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Man denies pool cue assault

A TWENTY year old man has denied assaulting another man by repeatedly striking him with a pool cue at an address in Lerwick at the weekend. 

Josh (Simon) Newcombe, of Ladies Drive, appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday charged with possessing an offensive weapon, conducting himself in a disorderly manner by challenging the man to a fight, and assaulting him by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with the pool cue.

The incidents allegedly took place at Ladies Drive on Sunday. Appearing from custody, Newcombe was granted bail on the condition that he must not approach the complainer, and the case was continued to a trial date in June.

Meanwhile, a 23 year old man who admitted to stalking his own mother and sister over a 10-month period last year has had sentence deferred for reports to be prepared.

Ryan Galbraith, of Lerwick’s Sandveien, admitted causing fear or alarm to them between 1 January and 22 October at various locations in the town and Scalloway.

He persistently attempted to contact them by phone, as well as sending text messages and leaving voicemails of a threatening nature.

On one occasion, he approached his mother at the Cooperative supermarket in Lerwick, shouted and swore at her and spat on her car. On another occasion he approached her vehicle in the car park of Tesco’s supermarket and pushing a shopping trolley towards it before attempting to strike the car with the trolley.

Defence agent Gregor Kelly said Galbraith had a “troubled background” and called for a criminal justice social inquiry report, which Sheriff Philip Mann agreed to, adjourning the case until 25 April.