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Court / Former court officer ordered to do unpaid work

Former police officer Bob Veighey.

A FORMER Shetland police officer turned court officer who admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Robert Veighey, from Scalloway, tried to repeatedly encourage another man to destroy a mobile phone with message evidence belonging to a woman accused of assault in an attempt to assist her avoiding prosecution.

The 57-year-old appeared for sentencing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday. He was also given a restriction of liberty order for four months.

His co-accused India Lockyer, 26, from Aith, admitted assault. She was sentenced to 160 hours of unpaid work.

Lockyer was also put under supervision for two years, and also received a restriction of liberty order for eight months.

The offences happened on 25 January last year while Veighey was working at court officer at Lerwick Sheriff Court.