Blackpool: From the courts 07-05-18

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.

READ MORE: Thursday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 03-05-18

Andrew Lomas, 42, assault

A woman who sells hot drinks on Blackpool’s Golden Mile from her tri-cycle was spat at in the face by a man who believed she had “grassed” him up to an animal welfare charity.

Andrew Lomas identified the mobile drinks woman as the person he believed had reported him to the RSPCA for allegedly abusing beach donkeys with his fist and a pole.

The case against 42–year old Lomas and two other defendants is awaiting trial.

However Lomas, of Central Drive, Blackpool, was brought before Blackpool Magistrates where he pleaded guilty to assaulting a witness in the abuse case.

Lomas was made the subject of restraining order forbidding him from going between Central and North Piers where the woman plies her trade.

He must not have any form of contact with her.

He was also made the subject of an 18 month community order which will include anti-violence training.

Lomas who now works in a warehouse was put on an eight week curfew and must pay his victim £200 compensation and £85 court costs.

A probation report on Lomas said he was ashamed of what he had done and realised he should have walked away from the scene.

Wayne Walton, 40, assault

A son accused of battering his elderly mother and dragging her round by her walking frame has made his first appearance at court.

Wayne Walton is alleged to have slapped and kicked his 79-year-old mum and threatened to stamp on her head.

He is also said to have pulled out communication lines including one for an emergency button his mother wore which she could press for medical assistance.

Walton, 40, of Waltham Avenue, South Shore, B pleaded not guilty to assault and causing £30 of damage to telephone wires and sockets.

He was bailed to July 30 for trial. Walton must not contact his mother or enter Waltham Avenue as conditions of his bail.

Ryan Gorman, 28, damage

An irate cyclist jumped onto the bonnet of a taxi carrying passengers and twisted one of the windscreen wipers off. Ryan Gorman, 28, of Kincraig Road, Bispham, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was sentenced to a six months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £70 compensation with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a taxi driver had just picked up his first passengers and was driving along Blackpool’s Park Road when he heard a man shouting abuse behind his cab on August 28 about 7am.

Gorman cycled alongside the taxi and after kicking out at the passenger door lost his balance and fell off his bike in front of a dustbin wagon which drove round him.

He then climbed onto the cab bonnet, twisted off a wiper, tried to get in the taxi and then chased it on his bike.

When interviewed Gorman said the taxi got in his way so he took his revenge.

Defence lawyer, Martin Hillson, said during the incident Gorman had fallen off his bike and sustained an injury near his mouth.

Gorman had tried to speak to the driver but got upset when the taxi tried to drive away.

Michael Lewis, 55, assault

A man boxed his neighbour’s ear and was seen brandishing various implements around including a hammer, a pole and a baseball bat.

Michael Lewis told police he had taken six Tramadol painkillers prescribed for him and drunk four cans of strong lager before the incident.

Lewis, 55, formerly of Blackpool Promenade, now living on Shaw Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to assault and threatening a person with a weapon.

He was sentenced to six months jail suspended for 12 months, put on a 12 weeks tagged curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered to pay £50 compensation with £85 costs plus £115 victims’ surcharge.

Nathan Beardsall, 19, theft

A teenager who owed £9,000 to dealers for cannabis stole food and cash from a burger van.

Nathan Beardsall took cakes, chocolate, sauces, coffee, cans of pop and a jar of tips intending to sell them for money to put towards his debt.

Beardsall, 19, of Wensleydale Avenue, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was sentenced to a six month community order with four months drug rehabilitation and a 28 days residence order to live and sleep at his given address and was told to pay £85 victims’ surcharge.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client was ashamed to be before a court once again.