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Court / Court round-up 20 December

Lerwick Sheriff Court.

A WOMAN who behaved aggressively towards police officers and staff of a Lerwick pub after being reminded she was barred from entering the premises has been fined £600.

Lindsay Desvaux, of Dunrossness, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at the Thule bar on 25 November, and assaulting a police officer by pushing him on the body.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that the 41-year-old tried to enter the pub but was told she was barred.

She then started shouting and swearing at staff and behaving aggressively, with patrolling police then coming to assist.

The court heard that her behaviour continued, including a “tirade” of abuse to police officers after she was arrested.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the incident was a “backwards step” for his client and one that she was ashamed of. He said the woman had no recollection of the event and wanted to apologise to the police officers involved.

Fining Desvaux, Sheriff Ian Cruickshank highlighted the behaviour that police officers often have to deal with. She was also ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge.


A MAN from Gott has been fined £300 after shouting and swearing at a supermarket worker as frustrations over a mobile phone top-up voucher boiled over.

Narrinder Hundal, 56, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner to an employee the Lerwick Co-op on 4 August.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that Hundal had returned to the Co-op to complain about a top-up voucher expiring.

The staff member, who was aged 19, tried to explain the situation, “but he would not listen”, procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said, with the man repeatedly shouting and swearing at her.

Some other shoppers were “visibly concerned”, with one even offering to pay for a new top-up to calm him down.

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Defence agent Tommy Allan said: “He was extremely upset […] but he accepts that the person who was on the receiving end of his behaviour did not deserve his actions.” He added that Hundal, who was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge, wished to apologise to the supermarket worker.


A WOMAN from Edinburgh has been fined after exceeding the 30mph speed limit on Lerwick’s Sound Brae.

Nicole Hatch, of the city’s Lochend, drove at 46mph on the road on 11 June.

The 47-year-old was fined £100 and given three penalty points, as well being ordered to pay a £10 victim surcharge.


TWO men were fined at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday for driving vans which were over their weight limits.

Keith Henderson, 36, of Scalloway, was fined £400 after driving a van on Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road on 8 August that was 29 per cent over its weight limit.

He was also fined £100 and given three penalty points for a charge relating to the weight limit and his licence. Henderson was also ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge.

Gerard Kearney, 64, from Brae, was fined £400 for also driving a van on Holmsgarth Road, this time on 10 August.

The van was 24 per cent over its weight limit. He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.


A MAN from Lerwick was fined £400 and given six penalty points for driving with no insurance or MOT.

Eric Manson, 38, from Water Lane, drove the car on 12 August on the town’s South Road. He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.


ANOTHER person from Lerwick was sentenced for another instance of driving with no insurance or MOT.

Sarah Hay, of Hill Grind, committed the offence whilst driving a car on the town’s North Lochside on 13 September.

The 40-year-old was fined £300 and given six penalty points, as well being ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

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