Scalloway resident must spend New Year behind bars

A man is facing the New Year behind bars after struggling with police while on bail.

Adam Chapman, 24, of Undirhoull, Scalloway, admitted misbehaving in a police car and at the station yesterday, shouting and swearing at officers, spitting and repeatedly blocking a cell toilet.

Chapman admitted the offence when he appeared from custody today at Lerwick Sheriff Court. He was only given bail two days before Christmas when he admitted breaking into the Home Furnishing shop in Lerwick and stealing three till drawers and money.

Chapman’s case had been continued until next month for background reports. But his antics in front of officers meant he was brought back to the dock today. The new offence was adjourned until the original January date to allow all cases to be dealt with together.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie opposed bail because of Chapman’s previous record.

Defence agent Tommy Allan accepted his client had a “fairly lengthy record”. He said Chapman had been drinking heavily, something he was not used to doing any more.

Mr Allan said Chapman wanted to apologise for his behaviour. That apology, he said, seemed reasonably genuine.

However, honorary sheriff Malcolm Bell remanded Chapman in custody, citing his “pretty appalling” record as reason for denying him his liberty. He will appear in court again on 11th January.


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