A man who shouted at his partner and pushed her on a sofa when he found her at home with a woman she was said to previously have had an “intimate relationship” with was fined £150.
Adam Sharp, whose address was given as Brae of Wheelafirth, Tingwall, went to the address at Market Street after a night out and was “angered by the presence” of the other woman. All three had been drinking and the court heard his objections to the woman had led to a shouting match where he made derogatory comments about his partner’s “conflicted sexuality”.
When his partner stood up the 30-year-old grabbed her arms and pushed her onto the sofa. Sharp admitted assaulting her, aggravated by prejudice towards her sexual orientation.
At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday Sheriff Philip Mann said that Sharp’s “behaviour was out of order and cannot be condoned by the court” but he understood the anger and stress that he must have felt in the situation.
The sheriff considered it likely to be a “one-off” situation and limited Sharp’s punishment to a fine.