Custody expected

A VIRKIE lad proved a menace to the police earlier this year when he violently struggled with them before attempting to kick an officer in the head while he was driving.

Nathan Hilditch, of 12A Horseshoe Close, pled guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to a string of offences relating to the police.


The 20 year old admitted shouting, swearing and behaving aggressively at Lerwick’s South Road on 29 May.

He also pled guilty to struggling violently with police, who were called out after reports of a male jumping in front of cars, attempting to gain entry to a locked police car on Lerwick’s Commercial Road and trying to steal items from within the vehicle on 10 July.

On the same day, he also struggled violently with officers,  tried to kick one on the head who was driving him to Lerwick police station and repeatedly tried to bite and butt another.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the young man was proving to be a “considerable drain of resources” for the authorities, and could no longer be considered “a harmless fool”.

Defence agent Tommy Allan responded by suggesting Hilditch had managed to behave himself since these offences took place and was now in employment.

Sheriff Philip Mann deferred sentence until 30 September for background reports to be prepared, warning Hilditch to prepare himself for a possible custodial sentence.