NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Shetland man admits decades of wife abuse

A Shetland man has admitted subjecting his wife to nearly 30 years of domestic abuse.

Robert Simmons, 62, of Sandness, admitted 11 different charges dating between 1988 and this year.

They included striking his wife and forcing her in to the boot of a car.

This case was described by procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie as one of the worst he had ever dealt with. Simmons will be sentenced at Lerwick Sheriff Court on 11 October.