Magistrates Court round-up

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

The following cases have been heard this week at Magistrates Court:

A teenager accused of committing a serious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl has made his first appearance in court.

Grant Burgess, 18, formerly of Nutter Road, Cleveleys, now living at Saville Avenue, Poulton, is accused of committing the offence in the Thornton and Cleveleys area in January last year.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Burgess was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on March 4 by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.


A witness followed a motorist and gave a running commentary to police about his erratic driving.

David Jackson was found to be more than twice over the drink drive limit when officers caught up with him.

Jackson, 41, of Mount Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

The judge told him: “The standard of your driving was terrible and you were extremely fortunate you or someone else was not hurt.”

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said a motorist behind Jackson’s BMW had to sound his horn two to three times because the defendant failed to move off at green traffic lights on January 29 about 9.15pm.

Jackson drove close to parked and oncoming cars and clipped the kerb.

The motorist behind then gave a running commentary to police on a hands-free phone about Jackson’s erratic driving.

Jackson was on the port’s Lord Street and drove the wrong way along Mount Street, before stopping and letting a woman passenger out of his car.

The woman told police that Jackson, who was her partner, did not normally drink to excess. He had picked her up from work and she realised halfway home he had probably had too much to drink.

A breath test showed 77 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Jackson had a previous conviction for drink-driving and failing to provide a breath specimen for alcohol testing.

David Charnley, defending, said his client had been out drinking but felt OK to drive when he went to collect his partner.

Jackson was sentenced to a 28-day tagged curfew, from 7pm to 7am, disqualified from driving for four years and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.


A man smashed a car light after getting upset when his former girlfriend went out with someone else.

Lewis Jackson, 20, of Mariners Close, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said a man who had parked his car on the driveway of his home in Fleetwood heard a noise and saw Jackson smashing a back light on his car with his fist on December 20 about 7pm.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said her client, who had no previous convictions, suffered from autism.

Jackson had become frustrated because a relative of the man whose car he damaged, was now going out with his former girlfriend.

Jackson said he had been sent a number of abusive texts by his ex’s new boyfriend.

Jackson was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 compensation with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.


A man called the Jeremy Kyle TV show asking to appear and take a lie detector test after his girlfriend accused him of 
having an affair.

Anthony Smith then had a furious argument with his 20-year-old partner before pushing her onto a sofa and holding her down.

He demanded money for his train fare home before grabbing his girlfriend’s bank card and using it to get £50.

Smith, 26, formerly of St Peters Place, Fleetwood, now living at Patterdale Avenue, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to assault and fraud.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the couple had had a four-year relationship.

Smith’s girlfriend discovered he was having an affair with a woman who lived nearby.

She then decided to end her relationship with the defendant on February 19.

The prosecutor said: “She told him she had discovered he was sleeping around.

“He denied it and at one point he called the Jeremy Kyle show, saying he would take a lie detector test.”

Smith’s girlfriend then tried to contact the other woman via Facebook.

Smith told her to stop, pushed her onto the sofa and got on top of her.

He held her down and she felt him taking a bank card from her pocket.

Brett Chappell, defending, told magistrates: “He says he does not want bail. He made a comment when interviewed that if he was bailed he would go straight back round to his partner’s.”

Smith was remanded in custody for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.


A teenager pleaded not guilty to assault.

The 16-year-old boy from the Cleveleys area, who can not be identified for legal reasons, had his case adjourned for trial on March 31 by Blackpool magistrates.

A man has pleaded not guilty to possessing a folding lock-knife in a car in Blackpool.

Mark Crane, 48, of Lawsons Road, Thornton, had his case adjourned to March 26 for trial by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court.


A woman found with heroin was on a suspended prison sentence at the time, a court was told.

Donna Morton, 42, formerly of Lawsons Road, Thornton, now living at Smith Road, Cleveleys, admitted possessing heroin and was bailed to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on March 18, by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.


A man who is accused of grabbing his girlfriend and swinging her around has made his first appearance at court.

Alexander Saxon, a 23-year-old labourer, of Walmsley Close, Thornton, pleaded not guilty to assault and was bailed to April 20 for trial by Blackpool magistrates.