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IN COURT: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court this week

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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In Court

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.

William Briggs , 24, of East Street, Crediton, drove on the A377 near Hookway Cross on June 7 after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his blood was 202mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He pleaded guilty and was fined £620 with a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85. He was also banned from driving for 22 months which can be reduced by 22 weeks if he completes an approved course.

Daniel Corr , 38, of Foxtor Road, Exwick, pleaded guilty to being in Shillingford Abbot between June 6 and June 9 and damaging an honesty box belonging to Shillingford Organics, with a value not stated, with no lawful excuse. He will have to pay £20 in compensation to Shillingford Organics but there was no order for costs due to his limited means.

Liam Atkins , 19, of Fraser Road, Exmouth, received a six-month conditional discharge after admitting that he used threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment alarm or distress during an incident in the town on June 17. He will also have to pay £85 costs.

Daniel Brooking , 18, of Westfield Road, Tiverton, stole various shop items to the value of £50.08 belonging to the Horsdon Garage in Blundell's Road on May 30. He received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £50.08 in compensation to the garage. He will also have to pay £40 costs.

Steven Oswald , 23, of Smythen Street, Exeter, pleaded guilty to stealing two joints of turkey to the value of £14 from Lloyd Maunder in Sidwell Street on November 1. He received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay the full cost of the items in compensation to the business. He will also have to pay a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £21.

Jeffery Pyle , 46, of Newtown Close, Exeter, received a 12-month conditional discharge after changing his plea and admitting that he used threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour towards a man to cause them to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence. He will have to pay costs of £85.

Danielle Lucas , 28, of Colston, Axminster, had alleged offences of assaulting a woman occasioning her actual bodily harm and having an offensive weapon, namely a metal bar, in a public place, both on June 25, discontinued. But she was bound over in the sum of £100 for six months to keep the peace towards two named people.

Sam Elson , 21, of Oak Road, Exeter, was found guilty following a trial of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour towards a person to cause them to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence. The offence, which took place on April 24, was racially aggravated. He was committed to prison for 18 weeks suspended for 12 months. Magistrates deemed the offence to be serious and said that only custody could be justified was he made threats to use a weapon, and due to his previous convictions. He will be part of a supervision period for 12 months and have treatment for alcohol dependency for six months.

Daniel Bramall , 29, of East Wonford Hill, Exeter, received a six-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to being in possession of 1.39g of cannabis, a class B drug, on August 12. He also admitted failing to surrender to custody without a reasonable excuse on November 6. The drugs will be destroyed and there was no order for costs due to his limited means.

James Tree , 54, of Alphington Street, Exeter, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment alarm or distress during an incident on November 7. He was fined £50 with a victim surcharge of £20 but was detained in the courthouse in lieu of this.

Samuel Rojahn , 36, of Queen's Crescent, Exeter, admitted stealing two bottles of Jack Daniels to the value of £51.10 belonging to Co-op in Sidwell Street on September 15. He also pleaded guilty to stealing two boxes of whisky from Co-op on the same date and admitted stealing a television worth £99.99 from Sainsbury's on September 11, and other electrical items from the same store worth £49.98 on September 10. A community order was made which will see him have to undergo drug rehabilitation which will be reviewed monthly, and it also has a supervision requirement. He will have to pay Co-op £51.10 in compensation.

Ian Chamberlain , 35, of Richmond Court, Exeter, was fined £400 after a matter of driving a vehicle on June 20 when the groove of the tread pattern of a tyre were not of a legal depth was proven in his absence. He will also have to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Simeon Francis , 28, of Verney Street, Exeter, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her on November 8. He was committed to prison for four weeks after magistrates determined that only custody would be appropriate.

David Guy , of no fixed abode but who resides in Exeter, damaged the wing mirror of a car to the value of £48.99 without lawful excuse on August 29. He pleaded guilty and was fined £100 while he will have to pay the full amount of the damage in compensation to the owner of the car. He also admitted destroying a rug and damaging a carpet at a property in Axminster on October 18 with an unknown value. For this he was fined a further £100 with a £20 victim surcharge. No compensation was ordered in respect of this incident.

Jason Richards , 32, of Cridlake, Axminster, pleaded guilty to stealing a fragrance worth £49 from Boots in Exeter on July 16. He also admitted stealing a shaver from Boots in Yeovil worth £139.99 on August 23. A community order was made which has a drug rehabilitation requirement and a supervision requirement. No compensation was ordered because of his limited means and there was no order for costs. The incidents put him in breach of a conditional discharge he received for offences of theft but no action was taken in respect of this.

Gurdeep Singh , 20, of Stoke Hill, Exeter, has the case against him in respect of an alleged assault on July 28 dismissed. But he was bound over to keep the peace in the sum of £50 for six months.

Luke Hendrick , 35, of Capper Close, Newton Poppleford, was found guilty following a trial of assaulting a woman in Sidmouth on June 3. He admitted that the offence was committed during the operational period of a suspended sentence order he received earlier this year. The case was committed to Exeter Crown Court for sentencing.

Terry Cook , 34, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, drove in Russell Way on October 25 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 63mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He pleaded guilty and was fined £600 with a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months which can be reduced by 18 weeks if he satisfactorily completes an approved course.

Jason Jenkins , 40, of Pellinore Road, Exeter, attended the home address of a woman which he was prohibited from doing by a restraining order imposed in July, and he had no reasonable excuse for doing so. He received a six-month conditional discharge and will have to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

Robert Ingledew , 35, of Station Road, Cullompton, attempted to steal a 42-inch television from Tesco in the town on October 11 to the value of £199. He pleaded guilty to this and to attempting to steal a 32-inch television worth £318 from Tesco in Tiverton on October 9, stealing a 22-inch television and a steam iron worth £499.94 belonging to John Lewis in Exeter. The offences put him in breach of a conditional discharge he received for stealing snowboards and a Wii Fit. This order was revoked and he was committed to prison for a total of 10 weeks suspended for 18 months. Magistrates said the offences were serious because of his previous convictions, that he targeted high-value goods, that he was on bail and that he breached a conditional discharge. As part of the suspended sentence order he will have to undergo supervision and carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. He will also have to pay £200 in compensation to John Lewis but no compensation in the other cases as the items were recovered.

Melvyn Holmes , 51, of West Exe North, Tiverton, faced a charge of failing to remove dog faeces from land and the matter was proven in his absence. He was fined £200 with a £15 victim surcharge.

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