Court round up

A ROUND up of cases that were dealt with at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Hidden knife
Victor Carlin, aged 43, of The Chalet, Meadows, Tresta, admitted arming himself with a kitchen knife and hiding it in the waist band of his trousers after being asked to leave a party in Tresta after making a drunken nuisance of himself on 6 July.


The court heard party goers saw Carlin take the knife, which had been used to cut a cake, and wrestled him to the ground before calling the police who arrested him.

Sheriff Philip Mann deferred sentence until 21 August for background reports, warning Carlin this was “a serious matter”.

Underage sex
Callum Kerr Aitchison, aged 22, of Flat 7, 2 Mill Lane, Lerwick, has been placed on the sex offenders register after he admitted having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl at two addresses in Lerwick between December 2012 and February 2013.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said what was particularly concerning was that Aitchison had completed two days of advanced child protection training prior to working with children.


Sheriff Philip Mann placed Aitchison on bail and deferred sentence until 21 August for background reports.

Airport threats
Michael Pick, aged 22, of 18 Sandy Bank, Halbeath, Dunfermline, was fined £400 after he admitted shouting, swearing and threatening airport staff with violence at Sumburgh airport on 11 March this year.

The court was told that Pick was employed on the Total gas plant site by sub contractor Morrisons and was stopped from boarding a Petrofac chartered flight because, in his own words, he was “extremely intoxicated”.


Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Pick became “extremely angry, shouting, swearing and threatening to stab people”. As a result of this incident he has been sacked.

Dog disqualification
Violet Robertson, aged 42, of Norgaet, Lerwick, was ordered to carry out 85 hours of voluntary work over the next nine months after she admitted allowing her Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed Sasha to be dangerously out of control and attack a young family in Lerwick in January by repeatedly jumping at them and attempting to bite them.

Sheriff Philip Mann also disqualified Robertson from owning or having custody of a dog for three years.

The sheriff voiced concern that now the dog was in the care of Robertson’s son, there was a risk she could find herself alone with Sasha and therefore breach the order.

Drove into ditch
Cliff Jennings, aged 38, of 12 Voderview, Lerwick, was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £600 after he admitted being almost two and a half times the legal alcohol limit while driving on the main road at Frakkafield, north of Lerwick, on 23 February.

The court heard that Jennings had been at a friend’s house warming the night before and slept over, but was still so drunk when he drove home the following day at 3.30pm that he veered off the road while overtaking a line of traffic and ended up in a ditch.

Drink driver
Salmon worker Brian Adamson, aged 53, of Aister, Hamnavoe, Burra, was banned from driving for one year and fined £500 after he pled guilty to driving while almost twice the legal alcohol limit on the main road at Girlsta on 16 April.

The court heard he was taking two friends home from a card game when he was stopped by police due to the manner of his driving.