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Thursday’s court round-up

A TEENAGER who drove an unlicensed car in the north mainland of Shetland without insurance or a full licence has been fined £600 and given seven penalty points.

 The 17 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pled guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday to the charges, which took place on the A970 at North Roe on 6 November.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said police received a report about the teenager’s actions and attended his home address.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said in mitigation that his client, who has a provisional licence, was forced to pay £550 to retrieve his car from a garage after it was taken by police.

Sheriff Philip Mann said the “public interest would be better served” if penalty points were imposed instead of a ban, as the teenager would have to drive “very carefully” once he gained a full licence.


A MAN from Glasgow who admitted drunkenly assaulting a bouncer after being refused entry into a Lerwick nightclub has been fined £350.

Steven Murray, of 3 Trefoil Avenue, pled guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday to placing the staff member at Posers Nightclub in a headlock and repeatedly punching him on the head on the town’s Quendale Lane on 30 August.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 29 year old attempted to enter the premises at around 1am after he had been drinking.

He was denied entry because he didn’t have the correct wristband and became “unhappy” and “aggressive” before fighting back when staff attempted to restrain him. No injuries were sustained.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said Murray admitted drink was involved and had suggested he had been mistreated by the club’s staff.