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A WOMAN who “lost her cool” and burst a football with a knife after it hit her window four times appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Lynn Wiseman, of Lerwick, then entered a home without invite, whilst possessing the knife, to remonstrate about the football hitting her window.

The 50-year-old also admitted shouting and swearing when inside the house, with the incident happening on 19 March.

The court heard that the knife was held in open view inside the house, but it was not brandished.

Defence agent Tommy Allan told the court that on the day in question his client’s nerves were “particularly strained”.

“She accepts that she lost her cool,” he said, adding that the ball was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”.

Allan said Wiseman was “mortified” about the way she behaved.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank deferred sentence for Wiseman to be of good behaviour until 13 October.


A WOMAN from Nesting who admitted careless driving at the Black Gaet junction has been fined £400 and given four penalty points.

Cheryl Mackenzie, 35, admitted the offence – which took place on 4 December last year – at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said she had been turning right into the junction at around 5.20pm after leaving Lerwick.

After turning, the car – which had children as passengers – collided with a post van coming along the A970 in the opposite direction, with the other driver breaking two fingers and suffering neck and back pain.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said it was a “momentary lapse of judgement” from Mackenzie – who had no history of driving offences – and that she did not remember the incident.

She is “very sorry” for the hurt caused to the other driver and wants to reach out to him, the court heard.


A WOMAN from Mossbank has been disqualified from holding a licence for a year and fined £500 after admitting drink driving.

Susan Spall appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to admit driving with 47 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath on 20 March. The legal limit is 22 microgrammes.

The 49-year-old also pleaded guilty to repeatedly banging on the external wall and door of a house in Lerwick on the same day, before behaving aggressively towards her ex-partner and uttering threats towards him.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Spall arrived at the complainer’s home at around 9.10pm and banged on the wall and door, with police later attending.

However, Spall had driven back to Mossbank while under the influence before police caught up with her.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client was “very upset” at the time but knows she should not have acted in that manner.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank also imposed a 12-month non-harassment order relating to the complainer.


DRIVING a car whilst using a hand held mobile phone cost a man £400 and six penalty points when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Ryan Gordon, 40, of the town’s Hill Grind, admitted carrying out the offence at Holmsgarth Road on 3 October.


A MAN was praised in Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday for completing unpaid work at “breakneck speed”.

Calum Jamieson, of Mill Lane in Lerwick, had been placed on a community payback order for behaving aggressively to staff in a shop in 2020.

His order came up for review at the court and Sheriff Ian Cruickshank was full of praise for the 38-year-old’s progress.

“I think you have done absolutely brilliant with regard to complying with this order,” he said, adding that Jamieson had also embraced supervision requirements.

“All I want to say is well done,” the sheriff said.

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