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Court / Wednesday’s sheriff court in brief – Private appearance, unpaid work, supervision for shoplifting, banned for drink-driving

A TWENTY five year old man has been released on bail after appearing in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday charged with driving or attempting to drive while unfit to  do so through drink or drugs.

Lee Graham, whose address was given as Shetland, also faces a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

He made no plea and was committed for further examination.


A YOUNG man from Mossbank has been put under supervision for 15 months and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work after admitting two charges of assault.

At an earlier court hearing Varik Miller, of Burraness, had pleaded guilty to assaulting two people at an address in Lerwick on 10 December last year by striking both on their head and body with a training sword to their injury.

Sentencing the 20-year-old at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, sheriff Ian Cruickshank said he was content to impose a community payback order as an alternative to a financial penalty.


A 27-YEAR old woman from Lerwick has been told to repay the local Tesco supermarket almost £100 to compensate for food, confectionery, clothing and stationery she stole from the store on 26 September last year.

Jade Paige, of Grostane, was also put under supervision for 15 months.

The court heard how Paige “carefully chose (…) a significant number of items” from the shelves of the store, and then transferred these from her trolley into her bag. They had a combined value of £96.98.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said her client had been intoxicated at the time of the offence and has no recollection of the shoplifting. He said she wanted to apologise to the store.

In putting her under supervision sheriff Ian Cruickshank said the community payback order was imposed as an alternative to a custodial sentence.


A DRIVER from Toab was disqualified for a year and fined £600 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving.

Derek Carter was three times the legal limit when stopped on the unclassified road between the village of Toab and the main A970 road, on 16 September last year.

The 54-year old, whose personal appearance at court was excused, has been given the opportunity to reduce the period of disqualification by three months if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.