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200 hours of unpaid work

A YOUNG Lerwick man, described at court as a “cunning thief” has been put under supervision for 18 months and been told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Ian George Mutch appeared from custody at the town’s sheriff court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to four charges of theft and breaking bail conditions at a court hearing in November.

Sheriff Philip Mann admonished the 22 year old on the two lesser offences but imposed a community payback order on the two more serious charges.

Between 15 and 18 August, Mutch, of Arheim, Lerwick, breached bail by stealing two ladders from a house at the town’s Upper Sound and using them to break into a neighbouring first floor flat, where he stole a laptop computer and a bank statement.

Sheriff Mann told Mutch that the community payback order was a direct alternative to a custodial sentence, and if he was to breach the order he could be sent straight to jail.

Drink driver

A YOUNG Lerwick man has become the first to be convicted under the new drink driving law at the town’s sheriff court, on Wednesday.

However, Stewart Sinclair, of Voderview, would also have been above the previous legal limit of 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

The 19 year old was disqualified for one year and fined £400 after pleading guilty to driving at Lerwick’s Norstane with twice the new legal limit of alcohol in his blood, in the early hours of 13 December.

The new drink driving law, which came into force on 5 December 2014, cuts the blood alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg in 100ml of blood.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Sinclair that he could reduce the period of disqualification by three months by successfully completing a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.

Assaulted his mum

SENTENCE on a Lerwick teenager has been deferred for reports after he pled guilty to assaulting his mother by throwing a duvet over her and placing her in a headlock on Christmas Day.

Rory Smith, of 51 Burgh Road, also admitted a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing, on the same day.

Both offences were committed at his mother’s address in Lerwick.

The 17 year old is due before the court for sentencing on 4 February.