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Court / Court round-up 17 April 2024

A MAN from Lerwick who admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner earlier this year has been given a community payback order.

Daniel Nicolson, of Ladies Drive, appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday for sentencing after previously admitting three charges relating an incident which took place in the town on 27 January.

The 34-year-old had 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 previously told court that the woman was left “very scared and intimidated” by Nicolson’s behaviour.

Following the preparation of a social work report, defence agent Tommy Allan told court on Wednesday that his client has been “open and honest” about the incident and took full responsibility.

Allan said Nicolson also understood the effect his behaviour would have had.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank placed Nicolson under a community payback order with 12 months of supervision and 120 hours of unpaid work.

He was also made subject to a non-harassment order for 18 months, which prohibits Nicolson from approach or contacting the woman.

A WIND farm worker from Denmark who caused a serious road accident by driving on the wrong side of the road has been disqualified  for a year and fined a total of £640.

Chris Toth, of Schaeferivej, Herning, previously pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving on 10 October.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said it was a case of visitor forgetting which side of the road to drive on.

Toth’s works van collided head on with another vehicle at around 6.30am on the Gremista to Dales Voe road. Both drivers were injured in the accident and needed stitches.

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A MAN from Sullom has admitted a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by encouraging another person to provide a false statement to police – for a payment of £300.

Daniel Johnson, 20, pleaded guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to attempting to pervert the course of justice on 8 December.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the police had spoken to Johnson as a witness following a minor road traffic incident involving his partner.

The court heard that Johnson told police the vehicle had not been driven and instead claimed it had been taken on a trailer from Lerwick to Sullom with the help of another man.

But when that other man was spoken to by officers, he said he had no knowledge of this.

The man received a message from Johnson whilst in the company of the officers advising him what to say to the police, with money offered in return.

This message was then shown to police. The court heard that Johnson later told officers he did not want his partner to get in any trouble.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank adjourned the case for the preparation of social work reports until 8 May.

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