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In Court: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court this week

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

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In Court: Cases heard at Central Devon Magistrates' Court this week

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.

Tarot Fawcett , 24, of Gosford Lane, Taleford, pleaded guilty to taking a car for his own use without the consent of the owner or another lawful authority on June 24. A community order was made which will see him have to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He did not face a separate penalty for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

Gavin Fullard , 44, of no fixed abode, assaulted a man by beating him on November 21 in Honiton. He also admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a suspended sentence order by committing a criminal offence. The order had been put in place following his convictions for failing to provide a specimen for analysis during an investigation into whether he had committed an offence, carrying a knife in Sidmouth without lawful excuse, assaulting a woman and wilfully obstructing a constable. The order was activated as a 10-week jail term. Magistrates said the offence was serious due to his previous convictions, that it involved an attack on a family members while in drink, the injuries caused and the length of the incident. A restraining order was issued for a year which will prevent him from contacting the victim.

Georgina Holmes , 36, of Angel Hill, Tiverton, drove in the town on August 11 after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in her blood was 176mlg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. She pleaded guilty and was fined £240 with a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £85. She was disqualified from driving for 20 months which can be reduced by five months if she satisfactorily completes an approved driving course.

Graham Godbeer , 55, whose address was listed as HMP Exeter, was committed to Exeter Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to possessing three extreme pornographic images which involved live animals.

Jamie Pincombe , 23, of Starkey Close, Tiverton, pleaded guilty to driving a van in Smythen Street, Exeter, on July 8 without due care and attention. He also admitted being the driver of a van, owing to the presence of which on a road an accident occurred whereby damage was caused to another vehicle and he failed to stop on the same date. He was fined a total of £300 with a £15 victim surcharge and £60 costs. His licence was also endorsed with seven points.

Stacey Stevens , 28, of Howell Road, Exeter, admitted damaging a car to the value of £300 without lawful excuse on July 30. A community order was made which has a supervision requirement and she will have to pay £300 in compensation to the car's owner with no order for costs. The offence put her in breach of a conditional discharge which she had received in connections with a conviction for threatening behaviour in May but no action was taken in respect of this.

Glen Holland , 40, of no fixed abode but who resides in Exmouth, admitted stealing meat products worth £113.73 belonging to Tesco on November 25. He was sent to prison for four weeks. Magistrates said that only a custodial term could be justified because the offence was committed within two and a half weeks of being released from another custodial term.

John Western , 50, whose address was listed as HMP Exeter, pleaded guilty to sending a letter to a person whom he was prohibited from contacting as part of a restraining order between the dates of July 7 and July 13. He was committed to prison for six months concurrent to his current jail term. Magistrates said the offence was serious as it represented his second breach of the order. There was no order for costs.

Chay Bignall , 19, of Farm Hill, Exeter, stole fragrance worth £90.05 from Debenhams on November 24. He pleaded guilty to this as well as, without the consent of the owner, taking a pedal cycle on October 31. He also admitted breaking a bail condition on November 21 by not signing on at Heavitree Road police station. He received a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15. There was no order for costs due to his limited means.

Kevin Heys , 43, of no fixed abode but who resides in Exmouth, pleaded guilty to stealing three bottles of champagne worth £78.75 from Spar in Exeter on October 12. He also admitted stealing a jar of coffee and a bag of sugar from the same store on October 21, two bottles of champagne worth £40 on October 23, two bottles of champagne worth £50 on October 30 and seven boxes of chocolates worth £57.96 belonging to Card Bar on November 24. He was committed to prison for eight weeks. Magistrates said that only a custodial term could be justified because of his numerous previous convictions for theft. The court also determined that he did not want to address his issues with drugs and that he was sentenced without a pre-sentence report as he had been unwilling to engage with the probation service. There was no order for costs.

Sensea-Melia Robinson , 20, of King Arthur's Road, Exeter, stole a one litre bottle of Smirnoff vodka from Co-op in the city on November 18 and again on November 19. She also stole three bottles of wine from Co-op on November 18. Robinson also pleaded guilty to stealing a pair of boots from Primark on November 24 and make-up from Poundland on the same day. She was committed to detention for four weeks suspended for 12 months. Magistrates said the offences were serious and that the sentence was made because she had been unable or unwilling to respond to non-custodial sentences and that these offences had been committed while she was on bail for other matters. She will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £80.

Joshua Claxton , 19, of Hamlin Gardens, Exeter, damaged a glass panel, door and wall to the value of £200 belonging to The Hennis Project on September 27 without lawful excuse. He pleaded guilty to this and to assaulting a constable with intent to resist or prevent lawful apprehension on the same date. A community order was made which will see him subject to a curfew for three months as well as having a supervision requirement. He will also have to pay £50 in compensation to The Hennis Project with no order for costs.

Michael Pring , 26, of Newman Road, Exeter, stole an iPhone 4 worth £500 belonging to a man on June 27. He pleaded guilty to this and stealing cheese and coffee belonging to Costcutter on June 26. The offences put him in breach of a conditional discharge for nine months he received in May for offences of theft and entering a building as a trespasser. This order was revoked and he was committed to prison for a total of four months suspended for a year. He will have to pay £100 in compensation to the owner of the iPhone.

Lorraine Dickinson , 56, of Shute near Axminster, changed her plea and admitted driving on the A35 on June 29 when the proportion of alcohol in her breath was 134mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. She was committed to prison for 18 weeks suspended for 12 months and was order to pay costs of £150. Magistrates issued the custodial sentence because of the high reading, and she posed a danger to other road users. She was also disqualified from driving for three years which can be reduced by 36 weeks if she satisfactorily completes an approved driving course.

Janice Boulton , 49, of Endfield Close, Exeter, failed to promptly notify the Department for Work and Pensions in the prescribed manner of a change in circumstances which she knew would affect her entitlement to income support, namely that she had capital in excess of the prescribed limit between October 31, 2005, and October 8, 2009. She was found guilty of this and of a similar offence connected to housing benefit and council tax benefit between November 7, 2005, and November 5, 2007. A community order was made which will see her have to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. She will also have to pay £100 costs.

Phillip Lewis , 37, who gave an address care of Topsham Road, assaulted a man by beating him on November 7. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting another man by beating him on November 12. He was committed to prison for a total of five months suspended for two years. Magistrates said that the offences were serious due to the nature of the assaults both committed in a short space of time. One of the offences involved a sustained and repeated assault, the injuries caused were pre-meditated, and involved the forced entry of the victim's home where children witnessed events. The offences were committed while on bail and he has a number of previous convictions. He will also have to pay £50 in compensation to one victim and £100 to another as well as a victim surcharge of £80.

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