IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
A teenager arrested for being drunk and disorderly in the city centre was found to have a knife in his waistband. Dominic Wright told police he had used the knife to help a friend with some work and had forgotten it was there. Wright, aged 19, of Grassy Green Lane, Audley, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and possession of a lock knife on November 11. Deputy District Judge Simon Morgan gave him a 12-month conditional discharge and told him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Geoffrey Pearson, aged 44, of Baddeley Hall Road, Baddeley Green, has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife Emma Pearson by beating at Werrington on February 10. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned sentence for reports until March 28. The defendant was granted conditional bail until the next hearing.
Richard Wrench, aged 40, of The Cardway, Bradwell, has pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of a community order made at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on March 27. Deputy District Judge Simon Morgan revoked the order and in its place the defendant was given a nine-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Father-of-three Nicholas Taylor, aged 29, of Vowchurch Way, Bucknall, has pleaded guilty to possession of a small quantity of cocaine at Hanley on February 11. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre fined him £100 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
A 54-year-old man has admitted six counts of rape. Kevin Price appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to the six charges which relate to offences from 1994 until 2000. Price, of Dogcroft Road, Chell Heath, was granted bail while he awaits a date for his sentence. A pre-sentence report will now be prepared.
Brothers Darren and Kevin Brownfield will stand trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after pleading not guilty to criminal damage. The men, aged 20 and 24, of Goldenhill Road, Fenton, are accused of damaging a window on December 7. They were granted unconditional bail until April 26.
Peter Dring, aged 45, of no fixed address, was fined £75 after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Huntbach Street, Hanley, on February 1 and being in breach of a conditional discharge. Deputy District Judge Simon Morgan also ordered the defendant to pay a £20 victim surcharge but that and the fine were deemed to have been paid because of the time he had already spent in custody.
James Moore, aged 22, formerly of Homer Street, Hanley, is accused of taking a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner, handling stolen goods, disqualified driving, using a motor vehicle without insurance and breaching his bail. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre remanded him in custody until February 27.
Tina Roberts, of Matthews Walk, Hanley, has pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to being drunk and disorderly in Century Street, Hanley, on February 7. The 31-year-old also admitted breaching two conditional discharges. She was fined £100 by Deputy District Judge Simon Morgan which was deemed to have been paid because of the time she had already spent in custody.
Daniel Greensmith, of Mulgrave Street, Hanley, has pleaded guilty to failing to comply with directions given to him by a police constable in uniform to leave the area of Hassall Street, Newcastle. The 28-year-old also admitted failing to answer to his bail and breach of a conditional discharge.Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre fined him £150 with a £20 victim surcharge.
Andrew Jordan, of Hincho Place, Norton, has been given an 18-month community order with 12 months drug rehabilitation, 18 months supervision and 60 days on the custody diversion programme after pleading guilty to shop theft on January 4 and a similar offence on December 30. Deputy District Judge Simon Morgan also ordered the 26-year-old to pay £214 compensation with a £60 victim surcharge.