IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
Conditional bail was granted at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to Neil Minshull, aged 48, of Beverley Drive, who denies breaching a restraining order, made in May last year, on January 8. The trial will take place on March 7.
Jane Weaver, who admits driving while more than four times over the legal limit, will be sentenced at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on January 31. The 45-year-old, of Pear Close, Bucknall, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on December 18. She gave a reading of 141 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath against a legal limit of 35 micrograms. Magistrates imposed an interim driving ban.
Having made an admission to breaching bail conditions imposed for an offence of criminal damage, Christopher Haslam, aged 23, of Westmarsh Grove, Burslem, was re-bailed at North Staffordshire justice Centre to appear there on January 17.
Christopher Whilock, aged 46, of Blakeley Lane, Dilhorne, is accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words of behaviour with intent at Dilhorne on July 1. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case until January 18.
The Crown Prosecution Service at North Staffordshire Justice Centre has been granted a warrant without bail for 41-year-old Gabriel Bastura, of Warrington Street, Fenton, after he failed to turn up to court accused of robbing Daniel Williams of £3 at Hanley on December 15.
A vulnerable young woman with a chaotic lifestyle and drug and alcohol issues has asked to be jailed so that she could sort herself out, a court heard. Zoe Cox's solicitor Andrew Turnock told magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre she wanted to be sent to prison for as long as possible. The 22-year-old, of no fixed address, made the appeal after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Hope Street, Hanley, on December 18; assaulting a police officer in the execution of her duty on December 27; and theft of a television belonging to the Plough Motel, Stoke, on January 5. Cox was jailed for eight weeks yesterday of which she will serve four weeks.
Two men have been committed to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court charged with assaulting Michael Malkin occasioning him actual bodily harm at Hanley on July 10. Christopher Muldoon, aged 23, of Milton Road, Sneyd Green, and Gregory Wood, aged 25, formerly of Scott Road, Chell, and now of Norris Road, Stanfields, will have a plea and case management hearing on February 4. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre granted both defendants conditional bail.
A retired school teacher admitted driving while more than three times the drink-drive limit. Anne Selby, aged 58, of Stuart Avenue, Trentham, was banned from driving for 25 months at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. Selby pleaded guilty to an offence of excess alcohol on December 23 last year at Trentham, where the reading was 109 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. She was also fined £405 with £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.