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Supervision order after domestic assaults

A MAN from Sandwick who assaulted his ex-partner has been placed under supervision for 18 months and ordered not to contact the woman for two years.

Robert Setrice, of Skerpalea, was found guilty at a trial at Lerwick Sheriff Court in September of assaulting the woman on various occasions at his home address and an address in Lerwick on or between 1 October and 16 December last year.

The 42 year old was convicted of repeatedly grabbing her by the body and applying pressure, grabbing hold of her by the neck and dragging her, throwing her to the floor and kicking her on the body, all to her injury.

He was also found guilty of breaching a court order by contacting the woman on 22 December at an address in Sandwick by sending her a text message.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Friday, Sheriff Kevin Veal placed Setrice on a community payback order and ordered him to attend the Respect domestic violence programme.

If he finishes the course and makes “good progress”, the 18-month supervision order may be stopped early.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie requested a non-harassment order be placed in relation to the victim, which would prohibit Setrice from contacting the woman.

Sheriff Veal questioned if the order was necessary as the 42 year old has moved onto a new relationship and has not been in contact with the victim for some time.

Mackenzie responded by saying the offences were committed over a period of time and that Setrice had previously broken a court order, with Veal deciding to ban him from contacting the victim for two years.

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