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Court / Lerwick man gets unpaid work for cash machine thefts

A LERWICK man narrowly escaped being sent to prison when he appeared for sentencing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Ross Sutherland, of Hoofields, had previously pleaded guilty to stealing almost £3,500 by making 16 separate withdrawals from cash machines through out Lerwick over a six-month period between October 2018 and April 2019.

The court heard that the 32-year old had managed to gain access to two debit cards, which belonged to his partner’s family.

Defending, Gregor Kelly said these offences were “a new low for him”, adding that his client was struggling with his “problematic drugs use” for which he was getting treatment.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank told Sutherland that the offences would justify a custodial sentence, but felt persuaded to impose a community based sentence.

He ordered Sutherland to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and put him under supervision for two years.

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