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Wednesday court round-up

A TEENAGER from Lerwick narrowly escaped being sent to jail after admitting supplying his friends with ecstasy tablets from his address at 23 Hoofields.

John Gray also pled guilty to possessing small amounts of cannabis, all on 27 June last year.

Sheriff Philip Mann told the 19-year old that he was “just persuaded” by defence solicitor Gregor Kelly not to impose a custodial sentence.

Instead Gray was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work over the next six months as part of a community payback order.

A 20-year old man from Scalloway has learned his lesson after finding himself in the dock for buying a 15-year-old girl alcohol, Lerwick Sheriff Court heard.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said his client Scott Robertson, of Port Arthur, simply didn’t think when he was approached by a group of youngsters near Morrison’s shop in Lerwick on 2 October last year.

The case came to light when one of the girls’ father became suspicious when his daughter came home with a bottle of vodka and several bottles of alcopops.

Sheriff Philip Mann fined Robertson £300.

A young Bixter man was banned from driving for 20 weeks and fined £400 after being clocked doing 98 mph on the Fladdabister straight on 17 December.

Eighteen year old Edward Nicolson, of Lower Longaskule, had only just got his licence and was well aware that he was driving faster that he should be, the court was told.

Sentences on two pipefitters from Kent have been deferred for background reports after the pair pled guilty to a charge of serious assault.

Jack Carter, aged 27, of  Bingham Road, Frindsbury, and Steven Carter, aged 56, of Frindsbury Hill, Rochester, fell out with their drinking companion at Lerwick’s Esplanade, in the early hours of 15 October.

Both admitted knocking their victim to the ground and repeatedly punching and kicking him on his head and body to his injury.

Sheriff Philipp Mann deferred sentence for background reports until 18 March.

A young worker from Greenock was fined £400 on Wednesday for his part in an assault in the town on 19 April last year.

Owen McNeela, 23, of Stafford Road, pled guilty to assaulting his victim by pushing him to the ground and kicking him on his body.

His co-accused Jamie Thomas, of Glasgow, was not present in court.

A man from Kirkcaldy who picked up a pickaxe during a fall-out with his brother was fined £400 at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

Matthew McAllister, of Loughborough Road, pled guilty to a charge of being in possession of an offensive weapon without reasonable excuse at Ronald Street on 9 July last year.

Defense solicitor Tommy Allan said his client picked up the tool to prevent his brother from doing so.