Pool ball thrower on bail but told not to drink

Throwing a pool ball in a pub after losing a game resulted in an appearance at Lerwick Sheriff Court this week.

Robert Georgeson, 26, of Ladies Drive, Lerwick, threw the ball at Captain Flints on 17th January. It went through a window, causing £500 worth of damage.

He then failed to appear in court in relation to the offence on 22nd April, and was arrested as a result.

Appearing before sheriff Graeme Napier on Monday, Georgeson admitted carrying out the offence, although defence agent Tommy Allan said he had merely thrown the ball at the pool table in frustration after losing the game. It bounced up off the table and smashed through the window.

“It was reckless rather than willfulness,” Mr Allan told the court.

He said unemployed Georgeson, who had been working at Tesco last year but was sacked because of poor time-keeping, had already approached the owner and paid £100 for the damage. He intended to pay off the remainder as and when he could.

Sheriff Napier said Georgeson had previously breached a restriction of liberty order, and was unlikely to be able to pay a financial penalty.

Mr Allan said Georgeson was not a regular visitor to the court.

Deferring sentence until 3rd June for reports, the sheriff released Georgeson on bail with the added condition that he does not drink alcohol, and gives a breath test if required to by police.


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