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IN COURT: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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IN COURT: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' 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 Legg , 22, of Peryam Crescent, Exeter, admitted being drunk and disorderly in High Street on December 11 and received a six-month conditional discharge. He will also have to pay a £15 victim surcharge with no order for costs because of his limited means.

Anthony Bowring , 45, of Thornberry Avenue, Exeter, was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified in South Street on December 9. The offence was deemed to be serious as it was the defendant's sixth driving-while-disqualified conviction, and the suspended sentence order has a requirement that he must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £80 and was disqualified from driving for 18 months with no order for costs. He did not face a separate penalty for driving without insurance and wilfully obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty on the same date.

Neil Broom , 25, of Alford Crescent, Exeter, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in High Street on December 8. He was fined £70 with a victim surcharge of £20 and no order for costs. The offence put him in breach of a conditional discharge that was issued on December 4 but no action was taken in respect of this.

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Patrick Morgan , 46, of Alphington Street, Exeter, stole four cans of lager from the Turks Head Motel on December 11. He pleaded guilty and was fined £50 with a victim surcharge of £20 and no order for costs.

Lee Saunders , 19, of no fixed abode, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour during an incident on December 11. He received a six-month conditional discharge and must pay a £15 victim surcharge. There was no order for costs.

Paul Shires , 40, of Church View, Ottery St Mary, was fined £70 after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of a quantity of amphetamine, a class B drug, on July 23 last year. He will also have to pay a £15 victim surcharge and the drugs will be destroyed. There was no order for costs.

Richard Williams , 25, of Venny Bridge, Exeter, stole an iPhone worth £200 from a person on October 6 last year in the city. He pleaded guilty and a community order was made that will see him have to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He will also have to pay a £60 victim surcharge with no order for costs.

Anthony Drew , 53, of Yonder Street, Ottery St Mary, was banned from driving for six months after pleading guilty to using a car in Russell Way, Exeter, when he had no insurance. Magistrates said the disqualification was obligatory because of his repeat offending. He was also fined £35 with a £15 victim surcharge. An exceptional hardship application was rejected as the court determined that he would be able to make alternative arrangements with regard to driving.

Simon Li , 48, of Elmside, Exeter, pleaded guilty to damaging a window at The Money Shop in the city on February 13 last year without lawful excuse. Repairing the damage cost £609. He received an 18-month conditional discharge and will have to pay £100 in compensation.

Robert Male , 29, of Powell Close, Seaton, used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour during an incident on September 29 last year. He pleaded guilty and received a six-month conditional discharge with no order for costs because of his limited means. The offence was committed while he was subject to a conditional discharge for three offences of assault but no action was taken in respect of this.

Kazimierz Romaniak , 52, of Leyton Court, Cullompton, was disqualified from driving for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to driving in Station Road in Willand on December 3 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 66mcg in 100ml, exceeding the legal limit. He was also fined £240 with a victim surcharge of £24 and costs of £85. His driving ban can be reduced by 18 weeks if he satisfactorily completes an approved driving course. He did not face a separate penalty for driving without insurance on the same date.

Lee Stanbury , 40, of Newport Road, Exeter, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her on January 3. He also pleaded guilty to, without lawful excuse, damaging furniture, carpets and clothing belonging to the assault victim on the same date. He was sent to prison for a total of 12 weeks. Magistrates said the offence was serious because the assault was on a vulnerable victim and the defendant has three convictions for similar assaults in the past 12 months. He was also subject to a community order, which was issued in October, that was revoked in light of the prison sentence. No compensation was ordered as a result of the sentence because of the prison term but a restraining order was made that will prevent Stanbury from contacting the victim for a period of two years.

Christopher Hawkins , 36, of Smythen Street, Exeter, stole remote controlled toy helicopters worth £79.99 from This Is It on November 21 last year and November 22. He pleaded guilty to this and to stealing four beef roasting joints worth £70 from Co-op on December 27 and three pork joints of an unknown value on December 14. A number of other offences were also put before the court including his admission that he committed fraud by making a false representation, namely using a bank card at an ATM, on October 4 in Exmouth, and breaching the terms of a community order he received for theft on November 7. This order was revoked. He was sent to prison for a total of 32 weeks. Magistrates said the offences were serious because the defendant has numerous convictions for theft and he appeared to be unwilling to respond to non-custodial sentences.

Stephen Caventer , 53, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to damaging three glass panel doors at Heavitree Road police station on November 24 without lawful excuse. He was committed to prison for 12 weeks. Magistrates said the offence was serious as it involved a weapon and was committed while on bail. There was no order for costs because of Caventer's limited means.

Stuart Densham , 31, of Dryden Road, Exeter, was made the subject of a community order after he admitted sending a message on January 3 that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. The order has an eight-week curfew requirement and he will be electronically monitored. A restraining order was also issued which will prevent him from contacting the recipient of the message for a period of one year. He will have to pay a victim surcharge of £60 but there was no order for costs because of his limited means.

Jemma Gibson , 26, of Codrington Court, Exeter, admitted that, with another, she stole four Nintendo 3DS consoles from Tesco worth £720 on January 7. She also admitted having with her an article for use in the course of or in connection with theft, namely foil-lined bags on the same date. The incident put her in breach of two conditional discharges she received for offences of theft and retaining or disposing of stolen goods. These were revoked and replaced with the community order which will see her have to participate in the thinking skills programme for 19 days and be subject to supervision. She will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and there was no order for costs because of her limited means.

Matthew Crotty , 35, of Hillside Cottages, Lapford, pleaded guilty to driving in the village on December 16 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 92mcg in 100ml, exceeding the legal limit. He was fined £300 with a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £85. He was also disqualified from driving for two years which can be reduced by 24 weeks if he successfully completes an approved driving course.

David Matthews , 46, of Foxholes Hill, Exmouth, was found guilty of failing to give information relating to the driver of a vehicle who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence on April 21 last year. He received a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay costs of £85. His licence was also endorsed with six points.

Tarot Fawcett , 24, of Taleford near Ottery St Mary, failed without reasonable excuse to comply with the requirements of a community order he received on November 23 by failing to attend unpaid work as directed on three occasions. The community order was made in connection with an offence of taking a car without lawful authority in Exmouth last June. He admitted the offence and the community order was revoked to be replaced by a six-month conditional discharge.

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