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Court / Sheriff court round-up – 22 January 2020

PUNCHING another man on the head cost a Lerwick man £200 plus a £10 victim surcharge at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Dale Henry, 28, of Union Street, admitted attacking his victim at a house party on 1 January this year.

Tommy Allan, defending, said that Henry went for the man after he had heard the complainant had “injured” friends of his family.

He said that there was a struggle in a very confined space and it was not even certain it was Henry who had caused his victim’s 10mm cut on the eyebrow.

But he admitted punching the man twice on the head.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined him £200 instead of £300 to reflect his early plea.

Clubbing a man on the head with a bar stool resulted in a fine for a Lerwick man who was said to be full of “remorse” for the incident.

Roger Sinclair, 54, of Breiwick Road, admitted the assault which took place in the Lounge Bar on 21 December last year.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that the complainer sustained a 5mm cut on the head and was treated on scene by paramedics.

Tommy Allan, defending, said that the pair had been very drunk and ended up on the floor. It was on getting up that Sinclair, who had “drunk a lot of spirits he would not normally drink” struck the other man with the stool.

He said that Sinclair could not remember what happened but was full of remorse and very concerned about the case. Allan understood the complainer had continued with his night out after the incident.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined Sinclair £235 and ordered him to pay £20 to the victim surcharge.


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