Blackpool: From the courts 14-06-18

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.

Paul Timmis, 54, historic sex offences

A man has made his first appearance at court charged with historic sex offences.

His alleged victim sat in the public gallery as 54-year-old Paul Timmis of Springfield Road,Bacup stood in the dock at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Timmis is accused of raping and other sexual offences against the same victim between 1987 and 2000.

The 13 offences are said to have taken place in Blackpool,Kirkham, Freckleton, Salford and Walkden.

Timmis whispered his name,age and address to the court legal advisor.

Magistrates sent Timmis for trial at Preston Crown Court.

His lawyer Stephen Duffy gave no indication of plea.

Timmis will appear at the higher court on July 11 for a preliminary hearing.

He was bailed.

READ MORE: Wednesday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 13-06-18

Richard Hills, 31, drug driving

A motor-biking chef was found to have been riding with drugs in his system after crashing one morning.

Richard Mills, 31, of St Andrews Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to driving a Yamaha with a cannabis in his body.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £120 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were called to an accident on Blackpool Road, St Annes, where Mills had braked and lost control of his machine on January 31 at 9.50am.

The motorbike crashed onto its side and Mills was thrown to the ground.

A roadside test provide positive for drugs and a blood sample was taken from Mills at the Royal Preston Infirmary which showed 3.8 units of cannabis - the legal level is 2.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been at a friend’s the night before and used a small amount of cannabis.

Mills did not accept the cannabis had any effect on his driving or braking.

He was ashamed and remorseful of what had happened.

Simon Farrely, 26, drug driving

A driver who was stopped after police saw him speeding through the Grange Park estate was found to have drugs in his system.

Simon Farrely, 26, of Elgin Place, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to drug driving and having no insurance or licence.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £120 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police patrolling Grange Park saw Farrely speeding in a Fiat on January 2 at 7pm.

When stopped he said he had borrowed a car from a friend to go to the shops.

A blood test showed 9.2 units of cannabis in his body - 2 is the limit.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client had had brain surgery when he was a child and Farrely’s mother described him as “having a hole in his brain” as a result.

He could not work as employers would not take him on because of insurance and his medical condition made him behave impulsively at times.

He had smoked cannabis the previous night with a friend.

The next day he had been given the opportunity to drive and had stupidly taken it.

Kevin Geddes, 41, theft

A thief has been sent to crown court for sentence.

Kevin Geddes, 41, of Chatsworth Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to an offence of theft.

He admitted stealing Hugo Boss child’s shorts and a Timberland child’s jacket valued together at £81 from Kidz International, Fleetwood.

The court was told the offence placed him in breach of two suspended prison sentences, one imposed by a crown court judge and the other by magistrates.

Defence lawyer, Patrick Nelligan, said: “There is no choice but to commit the case to crown court for consideration by a judge whether to implement the suspended sentence.”

Geddes was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on July 11.

Alexander Burgess, 31, theft

A man stole twice from the same Tesco store in Blackpool.

Alexander Burgess, aged 31, of Woodfield Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to stealing a roast chicken, bacon joint, deli sausages, paninis and coffee sachets valued at £31on March 2.

He also admitted taking two Yankee candles valued at £28 on February 28.

Burgess had his case adjourned for sentence.