IN COURT: The latest news and appearances from North Staffordshire's courts
A teenager has denied assaulting the owner of a pharmacy. Warwick Chambers, aged 19, of Abbey Road, Abbey Hulton, denied assaulting Aftab Akhtar occasioning him actual bodily harm at Longton on August 29. Chambers also denied stealing a drink and chewing gum belonging to Mr Akhtar on the same date. His trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in the week beginning April 29 and he was granted bail.
Colin McAuley, aged 50, of Haydon Street, Basford, pleaded guilty to making indecent photos of children between March 31, 2011 and November 9, 2011. He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after a report is prepared on him. He was granted bail.
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Mark Sims, of Truro Place, Bentilee, has pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent at Hanley on January 8 and failing to answer to his bail on February 19. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned sentence for reports until March 19. The 32-year-old defendant was granted conditional bail by magistrates.
Nicholas Watson, aged 28, of Waterloo Road, Burslem, has admitted breaching bail conditions imposed on him for an offence of going equipped for theft. He was re-bailed at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to appear there again on March 7.
Brent Wheeldon, aged 20, of Red Street, Chesterton, is accused of stealing perfume, clothing and a camera from Fedex, Talke, on December 11. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case until March 4.
Gary Shaw, aged 30, of Cumberland Street, Fenton, is accused of failing to comply with the requirements of a community order. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case until March 12.
Courtney Saunders, aged 29, of no fixed address, has pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent towards Mohammed Liaqat at Hanley on February 11. And Mohammed Liaqat, aged 24, of Havelock Place, Shelton, has also pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent towards Courtney Saunders. Both men will stand trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on May 1. Magistrates granted them conditional bail.
Sharon Mellem, aged 46, of Moran Road, Knutton, has been cleared of benefit fraud. She denied two charges of making a false representation to obtain benefits and was originally due to have a trial. But the prosecution, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, yesterday offered no evidence and Judge David Fletcher entered not guilty verdicts.
Adam Cantley-Thompson, of Westwood Park Avenue, Leek, is charged with assaulting a taxi driver and making off without paying a taxi fare on November 25. The 26-year-old defendant will stand trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on May 15.
A 28-year-old man was jailed for 16 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after he pleaded guilty to a number of offences. Nathan Clark, of Glencoe Street, Longton, admitted driving while disqualified; having no insurance; and failing to report an accident on July 14 last year. He also pleaded guilty to disqualified driving and having no insurance on February 25; common assault on February 5; and failing to comply with a suspended supervision order imposed on July 9.
Robert Stanley, aged 52, has denied 19 charges under the Sexual Offences Act. Stanley, of Sunnybank, Middleport, denied 13 offences of indecent assault, four offences of sexual activity with a child and two charges of making indecent photos of children. His trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on July 29 and he was granted bail.
Drink-driver John Carter has been banned from driving for 12 months. The 48-year-old, of Bromley Close, Blackpool, gave a reading of 76 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath against a legal limit of 35 micrograms for the offence at Stafford Avenue, Newcastle, on February 11. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre also fined him £50 with a £20 victim surcharge.
Harbir Singh, aged 35, of Wellesley Street, Shelton, is charged with drink driving at Shelton on November 13. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case until April 9 so that further inquiries can be carried out by the defence. He was granted unconditional bail.
Allan Doyle, aged 40, has pleaded guilty to drugs offences in Stoke-on-Trent on December 1. Doyle, of Bramble Way, Burscough, Lancashire, admitted possession of class B amphetamine with intent to supply, possession of class B cannabis with intent to supply, possession of class A heroin with intent to supply, and possession of class A drug cocaine. Sarah Doyle, aged 39, of Melbreck Road, Skelmersdale, denied possession of amphetamine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. The case was adjourned until March 5. Mr Doyle was remanded in custody. Mrs Dale's bail was enlarged.
Kirsty Nash, aged 21, denied wounding Lisa Marie Nash with intent to do her grievous bodily harm on December 8. But she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful wounding. Nash also denied assaulting a man on the same date. The case was adjourned until March 11 so the prosecution can consider the pleas. Nash was bailed to live at an address in Willes Road, Birmingham.