Friday , 27 May 2022

Shetland court hears homophobia charge

MV Gemini, where the incidents are alleged to have taken place.

A Glaswegian man accused of directing homophobic remarks towards a fellow worker on board a ship has had his case continued without plea at Lerwick Sheriff Court, reports the Shetland News.

Lee Fitzpatrick, 25, of Castlemilk, is alleged to have made aggressive and homophobic comments on the MV Gemini, an accommodation vessel harboured at Blackness Pier, Scalloway.

Fitzpatrick is accused of swearing at the man in the early hours of Monday morning, while he is also claimed to have “behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by uttering threats and verbal abuse” at the man on Sunday.

The court papers also reveal that Fitzpatrick allegedly made threats of violence towards two other workers on board the ship.

He was granted bail, but with special conditions applied prohibiting him from contacting any of the three complainants. He must also leave Shetland immediately, returning only for future court appearances.

The case is due to be heard again on 1 April, in order to allow Fitzpatrick time to seek a legal representative.


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Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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