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Bailed pair to reappear

TWO MEN who had been remanded in custody for the past seven days have been given their liberty ahead of further court appearances on Wednesday.

Forty four year old Oliver Tait of Lingaro, Bixter, was also bailed after pleading guilty to visiting his former partner at her house in Lerwick in the knowledge that he was breaching an interdict, before loitering outside her house.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Tait had previously been jailed over his involvement in a violent two-year relationship with the woman, who “continues to live in fear of him”.

Mackenzie said Tait had chosen to ignore the interdict which prohibited him from approaching the woman by visiting her house in order to talk to her.

Defence agent Chris Dowle said his client accepted he should not have approached her house, though he was not being threatening or abusive and had been “looking for closure” after receiving counselling to help cope with the grief of losing his father.

He said he hoped the court would see fit to deal with the matter by a community payback order or a fine.

Honorary sheriff Sandy Cluness chose to defer sentence until Wednesday (28 October) and granted bail on the condition that he is not to approach the woman or to enter Lerwick other than for court appearances.

Meanwhile, Mark Rushby, 19, of Ladies Drive, Lerwick, had his case continued without plea and was granted bail.

He is accused of throwing items around, smashing a television and shouting and swearing at his partner while already on bail for other offences earlier this month. 

Dowle, acting for Rushby, said the time spent in custody had provided his client with a “salutary lesson”.

The procurator fiscal said Rushby was now subject to three bail orders and if there was a further breach he would have “exhausted all his chances”.