Man charged with theft, damage and drug possession denied bail

A young man with a “ferocious capacity to commit crime” was denied bail when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

Scott Anderson, 21, of Kirkabister, Bressay, was charged with breaking into a chalet at Hoofields on Christmas Day and stealing an X-box computer console, a rucksack containing DVDs, a camera, a pair of trainers and a pair of boots.

He was also charged with smashing a light sensor at the Staneyhill Shop on Saturday and breaking a window with intent to steal. He was further charged with having cannabis in his possession at Lerwick police station.

Defence solicitor Chris Dowle asked for the case to be continued without plea and asked for bail for Anderson. He said that Anderson wanted to see his son, aged three next month, in Orkney. He has not seen his son since 2010.

However bail was opposed by procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie. Mr MacKenzie said the only way the public could be protected would be by him being remanded in custody.

Honorary Sheriff Arnold Duncan agreed, and remanded Anderson in custody until his next court appearance. The case was continued without plea.


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