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IN COURT: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 28, 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.

Benjamin White , 29, of Fore Street, Exeter, pleaded guilty to failing without reasonable excuse to provide a specimen of breath for analysis having been required to do so as part of an investigation into whether he had committed an offence on January 6. He was fined £600 with a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85. He was also banned from driving for 18 months which can be reduced by 18 weeks if he successfully completes an approved driving course.

John Miller , 45, of Wayside Crescent, Exeter, failed without reasonable excuse to comply with the requirements of a community order by failing to attend unpaid work as directed on December 5, 12, and 19. He also failed to provide a reasonable excuse for failing to do so within agreed time limits. His community punishment and rehabilitation order was made more onerous with the addition of 10 hours unpaid working, making a new total of 80 hours.

Benjamin Hatcher , 20, of St Paul's Road, Honiton, drove in the town on January 6 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 94mlg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He pleaded guilty and a community order was made which will see him have to participate in the low intensity alcohol programme for 14 days and undertake 60 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and £85 costs. He was also banned from driving for two years which can be reduced by six months if he satisfactorily completes an approved driving course.

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Samuel Rojhan , 36, of Barnado Road, Exeter, admitted that he failed to comply with the requirements of a community order without reasonable excuse by failing to attend appointments as directed with his supervising officer on two occasions. The order had been made in connections with a number of theft offences. The order was revoked and replaced with a new order which will see him have treatment for drug dependency as a non-resident patient for 12 months with a supervision requirement.

Charles Lloyd , 59, of Nomansland, Tiverton, drove in Mid Devon on January 2 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 77mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He pleaded guilty and was fined £400 with a £40 victim surcharge and will have to pay £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.

James Jerrett , 24, of Gloucester Road, Exeter, assaulted a man by beating him on November 4 last year. He was fined £540 and ordered to pay £200 in compensation to his victim. He will also have to pay a £54 victim surcharge and £85 costs. Jerrett was excluded from the Timepiece nightclub for three months.

Alexander Thomson , 55, of no fixed abode, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour within the hearing or sight of someone likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress on January 4. He received a 12-month conditional discharge with a victim surcharge of £15. There was no order for costs. He was fined a further £600 for driving on the same date when he had no insurance.

James Davey , 44, of Roman Way, Seaton, assaulted a man by beating him in Sidmouth on August 9. He pleaded guilty and was sent to prison for eight weeks suspended for 12 months. Magistrates deemed the offence to be serious as it involved "drunken violence on licensed premises over a period of time which resulted in injury". The suspended sentence order will see him electronically monitored for 12 weeks and pay £125 in compensation to his victim. He will also have to pay £85 costs.

Thomas Duffy , 49, of Verney Street, Exeter, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour within the hearing or sight of someone likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress on January 23. He was fined £35 with a £20 victim surcharge. There was no order for costs.

Neil Densham , 34, of Burnthouse Lane, Exeter, had 5.02g of diamorphine in his possession, a Class A drug, on January 7. He pleaded guilty to this and also to being in possession of 22.04g of amphetamines, a Class B drug, on the same date. He received a two-year conditional discharge and will have to pay a £15 victim surcharge. The drugs will be destroyed and there was no order for costs.

Lee Thorbjornsen , 31, of no fixed abode, received a 28-day prison term suspended for eight months after he pleaded guilty to damaging the glass panel in a door belonging to Esso in Exeter on January 16. Magistrates determined that the offence was serious as he threw a brick through the window of a shop, putting a person in fear. The offence was committed during the operational period of a suspended sentence. The new order has a supervision requirement and he must pay £75 in compensation. There was no order for a victim surcharge payment.

Arron Callard , 20, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to damaging the driver's door and interior of a car belonging to a man without lawful excuse between January 13 and January 15. He also admitted assisting in the retention, disposal or realisation of stolen goods, namely a moped worth £800, on January 23, and failing to comply with the requirements of a supervision order by committing an offence. He was sent to a young offender institution for 21 days.

A 16-year-old , from Exeter was made the subject of a youth rehabilitation order after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm to a man on January 3. He will be subject to a curfew for 12 weeks and the order has an additional supervision requirement. He will also have to pay £100 in compensation to his victim.

Joshua Cole , 22, of Windermere Close, Exwick, has been banned from every licensed premises in Exeter for a period of six months after pleading guilty to assaulting a man by beating him on July 29 last year. A community order was also made which will see him have to carry out 130 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. The sentence took into account the fact that the offence was committed while he was subject to a conditional discharge for drugs possession which has been imposed on July 9 last year.

Elisabeth MacLaughlin , 47, of Ash Leigh, Alphington, was committed to prison for 24 weeks suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty to a number of offences. These were assaulting two men by beating them on October 20 last year; committing an act on November 28 – namely swearing and shouting at people using an abusive term – which she was prohibited from doing as part of an anti-social behaviour order which was made on October 5 last year; and acting in a threatening, abusive or insulting manner in a public place which, again, was prohibited as part of the ASBO. Magistrates said the offences were serious because of her history of offending, her failure to comply with court orders, and the offences took place in circumstances which involved members of the public as well as hospital and ambulance staff. The suspended sentence order has a supervision requirement and she will have to pay a victim surcharge of £80. There was no order for costs.

Benjamin Pritchard , 21, of Oakhayes Road, Woodbury, pleaded guilty to assaulting a man by beating him on January 6. A community order was made which had an electronic monitoring requirement. He will also have to pay £400 in compensation to his victim and a £60 victim surcharge.

Simon Robb , 39, of Ash Leigh, Exeter, admitted 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 7 last year. He received an eight-month conditional discharge and will have to pay a £15 victim surcharge. There was no order for costs.

Adam Lloyd , 24, of an address in Sampford Courtenay, escaped being given a driving ban, which is normally mandatory, after being found guilty of driving in Mary Arches car park on October 28 last year when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 115mcg in 100ml, exceeding the legal limit. He was fined £295 with a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £450. A total of ten points were added to his licence and no case for exceptional hardship was recorded by the court.

Christopher Anthony , 28, of no fixed abode, stole a case of lager from Co-op in Queen Street on January 9 worth £8. He pleaded guilty and will have to pay Co-op £8 in compensation. There was no victim surcharge or order for costs.

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