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Court / Court round up – 25 May 2022

OVERTAKING a group of cyclists into the face of an oncoming vehicle has cost a North Nesting crofter £400.

William Simpson, of Brettabister, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving when his case called at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday morning.

The court heard how the 75-year old was in the process of overtaking the cyclists on the A970 near the junction to Herrislea when he realised there was an oncoming vehicle that required to take evasive action.

On returning to his own carriageway Simpson narrowly avoided colliding with the group of cyclists, the court heard.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said this was “a classic case of ill-judged overtaking.”

Fining Simpson sheriff, Ian Cruickshank also endorsed his driving licence with three penalty points.


A FORTY two year old man was fined £250 for reversing into another vehicle in a car park at Lerwick’s Sandveien housing estate on 27 April last year.

James Laurance Garriock also admitted a charge of failing to stop after the accident.

However the court heart that Garriock, of St Olaf Street, Lerwick, is in touch with the owner of the damaged car and “will pay for the damage if he is asked to do so”.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank admonished Garriock on the second charge but imposed five penalty points to his driving licence.


A MAN from Lerwick appeared at the town’s sheriff court on Wednesday on a charge relating to indecent photographs of children.

Danny Conroy, 44, made no plea when he appeared in private.

He was committed for further examination and released on bail.

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