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Court / Round-up from Lerwick Sheriff Court

BEHAVING in a threatening and abusive manner and struggling with police officers cost a man £600 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Marcin Olejniczak admitted the offences which took place on Lerwick’s North Road on 26 January.

Police in an unmarked car had seen Olejniczak, 40, of Hoofields, stumble onto the road at 12.30pm on Saturday. When they stopped to ask if he was OK, Olejniczak became abusive and shouted and swore and made threats.

He then struggled violently with the two officers before he was put on the ground and restrained.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that Olejniczak had acquired a criminal record through his addiction to alcohol.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client was a clever and educated man who had an issue with alcohol.

Olejniczak was fined £200 for threatening and abusive behaviour and £400 for resisting arrest and obstructing the police.

DAMAGING a taxi window with a beer bottle and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner cost a man £400.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard how Gareth Elphinstone had been getting a lift home to Tingwall in the evening of 14 February when he turned on his taxi driver at the Califf/Breiwick junction.

He had “flipped” after the driver asked him exactly where he wanted to go and threatened to “sort him out”.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that the driver was alone in a relatively remote area and was “rightly concerned.”

He stopped the car and Elphinstone got out and threw the bottle against the windscreen. 

Elphinstone, 38, of Tingwall, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and damaging the windscreen by throwing a bottle at it.

He told the court that he had apologised to the driver and paid £400 for the damage the next day as well as his fare.

A WOMAN who admitted three motoring offences was fined £500 when she appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Gemma McGregor was stopped by police doing road safety checks at the Hillswick School on 14 February.

They found that McGregor, 34, whose address was given as Moorfield Hotel, Brae, was driving on a provisional licence and had no driving insurance or road tax.

She was fined £100 and had her licence endorsed for driving without a full licence, was fined £300 and received penalty points for having no insurance and was fined £100 for driving an unlicensed vehicle.


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