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Court / Domestic abuse prison sentence quashed

A MAN from Bressay had his prison sentence quashed at the High Court in Edinburgh earlier this month after appealing a 40-month jail term he received at Lerwick Sheriff Court in January for a raft of domestic abuse charges spanning a period of two decades.

John William Clark instead had a community payback order imposed with two years of supervision and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, which has to be completed within 12 months.

The 53-year-old previously pleaded guilty to 13 charges of domestic abuse against a woman and two girls, committed between 1992 and 2013 at different addresses on the island.

At court in Lerwick on 22 January Clark was described as a complex character whose private life was at odds with his community spirited conduct.

He was further described as acting in a threatening and aggressive manner for a continuous period of 20 years thereby dominating his family’s lives like a “sometimes dormant and sometimes active volcano”.