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Wednesday’s court round up

A YOUNG driver from Lerwick has had his licence revoked after he admitted taking to the wheel without insurance. 

(Name removed under the right to be forgotten) pled guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to a series of charges, including driving without insurance on the A970 in Lerwick on 19 April.

The 18 year old also admitted a number other motoring offences which took place on 3 July on Lerwick’s Gremista Road, such as driving with an unstable front wheel and an ineffective parking brake.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said (name removed) “arrogant attitude” meant that it was a case of “when, not if” he would appear in court on driving matters.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said most of the charges were the result of a “lack of experience”.

Sheriff Philip Mann said (Name removed) needed to “learn a hard lesson” when it came to driving and public safety.

He gave him six penalty points for driving without insurance, meaning that his licence was revoked as he had only recently passed his test. Sheriff Mann also gave (Name removed) fines totalling £450.


A MAN from Sandwick has been fined £750 and given six penalty points after admitting a string of driving related offences.

Anthony Grogan, of Swinister, drove without insurance on Lerwick’s South Lochside on 29 April.

The 23 year old also admitted other motoring charges which took place on the same day, such as driving without a properly secured front bumper and a faulty handbrake.

Grogan also drove a car which did not have a test certificate on 14 May at Lerwick’s North Ness Business Park, and failed to provide an insurance certificate on the town’s Commercial Road on 23 April.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the insurance offence was a result of a “glitch” with bank details when applying online.


A MAN from Lerwick who was found in possession drug paraphernalia which contained small amounts of heroin has been fined £525.

James Gray, of Grostane, previously admitted possessing the class A drug at his home address on 7 October last year.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that police executed a search warrant at the address and found a number of items used for the consumption of heroin, with some containing trace amounts of the class A drug.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had suffered a “life-long battle” with substances and had been going through a tough time. Things, however, are now “looking better” for the 50 year old.

Sheriff Philip Mann said Gray had a “substantial” record for drugs offences and warned him that non-payment of the fine would result in jail time.


A MAN from Whalsay who failed to slow down at traffic lights as a family of four were about to cross the road was given three penalty points and a fine of £250 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Joseph Kay, of Tripwell, Brough, admitted travelling through a crossing on Lerwick’s Commercial Road on 6 July when it was not safe to do so, causing pedestrians to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said a family consisting of a mother, father, two young children and a dog left the pavement to cross the road after the red man turned to green.

Sixty two year old Kay failed to slow down, but the parents were able to pull the children and dog back onto the pavement.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the pedestrians were never in front of the car during the incident.

The solicitor said his client was driving at an appropriate speed, but suffered from a lack of concentration.