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.
David Francis, 70, of Searle Street, Crediton, pleaded guilty to assaulting a man by beating him in the town on March 11 and pursuing a course of conduct between December 1, last year, and March 15, which amounted to the harassment of a woman and which he knew, or ought to have known, amounted to harassment. He received an 18-month conditional discharge with no order for compensation or costs.
Herbert Persey , and James Persey, 32, of Fordmore, Plymtree, were jointly found guilty of failing to comply with the requirements of an abatement notice served by East Devon District Council relating to a statutory nuisance caused by house flies. Both were fined £9,500 with £15 victim sucrharges, and each will have to pay costs of £4,842.
Jayne Moores , 53, of Charles Street, Exmouth, drove in the town on May 18 when the proportion of alcohol in her breath was 89mcg in 100ml, exceeding the legal limit. She had pleaded not guilty but was convicted following a trial. She was fined £400 with a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay costs of £600. She was disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for three years and an additional order was made that a number of glass bottles were to be forfeited and destroyed. She did not face a separate penalty after pleading guilty to failing to stop after an accident occurred in Albion Street in the town while she was driving on the same date, failing to report an accident as soon as was reasonably practicable and driving without due care.
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Danny Gibson , 22, of Glasshouse Lane, Exeter, has been jailed after changing his plea and admitting using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour towards three people on August 24 and causing them to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them. For this he was sent to prison for four weeks. The offence was committed while he was subject to a suspended sentence order for an offence of racially/religiously aggravated assault. This order was activated as a 13-week jail terms meaning Gibson was sent to prison for a total of 17 weeks.
Perry Smith , 19, of Harbour Road, Seaton, pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress on May 13. No evidence was offered and the case was dismissed but he was bound over in the sum of £100 for six months to keep the peace.
James Greenall , 35, of no fixed abode, stole two fragrances to the value of £129 from Boots in Exeter's high street on September 25. He pleaded guilty and was committed to prison for 120 days. The offence was deemed to be serious because he has numerous previous convictions for identical offences. There was no order for costs.
Nicholas Courtney , 33, of Sanford Place, Exeter, was made the subject of a community order after he pleaded guilty to damaging a car being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged and without lawful excuse. He pleaded guilty and the order will see him have to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He will also have to pay £350 in compensation to the car's owner and there was no order for costs.
Graham Land , 26, of Queensway, Tiverton, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman on August 14 by beating her. He was committed to prison for 120 days suspended for two years. Magistrates said they viewed the offence as serious because it was a protracted assault, the defendant was in drink, the victim suffered significant bruising and it took place in front of a child. Land also threatened to kill his victim and he has previous convictions for similar offences. He will have to participate in the building better relationships programme and the order also has a supervision requirement. A total of £200 will be paid in compensation to his victim.
Paul Cunningham , 28, of Whipton Village Road, Exeter, changed his plea and admitted assaulting a woman on May 24. He received a 12-month conditional discharge. No compensation was ordered as the complainant did not support the prosecution. There was also no order for costs.
Steven Hedges , 25, of Windermere Close, Exeter, committed arson on August 12 in that, without lawful excuse, he destroyed clothing and the personal belongings of a woman to the value of £1,500 intending to destroy or damage such property. He also admitted assaulting a woman on August 10 and assaulting the same victim on August 9. He was committed to prison for a total of 16 weeks, suspended for a year. Magistrates said the offence was serious as he used a knife to threaten his victim and spat in her face. He also caused her an injury and destroyed items of sentimental value. As part of the suspended sentence order he will be subject to a curfew for three months and it has a supervision requirement. A restraining order was issued which will prevent Hedges from engaging in conduct which amounts to harassment or violence towards his victim. He will also have to pay her £300 in total in compensation.
Grant Haysom , 45, of Fore Street, Seaton, admitting two counts of assault, on a woman and a man, in Blandford Forum, Dorset on August 18. He was committed to prison for 16 weeks suspended for two years. Magistrates said the offence was serious as it involved a repeated assault in the home of a victim, and it continued despite him being asked to stop, he was in drink and in a position of trust. The suspended sentence was also issued in consideration of his previous record. It will see him have to undergo supervision and participate in the building better relationships programme. A restraining order was also issued in relation to the female victim and he will have to pay her £100 in compensation.
Antonio Pucci , 43, of Alphington Road, Exeter, changed his plea and accepted that he damaged wooden furniture to the value of £100 belonging to a woman on July 22. He also admitted assaulting a woman on the same date. He received a 30-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 costs.
Tony Restall , 45, of New Bridge Street, Exeter, drove dangerously in Western Way on July 14. He pleaded guilty and a community order was made which will see him have to participate in the Thinking Skills programme. He will also have to pay £85 costs and he was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Lee Harris , 21, of Princes Square, Alphington, caused criminal damage to a car on May 19. He pleaded guilty and a community order was made which will see him have to visit an attendance centre for 24 hours. He will have to pay £150 to the car's owner in compensation. There was no order for costs and he also admitted assaulting a man on the same date.
Hayley Moorhead , 21, of Aldens Road, Alphington, pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody on June 7 and August 28. She was committed to prison for 14 days for this and a further four weeks after changing her plea and accpeting that she assaulted a woman by beating her on April 1. Magistrates said the offence was serious because it involved an injury and was aggravated by the bail offences Five days spent in custody on remand will count towards the overall sentence.
Helen Hoaken , 31, of St David's Hill, Exeter, pleaded guilty to assisting in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of stolen goods, namely toys, from Early Learning Centre, knowing or believing the same to be stolen goods on September 13. She received a six-month conditional discharge and there was no order for compensation or costs.
Keith Andrew , 52, of Alphington Road, Exeter, was fined £200 after an offence of driving in Magdalen Street on June 6 while he was using a mobile phone was proven in his absence. He will have to pay the £15 victim surcharge and costs of £60. His licence was endorsed with three points.
Thomas Rowledge , 26, of Queensway, Tiverton, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the indication given by a no entry sign in Bampton Street in the town on June 8. He was fined £90 with a £15 victim surcharge and his licence was endorsed with three points.
Brian Fardoe , 41, of Berry Close, Exmouth drove in Rolle Street, Fore Street and South Street on July 16 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 92mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He was fined £325 with a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay costs of £400. He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for two years which can be reduced by 24 weeks if he completes a course approved by the secretary of state.