Court / Court round-up 10 April 2024

Jury trials are set

A YOUNG woman from Tingwall has lost her licence after admitting driving in Lerwick last month with more than three times the legal limit for alcohol in her blood.

Erica Lines was stopped by police at North Lochside in Lerwick due to the manner of her driving.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that the 27-year-old had been struggling after the death of a close friend.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said Lines, of Herrislea Court, fully accepted responsibility and took the offence as a wake up call.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined her £500 and banned her from the roads for a year. Lines can get her licence back after nine months should she successfully complete the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.

THE TRIAL of a police officer who is accused of sexually assaulting three women at a Lerwick nightclub and at an address in the town has been transferred to Aberdeen Sheriff Court.


Rory Philip, 25, with an address given as Professional Standards Department, Bucksburn police office, Aberdeen, pleaded not guilty to three charges when his case called at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie moved for the case to be transferred to Aberdeen as he could not be involved in the trial, and sending a fiscal to Lerwick for the various hearings would be too costly for the public purse.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said he fully understood why the Lerwick based fiscal could not be involved in the trial but was somewhat reluctant to grant the request as justice needs to be dealt with locally.

However, following some considerable consideration the sheriff agreed to transfer the case to Aberdeen Sheriff Court, and a trial date of 17 July has been set.

A THIRTY three year old man from Shetland has been remanded in custody after appearing in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on a number of drugs related charges including supply.

Alexander Ian Chalmers made no plea and was committed for further examination.

A date for a next court appearance has still to be confirmed.

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