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.
Charles Hafner , 25, of Bridge Road, Budleigh Salterton, 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 November 11 last year. He was fined £70 with a £20 victim surcharge, but there was no order for costs due to his limited means. He also pleaded guilty to sending a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character on the same day. For this offence he was fined a further £35.
Stephen Bowerman , 35, of Marypole Walk, Exeter, pleaded guilty to driving in King Arthur's Road on December 5 last year when the proportion of alcohol in his blood was 117mcg in 100ml, exceeding the legal limit. He was fined £350 with a victim surcharge of £35 and costs of £85. He was also banned from driving for 15 months which can be reduced by 15 weeks if he satisfactorily completes an approved driving course. He was fined a further £350 after pleading guilty to driving without insurance but did not face a separate penalty for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, which he also admitted.
Christopher Greenaway , 23, of Commercial Road, Uffculme, pleaded guilty to driving in the McDonald's car park in Tiverton on January 20 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 63mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He was fined £100 with a victim surcharge of £20. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months which can be reduced by 18 weeks if he satisfactorily completes an approved driving course. There was no order for costs.
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Christopher Jarman , 33, of Batavia Drive, Exeter, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft. In the first he stole a vacuum cleaner worth £59.99 from Sainsbury's on October 30 last year. The second offence saw him admit taking a Playstation 3 worth almost £250 from Comet on November 7. He received a two-year conditional discharge and will have to pay £59.99 in compensation to Sainsbury's. There was no order for costs due to his limited means. The offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence order, but magistrates chose not to activate it as it was reported that he was "doing well" on a probation course. Instead, he was fined £50.
Joshua Edge , 19, of Simey Close, Exeter, admitted that he had 1.86g of crack cocaine, a Class A drug, in his possession on August 26 last year. He also admitted that he had 1.83g of diamorphine in his possession on the same date, also a Class A drug. He received a two-year conditional discharge and will have to pay £40 costs. The drugs will be considered forfeit and destroyed.
David Elliott , 43, of Geneva Close, Exeter, admitted damaging cell walls and a CCTV system belonging to Devon & Cornwall Police on January 20. He received a 12-month conditional discharge and will have to pay £34.50 in compensation to the police. There was no order for costs or a victim surcharge due to his limited means.
Alexander Woodman , 39, of Uffculme, pleaded guilty to driving in Dulford on January 19 when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 56mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit. He was fined £400 with a £40 victim surcharge and ordered to pay costs of £85. He was also disqualified from driving for 15 months which can be reduced by 15 weeks if he satisfactorily completes an approved driving course.
Mark O'Brien , 33, of Queens Crescent, Exeter, entered a building at the University of Exeter as a trespasser between December 17 and December 20, namely Lope Hall, and stole numerous room keys and student post of an unknown value. He pleaded guilty and was committed to prison for 12 weeks suspended for 18 months. The offence was deemed to be serious because of the nature of what was stolen. The suspended sentence order has a number of requirements including drug rehabilitation and supervision. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £80 and there was no order for costs.
Terry Gale , 31, of Calthorpe Road, Exeter, pleaded guilty to sending a message by mobile phone on October 10 that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. A community order was made which will see him have to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months while a restraining order was issued in connection to the victim which means he cannot engage in any conduct which amounts to harassment or violence towards her, causes fear of violence, and contacting her by any means, directly or indirectly. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £60 but no compensation was ordered and there was no order for costs.
Leigh Yeo , 21, of St John's Road, Exmouth, admitted that, as a relevant offender under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 on January 25, he failed without reasonable excuse to comply with the notification requirements in that he failed to confirm his registered address within three days of his release from prison. He was sent back to prison for 60 days. Magistrates deemed the offence to be serious as it represented his seventh breach of the signing on provision. The offence was committed while he was on bail and he was described as being unwilling or unable to respond to non-custodial sentences. There was no order for costs and he did not face a separate penalty for being drunk in a highway on February 4.
Michael Ball , 42, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place, namely Station Road car park in Sidmouth on February 5. He also admitted being in possession of a kitchen knife on the same date without good reason or lawful authority. He was committed to prison for 14 days. Magistrates said the offence was serious because it involved possession of a knife while drunk. The blade will be destroyed and there was no order for costs.
Joshua Sandercock , 21, of Dartmoor Railway Mews, Crediton, assaulted a woman by beating her on January 4. He pleaded guilty to this and to driving in Clyst St George on January 20 after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath was 77mcg in 100ml, exceeding the prescribed limit, driving on the same date without insurance and while he was disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence. The offences also put him in breach of a suspended sentence order he received last August for drink-driving and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent. This order was revoked and he was committed to prison for a total of 18 weeks. He was also disqualified from driving for 40 months and he was not offered the chance to take part in the driver rehabilitation programme.
Jason Maunder , 36, of Richmond Close, Sampford Peverell, admitted stealing three jumpers to the value of £140 from Edinburgh Woollen Mill on January 17. He also pleaded guilty to failing without reasonable excuse to surrender to custody having been released on bail on February 5. His sentence was deferred until May 9 with the expectation that he stays out of trouble, engages with probation and complies with a community order.
Sean McIlroy , 32, of Bowhay Lane, Exeter, stole groceries worth £30.74 from Tesco Express on October 24. He pleaded guilty to this and to committing fraud in that he used a Barclays bank card to purchase groceries on August 19 last year, making a false representation. Six other offences were admitted and taken into consideration. A community order was made which will see him have to undergo supervision at specified times and places for the next 12 months. He will have to pay £312.74 in compensation to Tesco Express. There was no order for costs due to his limited means and the amount of compensation owed was also reduced for the same reason. There was no victim surcharge as compensation was deemed to be the priority.
Zoe Mason , 39, of no fixed abode but who resides in Exeter, pleaded guilty to stealing bottles of fragrance to the value of £248 from Boots on February 9. Magistrates ordered that she should be detained in the courthouse until the court had risen. There was no order for compensation as the goods were recovered and no order for costs due to her limited means. The offence put her in breach of a conditional discharge she had received last May but it was determined that no action needed to be taken in respect of this.
Marcus Hair , 23, of Whipton Village Road, Exeter, received a 12-month conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of vodka worth £12.79 from the Co-op on February 9. He will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and there was no order for costs due to his limited means.