Blackpool: From the courts 18-10-16

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court from October 17.

Martin Logan, 37, breach of the peace

Magistrates criticised the fact that a man who threatened to behave like a police killer only faced a minor offence.

Martin Logan threatened to shoot a police officer and said he was ‘thinking of doing a Dale Cregan’ – in reference to the man who murdered four people including two women police officers.

He also told a police officer that Raoul Moat – who shot three people including a police officer – was his hero.

Logan, 37, of Draycot Avenue, Grange Park, admitted an offence of breaching the peace.

He was bound over in the sum of £300 for 12 months by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Simon Bridge, told him: “Why you are not facing a threats to kill charge we do not know. Your behaviour was appalling.”

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police had been called several times about Logan’s behaviour by his partner, a mum of four, on October 16.

At 2.20am, officers were called again and they found Logan lying on a bed. He was described as extremely drunk and appeared to be under the influence of street drugs.

The court heard he told an officer he would ‘shoot him and find him and kill him.’ He added his hero was Raoul Moat and that he was thinking of ‘doing a Dale Cregan’.

Logan told magistrates he was very intoxicated at the time.

He said he was sorry for what he had done and that it would not happen again.

Daniel Wynn, 23, driving with excess alcohol

An assistant restaurant manager who had been drinking took a roundabout too fast and crashed into a kerb at Freckleton.

Daniel Wynn’s Seat sustained significant damage and ended up stopped in lane two of the dual carriageway.

Wynn, 23, of Bluecoat Crescent, Newton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol,

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police were called to an accident on Preston New Road where Wynn had lost control at a roundabout and crashed on September 25 at 3am. A breath test showed 49 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

In interview, Wynn said he had left work about 9pm, had a pint, watched boxing and taken some mates home. He later went out again, and on that journey crashed his car.

Leisa Splaine, defending, said her client, who had no previous convictions, had made a mistake of judgement.

He had co-operated with police and had huge regret for driving that night. Wynn said he had found it the worst experience of his life.

Wynn was disqualified from driving for 14 months, fined £346 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £34 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alec McGarry, 26, possession of cannabis

Police who carried out a drugs raid at a holiday village in Wrea Green found cannabis at two addresses there.

Alec McGarry told officers who discovered the drugs at Eagles Nest, Ribby Hall Village, that he was a habitual cannabis smoker who smoked between 10 and 15 joints a day.

McGarry, 26, of West Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

Pam Smith, prosecuted, said on June 22 officers from the Greater Manchester police force executed a drugs search warrant at Ribby Hall Village,

A total of 412 grams of cannabis was recovered from two addresses there. McGarry admitted the drugs were his and that he bought different kinds of cannabis in bulk for the different tastes it had.

McGarry told magistrates that he had been staying at the holiday village for a fortnight and that is why he had so much cannabis with him.

He was fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Jonathan Johnstone, 22, malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

A man accused of battering another man with a hammer has made his first appearance at court.

Jonathan Johnstone, 22, of Bowland Crescent, Grange Park, Blackpool, is charged with maliciously wounding Christopher Caesar with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at Blackpool on October 15. Magistrates were told Johnstone had indicated he would plead not guilty to the charge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said the case had to be heard at crown court. Defence lawyer, Hugh Pond, did not make an application for bail for his client.

Johnstone was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on November 9 by Blackpool magistrates.

Ann-Marie Corless, 37, and Sarah Greaves, 41, robbery

Two woman have made their first appearance at court accused of robbing another woman of her mobile phone at Blackpool.

Ann-Marie Corless, 37, and Sarah Greaves, 41, both of Beach Road, Cleveleys, are alleged to have committed the offence on October 15.

They were bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on November 9 by Blackpool magistrates.

Corless must live at an address in Halton Road, Lancaster, and Greaves at an address in Loftus Avenue, Marton, and both must not enter Beach Road, Cleveleys, as conditions of their bail.

Michael Rankin, 31, assault causing actual bodily harm

A man accused of dragging his girlfriend to an alley and strangling her until she lost consciousness, made his first appearance at court.

Michael Rankin, a 31-year-old metalworker, of Station Road, South Shore, indicated he would plead not guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The offence is alleged to have taken place in the resort’s Lytham Road on October 14.

The prosecution asked for the case to be heard at crown court and opposed bail. Defence lawyer, Paul Robinson, successfully applied for bail for Rankin.

Rankin was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on November 9 by Blackpool magistrates. He must live at his given address, keep a curfew from 11pm to 5am and not contact the complainant or enter Central Drive.