These are the latest cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates' Court - Friday, January 31, 2020
Here are the latest case and conviction listings from Blackpool Magistrates' Court.
Ky Nash, 36, drug driving, possession of cocaine and cannabis
A father-of-seven caught drug-driving was found with cocaine and cannabis in his car.
Ky Nash, a 36-year-old house husband, of Hollywood Way, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of drug driving and two offences of illegally possessing drugs.
He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £160 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £32 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor Tess Kenyon said police stopped Nash in a routine check as he drove along Waterloo Road, South Shore, on August 1 at 9pm. He voluntarily told police he had drugs in the car and officers found five snap bags containing cannabis and a snap bag containing cocaine.
A blood sample showed 137 units of benzoylecgonine, a derivative of cocaine, in his body – the legal limit is 50 and seven units of cannabis –the limit is two.
When interviewed, Nash admitted smoking a joint a few hours previously and said he used cannabis medicinally because he suffered from insomnia.
Adam Whittaker, defending, said it was his client’s night off as his wife was looking after the children and he went to a house party where he had some cocaine.
Nash had now stopped using cannabis regularly for his insomnia.
Stephen Devlin, 25, dangerous driving, no insurance and drug-driving
A man accused of driving dangerously was unable to attend the first hearing of his case at court.
Stephen Devlin, 25, of Selbourne Road, North Shore, is charged with driving a BMW dangerously on Fleetwood Road and Preston New Road, and failing to stop for police at Kirkham.
He is also accused of driving with cannabis in his body and having no insurance.The offences are alleged to have taken place on August 13 last year.
Devlin’s case was adjourned by Blackpool magistrates.
Paul McLeod, 38, threatening behaviour
A man who had drunk seven pints repeatedly offered to fight an off-duty police officer on a train.
Paul McLeod, a seasonal worker, 38, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner causing a person to believe immediate violence would be used.
McLeod was sentenced to a 12 months community order with 120 hours unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £85 costs with £90 victims’ surcharge.
Presiding magistrate, John Connor, told him:”You picked on the wrong person, didn’t you?”
Prosecutor, Tess Kenyon, said an off-duty police officer was on the train from Preston to Blackpool North on January 8. He had his bike with him and was in cycling gear. About 4.30pm,
McLeod appearred to have a row with a woman passenger and called her names.
The off-duty officer asked McLeod to calm down but the defendant repeatedly offered to fight him, saying he would “get his boys” until the officer revealed he was a police officer.
When interviewed, McLeod said he was very drunk and the comments he made were him being silly.
Adam Whittaker, defending, said his client had spent the day at a friend’s pub in Liverpool and had little recollection of the incident. He was embarrassed about what he did.