Teenager accused of assault back behind bars after High Court freed him

A teenager accused of assault successfully appealed to the High Court in Edinburgh against a sheriff’s decision to remand him in custody.

But Shaun Smith, 17, of Ladies Drive, Lerwick, is now back behind bars after breaching a curfew order imposed upon his release.

Smith was remanded by Sheriff Philip Mann on 19th September after denying pushing his victim down a flight of stairs, injuring her. Trial had been set for this Thursday.

However he was released on 27th September and told to abide by a curfew order instead, which required him to stay indoors between 7pm and 7am.

Smith was arrested early on Sunday morning after being discovered at an address in St Olaf Street.

His case will be dealt with later this week along with other matters.

However Sheriff Graeme Napier ordered he be held in remand in the meantime for “blatantly” breaching the court order.


A man has been accused of carrying out four weekend assaults before jumping off Victoria Pier into the sea.

Sean Barker, 22, of St Olaf Street, Lerwick, appeared from custody before Sheriff Graeme Napier today.

He is charged with assaulting two 15 year olds at Harrison Square on Saturday, repeatedly punching them on the head and injuring them.

He is also accused of punching a woman on her head and punching and head-butting a man, causing injury to both.

Barker is further alleged to have shouted at Victoria Pier and behaved in a threatening way before jumping into the water.

His case was continued without plea until 19th October. He was released on bail, with a special condition he must not be under the influence of alcohol in a public place.

He must also submit to a breath test when required by police.


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