Custody for man accused of two assaults

A man has been remanded in custody after allegedly carrying out two assaults and brandishing a bottle.

Anas Nfaou, 18, of Holmsgarth Brae in Lerwick is accused of carrying out the offences at his home on Saturday, while he was on bail.

His case before sheriff Philip Mann was continued without plea until Thursday.

Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie opposed bail, stating that North African Nfaou had no right to stay in the UK.

Mr MacKenzie said the border agency would be unable to deport Nfaou while court proceedings were ongoing. That, he said, gave Nfaou the incentive to offend.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the opposite was the case. He said Nfaou was keen to leave the UK willingly. Being deported would make it more difficult for him to return.
“If he is deported it’s far longer before he can return legally,” he told the court.

Sheriff Mann said being at liberty would give Nfaou the “incentive” to disappear and not come back to court.
Appearing beside Nfaou was Zoe Drysdale, 18, of no fixed abode.

She is charged with calling Nfaou a “f****** P***” on Saturday at the Holmsgarth Brae address, and stating that he could go back to his own country.

Drysdale is also accused of throwing a bottle at Nfaou and scratching his neck to his injury, in a racially aggravated assault.

Her case was also continued until Thursday. She was released on bail.


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