Sheriff bows out by fining woman for breaching bail conditions

A woman who breached her bail conditions has been fined £250 at Lerwick Sheriff Court, gaining her the dubious distinction of being the last person dealt with by Sheriff Graeme Napier during his time in the isles.

Keri Butler, 31, of Nederdale in the town, admitted failing to turn up at the police station on two dates in October and one in November when she entered the dock today.

The court heard Butler had already spent a night in custody for the offence. She had told defence agent Tommy Allan said she had no outstanding cases or fines before the court.

Fining her, Sheriff Napier – who will soon take up an appointment at Aberdeen Sheriff Court – said: “You have the privilege of being the last person I deal with during my period in Shetland.”

The case came at the end of a career in the isles for the sheriff which has lasted for almost eight years.

Having grown up in East Kilbride, he became a solicitor in 1980 and joined the procurator fiscal service three years later. He began work here in May 2004. No announcement has yet been made on who his successor will be.


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