Blackpool: From the courts 18-12-17

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Blackpool magistrates court
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Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

READ MORE: Friday’s round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 15-12-17

Jake Pickering-Cockell, 19, failing to comply with a community order

A teenager failed to do a session of unpaid work for the community because he had slept in.

Jake Pickering-Cockell, a 19-year-old catering apprentice, of Cheryl Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order.

It was his second breach of the order which was imposed for theft from an employer where Pickering-Cockell stole £750 from a shop he worked at, to pay a debt for cannabis he bought.

He had an extra 21 hours payback work added to his sentence and was ordered to pay £60 costs.

Presiding magistrate, Clifford Boynton, told him: “If there is a third breach that’s the time you bring an overnight bag as you would probably be going to prison.”

Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said the community order was imposed on Pickering-Cockell in August for theft from an employer and consisted of a 12 months community order with 140 hours of unpaid work.

He failed to attend for work on November 7, 14 and 21 saying on one occasion he had missed one work session because he had slept in.

Alan McQuillan, 33, intimidation, assault and criminal damage

A 33-year-old Blackpool man has admitted witness intimidation.

Allan McQuillan posted remarks on Facebook which scared a woman due to give evidence against him in an assault case.

McQuillian, of Windsor Avenue, admitted the intimidation charge when he appeared before the town’s magistrates.

He also admitted assaulting woman and criminal damage to a flat door.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said that McQuillan had been contacted by the flat owner because they had bought puppies from the same breeder.

They started to drink heavily at her flat where they were joined by a second woman.

The following morning, McQuillan pushed the second woman before kicking through the flat door.

He was arrested and charged and while on bail twice posted on Facebook about how the charges would not stick calling the two women “lying little rats”.

He was then remanded in custody.

Brett Chappell, defending, said at the time of the offences his client was fighting an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“He wants to reform and has at last found some medication which helps him,” said the lawyer.

McQuillian was given a 24 month suspended jail term and must undertake 40 days rehabilitation.

Tim Brooks, 23, breach of a restraining order

A man has made his first appearance at court accused of illegally contacting a woman he was banned from communicating with.

Tim Brooks, 23, of no fixed address, faces two charges of breaching a restraining order.

He is accused of committing the offences on May 27 and October 2 at Blackpool.

His case was adjourned.

John Larkin, 45, failing to comply with post prison sentence supervision

A man committed a criminal offence after he was released from prison.

John Larkin, 45, of Lytham Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with post prison sentence supervision.

He was fined £50.

Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said Larkin was on post sentence supervision until March next year.

On November 22 Larkin had committed an offence of damage.

Richard Birtwhistle, defending, said his client had had great difficulties and for a time was homeless and lived on the streets.

His mother had now let him return home. Larkin was being helpful at home and getting help for his alcohol problem.

He had reduced his alcohol intake to two or three cans of weak beer in the evening.

Gavin Neal, 37, disclosing a private sexual photograph or film without consent with the intention of causing distress.

A man has made his first appearance at court accused of sending revenge pornography

Gavin Neal is alleged to have sent a photograph of a topless woman to her employer.

Neal, 37, of Crofters Mews, Blackpool, pleaded not guilty to disclosing a private sexual photograph or film without the consent of an individual appearing in the photograph or film, with the intention of causing that individual distress.

The offence is alleged to have taken place on August 20 in Blackpool.

Neal had his case adjourned to March 28 for trial at the magistrates court.