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Sheriff court round up

A LERWICK teenager who fled from officers only to get stuck in the town’s police station yard has been placed on a curfew after pleading guilty to a series of offences committed whilst on bail.

Appearing from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Lee Hamilton, of 89 St Olaf St, admitted brandishing a length of wood, breaching the peace and attempting to pervert the course of justice by running away from officers on Market Street on 18 July.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that police had been on patrol when they saw a group of people being threatened by Hamilton, who was carrying the piece of wood.

The 19 year old then discarded his weapon before running through various gardens with the police in hot pursuit.

Unfortunately for Hamilton he ended up in a yard at the Market Street police station and required the police to help him get out.

Defence agent Tommy Allan quipped that he had not yet asked his client if he was on his way to the police to hand himself in.

Sheriff Philip Mann said that Hamilton was “virtually out of control” and “a significant risk to the public”.

The sheriff adjourned the case until 2 September for reports and released Hamilton on bail with the condition that he doesn’t leave his home between 7pm and 7am, seven days a week.

Meanwhile a 45 year old man who took to the bottle – and later the wheel – on Father’s Day has been disqualified from driving for one year and fined £600.

Paul Stevens, of 12 Pundsta Place, Cunningsburgh, admitted driving while around four times the limit at Stromfirth on 21 June.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said that his client, who is separated from his wife, was having difficulties seeing his children at the time.

Police were alerted when the machine driver’s car was found after it had gone off the road.

Stevens’ one year disqualification can be reduced to nine months if he completes a drink-driving rehab course.

In other cases, 43 year old Mark Odie, of 19 St Sunniva Street, Lerwick, was given 60 hours of unpaid work for assaulting a woman and a 12 year old boy at an address in the town on 15 January.

Connor Henry, aged 23, of 126 Sandveien, Lerwick, was fined £500 and awarded five penalty points after admitting he drove carelessly at grossly excessive speeds in darkness during inclement weather on Sandwick’s Main Street, on 18 December last year.

Stewart Paton, aged 35, of 17 Blydoit Park, Scalloway, was fined £250 and given six penalty points after driving without insurance at Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road on 27 January.

Lindsey Grant, 42, of 1 Fjallberg, Lerwick, was fined £200 and given three points for driving at 38mph in a 20mph zone at the town’s South Road on 26 January.

Mechanic Peter Robertson, aged 31, of 3 Thistle Court, was fined £150 and given six points for driving at 71mph in a 50mph zone on the A970 south of Dunrossness.

Finally Peter Legeny, of 36 Market Street, Lerwick, was fined £125 and given six penalty points for driving a van on the town’s Holmsgarth Road without insurance on 5 December last year.

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