Our latest Tameside Magistrates' Court round-up includes a woman who committed a 'despicable breach of trust', a man jailed for having a knife in public and a drug dealer given a suspended sentence.
Here are the recent cases...
£2,700 theft 'despicable breach of trust'
A 50-year-old woman who stole £2,700 from another woman between April and May last year has been given a suspended jail sentence by Tameside magistrates.
Justine Lane, of Oldham Road, Ashton, had previously been convicted at Manchester magistrates on March 18 and appeared for sentencing.
Magistrates labelled the offence a ‘despicable breach of trust’ but said the defendant was remorseful and took into account her mental and physical disabilities.
She was ordered to pay £2,700 compensation, with no order for costs, the repayment of stolen funds taking priority.
Six months jail for having knife
Stephen Willoughby has been jailed by Tameside Magistrates’ Court after being found with a kitchen knife while in a public place.
The 59-year-old had denied the offence, which had happened in Denton on April 10 last year, but was found guilty by the court.
Magistrates said the defendant had an appalling record for violence.
The Denton man, of Wordsworth Road, also faced three serious driving offences when he appeared before the court, which he did admit.
Magistrates heard he had already been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence, but had been found behind the wheel of a Ford KA on December 17 last year.
He also admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath when suspected of having committed a driving offence plus driving without insurance.
Magistrates jailed him for a total of six months, plus banned him from the road for a further 18 months.
Brandished weapon and damaged car
Assaulting a man and deliberately damaging his car while brandishing a knife has landed offender Jason Backhouse a suspended jail term.
Tameside magistrates heard the offences had both happened in Romiley on July 22 last year.
The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to the charges and was given a 12 weeks jail term, suspended for 12 months.
Magistrates said the defendant had entered the victim’s home with the knife and had caused significant damage to the victim’s vehicle by using the knife.
The court ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation and issued him with a restraining order, meaning he must have no contact with the complainant. The defendant’s address was given as Alamein Drive, Romiley.
Drug dealer given suspended sentence
Drug dealing Thomas Donnelly has been given a suspended jail sentence for supplying various substances across Tameside and Oldham.
The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge, which dated back to incidents between June 2018 and August 2019.
Magistrates handed him a 17 weeks jail term, suspended for 12 months.
He was ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £122 victim surcharge.
Drugs seized were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed by magistrates.
The defendant’s address was given as Selkirk Road, Chadderton.
Prison sentence for causing ABH
Tameside magistrates have jailed Luke Cox for four months.
The 27-year-old appeared before the court to face a charge of assault, causing actual bodily harm.
He pleaded guilty to the offence which had happened in Manchester on April 22 last year.
Magistrates said the offence had happened while the defendant was on licence so a custodial sentence had to be imposed.
He was also issued with a restraining order, banning him from any direct contact with the victim. He must pay £85 court costs and a £128 victim surcharge. His address was given as HMP Lancaster Farms.
Banned driver behind the wheel
A motorist who drove through Droylsden when already disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence has appeared before Tameside magistrates
Mshari Alanzi, 21, admitted the offence after being stopped on Droylsden Road on April 9 behind the wheel of a BMW car. He also admitted having no insurance and obstructing a police constable in the execution of their duty.
Magistrates issued him with a 16 weeks curfew order, meaning he must remain at his address between the hours of 7pm and 7am for the duration of the order.
He was disqualified from driving for a further 12 months plus fined £120 for the obstruction charge. He must pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £95.
His address was given as Lowton Avenue, Moston.
Nearly three times over limit
Tameside magistrates have banned an Uppermill motorist from the road for two years.
Shannon O’Dowd was found to be almost three times over the legal drink drive limit when stopped on April 8 this year at a Tesco petrol station forecourt in Oldham.
The 28-year-old admitted the offence, the court being told she was found to have 103 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
She was fined £160, plus ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
The driving disqualification can be reduced by a little over five months if a driving course is successfully completed. Her address was given as Springmeadow Lane, Uppermill.
Disqualified driver Karen Young refused to give a specimen when believed to have committed a motoring offence, Tameside magistrates heard.
The 49-year-old, of Heatherside, Stalybridge, pleaded guilty to the offence plus driving without insurance.
She also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence. Magistrates heard the charges all related to an incident that had happened back in December 2019.
Magistrates handed her an 18 weeks jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.
She was fined £120, ordered to pay £200 costs and must also pay a £122 victim surcharge.
