Court / Threats against police

A MAN who made threats against police officers and their families while intoxicated has been placed under a community payback order.

Jason Pottinger, 34, of Sandside, Mossbank, previously admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on 6 and 7 May 2020.

Lerwick Sheriff Court previously heard that Pottinger had entered the residence of an off-duty police officer in Lerwick without invite at around 6pm on 6 May.


He then acted in an aggressive manner to officers and made threats.

His misconduct continued at Lerwick Police Station in the early hours of the following morning.

Defence agent Tommy Allan previously told court that his client “was simply off his face” on the day of the incident.

At the court on Wednesday Allan said Pottinger wished to apologise to everyone involved.

He said Pottinger entered the house by mistake.

Allan added his client is said to be engaging with the substance misuse service, and there are also some other signs of hope including the possibility of a return to college education.

As an alternative to custody Sheriff Ian Cruickshank placed Pottinger under supervision for 15 months and gave him 130 hours of unpaid work.


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