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Court / ‘Bizarre’ behaviour man sentenced to carry out unpaid work

A TWENTY eight year old man was handed a hefty community payback order at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after admitting a “bizarre course of conduct” during which he threw knives and ice cream around a house and smashed glasses.

Jack Johnson, who is now living in Dundee, committed the offences at a house in Hill Grind, Lerwick, on 25 February 2017 and on 31 March 2018.

He also acted in a threatening and abusive manner at Captain Flint’s pub in Lerwick on 15 June 2019. All offences were aggravated by abuse of a partner or ex-partner.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said the offence on 31 March 2018 was particularly bizarre.

Johnson acted in a threatening and abusive manner by smashing glasses, furniture and a mirror and threw ice cream and liquids over the house walls and ceiling and threw knives into walls and shouted and screamed.

His offence of threatening and abusive behaviour at Flints was committed when he was facing a court appearance four days later and had undertaken not to approach or contact his partner.

The sheriff said that Johnson had been facing a number of issues and health difficulties at the time of the offences and added that they could be dealt with in a way not involving imprisonment.

He sentenced Johnson to two spells of 18 months supervised community payback with 225 hours of unpaid work to be done in six months.

He also imposed a non-harassment order with Johnson not to approach or contact his victim for a period of two years.