Here is this week's round-up of cases from Preston's courts.
Man jailed two years after attack
A man who attacked a woman at her Leyland home has been caged for 26 weeks.
Stephen Paul Hoban, of Langdale Road, Blackpool, was brought to justice more than two years after his victim was attacked.
He appeared at a hearing before Preston Magistrates’ Court.
The 50-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to charges of causing actual bodily harm to the woman over a period between July and August 2015, and also assaulting her in July 2015.
The bench said the offences were serious because the woman was a “vulnerable victim” and the incidents, which had happened in her own home, had had an effect on her.
They said case was also aggravated by his previous criminal record.
The bench also imposed a three year restraining order to protect his victim, as well as a £115 victim surcharge.
Thieving employee refunded himself
A thieving employee helped himself to cash through bogus refunds he made through the till, a court has heard.
Lewis Banks, of St Clement’s Avenue, Farington, Leyland, committed thefts on various occasions in September while working at the JD Sports store in Chorley, a hearing before Preston Magistrates’ Court was told.
The bench heard how the 24-year-old was caught after CCTV showed there was only him in the store at the time of the suspicious transactions, which staff had been alerted to. They totalled £295.
Banks was ordered to pay a £80 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a charge of theft by an employee.
The firm is seeking to recoup the money.
Mark McFayden, 40, of no fixed abode, was jailed for eight weeks after admitting using weapons to damage a police vehicle in Chorley.
David Brown, 42, of Longacre, Clayton Brook, Chorley, was given a rehabilitation activity after admitting two counts of using threatening or abusive behaviour towards a woman and must pay £100 compensation to her.
Gareth Dixon, 35, of Ennerdale Close, Lancaster, must do 40 hours of unpaid work after admitting breaching a restraining order, and must pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Faruk Cabdu, 47, of Buchanan Street, Chorley, was found guilty of failing to give driver information and must pay a £300 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £300 costs.Jordan Winder, 25, of
Carlyle Grove, Morecambe, was found guilty of driving without insurance and must pay a £660 fine, £66 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Byron Dean, 22, of Spey Close, Leyland, was found guilty of driving with a vehicle numberplate that did not meet requirements, and must pay a £220 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Gareth Balchan, 38, of Kingsley Drive, Chorley, was discharged for a year after admitting damaging a glass door and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Tapiwa Taruringira, 21, of Maple Crescent, Ribbleton, Preston, was discharged for a year after admitting stealing a woman’s £800 iPhone, and must pay £10 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £50 costs.
Kerry Atkinson, 39, of Morris Way, Chorley, was banned from driving for 36 months after admitting drink driving, and must pay a £120 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.