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    Strachan makes it in to final

    24 Jul 2014, 7:32 pm

    Andrea Strachan securing a place in the finals of the 50m breaststroke - Photo: Ian MacNicolLERWICK swimmer Andrea Strachan has qualified for the final in the 50m breast stroke at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    The 21-year old came fourth in the second semifinal and managed to just qualify with a time of 31.52sec.

    Stern warning for threatening sleeping woman

    24 Jul 2014, 7:07 pm

    A LERWICK mechanic with drink and drugs problems has been warned to clean up his act or face a jail sentence after he threatened to hit a sleeping woman with a rock in her face.

    At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday, Sheriff Philip Mann told 29 year old Matthew Smith, of 7 Stanegarth, that he still had custody at the forefront of his mind when he deferred sentence for three months for “probably as bad a statutory breach of the peace as I am likely to come across”.

    The court heard that around 7am on 13 July, Smith had walked into a house on Lerwick’s Bruce Crescent where a group of women were sleeping after a hen night.

    Ayr drugs mule jailed

    24 Jul 2014, 6:09 pm

    A DRUGS mule from Ayr forced to smuggle almost £13,000 worth of heroin internally to Shetland was jailed for three years at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.

    Derek McLean was arrested as he disembarked the NorthLink ferry in Lerwick on the morning of 11 May after Shetland police were tipped off.

    On Thursday the court heard that McLean and his partner and child had been threatened by a drugs gang in Ayr if he failed to carry the drugs for them.

    Alpaca man spared jail

    24 Jul 2014, 2:19 pm

    A former alpaca farmer who admitted defrauding his wife of more than £11,000 has been spared a prison sentence.

    Colin Arnot was instead handed a community payback order and ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work when he appeared for sentence at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

    Arnot, 55, of Stucca, Hillswick, previously pleaded guilty to forging his wife’s signature on a Scottish Widows savings account form allowing the transfer of £11,615 to her current account.

    He then used her bank card and PIN to withdraw the cash.

    The offence happened between 2nd September and 13th December at Midgarth, North Roe.

    Sheriff Philip Mann previously deferred sentence to allow back­ground reports to be prepared.

    Defence agent Tommy Allan said Arnot and his wife had faced difficulties. He told the court Arnot had been concerned about his family situation and had withdrawn the money to buy goods for her.

    “She was not aware it was her money being used for this. It culmin­ated in the end of their marriage.”

    He stressed there were “real concerns” about Arnot’s ability to cope with a custodial sentence, and pointed to a “real opportunity” highlighted in a background report which would allow him to repay the community for his offence.

    Sheriff Mann told Arnot: “This is a very serious offence due to the amount of money involved and it’s the kind of level where, the High Court has indicated, normally a custodial sentence would be appropriate.”

    Arnot, who stood in the Shetland Islands Council elections in 2012, had been keeping alpacas, with his wife on their croft at the time he disappeared in November last year. A major search was carried out but he turned up at hospital in Lerwick a week later.

    Concealed a knife

    24 Jul 2014, 1:51 pm

    Sentence has been deferred on a man who concealed a knife in his waistband while at a party.

    Victor Carlin, 45, of Meadows, Tresta, admitted arming himself with the weapon when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

    The court heard Carlin was “drunk and making a nuisance of himself” when he attended a function earlier this month.

    He was asked to leave the party, but failed to be impressed by that invitation.

    Carlin returned to a marquee where the party was taking place and made his way to a food table.

    Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said Carlin was seen picking up the knife and concealing it in his waistband.

    He had to be restrained until the police arrived.

    Sheriff Philip Mann told Carlin: “Anyone who arms themself with a knife deliberately in a situation like this is committing a serious offence.”
    Carlin will appear for sentence on 21st August.

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