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Court / Court round-up 9 November

A THIRTY five year old man has been remanded in custody after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on a charge of assault to injury.

Jason Bourne, with no fixed abode, appeared on Wednesday in private and from custody.

He made no plea and was committed for further examination. He is expected to appear again before the court in eight days.

A MAN from Glasgow who was drunk at Sumburgh Airport and behaved aggressively towards staff there has been fined £800.

Pleading guilty to the charge by e-mail, Harry Birch, of Strowan Street, was not present at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The court heard how he had challenged a customer service assistant on 8 July, was shouting and swearing, and had increasingly becoming more threatening towards her.

Other staff including security personnel were called but were unable to defuse the situation. Police were called and the 51-year-old was eventually arrested.

Issuing a fine, Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said Birch had accepted his guilt from the outset.

ASSAULTING another man without any preamble by throwing him to the ground and repeatedly punching him on the head and body has resulted in a £500 fine for a Lerwick man.

Pawel Michalowski, of Sandveien, admitted the charge when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The assault took place on 3 June at a friend’s house in town, with procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie suggesting that a degree of jealousy lay behind the assault.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said it was concern for the woman who lives at the address that was the background to the offence, and his client had briefly lost his temper.

A YOUNG man from Northern Ireland was banned from the road for a year after admitting a charge of drink driving.

Police were alerted after an abandoned car was reported off the A968 near Mossbank in the early hours of 10 September.

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Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said it was initially not clear what had happened, but while police officers were carrying out their enquiries Anthony McGlinchey appeared at the scene of the accident.

He failed a roadside test and was subsequently arrested.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, the 27-year-old with an address at Hillview Park, Castlederg, was disqualified for 12 months and fined £600.

A SEVENTY four year old man appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday faced with three charges of failing to comply with bail conditions.

Brian Laing, with an address in Lerwick, made no plea and was committed to further examination. Bail was granted.


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