Latest convictions from Blackpool's court - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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

Matthew Jones, 32, breach of the peace

A man who had been drinking lunged at his grandmother and shouted abuse after she let him stay at her St Annes home.

Matthew Jones, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace.

He was bound over in the sum of £100 for 12 months.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on Sunday Jones’ 80-year-old grandmother, who had health issues, called police.

Jones had been staying with her since splitting up with his girlfriend and his gran had complained about his behaviour after he had been drinking.

She said Jones had returned home at 5pm clearly drunk.

He was shouting abuse and she was worried about the effect this would have on her neighbours and her tenancy.

When his nan confronted him about his behaviour he called her a “nag” and lunged at her.

Police had to pepper-spray Jones to restrain and arrest him.

His grandmother had said he was no longer welcome back at her home.

Jones told magistrates: “My nan had said if she could smell alcohol on my breath I could not come in. I had a couple of drinks and when I went back she smelt my breath. I was not intoxicated. I went straight to bed and the police woke me up.”

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

Ryan Garnett, 37, criminal damage

Police were forced to use a stun-gun on a man when he refused to drop a hammer he was holding after using it to damage a van in Lytham.

Ryan Garnett told officers he had wanted them to use the stun-gun on him so he could see what it felt like.

Garnett, 37, formerly of Trent Street, Lytham, now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £300 compensation.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were called to Trent Street on Friday at 4.45pm, where Garnett was in the street holding a hammer.

When asked by an officer what he was doing, he suddenly smashed the driver’s side-window and wing mirror of a parked van.

Garnett refused to put down the hammer and an officer used a stun-gun on him.

When interviewed Garnet said he “wanted to be Tasered to see what it felt like.”

Michael Woosnam, defending, said Garnett had lived with his mother in Lytham but she had asked him to leave her home because she could not cope with his behaviour.

After this he sometimes slept in a shed at the bottom of his mother’s garden, in parks and on the Sandhills.

Garnett, had had a stroke at 24, and suffered a number of mental health issues for which he took medication.

Maximilian Simic, 28, malicious wounding and possessing an offensive weapon

A man has made his first appearance at court accused of slashing a man’s neck with a flick-knife at Blackpool.

Maximilian Simic, 28, of no fixed address, is charged with maliciously wounding a man with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Talbot Place.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said the case must be heard at crown court.

Defence lawyer, Gerry Coyle, did not apply for bail for his client.

Simic was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on September 19.

Kristian Hartley, 34, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to provide a specimen for testing, driving with no insurance and assault

A man accused of joyriding in a car he had taken from a neighbour and crashing it into a tree before assaulting officers has made his first appearance at court.

Kristian Hartley is alleged to have kicked a police sergeant and spat at a custody detention officer.

Hartley, a 34-year-old welder, of Park Lane, Preesall, pleaded not guilty to the aggravated taking of a gold BMW, failing to provide a specimen for testing and driving without insurance on Moss Side Lane, Stalmine.

He also denied two offences of assault.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on Sunday.

Hartley was bailed for trial on December 3 by Blackpool magistrates.

He must live at Green Bank Park, Longridge, Preston and not contact his former neighbour or enter Park Lane, Preesall, as conditions of the bail imposed by magistrates.