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Man became aggressive after missing the football

SENTENCE on a 32 year old man who pled guilty to a “very unpleasant” incident of domestic violence has been deferred until next month for reports.

Appearing before Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, John Hart of Park Wynd, Sandwick, admitted subjecting his partner to a terrifying ordeal on the night of 24 May.

The court heard how the couple attended at a social club to watch the football. However, Hart got drunk and subsequently fell asleep.

When waking up again half an hour later and realising that he had missed the game, he became aggressive towards his partner.

As a consequence they had to leave the club, but Hart’s anger only increased once the couple had returned home.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Hart repeatedly punched holes in interior walls immediately beside her head and smashed a glass door, which caused his hand to bleed.

The woman managed to hide in the toilet while Hart was punching the door.

A friend who arrived in an attempt to calm the situation described the state of the house as “thrashed”.

Hart then alerted the emergency services himself, but left his home before police had arrived. He was later found, bleeding heavily, and taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

He refused to be treated there, but was then arrested and placed in a cell at Lerwick police station.

The fiscal said Hart’s abusive behaviour continued while locked up, and he was eventually taken back to the hospital where he required several stitches to close the bleeding wound.

Hart pleaded guilty to two charges of causing fear and alarm by behaving aggressively.

He has been on bail since with special conditions not to contact his partner or be near his home address.

Those conditions were lifted by the court on Wednesday after Hart’s partner had confirmed that she was happy for him to return to the their home.

Sentence on Hart has been deferred until 8 July.

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