Here’s a look at some of the cases at Preston Magistrates’s Court from Monday 29 October to Saturday 10 November and the penalties handed out by magistrates.Advertisement
Banned driver was on drugs
A banned driver was under the influence of cocaine when he was caught behind the wheel in Parrock Close, Penwortham.
Dominic Francis Batiniello, 25, of Ainsdale Drive, Savick, pleaded guilty to driving while banned and driving under the influence of drugs and was ordered to undergo drug treatment.
He must pay £85 costs and an £85 surcharge and abide by a curfew for eight weeks.
Violent woman to have alcohol treatment
A Fulwood woman who attacked a man and a woman and was abusive to a police officer has been ordered to have treatment for alcohol abuse.
Joanne Blackburn, 39, of Aysgrath Avenue, pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
Magistrates ordered her to undergo 12 months supervision and up to 10 days rehabilitation activity, and pay a £60 fine, £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.
Thief stole Lego from toy shop
A shoplifter who stole £85 of Lego Technic from Smyths toy shop in Preston was fined £40.
Stewart Dance, 45, of Hopwood Street, Preston, was in breach of a conditional discharge for begging when he committed the offence.
Magistrates ordered him to pay the fine along with a £30 surcharge.
Man had knife in Church Street
A man who had a stanley knife in Church Street was jailed for four months.
Gareth Richardson, 21, of HMP Preston, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article, possession of cannabis, handling stolen goods and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Magistrates said his offences were so serious only a prison sentence was appropriate.
They also ordered him to pay a £115 surcharge.
Licence swoop catches 40 viewers watching TV illegally
A total of 40 people were issued with fines for watching TV without a licence in Preston.
Each was issued with a letter advising they could avoid prosecution if they bought a licence within seven days of being caught.
However they failed to do so and were ordered to pay an average of £210 by magistrates.
A full colour TV licence costs £150.50.
Man was drunk in Church Street
A man who was drunk and disorderly in Church Street was fined £40.
Anthony Murray, 28, of Prospect Place, Ashton-on-Ribble pleaded guilty to the offence and agreed to pay a £30 surcharge.
Man sold knife to underage police cadet
A man who sold a knife to a police cadet, who was under 18, was fined £215.
Saeed Sarmi, 46, of East View, Deepdale, was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge when he appeared before magistrates and admitted the offence.
Teenager smuggled tobacco into young offenders institute
A teenager who smuggled tobacco into HMP Lancaster Farms was granted a six month conditional discharge.
Lewis Smithson, 18, or Threefields, Ingol, pleaded guilty to taking or throwing the tobacco into the YOI and was ordered to pay a £20 surcharge.
Thief stole clothes from Marks and Spencer
A man who stole ladies’ tops and men’s underwear from M&S was ordered to pay £131.
Thomas David Singleton, 43, of Salisbury Street, Ribbleton, pleaded guilty to theft and was granted a 12 month conditional discharge but was ordered to pay costs and a surcharge.
Man trespassed on the railway
A man was fined £40 for trespassing on the railway at Ashton.
Barry Jones, 37, of Fylde Road, admitted going on the railway close to his home and was ordered to pay a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.
Dad fined for failing to send his daughter to school
A dad from Lea who didn’t send his 13-year-old daughter to school was fined £220 and ordered to pay £90 in costs.