These are this week's cases and convictions from Blackpool Magistrates' Court - Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26, 2021
Here is the latest round-up of cases from Blackpool Magistrates' Court.
We will update this story each day with the latest from court.
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Toddler put up for adoption after mum seen with child's violent father
A resort toddler was put up for adoption after her mum was seen with the tot’s violent dad, court documents revealed.
The girl, who cannot be identified, was put in foster care shortly after birth, with a judge agreeing she wouldn’t be safe around her drug addict dad, who has a history of domestic abuse and mental illness.
Her mum tried to stop the move, saying she was no longer seeing her partner, but the family court was told she had been seen with the dad, with CCTV footage also capturing a long telephone call in which she condoned his drug use and made arrangements to meet him.
“Unfortunately the destructive influence of the father continues,” judge Ross Duggan said in his judgement earlier this month.
“[The girl’s] welfare does demand that she be placed for adoption. Nothing else will do.”
Man admits attacking woman
John Ormerod, 25, of Riversleigh Avenue, Lytham, had his case adjourned for pre-sentence reports during an appearance at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Monday (November 22), when he admitted attacking a woman.
Man ordered to live and sleep on a boat
A man must live and sleep on his boat, resort magistrates ordered yesterday.
Neil Howard, 61, is accused of attacking his ex-partner – a charge he denies.
His case was adjourned until Wednesday, January 12 next year, with the court hearing the terms of Howard’s bail arrangements.
Magistrates agreed that the defendant, formerly of Clark Street, Morecambe, must now live on the boat, which is in a back yard off the street and has a toilet and power.
He will be monitored by a tag, the court was told.
Man in breach of suspended sentence admits resisting arrest and assaulting an emergency worker
Police officers watched in horror as a suspect dived out of a first-floor window ‘Superman style’, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.
But brickie Aaron Harper, 33, of Maitland Avenue, Cleveleys, only fell two feet onto a flat-roofed shed – before legging it.
He was later found in a neighbouring home and had to be Tasered by cops, who were blasted with abuse by Harper’s pals, the court was told.
The thug, who was wanted for questioning over criminal damage, then kicked out as he bundled into the back of a police van, injuring a female officer’s arm.
Harper, who was also in breach of a previous suspended prison term, admitted resisting arrest and assaulting an emergency worker.
He was given a further 10 weeks’ suspended jail time, and was also ordered to pay £328 in costs and compensation. He was given a community punishment with 10 rehabilitation days, and 150 hours’ unpaid work.
His lawyer, Gerry Coyle, said: "What he did sounds like Superman but he dropped just two feet, although the police were not aware of that.
"When he was shown a video of what he did to the officer's arm he admitted what he had done.
"He did not want to be put in the police van because it was bloodstained from some previous incident."
Harper had found work during the pandemic and had kept his job for a year, Mr Coyle added.
Man denies witness intimidation and two counts of assault
Ryan Whiteside, 30, of Dingle Avenue, Grange Park, appeared in court after being charged with witness intimidation and two counts of assault.
He denied all three alleged offences and was bailed pending a trial.
He must not go into Poulton.
Woman attacked appropriate adult helping her in police custody
A woman punched a man trying to assist her in police custody, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.
Bethany Pirie, 26, of London Street, Fleetwood, was under arrest when she attacked the appropriate adult helping her.
Her lawyer, Robert Castle, told the court Pirie lashed out because was under emotional stress and had not targeted the man.
Pirie was given a one-year community punishment with 40 rehabilitation days.
She must also pay her victim £175 compensation.
Appropriate adults help vulnerable people who are suspected of a crime by making sure they are treated fairly and are able to participate properly in the police investigation.
Man accused of stabbing neighbour
Aaron Hayden, 42, of Lewtas Street, North Shore, was remanded in custody by magistrates after being accused of stabbing a neighbour in the back and shoulder.
He is also charged with having a knife in public.
He will remain behind bars until an appearance at Preston Crown Court next month.
Man accused of attacking his ex
Jason Gerrand, 47, of Grange Street, Salford, was in the dock in Blackpool accused of attacking his ex at her resort home.
He was bailed until a trial in January and must avoid the town.