Latest convictions from Blackpool's court - Monday, July 30, 2018
Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Ryan Burrows, 22, fraud
A man stole bank cards belonging to a friend who had let him stay at his home.
Ryan Burrows then used the cards and spent almost £600 of his mate’s money.
Burrows, 22, of Dickson Road, Blackpool, admitted two offences of fraud between May 31 and June 2 this year.
He was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 30 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service and fined £10 with £50 costs plus £85 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Prosecutor, Tracy Yates, said the friend allowed Burrows to stay at his home after the defendant’s mother had kicked him out.
The friend then received a call about £59 being spent at nearby newsagents by someone using his bank card.
He spoke to the newsagent and realised it was Burrows who had used his card.
The friend did not report the matter to the police. He then received a phone contract for a phone he had not ordered.
He called the phone number and Burrows answered. Inquiries by the friend revealed Burrows had spent a further £515 on goods with his card and he contacted the police.
Steven Townley, defending, said at the time his client was in a financial predicament as his mum had asked him to leave and he had no income to fall back on.
Burrows who had immediately admitted his guilt was not proud of what he had done and apologised.
James Dickson, 29, drug driving
A driver was found with the drug Ecstasy in his body after being stopped by police.
James Dickson, 29, of Clifford Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to drug driving.
He was sentenced to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for 15 months and ordered to pay £85 costs with £85 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor, Tracy Yates, said on March 23 at 12.30pm Dickson was driving a VW Golf in Gorton Street when police stopped him in a routine check.
An officer noticed his pupils were small and his skin clammy.
A blood test showed 24 microgrammes of Ecstasy in his body - 10 is the limit. He had a previous conviction for drug driving.
Peter Manning, defending, said Dickson admitted that at the time of the offence he had gone off the rails and taken drugs after separating from his partner and no longer living with his child. He had not taken drugs on the day he was driving.
Joseph Griffith, 41, inciting a teenager to commit sex acts
A Blackpool man accused of inciting a teenage girl into committing sex acts has been sent for trial.
Joseph Griffith, 41, of Shaw Road, South Shore, faces seven allegations of inciting a 14-year-old girl into committing sex acts.
Blackpool Magistrates said ther cases must be heard at Preston Crown Court where he will appear on August 27.
Griffith was bailed on condition he reports to police twice a week and does not have an unsupervised contact with children aged under 16.
Raimondo Scullari, 42, assault
A 42-year-old Blackpool man accused of assaulting a child had his case adjourned.
Raimondo Scullari, of Lord Street, will next appear before Blackpool Magistrates on August 17.
The Bench ordered Scullari to undergo probation reports in the meantime.
Shaun Sullivan, 20, failing to comply with a community order
A man missed doing his court ordered unpaid work for the community because he got trial employment as a plasterer’s labourer.
Shaun Sullivan, 20, of Rede Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community order.
An extra 20 hours unpaid work for the community was added to Sullivan’s sentence and he was ordered to pay £60 costs.
Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting for the probation service, said Sullivan had been sentenced to do 120 hours payback work for an offence of possessing a blade in public.
On June 20 and 26 he failed to attend his appointments to do unpaid work for the community and he still had 70 hours of the payback work to complete.
Steven Townley, defending, said his client missed days of his payback work because he had two weeks trial unpaid work as a plasterer’s labourer with the hope of getting a full time job.
Deborah Bury, 50, assault
A woman has been ordered to pay £205 in fines and court costs after she admitted assaulting her former partner.
Deborah Bury, 50, of Cathrow Place,Thornton, slapped the man over the head when he came to her home to collect some belongings.
She had been drinking before the incident.