Fleetwood: From the courts 27-04-16

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man threw a paint roller which hit a teenage boy on the leg after an argument over a phone.

David Bunnell also attempted to strangle the 14-year-old and punched him in the ribs a court was told.

Bunnell, 42, of Toronto Avenue, Fleetwood pleaded guilty to assault.

He was sentenced to a community order with an overnight curfew and ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Bunnell had a row with the teenager on March 29, over a phone.

He threw a paint roller at the teenager which hurt him when it hit him on the leg.

The teenager said Bunnell then grabbed him round the neck with one hand and squeezed before punching him three times in the ribs.

Michael Woosnam, defending, told the court Bunnell said the teenager pushed him when he asked for the phone.

Bunnell admitted throwing a paint roller which hit the teenager. He denied trying to strangle him saying he got the teenager in a headlock and punched him once to the ribs.

• A man stole a blender from a store as a birthday present for his mother as he had no money.

Matthew Furness told police a cock-and-bull story about collecting a blender his girlfriend had already paid for when he was caught,

Furness, 33, of Nutter Road, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was fined £80 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Furness was seen grabbing a blender in Morrisons, Squires Gate Lane, on February 25 at 4.20pm, and dashing out of the store.

When interviewed Furness said his girlfriend had told him she had returned a blender and there was new one to pick up which she had already paid for, so he got up a blender from a shelf and walked out. Checks at the store showed there had been no return of such a blender for weeks.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Furness had worked as an industrial sprayer, but he had been laid off.

The day of the offence it was his mother’s birthday, but he had no money to buy her a present. He then made the stupid and irresponsible decision to steal the blender for her.

• Three men accused of being involved in the robbery of a man at Blackpool have made their first appearance at court.

Timothy Palin, 19, of Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, , and Michael Wilson, 25, of Brockholes Crescent, Poulton, are charged with robbing a man of tobacco.

Phillip O’Hagan, 20, of Hammerton Place, Blackpool, is charged with assaulting the alleged robbery victim and stealing one of his bank cards.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on Sunday at Bispham.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, asked for the case to go to crown court. The defendants were bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on May 25 by District Judge Roger Lowe sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

They must not associate with each other or enter Kincraig Place, Bispham, nor contact the victim and they must live at their given addresses keeping a 7pm to 7am 
curfew as conditions of their bail.

• A father-of-two who made his first appearance at court accused of burgling his former girlfriend’s Fleetwood home has been banned from the port.

John Bailey, 37, of Fairhaven Road, Fleetwood, pleaded not guilty to burglary.

Bailey was bailed to June 7 for trial by District Judge Roger Lowe sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

In addition to prohibiting Bailey from entering Fleetwood he was ordered to live at Blackburn Place, Cleveleys, as conditions of his bail.