Man sent to prison after failing to complete unpaid work

A MAN from Lerwick who failed to complete an unpaid work order after being sentenced for a domestic incident last year has been sent to prison for three months.

Mark Odie, of St Sunniva Street, was placed on a community payback order at Lerwick Sheriff Court in March which included 180 hours of unpaid work after he admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and acting aggressively at an address at Lerwick’s Sandveien on 28 February 2017.


The community payback order was imposed as an alternative to custody.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court on Wednesday that the 45 year old had been drinking and arrived at the house before arguing with his partner, who was with her teenage son.

She went upstairs to the bedroom to keep her distance from Odie, who continued his behaviour and was “extremely aggressive”.

The woman ultimately phoned the police and Odie behaved in a similar manner towards officers when they arrived.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that Odie still had 95 hours of unpaid work to complete despite the order’s deadline passing.

The 45 year old, who was representing himself, said he had gone through personal difficulties since Christmas, adding that he was given temporary paid work at a fish factory.

But Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said social workers weren’t convinced by his commitment to completing the unpaid work order.

He decided to revoke the community payback order and sent Odie to prison.