21st August 2018
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192 more days

A prisoner had 192 days added to his sentence at Lerwick Sheriff Court this week for harbouring a child who had absconded from a children’s home, struggling with police and stealing booze from the Co-op and Tesco.

Iain Tulloch, 39, formerly of Ladies Drive, Lerwick, was jailed for six months a fortnight ago for assaulting a woman and police officers. On Wednesday at Lerwick Sheriff Court he admitted the further offences which occurred in April and December.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the shoplifting had been to feed Tulloch’s drink habit and he struggled with police because he did not want to leave his two dogs outside the supermarket when he was arrested.

While in jail this past fortnight he had been able to reflect on how his life was going downhill and felt it was time to seek stability when he gets his liberty and a return to work as a joiner.

Sheriff Graeme Napier imposed the 192 days to run from Wednesday alongside his other sentence.

His co-accused Lindsay Desvaux, 26, of Veester Hill, Sandwick, admitted possessing a tiny amount of cannabis at the Market Cross on Hogmanay. She was fined £60.

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Penalty points

A Yell salmon worker who drove on Mainland roads without a full licence for the third time was lucky not to be banned at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Darren Saunders, 23, of Sellafirth, was stopped near Mossbank on 20th March and found to have only a provisional licence and no L-plates. He had three penalty points imposed on his licence and was fined £170.

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Drug charges

A man stood in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court last week charged with drug offices.

David Llewellyn, 42, of Lerwick, appeared from custody before Honorary Sheriff Arnold Duncan on Friday on two charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

He was fully committed and remanded in custody.

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Driver banned

When police caught up with the driver of a car taken from outside SIC offices they found him slumped on his knees on the pavement outside his house in an intoxicated state.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, unemployed Martin MacDonald, 35, of Ladies Drive, Lerwick, was lucky to avoid jail because he has previous con-vic-tions.

The court heard he was escorted from the council computer centre in Garthspool Road on 6th March where he had been stumbling about and muttering incoherently. He got into a car which had its keys left in and drove off. The owner called the police and it was traced less than 20 minutes later at Ladies Drive.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said: “It was very clear he was very intoxicated with some substance or another.”

At the police station he was given an impairment test but officers had to keep waking him up because he could barely keep his eyes open. “It beggars belief that he was driving,” the fiscal said.

Macdonald admitted being unfit to drive at Garthspool Road, Ladies Drive and elsewhere in Lerwick due to drink or drugs.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said his client was going through a bad patch and had been on valium at the time.

He was banned from driving and released on bail until 17th June while reports are drawn up to assist with sentencing.