Man admits harassing woman in repeated phone calls

Persistently phoning a woman and shouting at her on Friday night landed a man in court today.

Wesley Bailey, 30, of Ladies Drive, Lerwick, appeared from custody to plead guilty to causing annoyance, inconvenience and needless anxiey to the woman at her home in Commercial Road.

The court heard that the incident happened around 9pm when Bailey, in an intoxicated state, arrived outside the woman’s house and telephoned, asking to see his son. It was not a time arranged for such a visit and Bailey got angry when the woman hung up. He telephoned 12 times in quick succession, telling her she would regret hanging up on him and telling her to look out of the window. When she did so and saw Bailey she phoned the police.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said that Bailey admitted he had had “way too much to drink” and all he had done was stand on the street. He asked for Bailey to have his sentence deferred for good behaviour, given that he had spent the previous night, when he was traced, in custody, and that there were no hard feelings between him and the complainer.

Honorary Sheriff Arnold Duncan agreed to the request, warning Bailey that with his “formidable” list of previous convictions he could not afford to get into trouble again.

Bailey will next appear in court on 5th October.


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