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A MAN has had his sentence deferred after admitting three charges including assault.

Scott Anderson, whose address was given as Grampian Prison, will next appear at Lerwick Sheriff Court on 1 November.

At an appearance from custody on Monday the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-partner at an address in Lerwick on 15 November last year.

He admitted seizing hold of her by her clothing, forcing her to the floor, seizing hold of her by the throat and punching her on the head, all to her injury.

Anderson also pleaded guilty to preventing police constables from entering his living room, at the same location, and then refusing a breath test at Lerwick Police Station.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Anderson’s partner had returned home at around 10pm to find him drinking vodka, which was in breach of an alcohol-related bail order.

The court was told that Anderson subjected the woman to accusations, with a neighbour alerted by his voice.

Mackenzie said the assault was then carried out, with screams being heard by the neighbour.

The police were then called, who arrived quickly but were initially denied entry into the house’s living room.

When Anderson was arrested, police officers were aware of the alcohol bail condition so tried to carry out a breath test – but he “point blank refused”, Mackenzie said.

The court heard that no formal medical treatment was needed by the woman, but Mackenzie said she was bleeding and was in an “extremely distressed state”. It was also confirmed that the couple are no longer in a relationship.

Defence agent Tommy Allan did not give mitigation around the incident itself at Monday’s hearing but did note the time his client had spent in custody since the offence.

The matter was deferred for social work reports until 1 November, with Anderson remanded in the meantime.

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A MAN from Sandwick who admitted assaulting two police officers has had his sentence deferred until later this year.

John Gair, of Central Park, appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday to admit assaulting the constables on 10 June 2021 at his home address.

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting one officer by aggressively forcing his chest against his body whilst in the possession of a knife, and repeatedly attempting to strike him with his arms and butt him on the head.

Gair also pleaded guilty to kicking another constable on the body and repeatedly pinching her on the body, all to her injury.

The case was deferred until 1 November.

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