22nd February 2018
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Heroin addict went on shop-lifting spree days after getting out of prison

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A heroin addict who went on a shop-lifting spree just three days after being released from prison found himself behind bars again this week.

Adam Nelson, 21, of Norgaet in Lerwick, admitted stealing a tracksuit from Cee & Jays and cosmetics from AL Laings at the Market Cross on 5th July when he appeared in court today.

The court heard the items taken were worth £90 in total, and were not in good enough condition to go back on the shelves for sale.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said Nelson had only been released from custody on 2nd July.

He told honorary Sheriff Malcolm Bell there may be “merit” in calling for a social inquiry report to find a long-term solution for Nelson which could also be in the public interest.

“We are faced with a young man with a heroin habit who once released from prison goes straight back to re-offending,” he said.

Sheriff Bell deferred sentence until 28th July and called for reports to be prepared.

Remanding Nelson in custody, he said: “You still have a heroin habit, and you need to use this time to do something about it.”

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