Lancashire court round-up - 11/05/15

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Care home trio in court

THE former owners of a care home and their employee have denied a string of charges relating to the alleged mistreatment of elderly people in their care.

Indranee and Meghadeven Pumbien, former owners of the Briarwood Care Home in Lostock Hall, and their employee Niphawan Berry 
appeared before Preston Crown Court facing charges relating to residents.

They deny several charges including the ill-treatment and wilful neglect of a vulnerable person, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, at the home on Todd Lane South.

Mr and Mrs Pumbien, aged 62 and 58, of Grosvenor Place, also pleaded not guilty to intending to pervert the course of justice by asking people to make statements to police.

Employee Niphawan Berry, 41, of Christ Church Street in Preston, faces one charge of wounding and two of neglecting patients, which she entered not guilty pleas to.

They are due to appear before Preston Crown Court for a trial on July 14.

The care home reopened last week under new ownership and has been renamed the Willowbrooke residential home.

Widow benefit fraud

A WOMAN has been convicted of two counts of benefit fraud after claiming a benefit that helps widowed parents when she was not entitled to it.

Joanne Elizabeth Morreale, 43, of The Common, Adlington, Chorley, admits failing to notify the DWP of a change in circumstances – living with a new partner – over a four year period, affecting her Widowed Parent’s Allowance claim.

She was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work, an pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

In the dock

PRESTON: A woman has been given a curfew after admitting benefit fraud.

Tanya McMonagle, 29, of Delaware Street, Preston, admits failing to notify authorities she was living with her partner, which affected her claims for housing benefit and income support.

She must pay a £60 surcharge and £50 costs.

PRESTON: A man who stole £13 from the MacMillan Cancer charity has been ordered to have drug treatment.

Andrew Preston, 46, of Victoria Parade, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, must pay back £13 compensation to the charity and £85 costs, the bench at Preston Magistrates’ Court ruled.

PRESTON: A man who pleaded guilty to using racist threatening behaviour towards a Preston man has been given a curfew. Martin Scott, 27, of Harebell Street, Liverpool, must pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

LEYLAND: A pensioner has admitted four counts of benefit fraud.

James Stevenson-McClumpha, 71, of Broadfield Drive, Leyland, failed to tell the authorities his wife was working, affecting his claims for pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

He will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on May 19.

PRESTON: A man who breached a suspended jail term when he was found in possession of cannabis is to be sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

Linford John Baron, 24, of New Hall Lane, Preston, will appear in the dock on May 19 after entering a guilty plea before Preston Magistrates’ Court.

LEYLAND: Jon Duckworth, 45, of Farington Avenue, is banned from driving for 38 months after admitting drink driving.

He must pay a £110 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Court snaps

Craig Crook, 30, of Ashby Street, Chorley, admits possessing cannabis and stealing perfume and must do 40 hours unpaid work and pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

Katie Watkins, 26, of Station Road, Leyland, must pay a £200 fine, £4.80 compensation, a £20 surcharge and £150 costs after being found guilty of flouting a rail fare.

Michael Slater, 26, of Brixey Street, Preston, must pay a £200 fine, £4.20 compensation, a £20 surcharge and £150 costs after being found guilty of flouting a rail fare.

Lisa Eaves, 26, of Shuttleworth Road, Preston, was discharged for two years after admitting stealing jeans and must pay a £15 surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.

Hemant Parekh, 49, of Plover Street, Preston, admits driving without diue care and attention and must pay a £210 fine, £21 surcharge and £85 costs.

Ian Mee, 38, of Bankside, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, admits being drunk and disorderly and possessing diamorphine and must pay a £110 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Ashley Cross, 28, of Buchanan Court, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, was discharged conditionally for three years after admitting being drunk and disorderly and pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Bogdan Roman Dobosz, 38, St Thomas Road, Preston, is banned for 36 months after admitting drink driving and must pay a £200 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Liam Bain, 25, of Leyton Avenue, Leyland, was found guilty of using threatening behaviour and must do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £50 compensation, a £60 surcharge and £400 costs.

David Cocker, 41, of Langcliffe Road, Brookfield, Preston, admits stealing aftershave and must pay a £15 surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.