UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Sunday 21 July 2024
 12.2°C   WSW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Court / Police assault results in supervision and curfew

A MAN formerly from Sandwick who admitted assaulting two police officers has been placed under supervision for 12 months.

John Gair, of Lochgelly, Fife, was also placed under a curfew for six months – amid concern from the accused over the discomfort electronic tags might give him.

The 51-year-old previously admitted assaulting the constables on 10 June 2021 at his old home address in Sandwick.

He had 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.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, defence agent Tommy Allan described his client as someone who might initially take offence to things easily.

He said whilst Gair had no objection to the idea of a curfew, health issues meant there was concern over the discomfort tags might cause to his legs.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said it was a prolonged incident which used up valuable police resources.

He said that he was not particularly concerned about the prospect of electronic tags causing an issue. “Perhaps there should be some discomfort in relation to this matter,” he said.

The curfew will see Gair having to stay in his home between 9pm and 7am for six months.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.