Blackpool: From the courts 12-05-17

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Jonathan Bromley, 34, drunk and disorderly

A man who had been drinking fell asleep in a chip shop at Blackpool and police had to be called when staff could not wake him.

Jonathan Bromley, a 34-year-old scaffolder, of Murdoch Avenue, Ashton, Preston, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was fined £115 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said Bromley went into the resort’s Tower Chip Shop, Topping Street, on April 16 and ordered food.

Staff took the food to Bromley, who had fallen asleep in a window seat, but they could not rouse him.

When a woman police officer arrived and woke him he swore and was abusive to her.

She called for back-up but Bromley still refused to leave and was arrested.

Bromley told magistrates he rarely drank and was more into going to the gym and playing football. He had gone for a weekend in Blackpool, had too much to drink and did not remember what had happened.

Here is Thursday’s round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 11-05-17

Christopher Parkinson, 32, criminal damage

A son smashed a French window at his mother’s home with a brick after she refused to let him into the address or give him money.

Christopher Parkinson, who had a drugs problem, then used shards of the broken glass to try and harm himself, before being restrained by his brother.

Parkinson, 32, formerly of Sandwell Avenue, Thornton, now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing £200 worth of damage.

He was ordered to pay £200 compensation by magistrates and put on a 12 months restraining order which bans him from communicating with his mother or entering her home road of Warren Drive, Thornton.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said the defendant’s mother called police saying Parkinson had broken a window at her home on May 8.

Police arrived to find Parkinson’s brother restraining him in the address.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had drug and mental health issues and was at his lowest ebb.

Parkinson’s prescription for the heroin substitute methadone had been stopped and he had felt unwell at the time he caused the damage.

Jason Phillips, 47, theft

A man had only been released from prison days previously before he stole a young lad’s mountain bike because his lift let him down.

Jason Phillips took the bicycle because it was a long way to walk back from Cleveleys to Blackpool and as he cycled home he nipped into a shop and stole goods.

Phillips, 47, of Hornby Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

He was sentenced to a nine months community order with six months drug rehabilitation and fined £40 with £45 costs plus £85 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said Phillips stole a bike which was left outside Sainsburys, in Cleveleys, on May 8 about 6.50pm.

Forty minutes later, he went into Tesco Express, Blackpool, stole three bottles of detergent valued at £17 and rode off.

Police were alerted and stopped him on the bike.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client, who had had a drugs problem and was now on a prescription for the heroin substitute methadone, was released from prison on April 21.

The day of the offences he had gone to visit a friend. Phillips rarely drank but he had some alcohol with his friend. His lift let him down and he stole the bike on the spur of the moment as it was a long way to walk home. He had no idea why he took the detergent.

Jakub Novotny, 25, assault

A man accused of battering his boyfriend who has possibly broken both cheekbones has made his first appearance at court.

Jakub Novotny, 25, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The court proceedings were relayed to him in Czech by an interpreter.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said after Novotny assaulted his partner on May 7 the complainant was taken to hospital.

He had cuts to his face and his injuries were treated with stitches and steri-strips, but X-rays could not be taken because his face was so swollen.

Paramedics had told the police the victim may have two broken cheekbones.

The prosecution asked for an adjournment for the extent of the victim’s injuries to be assessed.

Novotny was bailed by Blackpool magistrates. He must live at his given address and not contact the complainant or enter the resort’s Portland Road.

James Skelly, 47, failure to comply with a Criminal Behaviour Order

A man who became notorious for begging in Blackpool has again breached a court order to keep out of the resort town centre.

James Skelly, 47, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CRIMBO) and breaching a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months for a previous breach of the order.

He was fined £20, ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge and had his 12-week suspended prison sentence extended to run for 14 months by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said the CRIMBO against Skelly was made on January 18 this year and the order banned him from entering most of the resort town centre.

On May 9 at 7.30pm Skelly was seen in the seating area of a restaurant on Blackpool Promenade an area he was prohibited from entering.

Brett Chappell, defending, said the order had been applied for by Blackpool Council with the intention of stopping Skelly begging for money in the town centre.

Skelly had once had a drugs problem but was now on a prescription for the heroin substitute methadone and did not take street drugs.

He was homeless and the day of the offence he had been going towards the area of the Pleasure Beach trying to find somewhere to sleep on the streets.

Skelly had now got an appointment with the council housing department and it was hoped he would be found accommodation out of the area he was banned from.

Nathan Price, 20, criminal damage

A man accused of throwing his wife’s television against the wall has appeared at court.

Nathan Price, 20, of Common Edge Road, Marton, pleaded not guilty to causing £150 worth of damage.

He was remanded in custody towards June 23 for trial by Blackpool magistrates.