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Admits ecstasy possession

A TWENTY year old who admitted possessing around £40-£50-worth of class A drug ecstasy has been ordered to carry out 25 hours of unpaid work.

Jack Deacon, of Lighthouse Buildings, Breiwick Road, Lerwick, admitted the offence, which took place on 14 July last year, when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Defence agent Gregor Kelly said his client had no previous convictions. Things had taken a turn for the worse and he has lost his job at a local restaurant, which helped “keep him on the straight and narrow”.

But he said the incident had served as a “wake-up call” for Deacon, who was now drug-free following a “fleeting dalliance” with substances, and is receiving counselling for mental health problems.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Deacon that going further into drug use was “not something to be sought” and gave him a community payback order requiring that he carries out the unpaid hours in the next three months.