IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
Jake Bull, aged 18, of Hamil Road, Burslem, will stand trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on April 17 after denying assault and damage. He was granted conditional bail.
The case of Ashley Keeling, aged 24, of Victory Crescent, Cheadle, was committed to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. The defendant is accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Nathan Kent on November 23 last year at Cheadle. He will appear at crown court on April 17. Keeling was granted conditional bail.
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An appeal has been launched to trace the family of a man. Spencer Shenton, aged 76, died at his home in Dresden on Monday. He was formerly of Bank Street, Tunstall. His death is not being treated as suspicious. HM Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire now needs to trace Mr Shenton's next of kin. Any family members or friends are asked to contact Hartshill Coroner's Office on 01782 234793.
Steven Shankland, aged 37, of Portland Street, Hanley, will stand trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after denying a charge of failing to attend for an initial assessment following a test for a Class A drug. He was unconditionally bailed until April 17.
A 30-year-old man admitted theft from a shop when he appeared in court. Wayne Thorley, aged 30, of Mollison Road, Meir, also pleaded guilty to being in breach of a conditional discharge. Sentence was adjourned for reports to the drugs court at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on March 5. The defendant's conditional bail was extended.
A woman pleaded guilty to stealing hair cutters worth £59.99 from Boots, in Newcastle, on February 6 this year. The case of Michelle Taylor, aged 28, of Vale View, Newcastle, was adjourned for a pre-sentence report by North Staffordshire Justice Centre. She will next appear at court on March 14.
Adam Williams, aged 21, has been cleared of stealing about £3,000 from a pub landlady. A jury at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday acquitted Williams of the theft, which was alleged to have taken place at The Forresters Arms pub, in Smallthorne, where Katie Crozier was landlady, on September 17 last year. Williams, of Donagh Close, in Macclesfield, was discharged.
Aiden McGraw will stand trial accused of stealing four alloy wheels and tyres worth £200. The defendant, aged 19, of Rochester Road, Sandford Hill, pleaded not guilty to taking the items, belonging to Stephen Angell, on January 30 this year. The trial will be held on April 17 and McGraw was given unconditional bail. A warrant without bail was issued for co-defendant Matthew Woolley, aged 22, of Blakelow Road, Abbey Hulton, when he failed to turn up at the court.
Robert Winfield was given a 12-month conditional discharge for stealing alcohol. The defendant admitted taking a bottle of whisky and a vodka and coke can, together worth £34.65 when he appeared in front of magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. Winfield, aged 40, of Woodlands Road, Trent Vale, was also ordered to play £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Steven Mountford, aged 42, of Rother Walk, Tunstall, was fined £70 after pleading guilty to using racially aggravated threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on February 3 this year at Cobridge. North Staffordshire Justice Centre ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.