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Court / Fine for librarian who thrashed jarl

A SENIOR librarian who bashed a man who had attacked his step daughter was fined £200 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Milford Georgeson, 63, of Brenneck, Laxfirth, admitted punching his step daughter’s partner Steven Cassidy, who is this year’s Nesting guizer jarl, repeatedly on the head to his injury on 19 November .

The couple had rowed about a puppy that had been left outside as they attended a family do before Cassidy knocked her to the ground, injuring her.

Cassidy, who was fined for assault at a court hearing in December, had a swelling above his left eye and had to go to hospital after complaining of blurred vision.

He was also seen by a specialist ophthalmologist who said there was no damage.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that Cassidy had been dealt with in the court at the end of the year for a “rather nasty assault” which had led to his partner summoning help from inside a car.

Georgeson had been first on the scene and “meted out his own summary justice.”

The fiscal said there had been a function for family members and Georgeson had taken some drink. Then the “crisis had erupted” and Georgeson had attended and saw his step daughter had been injured.

“He reacted in the heat of the moment and carried out the assault,” added Mackenzie, who said the incident had caused a great deal of stress to the family.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank told Georgeson: “I do not think I have to tell you that your behaviour was unacceptable no matter what the scene was,” before fining him.

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