IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
Ann-Louise Tabbenor, aged 28, of Piggott Grove, Bucknall, will have a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on February 21 after pleading not guilty to causing criminal damage to a motor vehicle on November 29, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on the same date. She was bailed.
A woman has been banned from entering a town as she awaits a trial for assault. Samantha Fawcett, aged 25, of Waterside Drive, Blurton, denies assaulting Katie Heath on December 20. Fawcett is on bail but cannot enter the town of Shrewsbury or have any contact with the complainant.
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The Crown Prosecution Service at North Staffordshire Justice Centre have been granted a warrant without bail for Romanian national Constantin Potcavaru, aged 40, of Merthyr Road, Northampton, who is accused of stealing sports clothing from Sports Direct, Longton, on December 13, and a further matter of going equipped for theft with an adapted foil-lined shopping bag on the same date, after he failed to turn up for his court hearing.
A woman who illegally claimed more than £14,000 in income support, housing and council tax benefits was given a community order by magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. Rachel Garner, aged 31, of West Crescent, Sneyd Green, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to charges including failing to notify a change of circumstances and falsely making a statement to obtain housing and council tax benefit. Trevor Vernon, a solicitor representing the council, told the court that the amount involved was £14,450. Garner's community order was for 12 months with supervision. She was asked to make a contribution of £100 towards the costs.
A former Stoke-on-Trent man was sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court charged with a burglary in Tunstall, on January 2. Anthony Kershaw, aged 37, now said to be living in Sidmouth, Devon, will appear on January 11 and was remanded in custody.