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Unpaid hours for violent assault

A LERWICK man who violently assaulted his former partner has been placed under supervision and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Trevor Couper, of 37 Cairnfield Road, previously admitted assaulting the woman at an address in Lerwick’s Sandveien on 16 July by pushing her onto a sofa, grabbing her by the throat, striking her on the head and gouging her eyes.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday the “nasty assault” occurred after the 22 year old, who was drunk, refused to leave the house following an argument.

Defence agent Tommy Allan admitted there was nothing he could say to justify his client’s actions, except Couper now accepted responsibility for the incident.

Couper also admitted behaving in a threatening manner at an address at Lerwick’s Sandveien on 15 July by shouting, swearing and making threats.

Sheriff Philip Mann avoided giving Couper a jail sentence, but said he did so with “a bit of hesitation”.

Instead he ordered him to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and placed under supervision for 18 months.

Couper was also given a non-harassment order for two years, which prohibits him from contacting the complainer.

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