A drunk young woman who lashed out at a Queen’s Hotel worker who was removing her from the premises was ordered to carry out 70 hours of unpaid work when she appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.
Dana Lowe, 20, of St Olaf Street, Lerwick, admitted punching the female employee on the head on 10th February after she and her friends were told to leave. She had been drinking most of the day and had to be helped out of the bar.
The woman was left upset and with a mark on her face.
Defence agent Chris Dowle said Lowe had lashed out because she believed she had been pushed to the ground by the staff member.
Sheriff Graeme Napier said he had not seen Lowe in court for some time but it appeared she had got into trouble again because of a return to drinking. He said, in his experience in Shetland, people who acquired a drinking habit in their early teens found it difficult to turn their backs on alcohol.
He would have imposed a £340 fine but switched it to a supervised attendance order instead.