In Court: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court this week
Every week, the Echo will list the results of cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates’ Court. As these details are in the public domain, please do not contact us asking if we will leave cases out.
Tom Peckham, 19, of Lichgate Road, Exeter, drove in Brenton Road in Kennford on April 5, last year, without due care and attention. The matter was proven in his absence and he was fined £300 with a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85. His licence was also endorsed with three points.
Ryan Brennan , 35, of Smythen Street, Exeter, damaged a wall in a building where he was staying without lawful excuse on December 12. He was ordered to pay £50 in compensation to the building's owner after he pleaded guilty with no order for costs. The offence was committed while he was subject to a conditional discharge he received for drug possession but no action was taken in respect of this.
Lukasz Zabicki , 27, of Gardenia Drive, Tiverton, pleaded guilty to driving in Blundells Road in the town on December 2 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 83mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He was fined £200 with a victim surcharge of £20 and he was ordered to pay costs of £85. In addition, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months which can be reduced by 20 weeks if he satisfactorily completes an approved driving course.
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Billy Emmett , 22, of Monkton Road, Honiton, entered a guilty plea on the day of a planned trial into a charge that he had 14.57g of MDMA, a class A drug, in his possession in Seaton on April 13 last year. He also accepted that he had been in possession of 0.97g of cannabis on the same date. He was fined £300 with a victim surcharge of £15 and will have to pay costs of £85. The court ordered that the drugs and associated paraphernalia be forfeited and destroyed.
Imran Chowdhury , 21, of Cridlake, Axminster, assaulted a man by beating him in Exeter on September 16, last year. He pleaded guilty to this, a charge of assaulting another man in Exeter on the same date, and to two further charges of assault on two men in Axminster on September 15. A community order was made which will see him have to participate in an alcohol-specified activity course for 12 days and he will be subject to a curfew for six months. He will have to pay compensation of £100 to each of his victims and costs of £85.
Michelle Simmons , 36, of Butts Road, Exeter, admitted damaging a cash machine at the NatWest branch in Heavitree on May 26 last year, to the value of £155.01 without lawful excuse.She also admitted damaging the same cash machine on June 20 to the value of £208.69 and again on June 18 to the value of £240.80, both also without lawful excuse. A community order was made which will see her have to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. She will also have to pay £100 in compensation to NatWest. Further orders were made in respect of £100 compensation to Lloyds TSB and Tesco Express for offences which the court was asked to take into consideration.
Patrick McBride , 32, of St Mark's Road, Honiton, pleaded guilty to stealing a suitcase from a woman at Pinhoe Road railway station on October 21 last year. A community order was made which will see him have to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months as well as pay a victim surcharge of £60. There was no order for costs.
Tomas Buizys , 37, of Hillcrest, Cullompton, has been banned from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis in the course of an investigation into whether he had committed an offence on December 6, and he did not have a reasonable excuse for doing so. He was fined £150 with a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs, while his driving ban can be reduced by 18 weeks if he satisfactorily completes a course approved by the secretary of state.
Jemma Gibson , 26, of Codrington Court, Exeter, admitted dishonestly undertaking or assisting in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of stolen goods, namely baby goods, worth £182 from Next on May 31 last year. She received a two-year conditional discharge with no order for costs.
Seth Lee , 19, of Avocet Road, Exeter, pleaded guilty to entering a container crate at Homebase as a trespasser on October 29 last year and stealing a small swimming pool, metal, a glass-cut table, and an inflatable hot-tub to the total value of £479. He received a community order which has an unpaid work requirement for 100 hours within the next 12 months. There was no compensation ordered as Lee has no income.
Stephen Lyon , 22, of Zeal Monachorum, near Crediton, admitted 12 counts of committing fraud in that he dishonestly made a false representation by using a company account to purchase unleaded fuel in amounts between £20.02 and £71.66 between June 28 and August 31 last year. A community order was issued which will see him have to complete 80 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, There was no order for costs and he will have to pay £539.64 in compensation to Exeter Marble and Slate.
Marc Farrant , 33, of no fixed abode, changed his plea and accepted that he damaged a window at Exmouth police station on December 7 without lawful excuse. He was committed to prison for 70 days. Magistrates said the offence was serious as he intentionally broke the window in order to be arrested, he made threats to cause further damage including to the magistrates' courts and magistrates' cars, previous convictions for like offences and a wilful refusal to comply with community orders.
Michael O'Connor , 25, of Station Road, Copplestone, failed to stop in High Street, Crediton, on being required to do so by a constable in uniform on August 2 last year. He pleaded guilty to this and to being the driver of a vehicle on the same date in Old Tiverton Road when his vehicle was involved in an accident in which damage was caused to the wall of a property. He additionally admitted being involved in an accident and, not having given his name and address to a person who had reasonable grounds to require him to do so, failed to report the incident as a police station or to a constable as soon as was reasonable practicable. He was fined a total of £380 and ordered to pat a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85. In addition his licence was endorsed with eight points.
Alan Milford , 39, of West Garth Road, Exeter, pleaded guilty to driving in Alphington Street on August 22 last year while he was using a mobile phone. He was fined £265 with a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £60. His licence was endorsed with three points and he avoided a disqualification under the totting rules when his case for exceptional hardship was accepted. Magistrates accepted that he could retain his licence as he is self-employed and needs to drive long distances and there would be a resultant loss of livelihood to support his young family.
Richard Start , 65, of Grove Road, Whimple, pleaded guilty to a number of offences relating to his tractor which was drawing a trailer and a caravan on August 24 last year. Offences included drawing more items than is permitted, have lamps obscured and failing to fix a registration mark to the rear of the caravan. He was fined £20 with a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £60.
Alan Webber , 34, of Everest Drive, Seaton, stole bottles of spirits worth £109.24 from Waitrose in Exeter on December 3. He changed his plea to guilty and was committed to prison for three weeks. Magistrates said the offence was serious because of his long record of offending. There was no order for costs.
Lucy Miles , 24, of Barley Mount, Exeter, with another stole food worth £601.54 from Sainsbury's in Pinhoe on October 8 last year and failed without reasonable excuse to surrender to custody on December 7. She pleaded guilty to both offences and received an 18-month conditional discharge. She was fined a total of £300 and will have to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Jason Maunder , 36, of Richmond Close, Sampford Peverell, pleaded guilty to stealing meat worth £216 from M&S in Tiverton on November 4. He also pleaded guilty to stealing four computer games worth £160 from Cullompton's Tesco on November 6, and two wallets from Tony Pryce on November 24. A community order was made which has a drug rehabilitation requirement and he will have to pay £216 in compensation to M&S, and £32 to Tony Pryce.
Aaron Hoaken , 21, of Fore Street, Exeter, used a motorbike in Summerland Street on August 11 when he had no insurance. He pleaded guilty and was fined £110 with a victim surcharge of £15 and his licence was endorsed with six points. He did not face a separate penalty for using his bike on the same date otherwise then in accordance with a licence authorising him to use a vehicle of that class.