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Smashing door leads to fine

BEHAVING in a threatening or abusive manner and breaking glass in a house door cost a man a £500 fine at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

But if he is of good behaviour for a year, Alan Nicholson can get the money back with interest, Sheriff Ian Cruickshank told him.

According to procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie, 52 year old Nicholson, of John Jamieson Closs in Lerwick, had created a disturbance at a woman’s house while he was drunk early in the morning on 2 June.

He had shouted, repeatedly banged on her door and eventually smashed a pane of glass – at which point the householder called the police.

The woman, who had significant mobility issues, had suffered a considerable extent of distress during the incident, said Mackenzie.

Tommy Allan, defending, said that his client accepted his behaviour was inexcusable but that he had not intended to break the window.

As well as fining Nicholson, Sheriff Ian Cruickshank banned him from approaching or contacting the complainer in any way for the next 12 months.