Lerwick man kept in custody on series of charges

A Lerwick man was kept locked up after appearing in court on Monday charged with a string of offences.

Last week the town’s sheriff court gave Jason Pottinger, 22, of Sandveien, the “benefit of the doubt” by bailing him after he was charged with various offences. He was allowed his freedom after being made the subject of a drugs testing order.

On Monday he appeared from custody charged with breaking into Shetland Electrical Services at Rudda Park and stealing £337 on 30th May; and using a hammer to prise open garage doors at the Imex International premises at Holmsgarth with intention to steal and taking a motorbike key from there on 31st May.

He was further charged with breaking into Shetland Electrical Services with intent to steal on 2nd June and smashing a window at the premises on the same date; tampering with a lock and attempting to break into nurses’ accommodation at Montfield Hospital with intent to steal on 3rd June and stealing a bag on medication from the hospital’s Vaila Ward on the same day.

In addition he was charged with stealing £40 from the Dragon House, Kantersted Road, on 4th June and attempting to break into a house in the town’s Fogralea by smashing a garage window with intent to steal on 5th June.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie opposed Pottinger being granted bail again – he had “breached the trust of the court” by doing nothing to stop his behaviour. This was having a significant effect on the community and was caused by Pottinger’s significant drug problem, and it was necessary to protect the public.

The case was continued without plea and Honorary Sheriff Arnold Duncan remanded Pottinger in custody until 17th June.


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