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Court / Court round-up 20 March 2024

A MAN appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court in private on Wednesday charged with assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Ronald Young, 58, whose address was given as Shetland, was also charged with dangerous driving.

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


A MAN from Lerwick who admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner has had his sentence deferred to allow social work reports to be prepared.

Daniel Nicolson, of Ladies Drive, appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to admit three charges relating an incident which took place in the town on 27 January.

The 34-year-old admitted shouting and swearing at his former partner and thereafter repeatedly kicking and banging on the external doors of her house, before restricting, obstructing or hindering two police constables and struggling violently with them.

Nicolson also admitted behaving aggressively towards police officers en route to Lerwick Police Station as well as in the building itself, including referring to them in abusive and derogatory terms.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told court that the initial offence occurred after Nicolson had been drinking at his former partner’s home.

The woman was left “very scared and intimidated” by his behaviour, as Nicolson tried to re-enter the house.

When the police were called his behaviour continued, with Mackenzie saying Nicolson used “wholly abusive and derogatory language” towards officers relating to disability.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client was not happy the pair’s relationship had ended, had been drinking and regrets his behaviour.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank called for a criminal justice social work report, and adjourned the case until 17 April. He also continued consideration of a non-harassment order.


A MAN from Gott has been placed under supervision for 18 months and given a curfew after being found guilty of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner last year.

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Following a trial at Lerwick Sheriff Court on February, Narrinder 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.

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.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank had found Hundal guilty of the offence at the trial, and imposed a community payback order when the case called again on Wednesday for sentencing.

The curfew will see Hundal having to stay in his home address between 7pm and 7am, seven days a week, for four months.


A WOMAN who spat on people at a Lerwick pub and struggled violently with a member of staff as she was being ejected has been ordered to pay £300 in compensation.

Ashleigh Charlton, of Lerwick’s Leslie Road, previously admitted carrying out the offences at the Douglas Arms pub in the town on 26 February.

The 19-year-old previously had her sentence deferred to be of good behaviour. Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that she had been of good behaviour.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank ordered Charlton to pay £100 and £200 in compensation to two people who were on the receiving end of her behaviour in the pub.

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