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Community service for domestic assault

LERWICK man Alan McLeod has been ordered to work unpaid for 270 hours after admitting he assaulted his wife and brandished a knife at her.

McLeod, appearing from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday after almost one month behind bars, had also pled guilty to breaching a court order to stay away from the woman.

At an earlier hearing the court heard how the 40 year old, who lives at 33 Leslie Road, had pushed his wife while brandishing the knife on 8 August last year.

Despite being told at the time by the court to stay away from her, he repeatedly sent her text messages between 16 August and 5 September.

To make matters worse he breached a further bail condition by spending time with her in a Lerwick pub on 23 April this year, an offence that lost him his freedom until this week when bail was refused.

Last month his lawyer Gregor Kelly blamed alcohol for his behaviour, saying his client was greatly embarrassed and had lost his job as a property manager as a result of his actions.

Having refused bail last month, Sheriff Philip Mann sentenced McLeod to 270 hours community service with 18 months supervision and imposed a non-harrassment order to last for the next five years.