Unpaid work order for man who had knife

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A man who concealed a knife in his waistband while at a party has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Victor Carlin, 45, of Meadows, Tresta, was also fined £200 when he appeared for sentence at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

Sentence had been deferred for reports after Carlin admitted arming himself with the weapon. He had been drunk and making a nuisance of himself when he had attended the function.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said Carlin had no history of violence of any involvement with the court.

He said Carlin’s friends had rallied round him to offer their support.

“He’s not somebody predisposed to get involved in this kind of thing.”

Sheriff Philip Mann told Carlin: “You have to accept that the law does take a very serious view of any offence involving a knife.

“When I’m told that somebody deliberately arms themselves with a knife in a way that was described to me that immediately sets alarm bells ringing.”