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Court / Court round-up 21 February

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A MAN from Aberdeenshire appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court in private on Wednesday accused of assault to injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment.

Euan Faithfull, 24, made no plea and was committed for further examination. He was released on bail.

A MAN who shouted and swore at his ex-partner has been placed under supervision for 12 months.

David McArthur, of Castle Place, Perth, was given a community payback order when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday for sentencing.

The 32-year-old previously admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards the woman at an address in Dunrossness on 15 January.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said an argument had developed between the pair, with McArthur – who had been drinking – shouting and swearing outside the property and through the letterbox.

The court was told that the man was heard by a neighbour, with the police informed. When officers arrived they found McArthur hiding in a garden shed.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had avoided “victim blaming” and accepted he should be setting a better example.

A WOMAN who previously admitted possessing drugs and driving with no insurance appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday for sentencing.

Jessica Richards, 33, of North Lochside, previously pleaded guilty to possessing two class A and a Class C substance, including ‘2 CB’ and ester of morphine, on 23 April last year.

Regarding the drugs offences, procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the value of drugs found by police during a search at her property was nearly £170.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had become “overwhelmed with her current situation” but is now willing to co-operate with support offered through a previous supervision order.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank deferred sentence on the drugs charges until 17 April to allow Richards to be of good behaviour, and gave six penalty points for the driving without insurance in Lerwick on 31 May.

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