Blackpool: From the courts 19-06-18
Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Lousie Castro, 57, and Ronald Holloran, 52, depositing a structure on the highway in order to interrupt highway users
Two fracking protesters accused of blocking a major road with a statue of Bob Marley bearing the words “stand up for your rights” have appeared at court.
Louise Castro and Ronald Holloran are alleged to have placed the statue, which protesters described as an art installation, opposite the entrance to the Cuadrilla gas exploration site at Little Plumpton at Preston New Road.
Castro,57, who gave her address at Dugdale Close, Whitehills, Blackpool and Ronald Holloran, 52, of Marton, both denied depositing a structure on the highway in order to interrupt highway users between May 28 and 29 this year.
They both denied obstructing the highway on the same dates. A date for their trial will be fixed at a later date.
Jolie Ball, 28, failing to comply with a suspended prison sentence
A mother-of-two breached a suspended prison sentence after learning her children were to be adopted.
Jolie Ball, who had believed her children would be returned to her, failed to attend meetings with her probation officer.
Ball, 28, of Hornby Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a suspended prison sentence.
She had an extra six days of rehabilitation added to her sentence
Derek Buchanan, 23, failing to comply with a curfew
A man who went missing for 180 hours during his curfew gave a variety of excuses for not being at his address.
Derek Buchanan told the authorities monitoring his tag that he had to take his dog to an emergency vets, his bedroom window had been smashed and his front door had been kicked in so he could not stay at the property.
Buchanan, 23, of Queen Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a curfew.
He was given a 12 months conditional discharge.
Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said Buchanan had been sentenced to a 56 days curfew from 9pm to 7am for breaching a community order imposed for three offences of drug driving.
From May 15 to June 12 the company monitoring Buchanan’s tag recorded that he had been missing from his address during 180 hours of his curfew.
Mitch Sarangi, defending, told magistrates that what Buchanan had told the authorities was correct as the defendant’s dog had died and his window was smashed.
Buchanan, who had mental health issues, had been subject to threats from another man.
Barry Linnell, 50, assault
A man has made his first appearance at court charged with assaulting the head of sales at Blackpool’s BMW dealership.
Barry Linnell, 50, worked at the Lloyds dealership at Whitehills as a salesman.
Blackpool Magistrates adjourned his case after hearing there was a dispute of the scale of the assault after Linnell admitted he assaulted his boss.
Defence lawyer Patrick Nelligan said Linnell, of Wigan, told police in interview that he had snapped after what he called “being bullied” by his boss.
The case was adjourned for a “Newton” hearing to lookat the evidence mooted by the Crown and defence.It will take place on August 3 at Preston Magistrates Court.
Kevin Robinson, 31, failing to comply with a community order
A self-employed plasterer who had to work at the weekends to make ends meet missed sessions of his unpaid work for the community.
Kevin Robinson, 31, of Mount Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order.
He was sentenced to do10 extra hours of payback work and pay £60 costs.
Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said Robinson had been sentenced to a 12 months community order with 20 days rehabilitation and 40 hours unpaid work for the community for being in charge of a vehicle while unfit and failing to provide a specimen.
He failed to attend to do payback work on April 5 and May 6 and still had 17 hours of the work to do.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client was a self-employed plasterer who had had to take jobs at the weekends often at short notice and he had also worked at night.
Robinson had now finished his weekend work and was anxious to complete his hours of payback work.
Colin Murray, 55, drugs possession
A Blackpool man facing three allegations of drug supply will have his cases dealt with at Crown Court.
Colin Murray, 55, of Westmorland Avenue is accused of possessing cannabis,cocaine and heroin.
Murray was bailed until he appears at the higher court on July 1.
A factory manager missed appointments to do unpaid work after his mother tried to kill herself a court was told
Lewis Green, aged 24, of Erdington Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order.
He was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £60 costs by Blackpool magistrates.
Cheryl Crawshaw, prosecuting for the probation service, said Green had been put on the 12 months community order for a £6,509 benefit fraud involving carer’s allowance, income support and housing benefit.
Green had failed to provide at least 35 hours a week care for a disabled person and not informed the authorities when he got a job.
The 12 months community order he was sentenced to included 100 hours unpaid work for the community to which an extra 20 hours of payback work was added after he breached the order for the first time.
In May 13 and 20 he failed to attend to do work. Green still had 105 hours of the work to complete, it was his third breach of the order.
Brett Chappell, defending, said Green had turned his life around having combatted drink and drugs which were the catalyst for his offending.
He and his girlfriend were expecting a baby, they had a home and he had a good job as a supervising manager at a biscuit factory.
Green’s mother had attempted suicide about four months ago and he had been supporting her.
Eventually he was unable to cope with his mother’s problems and this resulted in mental health issues for him.
His mother had been sectioned indefinitely and Green now had the help of a mental health support team.
A man twice breached a court order forbidding him from contacting his former partner
Blackpool Magistrates heard how Darren King was the subject of year long restraining order and thought it was run its course.
However there were still three weeks before it ended Blackpool Magistrates were told.
King (53) of Devonshire Road admitted twice approaching the woman- one at her home and once in the street.
Each time he was abusive towards her and her new boyfriend and wanted to argue over the proposed sale of properties their jointly owned.
King was placed on an eight week curfew and must pay £170 costs and was made th subject of a new two year restraining order.
David Charnley defendingsaid:” He got mixed up over the en date for the order.Before that he had shown excellent compliance.”