A round-up of criminals who have appeared before magistrates recently


Curfew after order breach

A MAN who failed to turn up for a probation appointment or for unpaid work has been electronically tagged.

At Wigan Magistrates’ Court Craig Manuel, aged 34, of Macdonald Avenue, Farnworth, admitted breaching the term of a community order he was sentenced to in October last year for stealing lead from The Swan and Barristers pubs in Bolton.

The court has now sentenced him to a midnight to 8am curfew for two months and he must participate in 10 days of rehabilitation activities.


Drug driver banned after "chilling" with pals

A DRUG driver was caught driving a pal’s car without a full licence or insurance.

At Bolton Magistrates’ Court Habib Azad became the first person to be sentenced since the court reopened to the public following the coronavirus outbreak.

Azad, aged 18, of Tattersall Avenue, Bolton, pleaded guilty to driving after using cannabis and having no valid licence or insurance.

Nicola Yeadon, prosecuting, told the court how police spotted the Astra Azad was driving on Hall Road at 11.20pm on December 30 last year and followed it into a dead end.

“The defendant ran from it but was stopped and detained,” said Mrs Yeadon.

Azad, who represented himself in court, told magistrates that he had been “chilling” at a friend’s house when they decided to go for a drive.

“At the time I was just a bit young and immature and thought I would just drive. I was foolish,” Azad, who is a student, told the court.

He was fined £140 plus £115 in costs and charges and was banned from holding a driving licence for 15 months.


12 weeks' jail after assault

MAGISTRATES have sentenced a man to 12 weeks in prison after he assaulted a woman in Bolton, damaged her door and contacted her in breach of a restraining order on July 5.

At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Christopher Smith, aged 34, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to committing the offences.


Banned after New Year drug driving

A PLASTERER who was on his way to a New Year’s Day family meal was stopped by police who found that he had been taking cannabis.

Bolton magistrates heard how Daniel Brown was driving a VW Golf when he came off the M61 at Horwich “a bit too quickly” and came to the attention of officers.

“He was heading to the Harvester to meet family members at lunchtime,” said Adam Whittaker, defending.

He stressed that there was no suggestion that 24-year-old Brown was over the alcohol limit after attending a party the night before, but a small amount of cannabis had been used.

“He is not a habitual cannabis smoker,” said Mr Whittaker, who added that Brown, of Beech Avenue, Farnworth, did not think anything of it when he got into his car a few hours later to join his aunts and uncles.

Mr Whittaker added that Brown, who pleaded guilty to drug driving, expects to lose his job as he will not be able to work without using a vehicle.

Magistrates fined Brown £140 plus £115 in costs and banned him from holding a driving licence for 12 months.


Conditional discharge after man caught with drugs

A MAN who was caught with cannabis in Farnworth on February 18 has been sentenced to a conditional discharge for six months by Wigan magistrates.

Leandro Gomes Meireles, aged 22, of St Clair Terrace, Horwich, pleaded guilty to committing the offence and admitted failing to turn up to Bolton Magistrates’ Court on March 3.

In addition to the conditional discharge, he was fined £100 and ordered to pay £119 in costs and charges. The drugs were forfeited.

Fine after cannabis find

MAGISTRATES have fined a man £80 after he was caught with cannabis in Bolton on January 11.

At Bolton Magistrates’ Court Habibullah Khan, aged 21, of Quebec Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to possessing the drug.

In addition to the fine, he was ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and the cannabis was forfeited.


14-year-old dangerous driver in court

A 14-YEAR boy who was caught dangerously driving a car in Little Hulton has appeared at Manchester Youth Court.

The boy, from Little Hulton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted driving the Kia dangerously on Worsley Avenue on February 21 and assaulting a male, causing him actual bodily harm.

He also pleaded guilty to having no insurance or driving licence.

The teenager was made subject to a youth rehabilitation order, during which he will participate in 24 days of reparation and must also pay his assault victim £200 in compensation.


Unpaid work after assault

A MAN has been ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work after he admitted assaulting a woman in Bolton on July 12.

At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Nathaniel Duberry, aged 27, of Haydock Street, Bolton, was also ordered to pay his victim £150 in compensation and must participate in 15 days of rehabilitation activities.


Motorway drink driver is banned

A DRINK driver who was caught on the motorway has been banned from holding a licence for 16 months.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Fabod Basiri, aged 35, of Park Road, Bolton, was over the alcohol limit when his Nissan Qashqai was stopped at the M60 Worsley interchange.

Basiri also had no driving licence or insurance.

He admitted committing the offences and, as well as the driving ban, was fined £180 plus £85 towards prosecution costs and a £32 victim surcharge.