Men told to stay away from isles after assaults

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Four Fraserburgh men have been warned to stay away from the isles after admitting assault charges at the Thule Bar in Lerwick.

Douglas McCulloch, 25, of the town’s Buchan Road, Clint Cassie, 44, of Cortes Crescent and Gary Strachan, 47, of North Braehead pleaded guilty to repeatedly swinging a pool cue at a man in the pub yesterday while acting together.

They punched him on the head and body and kicked at him repeatedly – all to his injury.

Strachan shouted and swore and made threats to police while he was being taken to the police station.

Meanwhile, Matthew Ritchie, 20, of Fairndale, East Moss Croft, admitted assaulting another man at the Thule by punching him on the head and throwing a glass at him. He also smashed a television. He committed the offence while on bail.

The men all admitted the charges after appearing in the dock from custody before honorary sheriff Eric Peterson.

Sentence was deferred until 9th January for background reports to be compiled.

All four were released on bail, but with a special condition attached that they do not return to the isles in the meantime.