Blackpool: From the courts 24-07-18
Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Elizabeth Sheldrake, 33, failing to comply with a community order
A mother-of-two was absent during her curfew as she was visiting her partner who had been seriously assaulted and was in hospital.
Elizabeth Sheldrake, 33, Tyne Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order.
She was sentenced to a 14 days tagged curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered to pay £60 costs.
Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said Sheldrake had been sentenced to a six weeks curfew from 7pm to 7am n March. for an offence of drink-driving without insurance.
Between April 16 and May 7 Sheldrake had been absent for 56 hours 16 minutes of her curfew.
Steven Townley, defending, said his client’s partner had been seriously assaulted and the man suspected of committing that crime had at first been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Sheldrake’s partner was in Preston Royal Infirmary and because his injury was so serious she spent many hours there at his bedside.
Jay Nicholson, 21, failing to comply with a community order
A man was told to shut up by a magistrate after he launched a tirade about how unfair his punishment was.
Jay Nicholson moaned about having to go to an attendance centre with fellow criminals and then told the bench he did not know what he earned as a binman.
When told how much he was going to be fined Nicholson protested: “This is out of order. I want a different judge.”
Presiding magistrate Cliff Boynton, repeatedly had to tell Nicholson to be quiet or he would have to leave the court.
Nicholson, 21, of Thursfield Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order.
He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £60 costs.
Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said Nicholson’s original offence had been failing to provide a breath specimen.
He had been sentenced to a six months community order with 10 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service and an eight week curfew.
Nicholson was given dates he should go to an attendance centre but he failed to attend on April 28 and June 9.
The prosecutor said:”His probation officer said it was evident he was not taking the court order seriously and was laughing when there were discussions about him attending appointments.”
Referring to going to an attendance centre Nicholson told the court: “I don’t think that that punishment is right. Why should I sit in a group of people who beat women. That’s why I don’t attend the attendance centre.”
He also said he could not attend appointments because of the hours he worked as a binman.
John Whatton, 41, theft
A man who went shoplifting whilst high on the drug Spice has been jailed.
John Whatton, 41, from Chapel Street,Blackpool, was jailed for four weeks.
Whatton admitted stealing perfume valued at £36 from Boots. He also admitted failing to surrender to his bail.
Hugh Pond,defending said: “He used to be on heroin but now he uses Spic because it is cheaper. He has no money, no friends and no real home.”
Stuart Roberts, 29, theft
A man took revenge on his employer.
Stuart Roberts believed he had been overworked and underpaid in his part-time job, so he decided to take some wages in kind, stealing a bottle of pink gin.
Roberts, 29, of Warley Road,Layton, admitted theft.
He was given a one year community punishment during which he must undertake 30 rehabilitation days and pay a total of £145 in fines and costs.
He also admitted making threatening phone calls to his employer.
Declyn Reid, 19, taking a car without consent, driving without a licence or insurance
A teenager was stopped by police after taking his great-uncle’s car on a joyride.
Declyn Reid, 19, of Chislehurst Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to taking a car without consent and driving without insurance or a licence. He was given a 12 months conditional discharge, had six penalty points put on his driving record and ordered to pay £85 costs with £20 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police checking a Citroen Picasso driven by Reid on Bond Street on June 12 at 11.20pm , were given the information it was registered to an older man.
Reid immediately said he had taken the car without his relative’s permission.
Gerry Coyle, defending, said Reid’s great uncle had intended donating the car to Reid so he could take lessons and then drive.