Blackpool: From the courts 05-01-18

Blackpool magistrates court
Blackpool magistrates court

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

READ MORE: Thursday’s round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 04-01-18

Laura Brown, 32, assault

A jealous senior care worker flew at a colleague because she thought something was going on between the woman and her female partner.

Laura Brown grabbed the other woman by the hair and punched her as she tried to pull her out of a car.

The victim was left with a cut under her top lip, a swollen eyebrow and lost hair.

Brown, 32, of Horsebridge Road, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to assault

She was sentenced to 16 weeks jail suspended for 12 months with up to 25 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, ordered to pay her victim £100 compensation and told to pay £85 costs plus £115 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said the victim was asked to pick up two women in Blackpool and give them a lift on December 3 about midnight.

She pulled up outside a friend’s home and Brown leant into the car and started arguing with one of the women passengers.

The victim recognised Brown as a work colleague.

Brown then attacked the victim telling her: “I suggest you leave now.”

A three-year-old child, who was in the car was frightened by the attack and started screaming.

Later that night Brown sent the victim messages which included: “I told you to stay away from her” and “You’re lucky I couldn’t get you out of the car.”

Brown, who had a previous conviction for assaulting a 10-year-old boy, told police she had slapped the victim with her hand and denied cutting her or pulling her hair out.

In a report to the court, probation officer Lesley Whittaker, said Brown was aware her partner and the victim were friends on Facebook and she had found some intimate messages which she believed the victim had sent.

Matthew Huxley, 33, driving while disqualified and without insurance

The boss of a roofing firm was caught committing his eighth offence of driving while banned when police stopped him.

Matthew Huxley, 33, of Mount Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified without insurance.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks jail suspended for 12 months, put on a six weeks tagged curfew from 7pm to 6am, banned from the road for 17 months and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £115 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police saw Huxley driving a Vauxhall Vivaro on February 4 at 2pm.

Checks showed he was disqualified, having been banned from the road for five years in 2014 for an offence of dangerous driving.

He had seven previous convictions for disqualified driving.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said her client’s father had been his son’s driver, but when the van broke down Huxley went out to repair it.

It was blocking an alley and once he had it restarted he set off to drive it four streets away to his home.

Harry Royle, 19, car theft, drink-driving

A teenager took a car and crashed it into a lamppost while joyriding.

Harry Royle, 19, of Buchanan Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a car without consent and driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not in accordance with his licence.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Royle took a Honda VRM on December 15 and crashed into a lamppost on Lytham Road.

A breath test showed 49 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

At the time of the offences he was on a suspended prison sentence.

Royle was bailed to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on January 31.

Steven Mawdsley, 50, drug-driving

A man had more than twice the legal level of the drug diazepam in his system when he drove through Blackpool a court heard.

Steven Mawdsley, 50. of Henson Avenue, South Shore, admitted drug driving.

Pam Smith,prosecuting, said that Mawdsley was driving his Ford car at McDonald’s drive through on Cherry Tree Road, Marton when he was seen to hit another vehicle.

His registration number was noted and police informed.

His car was found unlocked with its lights on outside his home.

He was arrested and tested which revealed the level of the drug in his system.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said that his client denied there had been any collision on the car park and there was no evidence to prove he had.

“He suffers a lot of pain following a previous car crash and buys the drug to help alleviate this,” said the lawyer.

The court asked for pre sentence reports on Mawdsley.