16th August 2018
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Man who brandished rolling pin after following girlfriend fined £200

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A Latvian man who brandished a rolling pin after following his ex-girlfriend in a taxi was fined £200 at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

Vitalijs Piho, 23, of Scalloway Road, Lerwick, became upset when he spotted the woman getting into a cab with some other men on Sunday. He got into another taxi and followed her to Upper Baila.

Piho challenged one of the men who was with her. He “brandished” a rolling pin but was moved away from the scene. He was arrested and kept in custody before appearing at court.

He admitted being in possession of an offensive weapon – the rolling pin – and brandishing it at a man.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said Piho had been in a relationship with the woman for the last two years. He said Piho had insisted he had not been drinking too much. At the house he had asked to speak to her, but was told he should leave.

The court heard Piho had found the rolling pin and kept it because the person who owned the property was “three times the size he is”.
Fining him, honorary sheriff Arnold Duncan ordered that the rolling pin be forfeited.

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