Latest convictions from Blackpool's court - Thursday, August 02, 2018

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

Declan Hunter, 19, failed to comply with Football Banning Order

A teenager breached a Football Banning Order during the World Cup by failing to hand in his passport.

Declan Hunter, a labourer, 19, of Lyndhurst Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the order.

He was fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Adrian Hollamby, said Hunter was put on a three year Football Banning Order in August 2015, for a public order offence.

One of the conditions of the order was that he hand in his passport to the police prior to international football games, but he failed to do so before this year’s World Cup.

It was his second breach of the order which he first breached at the end of 2015 by again not handing in his passport.

Howard Green, defending, said his client had not travelled to Russia for the World Cup.

Hunter was only 19 and looked younger than his age and this caused him problems getting into pubs and clubs.

His passport was the only photo ID he had to prove his age so he kept it.

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

John O’Neill, 27, wasting police time

A man accused of wasting police time by falsely reporting a woman and her five-year-old son had been kidnapped has made his first appearance at court.

John O’Neill, 27, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded not guilty to wasting police time by making a false report to a Chief Inspector on July 31.

He also denied breaching a restraining order by indirectly contacting a woman he was banned from contacting by asking her sister to contact her on his behalf. Prosecutor, Pam Smith, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, did not ask for bail for her client. O’Neill was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 29.

Steven Jarvis, 33, breach of bail conditions

A man repeatedly breached his bail only hours after being given bail by a court.

Steven Jarvis was described as “immediately blatantly and repeatedly breaching bail within hours of magistrates renewing his bail,” by going to the home of his girlfriend.

Jarvis, 33, of Park Road, Blackpool, admitted breaking conditions of his bail.

Blackpool magistrates agreed to rebail him with extra conditions.

He must not enter Rossett Avenue, Mereside, and must keep a tagged curfew at his address between 8pm and 6am.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Jarvis’ bail was renewed with the hearing ending about 11.30am on July 31. Six-and-a-half hours later Jarvis went to his partner’s home on Rossett Avenue.

He was shouting and complaining about his bail conditions.

At 10.30pm he returned and was banging on her gate and front door. Police found Jarvis in Rossett Avenue about midnight and arrested him.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client suffered from bi-polar disorder and had previously spent time in a psychiatric unit.

The day of the offence Jarvis had gone to his partner’s home to collect the dogs and walk them. He returned later to take the dogs back.

John Holder. 28, drink-driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and not in accordance with a licence

A man who was three times the drink-drive limit smashed into two cars after taking his grandmother’s car on a joyride.

John Holder rolled his gran’s Citroen over in the crash and had to be rescued from the roof of the wrecked car by fire officers.

Holder, a 28-year-old former trainee tree surgeon, of Brock Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a vehicle, driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not in accordance with a licence.

He was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 25 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, ordered to do 140 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for 28 months and told to pay £300 compensation.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police got a report a Citroen had crashed onto its roof in the port’s Duddon Avenue on July 16 at 4.20am.

In the accident Holder had written off his gran’s car as he hit two parked cars, damaging the passenger door and boot of a Mazda and shunting a Toyota into a lamp post.

A breath test showed Holder, who was rescued from the roof of the car, had 111 microgrammes of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

When interviewed Holder said he had got some bad news, had started drinking, and the next thing he remembered was trying to get out of the crashed car.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had received distressing news from his daughter that day and had started drinking in the afternoon.

He had only driven round the corner when the accident happened and was very remorseful for his behaviour.

In a report to the court, probation officer, Lesley Whittaker, told magistrates that Holder admitted being a binge drinker sometimes drinking in excess of 20 cans of lager.

Since the incident he had stopped drinking.