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Wednesday at sheriff court

AN INSULATION engineer from Lerwick has been told he can escape with just a fine if he behaves himself over the next six months after admitting assaulting a man on the town’s Commercial Street on 17 May.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said 35 year old Thomas Bain, of Top Flat, 14 Hangcliff Lane, was shouted at by another man before responding with punches to the head.

Defence agent Gregor Kelly said his client had been drinking and now knows “alcohol does not agree with him”.

He added that he “sought solace in drink” following the death of his father earlier this year.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Bain at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that he risked giving his victim “serious injury”.

He deferred sentence for six months for Bain to be of good behaviour and told him to work with the local Community Alcohol and Drugs Services team in the meantime.

A 47 year old taxi driver from Lerwick has been fined £400 and given six points on his licence after admitting speeding.

Thomas Arthur, of 1 Hjaltland Place, drove at 90mph in a 60mph limit zone on the A970 in Tingwall on 24 July.

Kenneth MacLeod from Glasgow admitted assaulting a man and repeatedly punching him on the head at Lerwick’s Victoria Pier on 13 December last year.

The 56 year old, of 3 Winton Avenue, Eaglesham, will learn his fate early next year after sentence was deferred to coincide with a charge of carrying a folding lock knife on the same day in the same location.

He has been given a trial diet date of 21 January for the knife charge to allow him time to consult legal advice, with an intermediate diet set for 6 January.

Thirty eight year old Christopher Smith from Burra was released on bail after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court in private on Wednesday on a petition alleging contraventions of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

He is also alleged to have contravened Fishing Vessels (Safety Training) Regulations (amended in 2004). Smith made no plea or declaration and was committed for further examination.