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IN COURT: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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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.

David Gillard , 49, of Newtown Close, Exeter, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention on the A380 Great Haldon Overbridge near Kennford on August 31 last year. He was fined £150 with a victim surcharge of £15 and ordered to pay costs of £85. He will also have four points added to his licence.

Leigh Yeo , 21, of no fixed abode, was committed to detention in a young offender institution for 30 days after pleading guilty to failing to comply with a notification order issued as part of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. He failed without reasonable excuse on December 10 to attend a designated police station as he was required to do. Magistrates said the offence was serious as it represented his sixth breach of the order. There was no order for costs.

A 16-year-old girl from Exeter pleaded guilty to a number of offences when she appeared before Exeter's youth court. This included assaulting a woman on July 4 last year, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour during an incident on June 9 last year, assaulting three people including two men by beating them on June 16 last year. Her contract with Exeter's youth offender panel was extended by seven months, giving a new total of 12 months. The court said it was not giving a more serious sentence as she had been making good progress on her current order.

Nigel Way , 57, of Denmark Road, Exeter, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a woman by beating her, with one attack occurring on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day. He received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay his victim a total of £100 in compensation with £85 costs. There was no victim surcharge as compensation was seen to take priority.

Simeon Francis , 28, of Verney Street, Exeter, admitted stealing a pair of gloves worth £5 from a man on December 18. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a torch, cash and an iPhone holder from a man on December 16 as well as damaging a lock belonging to Devon & Cornwall Police on December 18. He was sent to prison for 12 weeks. Magistrates said the offences were serious because they were committed which he was on licence from prison, and that he had shown a reluctance to engage with probation orders.

Michael Harrison , 71, of Market Street, Exeter, pleaded guilty to being drunk in a public place, namely Belmont Park, on November 29 last year. He was fined £50 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.

Stephen Shaylor , 41, who address was given as HMP Exeter, stole two hats and one scarf to the value of £169 from Dukes in Exeter on December 29. He pleaded guilty and a community order was made which will see him subject to a curfew for six weeks and electronically monitored. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and no compensation was ordered as the goods were recovered.

Grant Jones , 18, of Burnthouse Lane, Exeter, pleaded guilty to, with an accomplice, assaulting a man by beating him on October 26 last year. A community order was made which will see him have to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He will also have to pay £350 in compensation to his victim and there was no order for costs.

Jodie O'Reilly , 19, of Princes Square, Exeter, drove in East Wonford Hill on June 6 last year while unfit to drive through drugs. She changed her plea and admitted the offence before a trial took place. She was fined £160 with a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay costs of £80. She was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a year. She also admitted driving in Butts Road on the same date when she had no insurance. For this she was fined a further £110.

Christopher Greenhall , 34, of Farm Hill, Exeter, admitted being in possession of 0.3g of cocaine, a Class A drug, on New Year's Day. He was fined £50 with a £20 victim surcharge but was detained in the courthouse for a short period in lieu of this. He did not face a separate penalty for being in possession of 0.82g of heroin, also a Class A drug, on the same day. The drugs will be destroyed.

Daniel Moran , 20, of Okehampton Road, Exeter, pleaded guilty to stealing a crate of Stella Artois to the value of £12.05 from Sainsbury's on January 2. He received a six-month conditional discharge with a £15 victim surcharge and no order for costs.

Martin Rosewell , 39, of Phillips Square, Exeter, changed his plea and admitted driving on the A35 without due care and attention on July 13 last year. He was fined £150 with a £15 victim surcharge and was disqualified from driving for three months. There was no order for costs. he did not face separate penalties from driving while not wearing an adult seatbelt and when the grooves of the front offside tyre were of insufficient depth.

Mary Crowhurst , 25, of Avalon Close, Exeter, drove in South Street on December 6 when the proportion of alcohol in her breath was 90mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. She pleaded guilty and was fined £170 with a £20 victim surcharge. She was also disqualified from driving for 40 months. Crowhurst was not offered the driver rehabilitation course as she has completed it on a prior occasion but her sentence was reduced to a fine from a community order as she has referred herself to an agency to help address her issues.

Simon Gilchrist , 38, of Church Road, Exeter, admitted being in possession of 1.26g of mephedrone, a Class B drug, on October 10 last year. He received a six-month conditional discharge with a victim surcharge of £15. There was no order for costs and the drugs will be destroyed.

Martin Gill , 60, of Old Pavilion Close, Exeter, pleaded guilty to driving near Exeter Golf & Country Club on December 7 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 61mcg in 100ml of breath, exceeding the legal limit. He was fined £250 with a victim surcharge of £25 and costs of £85. He was also disqualified from driving for 17 months which can be reduced by 17 weeks if he satisfactorily completes a course approved by the Secretary of State.

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