Blackpool: From the courts 06-06-18

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

Mateusz Slewa, 21, having a pointed item in public

A man who was a security guard in his native Poland fell foul of British law when he practised moves with an extendable baton under Blackpool’s Central Pier.

Mateusz Slewa had come to the UK hoping to get work in the security industry here when he lost his job in Poland after having mental health problems.

Slewa, 21, now of Tolcare Drive, Northwood, London, had the court proceedings relayed to him by an interpreter and pleaded guilty to two offences of having a pointed item in a public place.

He was given 10 weeks jail, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community and told to pay £85 costs with £115 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a security officer at Central Pier noticed a crowd gathering on the pier on June 1 at 8pm, and saw Slewa wielding a metal baton on the beach beneath.

When Slewa heard the security officer’s radio he charged towards him but fell on some steps injuring his face.

The security officer yelled at Slewa to put the baton down and he slammed it down.

When Slewa’s rucksack was searched a broken knife blade was found in it.

When interviewed Slewa said he had been living at a hotel in Blackpool but had to leave because he could no longer pay for that accommodation.

Before the offences he had been to a friend’s home and drunk a large amount of whisky.

John McLaren, defending, said his client had been a security guard in Poland where guards were issued with batons, which were legal there.

Mr McLaren said: “Mental health issues stopped him doing security guard work in Poland. He came here hoping to get work in the security industry.”

Slewa had been practising moves with the baton under the Pier when he was spotted.

He had no intention to harm anyone.

He did not know it was illegal to carry such a weapon here.

READ MORE: Tuesday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 05-06-18

Lee Turner, 20, attempting to pervert the course of justice

A man has made his first appearance at court accused of intending to pervert the course of justice.

Lee Turner, 20, of Easington Crescent, Grange Park, is charged with committing an act with the intent of perverting the course of justice by making a false statement to the police on December 6 last year.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said the case could only be heard at crown court.

Turner was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on July 4.

Mark Holt, 56, making indecent images of children, possessing an illegal image of a child

A man has made his first appearance at court accused of making child pornography.

Mark Holt, 56, of Boothley Road, North Shore, is charged with making indecent pictures of children at Blackpool between November 2016 and February last year.

He is also accused of being in possession of a prohibited image of a child on March 30 last year. Holt’s case was adjourned for further investigation.

Kyle Bee, 19, aggravated vehicle taking and criminal damage

A 19-year-old was seen dragging a tiny car out of the driveway of a house where it was parked.

The two cylinder French-built Microcar was owned by an 81-year-old man and the damage caused to the vehicle by Kyle Bee meant it was written off.

Bee, of Bold Street, Fleetwood, admitted aggravated vehicle taking.

He also admitted another offence drunkenly smashing a glass door panel at Newton Holiday Village valued at £300.

Bee who has just been released from prison was said by the judge to be “drowning in a sea of his own problems”.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, told the judge that Bee smashed a window of the car and then started to push and pull it down the drive with such force that a door came off its hinges.

He added: “The vehicle was the only means of transport to an elderly man who has now been told it has to be written off because of the damage.”

When a witness to the incident asked Bee what he was doing Bee retorted: “I am nicking it.”

Gerry Coyle, defending, said: “This young man seems to be trying to emulate his elder brother who served several prison terms. He totally lacks motivation. His mother will not talk to him.”

The judge told Bee: “I have listened to what has been said to me with despair. You do not respond to probation in any shape or form. There is no point imposing a penalty that you will not comply with.”

He sentenced Bee to five months in jail.