Man who made racist remarks to woman fined £600

A man was fined £600 after admitting breaching the peace in a racially aggravated incident when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

David Drever, 38, of the town’s Sandveien, pled guilty to conducting himself in a disorderly manner in the housing estate on 13th September.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said a dispute had emerged between Drever and the complainer. Intending to discuss the problem with her, Drever had knocked on the complainer’s door.

But the resulting discussion between them became heated, and during the argument he used the terms “Paki” and “black b******”.

“In the course of the breach of the peace he used, over and above shouting and swearing, completely unacceptable language,” said Mr MacKenzie.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said Drever had raised his voice, however the complainer raised her voice as well and used swear words herself.

He said Drever knew his choice of words was wrong almost as soon as they came out of his mouth. “He accepts he has said something he should not have, but during the course of the argument that was a two-way street.”

He appeared from custody on 15th September and the matter was continued until Wednesday’s date.

Sheriff Graeme Napier said Drever was “obviously a violent man, and he’s a violent man who resorts to racist comments”. He took into account the fact Drever had spent time in custody and fined him £600.


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