An arsonist who attempted to set light to a Dukinfield home has been given a community order by Tameside magistrates.
Appearing before the court, Weronika Ziakowska, 25, of Newman Street, Ashton, pleaded guilty to attempting to set light to a property on Peel Street in Dukinfield on March 2 this year.
Magistrates did not impose a fine or any costs, hearing the defendant had no means whatsoever, not being entitled to even claim any benefits.
A Dukinfield driver found in charge of a vehicle while over the drink drive limit has been fined £293 by Tameside magistrates.
Darius Grzyb, 50, of Rothesay Avenue, pleaded guilty to the charge which had happened on Cavendish Street, Ashton, on April 17 this year. He was not driving the car at the time.
His driving licence was endorsed with ten penalty points and he must pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Daniel Carr admitted two charges of assault when he appeared before Tameside magistrates.
The court heard the incidents had happened in Manchester on May 19 last year.
The court ordered him to carry out 60 hours unpaid work, plus pay £105 costs and a victim surcharge of £95.
The 31-year-old’s address was given as Chisholm Street, Openshaw.
Disqualified drug driver William O’Reilly has been banned from the road for three years by Tameside magistrates.
The 31-year-old, of Prince Edward Avenue, Denton, was stopped on January 13 and found to be over the drug drive limit.
The court heard he was already disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence.
He also pleaded guilty to further charges of wilfully obstructing a police officer and driving without insurance.
Magistrates ordered him to carry out 200 hours unpaid work plus pay £85 court costs and pay a £95 victim surcharge.
Ashton man Abtar Khan has been banned from the road for 12 months by Tameside magistrates for drug driving.
The 22-year-old, of Beaufort Road, admitted the offence which had happened on Rutherford Close, Hyde, on July 31 last year.
Magistrates fined him £120, plus ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Threat of prison
A Manchester man found in Stalybridge with a lock knife has been given a suspended prison sentence by Tameside magistrates.
Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Edwards was charged with assaulting an individual in Stalybridge on February 4 this year, plus carrying an offensive weapon on Stamford Street in the town - namely the knife.
He pleaded guilty to both charges and was given a four months prison term, suspended for 12 months.
The court ordered him to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £128.
His address was given as Old Hall Drive, Manchester.
Ordered to sign sex offenders' register for five years
Paul Bexfield must carry out 200 hours unpaid work by Tameside magistrates.
The 62-year-old, of Carter Close, Denton, admitted a charge of making an indecent ‘category B’ image, contrary to the Protection of Children Act 1978.
He pleaded guilty to the offence and must also pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £85. He must sign the sexual offences register for the next five years.
Drug drive ban
Gary McGann has been banned from the road for 16 months by Tameside magistrates for drug driving.
The 53-year-old, of Park Street, Ashton, pleaded guilty to the offence which had happened on Egerton Street in Ashton on October 13 last year.
Magistrates fined him £140, plus ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Tameside Magistrates’ Court fined Warren Needham £40 for assaulting an emergency worker in Tameside.
The court heard the offence had happened on February 5 this year.
The 30-year-old admitted the offence and must also pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
His address was given as Talbot Close, Oldham.
A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured following a collision between a Yamaha off-road bike and Honda Civic on Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, on Saturday.
The collision happened at 6.20pm with an air ambulance also called in.
The teenager was taken to hospital with emergency services describing his condition as ‘serious’.
Tameside magistrates have fined Sally Omerod £40 for driving without due care and attention on the M60 on February 3 at Denton.
The 46-year-old, of Waterside, Marple, admitted the offence and must also pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Her driving licence was endorsed with three penalty points.
Abusive to police officer
Victoria McGreaves has been fined £153 by Tameside magistrates and ordered to pay £100 compensation.
The 31-year-old, of Thirlmere Avenue, Ashton, pleaded guilty to a charge of being threatening and abusive towards a police officer.
The offence had happened on September 25 last year.
Magistrates found that the offence was racially aggravated and ordered her to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £95.
Parents face fines
More parents have been fined by Tameside Magistrates’ Court after being charged with failing to ensure that their children regularly attended school.
Fines of up to £220 were imposed, plus associated court costs of more than £130 must also be paid.
Found with drugs
Arthur Ward was given a community order by Tameside magistrates after being found in Ashton in possession of drugs.
The 30-year-old, of Tollgate Close, Longsight, pleaded guilty after being found with a quantity of cannabis on April 8. Magistrates ordered the class B drug be destroyed.