Man escapes prison sentence for breaching order

A MAN who breached his supervised attendance order escaped a prison sentence when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

Shaun Chapman, 40, of Old School, Whiteness, was previously handed 100 hours for possessing heroin on 13th July last year at Ladies Drive and stealing a pair of boots from Highland Industrial Supplies in Inverness on 3rd August 2005.

Appearing before Sheriff James Hendry on Wednesday, Chapman was warned he would be given a custodial sentence if he failed to complete the orders again.

Sheriff Hendry said: “Courts are told not to jail people because it’s expensive, but you are at a stage where you are giving the court very little option. If you do not carry out these orders jail is the only alternative.”

Instead of sending him to jail sheriff Hendry imposed another 15 hours for the breach, on top of the original 100 hour sentence.

The court also heard Chapman deny a separate charge of driving a car at Holmsgarth in Lerwick without displaying L-plates. Trial was set for 15th January next year.


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