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Court / Sent to prison for failing to complete unpaid work

Lerwick Sheriff CourtLerwick Sheriff Court.

A MAN from Lerwick who failed to carry out an unpaid work order has been sent to prison for four months.

Kyle Swannie, of Bakland, appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday to admit breaching the order imposed in February.

He had originally been given 200 hours of unpaid work to complete within six months after admitting behaving in a threatening and abusive manner to a Co-op staff member in Lerwick last year.

Defence agent Tommy Allan asked Sheriff Ian Cruickshank to take into account that the 23-year-old had carried out more than half of the original unpaid work order, noting that his client had a willingness to complete the hours.

Sheriff Cruickshank, however, said it was the third time Swannie had breached the community payback order, which had been imposed as a direct alternative to custody.

After the second breach in September Sheriff Cruickshank added 20 hours to the order, but the court heard that Swannie had only carried out 12 hours since then.

“You had your chance,” Sheriff Cruickshank said. “You have not taken it. The order is revoked and you will go to prison for four months.”