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Air rifle man gets 100 hours’ unpaid work

A TWENTY two year old man who fired airgun pellets at an occupied house in Mossbank after a family fall-out has been ordered to complete over 100 hours of unpaid work.

Kyle MacGregor, of 4 Brae Head, Mossbank, previously pleaded guilty to recklessly discharging the air rifle, shooting at the house and cracking several glass windowpanes in the early hours of 23 August.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said MacGregor fell out with his brother at a function in a local hall.

He later turned up at his brother’s house, but the man “wasn’t really welcome” due to his “aggressive” behaviour – prompting scuffling as those in the property attempted to put MacGregor home.

However, he later returned and fired five pellets at the house, damaging windows in the process.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client only wanted to “cause nuisance, rather than harm”.

He added that MacGregor, who had already paid for the damage to the windows, has the support of his family.

Sheriff Mark Thorley said incidents with guns can often “end in disaster” and that MacGregor was lucky there was no “lasting result”.

He gave the man 120 hours of unpaid work to complete, taking into account the incident’s background, the type of rifle and MacGregor’s early plea.