Blackpool: From the courts 16-04-18

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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

READ MORE: Friday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 13-04-18
Kelly Jones, 35, theft

A shoplifter has been banned from entering any branch of Sainsbury’s.

Kelly Jones, 35, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to stealing clothes and electrical goods valued together at £123 from the supermarket on Talbot Road.

Defence lawyer, Allan Cobain, said Jones had recently come to Blackpool after fleeing from an abusive relationship in Manchester.

She had drug issues and been treated with medication in Manchester but for a time after moving to Blackpool Jones had not gone to a drug rehabilitation centre and therefore had no medication.

Jones was bailed for pre-sentence reports and banned from any Sainsbury’s as a condition of her bail.

Vuyo Makhoba, 22, drink-driving

A drunken waiter drove his badly damaged car towards another motorist and then reversed into a parked BMW.

Vuyo Makhoba told police he had drunk three double spiced rums after work and could not recall driving his car.

Makhoba, 22, of Cunliffe Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from driving for 22 months, fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a man driving along Cunliffe Road on March 20 at 3.05am, saw a badly damaged Renault Clio parked in the middle of the road.

Makhoba then started driving the car towards the witness who flashed his lights.

The defendant started to reverse and hit a BMW before getting out and stumbling into a garden.

A breath test showed he was two-and-a-half times over the limit with 89 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Connor O’Sullivan, 19, criminal damage

A father lost his temper during a meeting about his baby daughter with health and social services officials. Connor O’Sullivan smashed the fire alarm system glass at Blackpool’s Baines Children’s Centre causing the alarm to sound and the fire doors to open.

O’Sullivan, 19, of Whiteside Street, Layton, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £50 compensation with £30 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said O’Sullivan was at a meeting about his daughter with officials at the children’s centre, Penrose Avenue, on March 21 at 2pm.

O’Sullivan started shouting and swearing and as he left kicked over a wet floor sign.

He returned soon after but staff refused to let him in and he smashed the fire alarm glass.

Defence lawyer, Patrick Nelligan, told magistrates: “unfortunately his partner’s mother made some remarks about his parenting which greatly upset him.”

After storming out O’Sullivan realised he had left his phone inside the centre and became frustrated when staff would not let him in to get it.

John Hansen, 46, breach of bail conditions

A man who had been ordered to keep away from a woman went to her home and put a chocolate biscuit through her door,

John Hansen, 46, of Lune Grove, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to breaching conditions of his bail.

He was rebailed with more stringent conditions.

Hansen must live at his given address, keep a curfew there from 9pm to 6am and not contact the woman or enter Towneley Avenue, Marton.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Hansen had been previously been bailed on the condition he did not contact a woman or enter her home road.

On April 11 there was a knock on the woman’s door and she could see Hansen’s outline through the glass.

She called the mental health services for him. Hansen then started to blame her for how he was behaving and pushed a Wagon Wheel biscuit through the door.

Ryan William Garside, 18, rape and breach of sexual harm prevention order

A Blackpool teenager faces a total of six sex crime allegations involving teenage girls.Ryan William Garside, 18, was sent to Preston Crown Court where he will appear on May 24.

Garside faces allegations involving three girls aged between 13 and 15 .

Nine offences are said to have taken place in Blackpool where Garside lived and the others are said to have taken place in Birkenhead.

The allegations include rape and breach an Sexual Harm Prevention Order. The defendant appeared on a video link from a young offender’s institution in Yorkshire where he is currently on remand facing other sex offence charges.

All the charges currently faced by Garside will be tried at the higher court.