Teenager accused of threats to bar staff will spend Christmas in prison

A teenager will be spending the festive period behind bars after he was remanded in custody for allegedly threatening to stab and slash bar staff before assaulting a police officer.

Trevor Couper, 18, of Cairnfield Road, Lerwick, denies behaving in a threatening manner at the Thule Bar and at the police station yesterday, shouting at pub workers and threatening police with violence.

He also pleaded not guilty to spitting on a policeman when he appeared from custody before sheriff Graeme Napier today.

Trial was fixed for 12th January, with an intermediate diet scheduled for 11th January.

However procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie opposed Couper’s bail request because of his record.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said Couper was employed with a recycling company, doing a job which was “important to him”.

He had kept appointment with the local drug and alcohol service, which he had contacted off his own bat.

“His position is … he wants to be at liberty until these matters can be resolved.”

However Sheriff Napier refused the motion for bail.


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