Lancashire In Court - Monday, January 30, 2017

Here is this week's round-up of cases at Preston's courts.

Monday, 30th January 2017, 7:54 am
Updated Monday, 30th January 2017, 11:36 am
Court news

Detergent thief to clean up his act

A SHOPLIFTER with a penchant for stealing laundry items has been jailed for a total of 32 weeks.

Aidan James Stillwell, of Shakespeare Road, Ribbleton, admitted a catalogue of 17 thefts at Wilkinson and Sainsburys stores in Preston.

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Preston Magistrate’s’ Court heard the thefts amounted to hundreds of pounds of goods.

The bench was told the offences had put the 31-year-old defendant in breach of a community order.

The majority of the stolen items were detergents, fabric softeners, washing gels, air fresheners and wax melts, but he also admitted he stole toys and gift sets.

In a separate case, Stillwell also admitted offences of driving while disqualified and driving without insurance and was given a three month ban.

He must pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Illegal scrap metal dealer faces fine

A MAN who carried out an illegal scrap metal transport business has ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fine and costs.

Patrick Andrew Anthony Gavin, of Lawson Street, Preston city centre, was found guilty of two offences following a trial in his absence before Preston Magistrates’ Court.It comes after a probe by Preston City Council.

The 26-year-old was convicted of transporting scrap metals waste with a view to profit when not registered as a carrier of controlled waste between August 13 and 26 last year, and carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer when not authorised by a licence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013,

The bench ordered him to pay a £660 fine along with a £66 surcharge and £330 prosecution costs.

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Aarron Keiran Rayton, 22, of Chatburn Road, Longridge, was found guilty of failing to give driver information and must pay a £660 fine, £66 surcharge and £85 costs.

Christopher Richardson, 20, of HMP Preston, was discharged for 12 months after admitting stealing a purple Lenovo tablet from the Merchants pub in Lancaster city centre, but must pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Joseph Bower, 22, of Bowland Road, Heysham, Lancaster, was given eight weeks in jail suspended for two years after admitting harassing a woman and resisting two PCs, and must also pay a £115 surcharge and £85 costs.

Martin Thomas Brown, 36, of St Gregory’s Place, Chorley, was discharged for 12 months after admitting assaulting a woman and must pay a £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Joshua Gary North, 20, of Albert Road, Leyland, must do 40 hours unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity after admitting assaulting a woman and must pay an £85 surcharge and £85 costs.

Jeffrey Kenyon, 67, of Prospect Place, Lancaster, was banned for 20 months after admitting drink driving and must pay a £220 fine, £30 surcharge and £85 costs.

Marcin Krystof Bogucki, 36, of Ashworth Court, Preston, was banned for 12 months after admitting drink driving and driving without an MOT, and must pay a £320 fine, £32 surcharge and £85 costs.

Paul Grimshaw, 45, of Botany Brow, Chorley, was found guilty of driving without wearing a seatbelt and must pay a £220 fine, £30 surcharge and £85 costs.

Neil O’Donnell, 34, of Victoria Quay, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, was found guilty of failing to give driver information and must pay a £660 fine, £66 surcharge and £85 costs.