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

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

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

Stephen Hill , 35, of Howell Road, Exeter, pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of whisky worth £25.78 from Morrisons on November 3. He received a six-month conditional discharge with a victim surcharge of £15 and no order for costs.

Gary Kelson , 23, of Rosebery Road, Exeter, rode a motorcycle on November 11 on the Clyst St Mary roundabout, after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion in his breath was 64mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He pleaded guilty and was fined £180 with a £20 victim surcharge and costs of £40. He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 months which can be reduced by three months if he satisfactorily completes an approved course.

Adam Spragg , 30, of Ludwell Lane, Exeter, pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of wine from Woodwater Lane stores on August 13 as well as having 223 tablets of Clonazepam, a Class C drug, on the same date. A community order was made which will see him have to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work while the drugs will be destroyed.

Alan Charlton , 34, of an address in Clyst Hydon, was found guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour or disorderly behaviour causing a person harassment, alarm or distress on May 17. He received a two-year conditional discharge and a restraining order was also issued in relation to the victim of the incident for two years.

William Roast , 43, of Ludwell Lane, Exeter, failed to comply with the requirements of a community order he received for dishonestly receiving stolen goods, by failing to attend appointments on four occasions in November. He also pleaded guilty to stealing two bottles of vodka worth £27.20 from Tesco on November 26. He was committed to prison for four weeks. Magistrates said the offence was serious because of his failure to comply with community orders, persistent breaches and his previous convictions for like offences.

Mark Aggett , 38, of an address in Exeter, admitted driving in Pinhoe Road on November 9 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 65mcg on 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He was fined £225 with a victim surcharge of £23 and costs of £85. He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for 17 months which can be reduced by 17 weeks if he satisfactorily completes an approved driving course.

Jamie Corr , 40, of Terracina Court, Exeter, stole razor blades worth £320.90 belonging to Boots on November 7. He pleaded guilty and received a 12-month conditional discharge with a victim surcharge of £15 and no order for costs.

Ezra Rice , 19, of Hulham Road, Exmouth, received a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to having 4.57g of cannabis in his possession, a Class B drug, on September 26. He will have to pay £85 costs and the drugs will be destroyed.

Robert Male , 29, of Powell Close, Seaton, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress on November 12. He was fined £70 with a victim surcharge of £20 but was detained in the courthouse in lieu of this. There was no order for costs due to his limited means.

Barry Powles , 70, of Wessiters, Seaton, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her on November 9. He received a 24-month conditional discharge with a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85. Magistrates said they were giving him credit for his remorse and as he had decided to seek help from external agencies.

Brendan Robins , 66, of Manor Road, Exeter, received a two-year conditional discharge after he admitted contacting a person by text message between September 2 and November 11 which he was prohibited from doing as part of a restraining order. He will also have to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs while the restraining order was extended to last until November 2014.

Joseph Stockdale , 38, of no fixed abode, admitted being drunk in a public place on November 27, namely the NHS walk-in centre in Sidwell Street. He was fined £30 with a £20 victim surcharge but was detained in the courthouse for a short period in lieu of this. There was no order for costs due to his limited means.

John Young , 29, of Wynford Road, Exeter, caused a person harassment, alarm and distress with intent by using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on October 14 and the offence was racially aggravated. He pleaded guilty and was committed to prison for eight weeks suspended for six months. Magistrates said the offence was serious as it involved "racially-aggravated abuse against an employee doing his job" and Young was under the influence of alcohol. As part of the suspended sentence order he will be supervised for six months and electronically monitored until January 23. He will also have to pay £50 in compensation to his victim. There was no order for costs as compensation was seen to take priority.

Julia Browning , 51, of Howard Close, Exeter, and Scott Browning, 19, of the same address, were both charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely two domestic cats called Judy and Rafael, by failing to provide them with adequate veterinary care and attention for a problem with their mouths. They were also charged with failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the two cats were protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease; and failing to take steps to ensure that five other cats, Tululah, Sam, Charlie, Gina and Katie, were protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease. They pleaded guilty to all offences which occurred between June 28 and August 28. Julia Browning was given a 12-month conditional discharge while Scott Browning was made the subject of a community order which will see him have to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work. They were both banned from keeping cats or dogs for seven years and no application for the termination of the order can be made for five years.

Geoffrey Cox , 66, of a farm property in Witheridge, was fined £700 for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a Bovine Belgian Blue Cross, by an act, namely a right horn which had grown so that it pierced the skin and penetrated soft tissue to a depth of up to three centimetres. He pleaded guilty and will also have to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £1,551 in costs to Devon County Council.

Lewis Smith , 23, of Nelson Drive, Exmouth, admitted riding an unregistered Go-ped, a motorised scooter, in Capel Lane in the town, for which he had no insurance on June 28. He was fined £65 with a victim surcharge of £15. He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for 28 days. Smith did not face a separate penalty for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, without a valid MOT certificate and without a helmet on the same date.

Gavin Richards , 32, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to entering a building in Exeter as a trespasser on September 24 and stealing a gardener's knife in a sheath, a combi head unit with a strimmer attachment, and a set of keys, all worth £750. On the same date, he also entered another building and stole a mop steam cleaner worth £100. He was committed to prison for six months. Magistrates said the offences were serious as they were committed under the influence of alcohol and drugs, previous convictions, and he showed no remorse.

Jon Tutte-Melluish , 33, whose address was listed as HMP Exeter, admitted seven counts of committing fraud by making false representations intending to make a gain, namely cash. All the offences were committed over two days in January. He was committed to prison for seven months. Magistrates said the offences were serious and he showed no remorse for his victims.

A 17-year-old , from Exeter, admitted that he, with another, took a motorbike from a property in the city without the consent of the owner or another lawful authority on October 11. A youth rehabilitation order was made which will see him have to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work as specified by Exeter's youth offending team over the next 12 months.

Mark Gaffney , 48, of Normandy Close, Exmouth, assaulted a man by beating him during an incident in the town on September 29. He received a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay his victim £50 in compensation. He will also have to pay £85 costs.

A 13-year-old from Tiverton has been referred to Exeter's youth offender panel for three months after pleading guilty to vandalising a car in the city and causing £520.97 of criminal damage.

Jamie Burke , 37, of Roseway, Exmouth, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her on September 13 and again on July 28. He was committed to prison for six months after the offence was deemed to be serious as it involved an assault in front of a child and he spat on the victim while in drink.

Robert Davis , 28, of Cheynegate Lane, Exeter, used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress on July 1. He received a six-month conditional discharge.

Michael Densham , 63, of Barrowdale Close, Exmouth, drove in Woodbury on July 27 when the proportion of alcohol in his blood was 199mlg in 100ml, exceeding the legal limit. He was fined £120 with a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £85. He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for 22 months which can be reduced by 22 weeks if he satisfactorily completes a course approved by the secretary of state.

Fraser Hasell , 24, of Newlands Road, Sidmouth, pleaded guilty to driving on the B3178 on September 22 without due care and attention. He was fined £75 with a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs. His licence was endorsed with four points. He also admitted driving in Budleigh Salterton on the same date while he was using a mobile phone. For this he was fined a further £75.

Rebecca Saunders , 33, of Orchard Way, Cullompton, admitted being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place on August 8. She was fined £260, ordered to pay £45.89 in compensation to a person affected by the incident with a £15 victim surcharge.

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