Man sentenced after giving false name to police

A repeat offender who twice gave false details to police after coming off the NorthLink ferry is beginning a six month prison sentence.

Paul Shields, 29, of Ailsa Road, Coatbridge, admitted providing the wrong name and date of birth when questioned by police on 2nd June.

He lied again during a follow-up visit by officers to an address in Tingwall on 23rd June.
Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said Shields had no legitimate connection to Shetland, and was stopped coming off the ferry following suspicions he may have been carrying drugs.

Defence agent Chris Dowle said Shields was coming to Shetland to make a new start for himself.

He said Shields had heard there was work up in the isles and there was “nothing untoward” in his coming here.

Mr Dowle added Shields had felt shocked to have been approached by the police at the Holmsgarth terminal. Shields gave the wrong details “in a moment of panic”. On the second occasion, he felt committed to sticking to what he had said before.

“He understands the position he is in.”

Honorary sheriff Sandy Cluness told Shields: “I’ve heard what your solicitor has said. This court considers this kind of deception very seriously and, in view of your previous convictions as well, I will sentence you to six months.”


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