Who's appeared at court lately?

From being more than four times over the legal drink drive limit to stealing clothes worth £1,600, here's our latest round-up of cases heard at Tameside Magistrates' Court.

 

Stephen Edge must carry out 200 hours unpaid work, magistrates have ordered.

The 39-year-old, of Longdale Drive, Hattersley, was charged with being in possession of a quantity of cocaine and cannabis plus having an offensive weapon.

All of the charges related to an incident in Hyde on November 17 last year.

He pleaded guilty to being in possession of the drugs but not guilty to having the offensive weapon - namely a knuckle duster.

However, Tameside magistrates found him guilty of the charge. He must pay costs of £670 plus a £90 victim surcharge.

They also ordered the drugs be forfeited and destroyed.

 

Arthur Ward, 28, of The Quadrant, Droylsden, has been banned from the road for 40 months by Tameside magistrates for drink driving.

He pleaded guilty to the offence after being stopped on January 7 in the town and found to have 99 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Magistrates gave him an eight weeks curfew, meaning he must remain at his address between the hours of 7pm and 7am for the duration of the order.

He must also pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £90.

The driving disqualification can be reduced by 40 weeks if a driving course is successfully completed.

 

Steven Simmons has appeared before Tameside magistrates charged with the theft of clothing worth more than £1,600 from Denton store Flannels.

He was also charged with assault and causing £500 damage to a door at the store.

The 33-year-old, of Valley Road, Hyde, pleaded guilty to all three charges when he appeared before Tameside magistrates.

The court heard the three offences related to an incident on December 26 last year.

Magistrates handed the defendant an eight weeks curfew order, meaning he must remain at his address between the hours of 8pm and 7am for the duration of the order.

He must also pay a total of £600 compensation.

 

A 24-year-old from Droylsden has been given a suspended jail term by Tameside magistrates for driving while disqualified and being in possession of drugs.

Kyle Smith, of Newton Street, pleaded guilty to the charges relating to incidents in Openshaw in July 2018 and also in Tameside in February last year when he was caught behind the wheel on two occasions when already banned.

He also admitted a charge of failing to provide a breath specimen when required to do so.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 24 weeks jail term, suspended for two years.

He was disqualified from driving for a further nine months and must pay £85 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

 

Paul Brown, 48, of Acacia Avenue, Denton, has been banned from the road for 20 months by Tameside magistrates.

He pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath when required to do so after being stopped in Stockport on January 12.

Magistrates gave him a curfew order, meaning he must remain at his address between the hours of 8pm and 5am daily for the 12 weeks duration of the order.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

The driving disqualification can be reduced by 20 weeks if a driving course is successfully completed.

 

Disqualified driver John Dunkerley was more than four times over the legal drink drive limit when stopped behind the wheel of a car.

The 33-year-old, of Thomas Street, Royton, was stopped in Oldham on January 17 and found to have 154 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Appearing at Tameside Magistrates’ Court he pleaded guilty to the charge and was jailed for 14 weeks.

Magistrates said the reading was ‘extremely high’ plus heard the defendant was already subject to a community sentence when the offence happened.

He must pay a victim surcharge of £122.

 

Tameside magistrates have jailed Reece Gilbert for 12 weeks.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of being in possession of a gas cannister in Oldham on February 8.

He was prohibited from having such an item due to a Criminal Behaviour Order issued by Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court.

He was subsequently jailed plus ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122. His address was given as c/o Lowhill, Rochdale.

 

Stuart Galloway denied a charge of failing to provide a specimen of blood when required to do so as part of an investigation into whether a driving offence had been committed.

The charge related to an incident in November last year. However, appearing before Tameside magistrates he was found guilty and fined £180 plus disqualified from driving for 16 months.

The 39-year-old, of Boston Street, Hyde, must also pay £300 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

 

Stephen Atkinson, 35, of Mill Lane, Denton, pleaded guilty to charges of driving without due care and attention, without insurance and failing to stop.

Tameside magistrates fined him £200, plus ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge. His driving licence was endorsed with six penalty points.

 

A 21-year-old Oldham man must pay out more than £1,300 for littering.

Cristian Tontorooui, of Snowden Street, appeared before Tameside magistrates to face three separate charges of depositing domestic waste in black bags in an alley off Snowden Street and Ashton Road in Oldham.

The incidents happened in January or February last year.

He pleaded guilty to all three charges and was fined a total of £600 plus ordered to pay £700 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

 

Nathan Tierney, 40, of Silk Street, Glossop, has been given a 12 months conditional discharge by Tameside magistrates for a charge of assault.

He admitted the offence relating to an incident last September.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £21 victim surcharge. 

 

A 15-year-old has appeared before Tameside Youth Court charged with three separate thefts from individuals.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to robbing three individuals of cash, mobile phones, a coat and Apple Airpods.

All of the incidents had happened last April.

The youth was given a 12 months referral to Oldham Youth Panel, while the court ordered a total of £480 compensation must be paid.

The teenager’s parent/guardian must foot the bill.

 

Tameside magistrates have given Christopher Ashley restraining and community orders for breaching previous court orders.

The 58-year-old, of Springwood Avenue, Chadderton, pleaded guilty to two separate charges of breaking court orders last month. He was fined £40 and also ordered to pay a £90 victim surcharge.

• Mehrdad Bahmanpour, 26, of Langdale Avenue, Oldham, has been ordered to pay £60 court costs by Tameside magistrates for failing to comply with previous court orders. He admitted being in breach of the previous order.

• Breaching court orders cost Stephen Docherty, 43, of Minor Street, Failsworth, a £50 fine. He admitted the offence.

• Kieron Doyle, 19, of Eldon Precinct, admitted failing to comply with the requirements of an unpaid work court order and was subsequently ordered to pay £60 court costs by Tamside magistrates.

• Philip Shepherd, 36, c/o Grange Court, Werneth, Oldham, failed to comply with previous court orders and was fined £40 and ordered to pay £60 court costs by Tameside magistrates. He also admitted being in breach of the orders.

 

A 32-year-old Stalybridge man who assaulted three people in the town last July has been ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work.

Colin Campbell, of Castle Street, had denied two of the three charges, although he did plead guilty to assaulting a police constable on the same date.

But he was found guilty of all of the charges by Tameside magistrates. The court ordered him to pay a total of £500 compensation, plus £620 costs and a victim surcharge of £90 - a total of £1,210.

 

John Kelly, 66, of Trowbridge Road, Denton, must carry out 180 hours unpaid work for a charge of assault.

He denied the offence relating to an incident in Ashton on or before November 27 last year, but was found guilty by Tameside magistrates.

He was ordered to pay £660 court costs plus a victim surcharge of £90.

 

Adam Elwood, 26, of Princess Road, Shaw, must carry out 100 hours unpaid work for taking a vehicle without consent.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was banned from the road for two months by Tameside magistrates.

The court also ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £90 for the offence which had happened in Oldham on December 30.

 

James Connolly, 26, of Annable Road, Droylsden, has been given a 12 weeks curfew by Tameside magistrates for a charge of fraud.

The 26-year-old admitted attempting to dishonestly obtain £1,495 back in January last year.

The curfew means he must remain at his address between the hours of 7pm and 7am each night for the duration of the order.

He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

 

Tameside magistrates have fined more local parents for failing to ensure their children attended school. Fines and costs topping £400 were handed out or conditional discharges imposed in some instances.

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