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IN COURT: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 07, 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.

Mark Westcott , 34, of Queens Crescent, Exeter, failed without reasonable excuse to comply with the requirements of a community order by failing to attend appointments with a supervising officer on three occasions and failed to provide evidence of a reasonable excuse within agreed time limits. The order was made in respect of two offences of thefts from Boots in June and October last year. The order was revoked and Westcott was sent to prison for eight weeks. This took into account further offences which he admitted including on Christmas Eve stealing eight boxes of perfume worth £386 from Boots in Exeter, on December 27 stealing a jacket worth £125 from Crew Clothing, on New Years' Day attempting to steal a CD, on January 8 stealing a gold ring from Erin Cox Jewellers and on New Years' Day being in possession of 0.15g of diamorphine, a Class A drug. Magistrates said the offences were serious because of his previous convictions, he had shown an unwillingness to comply with a community order and he had committed crimes while subject to the order.

A 17-year-old of Exeter admitted having 2.77g of cannabis, a Class B drug, in his possession on December 11. He received a 12-month conditional discharge and will have to pay a victim surcharge of £10. Drugs and associated paraphernalia will be destroyed and there was no order for costs.

John Griffiths 43, of Chapel Street, Tiverton, pleaded guilty to being in possession of 1.39g of diamorphine, a Class A drug on July 16. He also admitted that, on the same date, he was in possession of 77ml of methadone, a Class A drug, 2.6g of cannabis, a Class B drug, and 0.3g of subutex, a Class C drug. He was committed to prison for eight weeks suspended for 12 months. The offence was deemed to be serious because of the defendant's previous convictions. The drugs will be destroyed.

Alan Webber , 34, of Everest Drive, Seaton, stole two steaks and a packet of cookies worth £15.39 from Sainsbury's in Exeter worth £15.39 on January 10. 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 £15.

Joanne Williams , 47, of Pinhoe Road, Exeter, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting a man in Killerton on September 5 and the case was dismissed with no evidence being offered. However, she was bound over in the sum of £100 for six months to keep the peace toward the alleged victim. Her costs are to be repaid from central funds in the amount of £420.

Chris McCann , 41, of Thornberry Avenue, Exeter, was found guilty of failing to comply a red light in Fore Street, Heavitree, on August 23 having denied the offence. He was fined £60 with a £15 victim surcharge and was ordered to pay £25 costs. Three points were also added to his licence.

Gavin Bergin , 27, of no fixed abode, damaged a window at the Exeter Job Centre on January 12 without lawful excuse. He pleaded guilty and a community order was made which will see him have to carry out 160 hours on unpaid work within the next 12 months. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £60.

Jemma Gibson , 26, of Chestnut Avenue, Exeter, pleaded guilty to stealing ski goggles to the value of £499.99 belonging to the Apple store on January 12. The offence put her in breach of a community order she received on January 8 for offences of stealing items, with another, from Tesco, and other offences including theft of a drink from Poundland and dishonestly undertaking or assisting in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of stolen goods. This order was revoked and replaced with a new order which will see her subject to a curfew for eight weeks. She will also have to participate in the Thinking Skills programme for 19 days and it has a supervision requirement. She was additionally ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60.

Joseph Festa , 33, of Manstree Terrace, Shillingford St George, admitted assaulting a man in Exeter on November 21 last year by beating him. A community order was made which will see him have to participate in an alcohol specified activity for 12 days over a period of six months and be under a curfew for six weeks. The order also has a supervision requirement and pay compensation of £100 to his victim. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £60. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting another man during an incident in Exeter on December 4. There was no order for compensation in this case.

Lee Greenaway , 27, of Ebrington Road, Exeter, changed his plea and admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence during an incident in the city on September 27. A community order was made which will see him subject to a curfew for four weeks and he will have to participate in an alcohol specified activity for 12 days over a period of nine months. The order also has a supervision requirement and he will have to pay costs of £60.

Marcus Hair , 23, of Whipton Village Road, Exeter, stole two bottles of alcohol worth £13.99 from Tesco Metro on November 26 last year. He pleaded guilty to this and also admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence during an incident in the city on the same date. A community order was made which has an alcohol specified activity for 12 days over a period of six months. It also has a supervision requirement and he will have to pay a victim surcharge of £60. An application was made to issue Hair with an anti-social behaviour order and this will be heard when he appears at court on February 14.

Darak Dendle , 31, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of perfume worth £69 in Exeter on January 14. He also admitted that, without good authority, he was in High Street with a blade that was sharply pointed, namely a craft knife, on the same date. He committed the offences while he was subject to a community order which had been issued in respect of offences of theft and possession of a Class A drug. This order was revoked and he was jailed for a total of 12 weeks. Magistrates decided the offences were serious because of the repetitive nature of his criminal activity including previous convictions.

Christopher Coles , 23, of Wear Barton Road, Exeter, admitted that, with another, he used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence during an incident in the city on December 29. A community order was made which will see him have to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work during the next 12 months. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.

Petros Loizou , 28, of Chudleigh Road, Exeter, drove in Alphington Road on December 23 after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath was 72mcg in 100ml of breath, exceeding the prescribed limit. He pleaded guilty and was fined £200 with a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was disqualified from driving for 18 months which can be reduced by 18 weeks if he successfully completes an approved driving course.

Dee Gibson , 24, of Lloyds Crescent, Exeter, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour within the hearing or sight of someone likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress on December 23. She received a nine-month conditional discharge with a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £40.

Shane Holwill , 23, of Rideway Court, Exeter, drove in Rydon Lane on December 27 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 52mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He pleaded guilty and was fined £300 with a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £85. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months which can be reduced by three months if he satisfactorily completes a driving course approved by the Secretary of State.

Frankie Wilson , 23, of Holley Close, Exminster, received a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Exeter on December 22. The sentence took into account her admission that she assaulted a constable in the execution of her duty on the same date. There was no order for compensation or costs but she will have to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

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