Who has appeared in court in Tameside recently?

Two dog owners, a driver who refused to be breathalysed and a man who failed to show for unpaid work are among those who have appeared before Tameside magistrates of late.

Here's our latest round-up...

Lengthy prison term for man who attacked his friend with a machete

Gorton man Anthony Joyce has been given a lengthy jail sentence for attacking a friend in his home with a machete.

Police were called to an address in Hambridge Close, Cheetham Hill, on April 18 last year by the ambulance service.

Officers established that the injured man was friends with 26-year-old Joyce, of Gorsedale Avenue, Gorton.

He had been staying with his friend in Cheetham Hill when, on Friday, April 17, the pair drank but argued about money. 

During the argument, Joyce left the room and returned with a machete which he used to attack the victim. 

The following day, a third party visited the victim’s home which resulted in the call to  paramedics and police.

Joyce was arrested, taken into police custody for questioning and charged later.

After pleading guilty at an earlier hearing, Joyce was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court last Thursday and was given nine years’ imprisonment for assault.

DC Kate Radford, of GMP’s City of Manchester district, said: “The victim sustained serious head, arm and leg injuries. The leg injuries alone required 57 stitches and a brace. 

“Despite the severity of his injuries, the victim initially tried to protect his friend by saying he’d been attacked by a group of men. 

“I hope this case reassures victims that Greater Manchester Police will support them to tell their side of the story to ensure those responsible for crimes face justice.”

200 hours to work it out 

Mackenzie Mutuda, from Mottram, has been ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work by Tameside magistrates.

The 53-year-old, of Longdale Drive, admitted charges of driving a car on the M67 when disqualified from holding a driving licence and without insurance cover. 

The court heard the offences had happened on November 26 last year at Hattersley.

Magistrates fined him £350, plus ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge. He was banned from the road for two years.

Threatened with nine weeks in jail 

Simon Hurst has been given a suspended jail sentence for failing to provide a specimen of breath when required to do so.

The 51-year-old, of Ridge Hill Lane, Stalybridge, had initially denied the charge, relating to an incident on April 9 in Ashton last year.

However, the court heard he had later changed his plea to guilty.

Tameside magistrates handed him a nine weeks jail term, suspended for 12 months, plus banned him from the road for three years.

He was ordered to pay £150 court costs plus pay a victim surcharge of £128.

Costly court bill for damages

Stephen Roberts, 32, was slapped with a costly court bill for damaging property when he appeared before Tameside magistrates.

The court heard he had damaged a door and bedside cabinets valued at £350 during an incident at a property in Ashton on June 1.

The Audenshaw man, of Corporation Road, initially denied the charge but later changed his plea to guilty.

Magistrates fined him £450, plus ordered him to pay £150 compensation, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £45 - a total of £730.

Work order for banned driver

Tameside magistrates have ordered Mark Sherratt to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

The 35-year-old, of Beechwood Avenue, Romiley, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified from holding a driving licence.

The offence had happened in Bredbury on October 31 last year. 

He also admitted having no insurance cover.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £95.

Disqualified for two years

An Ashton driver has been banned from the road for two years for failing to provide a specimen of breath when required to do so.

Tatenda Marufu, 36, of Cavendish Street, pleaded guilty to the offence which had happened in the town on November 3 last year.

Tameside magistrates handed him an eight weeks curfew order, meaning he must remain at his address between the hours of 8pm and 8am each night for the duration of the order.

He must also pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £95.

The driving disqualification can be reduced by six months if a driving course is successfully completed.

A list of motoring offences

A Droylsden driver has been given a suspended jail sentence by Tameside Magistrates’ Court for a catalogue of motoring offences.

Luke Wilkinson, 38, of York Road, Droylsden, pleaded guilty to charges of drug driving on two separate occasions last June and July. 

The first offence had happened on June 7 on Globe Lane in Dukinfield.

He also admitted driving while already disqualified from holding a driving licence, plus driving without insurance and a further charge of driving a vehicle in a poor condition.

The second series of offences had happened on Old Road, Hyde, on July 1, when he was also charged with drug driving, without insurance and while disqualified from holding a driving licence.

Magistrates handed him a six months jail term, suspended for 18 months. 

He was banned from the road for 18 months. 

Dog control orders issued

Two dog owners have appeared before Tameside Magistrates’ Court after Greater Manchester Police applied for an order for two dogs to be kept under proper control, or destroyed.

It followed a complaint about the two dogs relating to an incident on April 20 last year.

Ryan Bennett, 22 and Suzanne Rowbotham, 40, both of Ferndale, Hyde, appeared separately before the court as the owners of dogs which were dangerous and not kept under proper control.

Orders were issued by the court that a dog name Tiger and a dog named Bear must now be kept under proper control with a list of measures put in place.

These included: the dogs must be on a short, strong lead at all times when in a public place; walked by adults who are able to keep them under proper control; wear a muzzle when in a public place; must, by May 27, 2021, be neutered; must not be allowed to stray; and a bolt and padlock must be installed on all garden gates.

Failed to show for unpaid work

Michael Maher has been given a curfew order by Tameside magistrates for breaching court orders.

The 29-year-old, of Bentinck Terrace, Ashton, had failed to attend unpaid work appointments.

He admitted the offence and magistrates ordered he remain at his address for three months between the hours of 8pm and 7am each night.

He was also ordered to pay £60 court costs.

Out of order

Aaron Wilson, 33, of Hurst Brook Close, Ashton, admitted breaching court orders when he appeared before Tameside magistrates. The court ordered him to pay £60 costs.

Andrew Cook, 33, of Armerdale Road, Dukinfield, must also pay £60 court costs for breaching court orders. He also admitted the offence.

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Tameside Magistrates Court in Ashton. 

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