Shop manager breached peace and assaulted woman

A charity shop manager who pleaded guilty to committing a breach of the peace and assaulting a woman had sentence deferred for social inquiry reports at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday.

When he appeared from custody, Justin Smith, 37, who gave his address as being at the Hillock estate in Dunrossness, admitted to conducting himself in a disorderly manner, shouting, swearing, uttering threats and brandishing before cutting his wrist with a knife at his former partner’s home in Lerwick on Saturday 31st January.

He also admitted grabbing a woman by the hand and trying to take a mobile phone from her.

Smith, who manages Oxfam’s Lerwick shop, was on a 12-month probation order for assaulting a woman and committing a breach of the peace at Sundhamar last January. He was granted bail pending social inquiry and community service reports on the condition that he did not go near his former partner’s home and did not alter his stated address in the meantime. Smith’s next appearance in court will be on 25th February.


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