Blackpool: From the courts 11-04-18

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

READ MORE: Tuesday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 10-04-18

Ben Ashman, 20, criminal damage

A grandson caused hundreds of pounds of damage at his grandfather’s home after a family get together.

Ben Ashman, 20, formerly of Bamburgh Close, South Shore, now living at Westmorland Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to damaging a door, a wall and bath panel valued together at £200.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay his grandfather £100 compensation.

Ashman was also put on a six month restraining order which bans him from entering addresses on the resort’s Bambrugh Avenue and Station Road.

Prosecutor, Carl Gaffney, said police were called to an address on Bambrugh Close on Saturday, after Ashman had caused damaged there.

Family members had been drinking at the address and tempers became raised.The prosecutor said: “The defendant became somewhat catatonic as a result of drink and caused damage.”

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said Ashman had argued with his father after drinking.

Ashman, who had diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, had been arrested and spent two nights in custody.

Adrian Murgatroyd, 49, taking indecent images of children and possession of indecent images of children

A man accused of taking indecent pictures of children – some at the most depraved level – has made his first appearance at court.

Adrian Murgatroyd, 49, of Hilton Avenue, St Annes, faces three offences of taking indecent images of children.

He is also accused of possessing 381 indecent pictures of children – 233 of these are said to be category A images – the most indecent.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2014 and September last year in St Annes.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Murgatroyd was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on May 9.

Kelly Jones, 35, theft

A volunteer charity shop worker lashed out at a store assistant after stealing perfume.

Kelly Jones, 35, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft and assault.

She was sentenced to an 18 month community order with up to 25 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, put on 12 months drug rehabilitation and ordered to pay £50 costs with £85 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Carl Gaffney, said Jones stole 10 bottles of White Diamond perfume valued at £620 from the resort’s Perfume Store on Saturday.

She then lashed out at one of the store’s assistants kicking him on the knee.

In a report to the court, probation officer Tina Crook, told magistrates that Jones said she had little recollection of the offences because she was under the influence of drugs at the time, which was the motive for her shoplifting.

Jones, who suffered from depression, had never worked since leaving school but was currently doing voluntary work at a charity shop.

Brett Gerrity, defending, said his client’s life had been blighted and devastated by drugs.

She was ashamed and remorseful about what she had done.

Emily Evans, 27, assault

A carer accused of assaulting her mother has made her first appearance at court.

Mother-of-three, Emily Evans, 27, of Milbourne Street, North Shore, pleaded not guilty to the offence, alleged to have taken place on Saturday.

Evans was bailed to July 9 for trial.

She must not contact her mother or a female paramedic and not enter Haig Road, South Shore as conditions of her bail.

Simon Croft, 29, criminal damage

A beggar who was asked by staff to move away from the entrance of an amusement arcade kicked out at a door and caused £100 of damage

Simon Croft, 29, formerly of Ansdell Road, South Shore, and who now lives rough admitted criminal damage.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said Croft’s kick smashed a pane of glass in the doorway to Coral Island.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said: “This man has lived rough for some time. He often begs outside Coral Island without being moved on.

“He was frustrated because this time staff wanted him to move.

“He was also upset because the woman who normally lives rough with him had found someone else.”

Croft was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the company.