Blackpool: From the courts 05-04-18
Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Blake Bolton, 31, drink-driving
A man’s decision to pull up his car on double yellow lines proved costly.
Police watched Blake Bolton’s driving manoeuvre on Dickson Road in the early hours of the morning.
Bolton, 31, of Mudie Place, Blackpool, said he was looking for a cash machine.
But police smelled alcohol on him and when he failed a roadside breath test he was arrested.
Bolton admitted drink driving sand was banned from the road for 18 months and must pay £415 in fines and costs.
Kevin Coleman, 82, indecent assault and inciting a child to commit gross indecency
An pensioner has appeared at court for the first time on historic sex offence allegations.
Kevin Coleman, 82, faces 12 charges – seven of indecent assault and five of inciting a child to commit gross indecency.
The alleged victims were boys under the age of 14 and the offences are said to have taken place 40 years ago in Heysham and Blackburn.
Coleman, of Saltcotes Road, Lytham,was sent for trial at Preston Crown Court where he will appear on May 1. He was bailed.
Jason Byrns, 36, drink-driving
A driver was found to be more than twice over the alcohol limit.
Jason Byrns, a 36-year-old contracts worker, of Stanagate, Clifton, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.
He was banned from the road for 19 months, fined £505 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £50 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a police officer on patrol said he saw Byrns driving a BMW In Segar Street, Wesham, on March 11 at 4pm, while on his mobile phone and trying to do up his seatbelt.
A breath test showed 75 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Byrns had been at a 50th birthday celebration the night before and had drunk a lot.
The next afternoon he returned to collect his car. He then had one pint while watching football which must have topped up his alcohol level.
Byrns denied being on his mobile while driving.
Nigel White, 41 making and possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography
A civil servant’s life and career was in ruins after being found with child pornography on his computer.
Nigel White, 41, of Northway, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to two offences of making indecent pictures of children, one offence of possessing 21 indecent images of children and one offence of possessing extreme pornography.
The offences took place between June 2013 and January this year.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police executed a search warrant at White’s former home on Durham Avenue, Cleveleys, on March 18, and found 21 indecent pictures on his computer, some at the second highest level of depravity.
Gerry Coyle, defending, said: “He has ruined his career in the civil service, ruined the relationship he was in and ruined his good character.”
White admitted he had done wrong by viewing the indecent pictures on-line, downloading them and saving them on his computer.
He had immediately admitted his guilt to police when he was interviewed.
He was bailed for pre-sentence reports.
Sean O’Mahoney, 48, drink-driving
A drunken plasterer whose car was stopped, pulled a nail out of his pocket and told police officers: “I could poke your eyes out with it.”
Sean O’Mahoney, 48, of Maida Vale, Anchorsholme, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
He was disqualified from driving for 17 months, fined £400 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £40 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police saw O’Mahoney driving a Peugeot 307 with a headlight out on Whitegate Drive, on March 10, in the early hours.
After being stopped, it took him four or five attempts to put the ignition key back in and turn on the lights, before getting a nail out of his pocket and making the comment to the officers.
A breath test showed 61 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, did not accept all the comments made by the police about his behaviour.
O’Mahoney, who had suffered a heart attack and was suffering from depression, was a self-employed plasterer who had been working 12 hour shifts.
He went into Poulton to try to drum up some more work and drank more than he intended.