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Gun gesture ‘stuff of rap videos, not Tesco car park’

A MAN from Lerwick who shouted and swore at a woman in a supermarket car park in a case of mistaken identity before making a gun gesture to her as he left in a taxi has been given 75 hours of unpaid work to carry out.


Kyle Swannie, of Bakland, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at the town’s Tesco supermarket on 13 June by shouting, searing and making threatening gestures.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 21 year old approached a woman at around 2.30pm and accused her of reporting him to the police about a matter involving his dog.

But he “clearly got the wrong person” as she had nothing to do with the incident, Mackenzie said.

The fiscal said Swannie then made a gun gesture with his hands to her as he was leaving the car park.

Defence agent Tommy Allan, who described his client as an “excitable youth” who could often be taken the wrong way, admitted Swannie had made a “stupid gesture”.

“That may well be the stuff of rap videos, but it’s not the stuff of Tesco car park at half past two in the afternoon,” he said.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Swannie that he should be “ashamed of himself” and warned the repeat offender that prison was fast approaching.

“Make this the last time you’re here,” he said.