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Court / Court round-up 22 February

A MAN who was charged with being concerned in the supply of drugs after police discovered heroin, mobile phones and more than £1,000 in cash in a search has had his sentence deferred.

Alexander Chalmers, of Tingwall, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine on or between 5 and 12 May last year, both dates inclusive, at an address in Lerwick and elsewhere when he appeared at the town’s sheriff court on Thursday.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 33-year-old was stopped by police, who undertook a search and found heroin with a potential maximum value of £390, nearly £1,700 in cash – as well as two mobile phones.

The court heard that when the phones were analysed it was clear Chalmers had been making arrangements for the sale of diamorphine.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank deferred sentence to 20 March to allow for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment.

A MAN from Gott has had his sentence deferred after being found guilty of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner last year.

Nurrinder Hundal was found to have smashed the window of a property in Tingwall on 12 May whilst armed with a shovel and a knife, in an attempt to force entry.

The 56-year-old had denied the charge and said he was at home during the time of the offence.

Defence agent Tommy Allan suggested it may have been a case of “mistaken identity” late at night.

But one witness who saw the incident out of her window said she was adamant it was Hundal she saw carrying a weapon – while another picked him out of a line-up of photos.

A witness said she heard banging before seeing three people in dark clothing from her window, and called the police after seeing one person carrying a weapon.

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However, Hundal said he was at home with friends drinking at the time – and was “utterly flabbergasted” that he had been placed at the scene.

The court heard that the property in Tingwall in question was occupied by someone known to Hundal.

After considering evidence from witnesses Sheriff Ian Cruickshank ruled that Hundal was guilty of the offence and deferred sentence until 20 March for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report.


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