall, verbally abusing her and striking the wall beside her head with his hand.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Ross had been drinking on a night out and took exception to his girlfriend speaking to a male friend of hers.

During the incident, on 30 March this year, he called her “a number of things including ‘a slut’”, the fiscal said. The woman, who works as a teacher, was “acutely embarrassed” by the whole event.

Defence agent Allan said Ross had been “very drunk” and had no recollection of the incident. However he had spoken to others present, accepted their version of events and apologised for his behaviour.

Ross is a first time offender, in light of which Sheriff Mann decided to defer sentence for six months for him to be of good behaviour. He is due to reappear on 27 November.