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Sheriff court round-up (Wed)

A TWENTY eight year old man from Scalloway who arrived at prison hiding an iPhone in his underwear has been fined £200.

Adam Nelson, of Undirhoull, previously admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court to attempting to bring or introduce into HM Prison Inverness a prohibited article on 10 February last year by concealing a mobile phone in his clothing.

The court previously heard that Nelson tried to take the Apple device into the prison because he wanted to speak to his bereaved sister.

Prison officers saw Nelson attempting to conceal a phone in his tracksuit bottoms and found the item in his underwear.

A MAN from Lerwick who drove without valid insurance last year has been banned from the road for ten months.

Jason Pottinger, of Ladies Drive, was also placed under a drug treatment and testing order for one year when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The 29 year old previously admitted driving with no insurance, and being carried in a car which had been taken without consent, in Lerwick on 27 October.

He also pled guilty to possessing heroin and cannabis resin on Ladies Drive on 30 August and producing cannabis resin at his home address on 31 October.

In addition to the driving ban, sheriff Philip Mann fined Pottinger £200 for the road traffic offences.

A MAN from Lerwick who put an item in his mouth when police stopped him following a tip-off from the public has been given 100 hours of unpaid work to complete.

Barry Dutton, of Bank Lane, previously admitted Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to intentionally obstructing two police officers in the exercise of their powers under section 23 of the misuse of drugs act on 17 September at the town’s Gilbertson Road.

The 32 year old failed to comply with police instructions, placed an item in his mouth, ran from police and threw an item away.

Defence agent Tommy Allan told the court on Wednesday that a social work report prepared for the case was “very positive” and suggested he had been dealing with the matter in a “mature” way.

Sheriff Philip Mann warned Dutton that he would have to “watch his step” in the future as a result of his record, which contained a few drugs offences.