A man who pushed a lit cigarette into his victim’s eye after a night out in Lerwick was spared a prison sentence at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.
Instead Trevor Tulloch, 31, of St Sunniva Street in Lerwick, was handed a one-year community payback order and told to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay a total of £500 in compensation to his victims.
Tulloch had been warned he was facing prison after he admitted challenging two people, a man and a woman, to a fight in Fox Lane after a night out at Posers on 7th May.
He struck the man in the face with the cigarette, injuring his eye.
Sentence on Tulloch had been deferred for reports.
Defence agent Tommy Allan said Tulloch could not escape the fact that the offence was “terrible”.
But he said Tulloch had been trying to get his life back on track. He had been attending Shetland’s drug and alcohol service.
“He’s been able to see where things are going wrong with his alcohol consumption,” he said.
He added Tulloch had managed to hold onto his employment despite his difficulties.
Sheriff Graeme Napier said Tulloch was old enough to display better levels of maturity.
“He’s 31 years old. You’d have thought he would have managed to grow up by now.”
However he was encouraged by a positive reference supplied by Tulloch’s employers.