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Court / Fined for possessing knuckledusters

POSSESSING a pair of knuckledusters in a public place has landed a man from Mossbank with a £200 fine.

Arend Mckenna, of Hamarsgarth, appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday to admit possessing the item on the A970 at Brae on Sunday (6 October).

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the incident came to light at around 1.45am after the police were informed that the 41-year-old had been in a verbal altercation.

The fiscal said that police officers found the knuckledusters – an offensive weapon illegal to carry in public – in his jacket. There was no suggestion they had been or were going to be used.

Defence agent Gregor Kelly said Mckenna “ordinarily leads a peaceful life” as a chef but bought the knuckledusters off eBay after becoming increasingly anxious of social situations.

He confirmed that his client had been in a verbal altercation that night, but reiterated there was no intent to use the knuckledusters.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined Mckenna £200 and granted a crown motion for forfeiture of the knuckledusters.