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Court / ‘Peculiar’ case leads to admonishment

TWO women have been admonished after a case at Lerwick Sheriff Court saw them plead guilty to amended charges of threatening and abusive behaviour that fell short of the assault they had originally been accused of.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said that it was a “peculiar” case and he was confident that 48-year-old Sharon Lowe, of Prospect House, Lerwick, and her daughter Zara Williams (25) of Da Vadill, also in the town, would be of good behaviour in future and there was no possibility of a repeat incident.

The court heard that the pair had tried to get a phone off Williams’s ex partner after he threatened to publish compromising photos of Williams on 30 March.

Following a struggle where he was slightly hurt, the man fled from Williams’s house to a nearby shop, pursued by the two women.

The court heard that Lowe was a “pillar of the community” who had been only acting in her daughter’s defence.

Considering all the elements of the “peculiar and particular” case, the sheriff decided to admonish and dismiss the pair.