Blackpool: From the courts 22-06-18

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.

Alin Nazare, 23, theft

A carer has admitted stealing from a man he looked after.

Alin Nazare, 23, of Howard Street, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft of two bank cards.

He also admitted three offences of fraud when he used the bank cards to obtain a total of £850. The offences took place on March 17 at Blackpool.

Nazare was bailed for pre-sentence reports. He must not work with elderly or vulnerable people or contact prosecution witnesses as conditions of his bail.

READ MORE: Thursday's round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 21-06-18

Liam Whatmough, 20, rape

A man alleged to have filmed himself raping a five-year-old girl has been sent for trial at Preston Crown Court.

Liam Whatmough, 20, of Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside, made his first appearance before the town’s magistrates.

Prosecutor Sarah Perkins said that Whatmough was likely to face further charges as police continued to examine images they have seized.

The defendant faces to allegations of raping the five year old between 2012 and 2013.

The prosecutor said: “He is said to have videoed himself carrying out these attacks.”

He is further charged with sexually assaulting the same victim and committing a sex act in front of her.

Whatmough was sent for trial at Preston Crown Court where he will appear on July 18.

His lawyer Steven Townley made no application for bail for Whatmough.

John Simpson, 42, driving while disqualified, without insurance and obstructing the police

A man who was on two driving bans was caught behind the wheel of a Jaguar S-Type on a motorway.

John Simpson then lied and gave false details to police who stopped him on the M55 at Kirkham.

Simpson, a 42-year-old former roofer, of Cambridge Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified without insurance and obstructing police.He was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 30 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from driving for 18 months and told to pay £85 costs with £85 victims’ surcharge.

Presiding magistrate, Philip Clayton, told him: “You have an unenviable driving history and it is difficult to believe it is not wilful. This is your last opportunity. Don’t come back with any more dodgy tales.”

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, police stopped a Jaguar being driven on the M55 said on May 16, at 12.45pm, after a check showed it had no MoT.

Simpson twice gave a false date-of-birth. Checks showed he was under two driving bans – one for five years from 2013 for the aggravated taking of a car and one last year until 2021 for drink-driving.

It was his fifth offence of disqualified driving.

David Charnley, defending, said at first a woman friend had been driving the car but she had become dizzy and nauseous and pulled over to the hard shoulder.

Simpson had decided to drive to get the car off the motorway.

Andrew Wheeler, 47, and Sara Stockton, 42, theft

A couple accused of stealing alcohol valued at £2,500 from Sainsbury’s in St Annes have had the first hearing of their case at court.

Andrew Wheeler, 47, of St Patricks Road South, and Sara Stockton, 42, of St Albans Road, both of St Annes, are alleged to have stolen champagne, rum, gin, vodka and whiskey from the supermarket between February 13 and March 27 this year.

The case was adjourned for further inquiries.

Stephen Kelly, 60, affray

A man accused of threatening neighbours with a meat cleaver and a pan of boiling water has appeared in court.

Stephen Kelly, 60, of Cheltenham Road, North Shore, is charged with affray in his home road on May 28.

He is also accused of possessing a meat cleaver as an offensive weapon in public.

Defence lawyer, Brett Chappell, said his client denied both offences.

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

Kelly was bailed to Preston Crown Court on July 18.

Daniel Pepper, 26, drug-driving

A drug-driver had his young son in a child’s seat in the back of the car when he was stopped.

Daniel Pepper, a 26-year-old single father, of Rossett Avenue, Mereside, pleaded guilty to three offences of driving with a drug in his body.

He was banned from the road for three years, fined £120 with £40 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police stopped Pepper driving a Ford Fiesta on Blackpool’s Clifton Drive North on March 17 at 6.40pm, after getting a report from a member of the public that the driver of that car had been smoking cannabis.

His young son was asleep in the car.

A blood test showed 800 units of the cocaine derivative Benzoylecgonine - the legal limit is 50, 36 units of cocaine - the limit is 10.