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Cells warning for Spittal man who broke Covid rules at Wick Sheriff Court

By Court Reporter

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Sheriff Andrew Berry.
Sheriff Andrew Berry.

An accused person was taken to task by the county's sheriff on Wednesday for not observing Covid restrictions – and warned he could end up in the cells.

Sheriff Andrew Berry interrupted proceedings at Wick to set Steven Jones straight.

The sheriff criticised the 21-year-old, who was in the public benches, for repeatedly going in and out of the court and changing his seat.

The sheriff said: "You seem to think you are the only person in the world to walk about without a mask. There is a pandemic going on. Someone has to clean up after you."

He warned Jones: "Any more misbehaving and I will instruct the duty officers to take you to the cells. Do you understand?"

Jones, who had replaced his mask, indicated that he did.

When his case was called later, Jones pleaded not guilty to a charge of having been in possession of two air rifles with a certificate.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at his then home at Threipland Place, Spittal, on December 4, 2018.

Jones will stand trial on December 9.

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