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Lerwick court round-up

A MAN who stole money from his aunt by using her bank card has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Greig Smith, of 6 Herrislea Court, Tingwall, pled guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to taking £40 from the woman’s account on three separate occasions on 1 December.

He took the money from the TSB’s bank machine on Lerwick’s Esplanade twice, as well as once from the ATM at Bolts on Lerwick’s North Road.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 37 year old’s aunt, who has arthritis, regularly let him use her bank card so he could do her shopping.

Instead of paying off a garage bill, Smith – who was out of work – took money out of her account via bank machines for his own use.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said that although his client could not “shirk responsibility for the offences, he felt he had been under the influence of the complainer’s brother” who was with him at the time.

Sheriff Philip Mann said that while the amount of money taken was not “significant”, the offences were still serious.

He gave Smith a total of 60 hours unpaid work to complete.

A 19 YEAR OLD man has been remanded in custody after admitting being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Larri Goodlad, whose address was given as Polmont Brightons, appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The offence took place on or between 30 September and 20 November at two addresses in Lerwick’s Hill Grind.

The case has been adjourned for reports until 30 March, with Goodlad remanded in custody in the meantime.

A MAN whose car ended up in a field when he attempted an overtaking manoeuvre in wintry conditions has been fined and given penalty points.

Paul Lawrence, of 8 Horseshoe Close, Virkie, admitted a charge of careless driving on the A970 at Fladdabister on 10 December at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 46 year old was driving in sleety conditions that caused him to veer off the road when overtaking another vehicle.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the air traffic controller had been driving to Lerwick to pick up his son at the time and was left distressed by the incident and the resulting court proceedings.

Sheriff Philip Mann hoped Lawrence would learn a “lesson” and imposed six penalty points alongside a fine of £300.

A 49 year old teacher from Weisdale who drove at excessive speeds near a primary school has been fined £100 and given three penalty points.

Stephen Renwick, of Burnside, Stromfirth admitted driving at 39mph in a 20mph zone on the A971 at the Whiteness Primary School on 11 December.