Blackpool: From the courts 17-05-17
Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
David Dean, 25, assault causing actual bodily harm
A man who met a woman when they were both on holiday in Greece battered her when they split up after living together.
David Dean slapped kicked and shook his ex when there was an argument about him texting other women on his phone.
Dean, a 25-year-old self-employed plumber, of Arundel Avenue, Bispham, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.
He was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to do up to 30 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, told to pay £200 compensation with £55 costs plus £115 victims’ surcharge and made the subject of a two year restraining order which bans him from contacting the complainant by magistrates.
Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said the couple met on holiday in Greece two years ago.
They moved in together in January last year but his girlfriend found him angry and controlling and said he restricted her friends.
She ended the relationship in March this year and since then he had constantly called her.
On May 9 he came to her address in the resort’s Lune Grove saying he wanted to apologise.
She agreed to let him in and they had some food, but he started laughing and texting other women.
He then slapped his ex’s face, kicked her leg, put his hands round her throat and then took her by the face and shook her.
Dean accepted that during the assault he may have caught her in the face with his hand.
Martin Hillson, defending, told magistrates that his client, who had no previous convictions, said an argument started when his ex saw messages from other women on his phone.
Dean added that when he put his hands round her throat he did not restrict her breathing and when he shook her he was trying to knock off a hat she was wearing.
Craig Connell, 34, drink-driving
A weekend trip to the Lake District ended in disaster for a drink-driver.
Craig Connell’s partner had to be driven home after causing trouble at their hotel and on the drive home police used a stinger device to burst the tyres on the car.
Connell, 34, of Warley Road, Bispham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £80 with £40 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police received information about a Ford Fiesta driven by Connell on April 21 at 2.10am.
Officers located the car and used a stinger to stop it on Fleetwood Road, Wesham.
A breath test showed 47 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Connell, who suffered from mental health problems and severe anxiety, had gone to the Lakes with his partner for a weekend break.
His partner had too much to drink and started causing trouble at their hotel kicking doors and opening the bar.
Connell did not think he was over the limit so he decided to drive his partner home.
Connell had no idea why the police burst the tyres on his car because he had not failed to stop.
Darren Hoyle, 31, inciting a boy of 13, into committing a sexual act, facilitating a sex offence wtih a boy of 13 and grooming a girl of 12
A Blackpool man has made his first court appearance charged with sexually grooming a boy and a girl.
Darren Hoyle, 31, of Kimberley Avenue had his cases sent for trial at Preston crown Court by District Judge James Hatton sitting at the magistrates court.
Hoyle is charged with inciting a boy of 13 into committing a sexual act.
He is also charged with attempting to facilitate a child sex offence with a 13 year old boy and a further allegation of grooming a 12 year old girl.
Hoyle was bailed on condition he does not have any unsupervised contact with children aged under sixteen.
Dennis Fleming, 55, drunk and disorderly
A drinker who had cut down from having two to three bottles of whisky a day to four cans of lager was rude to a police officer.
Dennis Fleming told the officer “who do you think you are - the sheriff” before threatening to assault him
Fleming, 55, of Lytham Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.
He was given an 18 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were called to Dickson Road on April 14 at 2.20pm where they saw an unconscious man and the defendant on the street.
Fleming said he knew the unconscious man, but when asked his surname he started shouting a swearing at the officer and was arrested.
Brett Chappell, defending, said Fleming had cut down his drinking drastically. An acquaintance of Fleming’s had passed out on the street. The defendant had had something to drink before talking to the police and the conversation turned sour.
Joseph McCauley, 21, drink-driving
A motorcyclists was over the alcohol limit when he crashed into a fence.
Joseph McCauley was apprehended by police as he walked down the road wearing only one shoe and was taken to hospital where he spent several days having injuries treated.
McCauley, 21, of Princes Way, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £140 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on January 29 about 3am McCauley crashed his Yamaha motorbike into a fence on West End, Great Eccleston. A blood test taken in hospital showed 98 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 80 is the limit.
Suzanne Mugford, defending, said her client, who had no previous convictions, had been having drinks at a friend’s and did not noticed how much his friend was pouring.
At the time he was on medication suffering from anxiety and depression. It was only afterwards he read the label which stated alcohol should be avoided being taken with the medication. McCauley’s bike had been written.