19th October 2018
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Man smashed his way into ex-partner’s shed to retrieve saw, court is told

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A man used a pick-axe to force his way into a garden shed to get his circular saw back from his estranged partner.

Marvin Hutchison, 43, of Sandside in Mossbank, entered the garden and smashed his way into the shed at Trondavoe in Brae yesterday, despite being told to leave by the woman staying at the house.

He admitted breaching the peace when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said Hutchison had gone to the home of his former partner to get the tool back shortly after their two-year relationship had ended.

Telling him to leave, the woman said she would arrange for the saw to be left outside the shed for him to collect later.

However Hutchison returned to his car and got the pick-axe from his boot.

“He then attacked the door of the garden shed with the axe, retrieved his saw and left the locus, leaving her in a considerably distressed state,” said Mr MacKenzie.

He was later detained by police at his home address.

Defence agent Chris Dowle said unemployed Hutchison had felt his ex-partner was using “just another stalling tactic” when she asked him to leave.

Sheriff Graeme Napier deferred sentence until 3rd November for Hutchison to be of good behaviour and to pay for the damage he caused.

He must not enter Trondavoe or approach the woman while on bail.

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