A trio charged after carjacking an innocent mother, an unprovoked attack on a duo and an assault of an officer have been among the cases heard by Tameside Magistrates' Court this week.
Here's our round-up...
Jail threat for theft, damages
Stealing a dash cam, causing damage and having a knife in a public place has landed Andrew Gerrish a suspended jail term.
Appearing before Tameside magistrates, he admitted stealing a dash cam and causing damage to the tune of £335, plus having a kitchen knife in a public place.
The offences had happened in Droylsden this year on May 23.
The 44-year-old, of Somerset Road, Droylsden, admitted the offences and was given a four months jail term, suspended for 12 months.
He was ordered to pay £335 compensation, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £128.
Driver already disqualified
Disqualified driver Tyrese Khamisa was stopped behind the wheel of a Seat Leon car on Katherine Street in Ashton, Tameside magistrates heard.
The 28-year-old admitted a charge of driving while disqualified and without insurance on May 23 this year.
Magistrates banned him from the road for a further 33 months.
He was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work, plus pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.
His address was given as Whitchurch Drive, Old Trafford.
A 20-year-old woman has been ordered to carry out 40 hours unpaid work by Tameside magistrates for assaulting a police officer in Denton.
The court heard the incident had happened on May 8 this year.
Katie Smith, of Clarendon Road, Denton, pleaded guilty to the offence and was also ordered to pay £75 compensation, £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.
Ban from driving
Andrea Loughlin failed to provide a specimen of breath when required to do so, Tameside magistrates heard.
The 43-year-old, of Ash Grove, Stalybridge, admitted the offence which had happened in Ashton on May 28 this year.
She was disqualified from driving for 12 months, plus fined £70 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.
Fine of £230
Failing to comply with a court notification requirement has cost David Shaw a fine of £230.
The 52-year-old, of St Anne’s Road, Denton, admitted the offence and must also pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Launched unprovoked attack on duo
John-Paul Powell denied two charges of assault when he appeared before Tameside magistrates.
However, he was found guilty of both offences which had happened in Stalybridge on October 24.
He did plead guilty to having a quantity of cannabis in his possession on the same date in Ashton.
The 42-year-old, of Cambourne Road, Hyde, was given a 24 weeks jail term, suspended for two years.
Magistrates said the assaults had been unprovoked attacks on two innocent victims.
He was ordered to pay a total of £500 compensation.
Magistrates ordered the cannabis be forfeited and destroyed.
Trio are charged after carjacking
A Hyde man is one of three people who have been charged after a young mum was dragged from her car at knifepoint.
Police described the ‘carjacking’ incident as a ‘brazen and cowardly attack.’
Brandon Smith, 21, of Wild Clough, Godley, has been charged with two counts of robbery and possession of a knife in a public place.
Eighteen-year-old Kaydn Jones, of Rock Street in Salford, has been charged with two counts of robbery.
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with two counts of robbery, driving while disqualified, using a vehicle without third party insurance, and also with threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place.
All three have been remanded in custody, where they will next appear at Manchester Crown Court on July 27.
The incident happened on Thursday, June 17, close to Clumber Road, near Debdale Park, Gorton.
Assault on four police constables
A woman from Hyde has been given a six months suspended jail sentence by Tameside magistrates.
Claire Sayers, 38, of Croft Street, pleaded guilty to assaulting four police constables in an incident in Tameside back on August 14, 2019.
Initially she had denied the charges but later changed her plea to guilty.
She also pleaded guilty to a charge of being threatening or abusive – which the court found to be racially aggravated.
Magistrates said a suspended custodial sentence was necessary because of the sustained nature of the incident.
She was given a 24 weeks jail term, suspended for 12 months and must pay a total of £500 compensation.
Found with pocket knife in public place
Ashton man Callum Kelly was found with a pocket knife in public and was also in possession of a quantity of cannabis, Tameside magistrates heard.
The 22-year-old, of Minto Street, was found guilty of both offences which had happened on April 11 last year.
Magistrates were told he was found with the pocket knife on Printworks Road, Ashton.
He was handed a 26 weeks jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.
He was issued with a curfew order, meaning he must remain at his address between the hours of 7pm and 7am each night for a duration of 12 weeks.
He was also ordered to pay £150 court costs and a victim surcharge of £122.
Magistrates ordered the pocket knife and cannabis resin be confiscated and destroyed.
£2,000 cost of breaking Covid rules
Breaking coronavirus rules has cost a number of local residents more than £2,000 at Tameside magistrates.
They were charged with being at indoor gatherings with two or more people, contrary to Health Protection Regulations at the time of the offence on November 22 last year.
Tameside magistrates issued individual fines of £1,760, plus ordered offenders to pay a victim surcharge of £176 and court costs of £90 - a total bill of £2,026.
Residents concerned did not attend the court.
Driver more than twice over limit
Thomas Murray was more than two times over the drink drive limit when stopped in Ashton, Tameside magistrates heard.
The 22-year-old was at Ashton Moss Retail Park on May 20 this year when the offence happened, the court heard.
He was found to have 90 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Magistrates fined him £1,500 and disqualified him from driving for two years, although the ban can be reduced by 24 weeks if a driving course is successfully undertaken.
He must also pay £85 court costs and a £150 victim surcharge.
His address was given as Chapel Street, Salford.
£200 compensation order for attack on girl in park
A 15-year-old girl who assaulted another girl in Cheetham Park, Stalybridge, on December 13 last year, causing her actual bodily harm, has been referred to the Greater Manchester Youth Offender panel for ten months.
Appearing at Tameside Youth Court, the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also ordered to pay £200 compensation - a bill which will have to be footed by her parent / guardian.
Banned driver behind wheel
Disqualified driver Michael Allsopp has been given a suspended jail term by Tameside magistrates after being stopped behind the wheel of a car in New Mills.
The court heard the 65-year-old was driving a Vauxhall Vectra along Hayfield Road on June 22 this year when stopped by police and found to be over the drink drive limit.
He was also charged with driving without insurance and obstructing a police officer.
He pleaded guilty to all of the charges and was handed an 18 weeks jail term, suspended for 12 months. Magistrates heard he continuously breached court orders.
He was banned from the road for a further five years and must carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
Magistrates also ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £128.
His address was given as Sheldon Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Twenty-one-year-old Brandon Tomlinson has been ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work by Tameside magistrates.
The Gorton man was found guilty of having a pocket knife in a public place after having denied the charge.
He did however plead guilty to being in possession of a quantity of cannabis.
The charges related to an incident back in August 2018 in Manchester.
Magistrates ordered him to pay £300 court costs plus pay a victim surcharge of £85.
The court ordered the pocket knife be confiscated and destroyed.
£50 pay back
Ryan Goodman, 20, of Moore Walk, Denton, has been fined £66 and ordered to pay £50 compensation for assaulting a police officer.
He pleaded guilty to the charge which had happened on May 8 this year. Appearing before Tameside magistrates he was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.
Samuel Wright broke the guidelines of a restraining order and has been fined £923 by Tameside magistrates.
The 38-year-old, of Woodgate Road, Bredbury, pleaded guilty to the offence on March 12 and was also ordered to pay £200 court costs and a £92 victim surcharge.
Jamie Banks appeared before Tameside magistrates charged with a series of motoring offences.
The 38-year-old, of Thornhill Road, Droylsden, admitted driving while disqualified, taking a vehicle without consent, driving without insurance and making off without paying for fuel.
The court heard the offences had happened on April 12 this year in Huddersfield and Wakefield.
Magistrates issued him with a community order and banned him from the road for a further 12 months.
He must also pay £45 compensation, £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.
He was fined £120 for having no insurance cover.