Drink-driving, assault and theft: Preston Magistrates’ Court round-up

Posted on - 5th November, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News
Preston Magistrates’

See below how the court has administered justice from October 22 to October 29.


Victims names have been removed from the charges.

Plungington man damaged police car

A man who broke into a shed and damaged a police car was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work.

Declan Jack McDonagh, 20, of Norris Street, Plungington, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and theft at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

On September 13 McDonagh stole tools and gardening equipment, including a Karcher pressure washer and a fire pit, from a shed in Preston. He damaged the marked police car on August 24, 2016 but was sentenced for both offences on October 26.

He was ordered to carry out a 10 day rehabilitation activity requirement and pay £200 compensation and an £85 victim surcharge.

Booze thief jailed

A thief who stole almost £700 of alcohol from Booths was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

Sean Christopher Smith, 37, of no fixed address, admitted stealing from the supermarket on three separate occasions on October 20, 22 and 23.

Preston magistrates ruled his offending was so persistent that prison was the only appropriate sentence.

They revoked a previous community order for stealing trainers from TK Maxx in Preston.

Smith was jailed for 14 weeks and ordered to pay a £115 surcharge.

More: Preston headquartered Booths puts itself up for sale 

Sports Direct thief was carrying a knife

A man who had a knife on him when he was caught stealing from Sports Direct was given a suspended sentence.

Stephen James Williams, 34, of Maple Grove, Ribbleton, pleaded guilty to theft of a blue jacket worth £150 and possession of a bladed article when he appeared before magistrates.

He was caught in the Deepdale Retail Park branch of the store on October 29 with a foil bag and pliers.

Magistrates sentenced him to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and ordered him to abide by a curfew between 9pm and 7am for four weeks.

He must also participate in up to 15 days rehabilitation activity, undergo drug treatment and pay a £115 surcharge with £85 costs.

Woman ordered to keep the peace

A woman who breached the peace in Ashton was ordered to pay £50.

Diane Mary Slater, 54, of Egerton Road, admitted causing a disturbance on October 25.

She was ordered to pay the sum and keep the peace for 12 months.

Man had knife in Penwortham

A man who had a six inch serrated knife in Liverpool Road, Penwortham, was jailed for four months.

Said Khaled, 27, of no fixed address was convicted of possession of a bladed article following a trial at Preston Magistrates Court.

At the time of the offence on October 6, Khalid was subject to a suspended sentence for stealing food from Tesco.

Magistrates revoked the suspended sentence and sent him straight to prison.

He must pay a £115 surcharge.

Fine for man who drove without insurance

A motorist who drove without insurance was ordered to pay £408.

Paresh Rana, 46, of Eden Way, Fulwood, was caught at the wheel on March 3.

He was ordered to pay a £278 fine, £100 costs and a £30 surcharge.

Magistrates also added six points to his licence.

Ingol man obstructed an officer

A man who obstructed a police officer was given a six month conditional discharge.

Daniel Lawrenson, 59, of Redcar Avenue, Ingol, admitted the offence and was ordered to pay £175 costs and a £20 surcharge.

Drunk man was disorderly in Ribbleton

A man who was drunk and disorderly in Fitzgerald Street, Ribbleton, was fined £40.

Anthony Stewart, 38, of Eccles Street, Ribbleton, was also ordered to pay a £30 surcharge after he admitted his drunken behaviour of October 21.

Racist woman broke takeaway door

A woman who damaged the door of Roosterz Chicken in Church Street and racially assaulted two men was given a community order.

Shannon Alexandra Balshaw, 20, of Maple Crescent, Ribbleton, admitted the offences.

She was ordered to pay £280 compensation for the door and £50 to each of her victims along with £120 costs and an £85 surcharge.

She must also do 80 hours of unpaid work and up to 15 days rehabilitation activity.

Stealing spree for Ribbleton thief

A thief who stole from Tesco, Halfords and Superdrug was given a suspended prison sentence.

Leroy Ahmed Colecozy, 44, of Maitland Street, Ribbleton, admitted stealing goods worth more than £180.

He was handed an eight week sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to comply with a curfew from 7pm till 6am for six weeks.

He must also pay a £115 surcharge.

Avenham woman stole from M&S

A woman who stole hats, a jacket, candles and gift sets was jailed for eight weeks.

Magistrates said Joanne Margaret Houston was such a prolific thief that prison was the only suitable sentence.

Houston, 38, of Chaddock Street, Avenham, admitted theft from M&S, Superdrug and Laura Ashley.

She was ordered to pay £360 compensation.

Drink driver banned

A woman who had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her breath when she was caught at the wheel of her car was banned from driving.

Charlotte McCallion, 19, of Ronaldsway, Holme Slack, was banned for 22 months and ordered to pay a £230 fine, a £30 surcharge and £85 costs after she was caught drink driving in Mariners Way.

Man fined for beating woman 

A man who assaulted a woman in Preston was ordered to pay £260.

Jamie Lee Watkins, 26, of Dundonald Street, Fishwick, pleaded guilty to common assault and making threats to damage the woman’s property.

He was fined £160 and must pay £100 compensation.

Driver didn’t give details

A man who failed to give details of the driver of a vehicle believed to have committed a motoring offence was fined £660.

Gary Still, 24, of The Vineyard, Walton-le-Dale was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £66 surcharge.

Ribbleton woman assaulted another woman

A woman who assaulted another woman was given a community order.

Nicola Louise Garrity, 43, of Rigby Street, Ribbleton, pleaded guilty to common assault and sentenced to up to 30 days rehabilitation activity.

She was also ordered to pay £100 fine, £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

Unpaid work for off-licence burglar

A burglar who entered an off licence intending to steal was handed a community order.

John Hutton, 52, of Dovedale Avenue, Ingol, pleaded guilty to entering and attempting to enter Discount Booze and Wine in Starr Gate Drive, Preston.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs, an £85 surcharge, and must carry out 40 hours unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity for up to 20 days.

Man must do domestic violence program

A man pleaded guilt to assaulting a woman in Preston.

Magistrates ordered Nico Angelo Luisi, 28, of Westfield Drive, Ribbleton,  to pay a £100 fine, £85 surcharge, £150 costs and take part in a domestic violence program for 60 days.

Woman spat at officer

A woman who spat at a custody officer was given a suspended sentence.

Tracey Jamieson, 39, of Fylde Road, Preston, admitted common assault and theft when she appeared before magistrates.

Magistrates said her behaviour was disgusting and sentenced her to four weeks suspended for 12 months. She must pay £50 compensation.

Man forced his way in to house in Ribbleton

A man forced his way into a house and attacked a woman.

Johny Lofthouse, 36, of Chaucer Street, Ribbleton, pleaded guilty to using violence to gain entry and common assault.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £85 costs and an £85 surcharge and ordered him to carry out up to 15 days rehabilitation activity and 60 hours unpaid work.

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