IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
Adam Shaw, aged 27, of Furlong Road, Burslem, pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle at Norton on January 5 without the owner's consent. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case until February 28 for a pre-sentence report and granted bail.
The case of Liam Snape, who pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods, namely a Honda motorbike between June 14 and November 22, has been adjourned. The 26-year-old, of Sutton Place, Chell Heath, appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre and will next attend a hearing at the drugs court on February 12 where he faces other matters.
Marcus Marshall, aged 26, of City Road, Fenton, was given a two-month electronically monitored curfew from 9pm to 9am after a community order with unpaid work was deemed unworkable by the probation service at North Staffordshire Justice Centre due to his work commitments.
Mark Whalley, aged 27, of First Avenue, Kidsgrove, has pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to employment support allowance when, at the time, he was living with a partner who was in full time employment between June 2009 and November 2011. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard Whalley was overpaid by £7,459.93. They ordered the defendant to pay fines and costs totalling £275.
Steven Ellam, aged 25, of Lightwood Road, Longton, has been committed to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of possessing a knife at Kearsley Way, Blurton, on November 24. He indicated he would plead not guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. Magistrates granted him conditional bail until March 4.
Kirsty Walton, of Vale View, Porthill, has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods, namely two silver rings worth £80, at Wolstanton between October 27 and November 1. The 21-year-old was fined £70 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge by magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
Justin Moss, aged 21, of Westbourne Drive, Tunstall, has denied three charges of assaulting Patricia Walker in December. He also denied using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on December 15. His trial will be held at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Newcastle, on April 11.
John Plant, aged 49, of Nash Peake Street, Tunstall, has denied assaulting Georgina Plant on January 23. His trial will be held at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Newcastle, on April 4 and he was granted bail.
Victoria Westhead was banned from the roads for 18 months after pleading guilty to drink driving on December 8.
The defendant gave a reading of 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath against a legal limit of 35 micrograms. The 24-year-old, of Denton Grove, Weston Coyney, was also fined £150 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge by magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.