West Side man in court after threatening phone call to Sullom Voe staff about ‘shotgun’

A man who threatened to attend the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal with a shotgun appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

Roderick Nicolson, 48, of Da Kupp in Tresta, admitted behaving in a threatening manner likely to cause fear or alarm by telephoning the terminal on Monday and warning staff to take cover.

Sentence was deferred for background reports when Nicolson appeared in the dock before Sheriff Philip Mann.

The court heard Nicolson was not found to have a shotgun, although an air-weapon was discovered.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said there was considerable background relating to Nicolson. He asked the sheriff to allow Nicolson his liberty while reports were compiled by social workers.

Nicolson was released on bail with the special condition that he does not attend or contact the terminal. He will appear in court again on 7th March.

Sheriff Mann is standing in at the Lerwick court until a permanent replacement can be found for Sheriff Graeme Napier, who has taken up a new posting in Aberdeen.


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