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Court / Court round-up 27 October 2021

AN 83-year-old man who was involved in a road accident in Lerwick earlier this year has been fined and given penalty points for careless driving.

Thomas Inkster, of the town’s Greenfield, admitted driving a car without due care or attention on Holmsgarth Road on 5 May.

He pleaded guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to failing to observe the driver ahead slow down and indicate to turn off.

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This then resulted in Inkster pulling out to the centre of the road, causing him to collide with the vehicle and another oncoming car. All vehicles were damaged.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the incident – a moment of “inattention” – happened outside the JB’s Autostore shop.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined Inkster £300 and gave him three penalty points.


A WOMAN from Brae who refused to provide breath samples to the police has lost her driving licence for a year and been fined £350.

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Fiona Preston, of Gallowburn, admitted failing to provide specimens at Lerwick Police Station on 9 September.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said there had been concern over the 53-year-old going out in a car, with officers arresting her when she returned home before taking her to the station.


A MAN from Walls has admitted driving over the alcohol limit while disqualified.

James Garson, of Summerside, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to driving a van with 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath in the town on 2 October.

The legal limit is 22 microgrammes.

The 32-year-old also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance at the same time.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank adjourned the case until 24 November to allow a social work report to be prepared.

Garson was given an interim disqualification.

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