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Court / Man admits text offence and obtaining drugs

SENTENCE has been deferred on a man who admitted sending a lewd text to his social worker and getting drugs from a chemist under false pretences.

Alexander Forbes, 36, of Castle Street, Scalloway, pleaded guilty to the offences when appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The court heard that Forbes, who has learning difficulties, sent the text asking for sex to the woman’s work phone in “disgusting and extremely graphic language”, according to procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie.

His relationship with the social worker had been entirely professional, leaving her shocked to receive the text, and she had gone to the police, the court heard.

Forbes also admitted obtaining 100 Tramadol tablets from Laing’s Pharmacy by pretending they were for a friend who he had collected medicines for before.

The deception came to light when the man turned up later to pick up the pain killers himself.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank adjourned the hearing for preparation of a social work report and ordered Forbes to be placed on the sex offenders’ register. 

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