From the courts 17-09-15

Blackpool Magistrates court
Blackpool Magistrates court
  • Child rapist “a risk to young children”
  • Man spotted riding a motorbike the wrong way along a one-way street
  • Man spotted acting suspiciously in the garden of an address he did not live at
  • Man accused of stealing failed to attend court

A child rapist who got one of his victims pregnant has been branded “a risk to young children” after being sent back to jail.

A child rapist who got one of his victims pregnant has been branded “a risk to young children” after being sent back to jail.

Daniel Bowen

Daniel Bowen

Daniel Bowen, 39, was released from prison just six years into his sentence for sexually assaulting two girls.

But he was yesterday hauled before Blackpool magistrates after being caught breaching the terms of his licence by sending messages on Facebook to a 10-year-old boy .

Bowen, of Warrenhurst Road,Fleetwood, was sent back behind bars to complete the rest of the 12-year jail sentence he was given in 2009.

On that occasion he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape.

Three of those charges related to the same girl, who he abused on separate occasions between the ages of 11 and 13.

Speaking after yesterday’s hearing, a Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Bowen clearly remains a risk to young people and he will now have to serve out the remainder of his sentence for what was an horrendous offence.”

Following his release from prison, Bowen, formerly of Warbreck Drive, Blackpool, moved from a hostel in Blackburn to Fleetwood.

It was there he breached the Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed to prevent him re-offending.

Blackpool magistrates heard the message was found by his probation officer who examined the contents of Bowen’s phone during a routine appointment.

Bowen admitted the breach and Pam Smith,prosecuting, said the defendant was to be recalled to prison and faced completing the rest of his original sentence.

Patrick Nelligan, defending,said that the offence was committed when Bowen was feeling very lonely.

“Had he known he was breaching his SOPO in a sinister manner he would have deleted the message from his phone,” he added.

Bowen, a former security guard, had a further 21 days added to his custody term.

When he was released initially, Bowen has served half of his original jail term, which was to be followed by eight years on extended licence –bringing his total sentence to 20 years.

The judge at the time called him a “dangerous” offender, and added: “There aren’t many cases worse than this.”

The court was told back in 2009 that one of his victims had fallen pregnant following the attacks and had to have the baby terminated.

He admitted the offences but despite showing remorse, the judge said at the time he was “still dangerous”.

His comments were echoed by Det Insp Tony Baxter, now a chief inspector with Lancashire Police’s public protection unit, who said: “This is one of the worst cases I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been doing this kind of work.”

A man was spotted riding a motorbike the wrong way along a one-way street in Blackpool.

Lucas Broten was found to be more than twice over the limit when he was stopped.

Broten, a 20-year-old cleaner, of Brookfield Road, Thornton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 20 months, fined £110 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police saw Broten riding a motorbike the wrong way down a one-way street on August 29 at 5.30am.

Police followed him, saw he was unsteady on the bike and stopped him on Talbot Road, Blackpool.

A breath test showed 75 microgrammes of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Martin Hillson, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had intended to stay the night with friends.

When he got to the friends’ home someone queried if he was going to leave his motorbike in the town centre.

He decided to go and collect it for security reasons.

The bike was three or four streets away from the friends’ home, but Broten got lost and police saw him going the wrong way.

A man was spotted acting suspiciously by police in the garden of an address he did not live at.

Alan Beavers was searched and officers found an array of implements plus drugs.

Beavers, 28, of Hamlet Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft and possessing amphetamine.

He was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 35 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work for the community and told to pay a £180 court charge with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police saw Beavers in the garden of an address on Fleetwood’s Waverley Avenue at 3.40am on August 21.

He was wearing gloves, had two spark-plus, plus a torch and a metal bar was found on his bicycle nearby.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said the amphetamine had been given to him by a friend.

Mrs Jamieson-Sinclair added: “At the time he was very down on his luck. He had no accommodation or benefits.

“He was essentially foraging for items he could sell.”

An electrician was caught committing his third offence of drink-driving in Fleetwood

David Spencer, whose transit van was stopped because it had no rear lights on, told an officer he had drunk just one pint.

Spencer, 28, of Broadway, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was sentenced to do 80 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for three years and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police saw Spencer driving a van without rear lights on Amounderness Way, Cleveleys, at 10.50pm on August 22.

He was stopped and police smelt alcohol on him.

A breath test showed 42 microgrammes of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

The court heard Spencer had two previous convictions for drink-driving.

David Charnley, defending, said his client had had a pint of lager at lunchtime, then another drink about 40 minutes before he was stopped by police.

He had been working and not eaten which may have affected his alcohol level.

As a result of the offence he had lost lucrative sub-contracting work with a company, working in the south. He would have to get other work or be unable to pay his mortgage.

A man accused of stealing two bottles of wine from the Cleveleys branch of B and M Bargains failed to attend court.

John Dyson, 50, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, had a warrant without bail issued by Blackpool magistrates for his arrest.

A man stole a bottle of alcohol worth £15 from a Fleetwood supermarket despite having £200 on him at the time.

When caught by a security guard Steven Eker said he had bought the bottle from another shop, but he had to confess when CCTV was shown to him.

Eker, unemployed, 39, of Egerton Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft and possession of cannabis.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and told to pay a £180 court charge with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a security alarm at Asda, Dock Street, went off when Eker left the store on August 12 at 8.45pm.

He was apprehended by a security guard and a bottle of liqueur was found in his manbag.

At first he said he had bought the liqueur at Aldi. The guard then showed him the CCTV from Adsa which showed Eker hiding the bottle in his bag.

The guard then asked him if he had anything else on him - meaning goods stolen from the shop.

Eker took a bag containing cannabis out of his sock and threw it in a bin.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said 10 years ago Eker had been the victim of a serious assault.

He spent nearly a year in hospital, much of it in a coma.

He had suffered a brain injury and had not worked since.

Mr Colebourne added: “He had £200 on him when he was arrested and on the face of it there was no reason for him to take the bottle of alcohol.”