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News / Wednesday Lerwick Sheriff Court round-up

A PROJECT engineer from Falkirk who drove at 85mph in a 50mph zone has been given six penalty points and a fine of £600.

Blair McDonald, of MacDonald Court, Larbert, was late for work when he committed the offence on the A970 at Girlsta on 18 March.

The 32 year old’s defence agent Tommy Allan told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that while there was “no excuse” for the speed, McDonald was familiar with the hazards of the road.

He said that his client needed his licence to drive to work and also to see his children, who live on the mainland.

Sheriff Philip Mann decided against disqualifying McDonald and gave him the maximum amount of penalty points he could impose.

A MAN whose careless driving caused two collisions at the Black Gaet junction has been given three penalty points and fined £250.

Trevor Jamieson, of Aithsetter, Cunningsburgh, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to committing the offence on the A970 road on 5 May.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 43 year old did not see a car coming from the right when he was turning from the junction.

His car collided with the vehicle, which then in turn collided with another vehicle which was stationary in the turning layby.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the museum assistant’s family were in the car with him at the time and it is “something they will not forget in a hurry”.

Sheriff Philip Mann agreed that it was a “momentary lack of attention” which caused the collisions.

A MAN from Cunningsburgh who said he drove at 91mph while overtaking because he wasn’t used to his new car also received points and a fine.

Stewart Mouat, of Brind, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to committing the offence on 22 April on the A970 at Fladdabister, where the limit is 60mph.

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Representing himself, the 30 year old said he only had his car for three weeks and misjudged its acceleration when overtaking.

Once he pulled back in, Mouat spotted a stationery police car and affectively handed himself in before officers took any action because he “knew they had gunned me”.

Sheriff Philip Mann gave him three penalty points and a £200 fine.


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