In the Dock 10/03/12

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A round up of court stories from across Lancashire

Fine for sexual offence man

A 63-year-old man was fined £300 after being found guilty of sexually touching a woman without her consent. Vithal Chauhan, of Squires Wood, Fulwood, pleaded not guilty but was found guilty after a summary trial at Preston Magistrates’ Court. He was also made subject of a community order and an 18 month supervision requirement.

Man disorderly in public place

A 24-year-old man was fined £30 for drunk and disorderly behaviour in a public place. Ieuan Evans, of Charnock Street, Preston, admitted the offence which took place on St George’s Road, Deepdale, in February. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 at Preston Magistrates’ Court, to be paid by March 12.

Clothing theft at sports shop

A 27-year-old man was given a conditional discharge for stealing clothes from a Preston sports shop. Slawomir Noga, 27, of no fixed abode, admitted stealing £117.92 from Sports Direct in the city centre. He appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court and no order for costs was made.

Mum is slapped

A woman pinched and slapped her mother during a family argument. Carlene Roberts, 30, of Shackleton Road, Freckleton, pleaded guilty to assaulting Karon Jepson. District Judge Andrew Meachin, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’Court, deferred sentence on Roberts for six months to see how she got on at an alcohol rehabilitation programme. Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the defendant’s mother, grandmother and sister had tea together on February 26. Roberts had been asked to stay away from the house in Lytham because of previous problems her sister had had with her. Roberts arrived at the address and was asked to leave. During a fracas she grabbed her mum’s upper arm pinching it, before hitting her in the chest. When interviewed Roberts said she had been warned not to go round but she wanted to collect some belongings. She added she was a registered alcoholic and at the time of the offence, on a scale of drunkenness from one to 10, she would have put herself at seven.

Horse trainer ‘lied about drink-driving’

A horse trainer who was over the alcohol limit when she crashed her car into a ditch lied to police and said her partner had been driving. Gwen Gibson eventually admitted she had been behind the wheel and said she had been wearing the wrong glasses for driving when her car left the road. Gibson, 41, of Lambs Lane, Pilling, near Garstang, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. She was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £120 with £85 costs by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court. Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on February 25 about 7pm police were called to an accident on Lambs Lane where a Nissan Terrano was in a ditch. Gibson then arrived with a local farmer to remove the vehicle and when questioned told an officer her partner had been driving. Gibson, who had no previous convictions, told the district judge: “It is certainly something, after that experience, I would not be doing again. I have not had any alcohol since.”