Blackpool: From the courts 22-05-18

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

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, 6:50 am
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Blackpool: From the courts 21-05-18

Terri Stubbs, 26, assault

A woman rang the police and confessed that she had hit her boyfriend in the face.

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Blackpool Magistrates Court

Terri Stubbs, 26, of Caunce Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault.

The court was told that on May 1 Stubbs rang the police and said she had punched her partner once causing him a black eye.

Stubbs’ boyfriend did not make a complaint to the police about the assault.

Defence lawyer, Brett Chappell, said his client had mental health issues.

Stubbs was bailed for a pre-sentence report.

Michael Wall, 51, drink-driving

A drunk driver’s breakfast time trail of destruction was told to a court.

At 7.15 am on April 29, Michael Wall was three times over the limit when he drove his BMW from his home on Woodlands Road, Ansdell

District Judge Edward Barr was told how 51-year-old Wall collided with a tree badly damaging the car’s rear axle.

He continued to drive along Rossall Road near his home side swiping a parked Fiat.

Wall then rear-ended a Toyota with such force that it went forward into another parked car.

Prosecutor Martine Connah said that Wall - who had been on his way to buy alcohol - then parked his damaged BMW behind the Ansdell Institute and went home.

Police traced his address and confronted Wall who was arrested and provided a positive breath sample of 113 micrograms.

Wall admitted drink driving and a bail offence.

Steven Townley,defending, said:”This man is a chronic alcoholic and is due to go on a residential detox course in the very near future.”

The judge told Wall: "My first thought was to give you a custodial sentence as you have similar previous convictions.”

However he gave Wall a 12 week jail term suspended for a year.

He banned Wall from the road for three years and ordered him to pay £200 court costs.

Daniel Ashworth, 27, failing to comply with the conditions of a suspended prison sentence

A father-of-four failed to keep some appointments with his probation officer because he had to look after the children when his partner was working.

Daniel Ashworth, 27, of Branstree Road, Mereside, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of a suspended prison sentence. He was fined £40.

Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said Ashworth had been sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for 18 months after breaching a community service imposed for assault and causing damage.

Ashworth failed to attend appointments with his probation officer on two occasions.

The first time he missed one he texted his officer saying his partner had only just finished work and the second time he texted his officer saying his partner had been put on stand-by to work and if she did have to he would have to take one of his children to nursery.

Ashworth said his partner was now only going to work in the evenings so he would no longer have to put off probation appointments.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had once had a problem with cannabis but he no longer smoked the drug.

He said Ashworth was very family orientated and when he had told the children he might not be coming home but going to prison they were devastated.

He added a prison sentence for Ashworth would prove devastating for the family.

Mary-Jane Lockheart, 44, obstructing police

A woman holidaymaker got in the way of a police officer who was trying to help a colleague deal with her former boyfriend.

Mary-Jane Lockheart, 44, of Lockend Quadrant, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to obstructing police.

She was given a six months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were called to a disturbance in the resort’s Regent Road on April 22 at 10.20pm.

Lockheart repeatedly got in the way of a woman police officer, trying to push and pull at her as she helped a colleague.

Howard Green, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had tried to get in the way of an officer with a stun-gun because she feared it was going to be used on her ex and she knew he had a heart murmur.