A round-up of people who have been before the Bench


Man hid in cupboard

A MAN found hiding in a cupboard at a home in Cameron Street, Bolton, has been fined £20 by Manchester magistrates.
Jordan Battel, aged 22, of Chorley New Road, admitted being at the property in breach of a domestic violence protection order.


Breaking a court order cost this bloke more than £200

A MAN has been fined £233 by Manchester magistrates after he went to an address in Dovedale Road, Bolton, in breach of a non-molestation order.
Simon Iliff, aged 54, of Somerton Road, Breightmet, committed the offence on July 29.
He pleaded guilty and was also ordered to pay £117 in costs and charges.


Van driver caught after drinking

MAGISTRATES have banned a van driver from the roads for 12 months after he was caught drink driving.
Manchester Magistrates' Court was told how Mark Greenwood, aged 35, of Ridyard Street, Little Hulton, was behind the wheel of a Mercedes Sprinter van on Ladywell Avenue, Little Hulton on March 6.
He pleaded guilty to committing the offence and as well as the driving ban, was fined £250 plus £117 in costs and charges.


Getting behind the wheel of a van landed man in jail

A BANNED driver who was caught behind the wheel of a Ford Transit van has been jailed for 20 weeks.
Nicholas Howarth, aged 47, of Charles Street, Bolton, was stopped driving the van in Station Road, Salford on July 18 last year.
Howarth had no insurance and was disqualified from holding a driving licence.
Cannabis was found on him but he failed to provide a breath specimen when required by police.
At Manchester Magistrates' Court Howarth, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to driving whilst banned, having no insurance, failing to provide a specimen and driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
In addition to the jail sentence, Howarth was ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge and banned from applying for a licence for three years.


Teenager in court after mirror was damaged

A TEENAGER who damaged a mirror and a shelf has been sentenced to a conditional discharge for 12 months by Manchester magistrates.
Sheridan McCarthy, aged 19, of Daffodil Road, Farnworth, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on March 8.
The court ordered him to pay £15 in compensation plus £106 in costs and charges.


Cannabis driver tells court he was ‘just stupid’

A VAN driver told magistrates he had been “just stupid” when he was caught driving a van after using drugs.
Bolton Magistrates’ Court heard how police stopped Shahid Ashraf’s Vauxhall Insignia in Back Bradford Street West, Bolton, just after 6pm on January 31.
Andrew Hey, prosecuting, told how, when officers approached the 35-year-old Ashraf “there was an overwhelming smell emanating from him”.
A roadside swab revealed the presence of cocaine and cannabis.
A blood test at the police station showed that more than the specified level of cannabis was in his system.
Ashraf, of Bradford Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to drug driving.
Representing himself in court, Ashraf, who has previous convictions for drugs offences, told the court: “I was just stupid. I have learned from my mistakes.
“I am keeping my head down and doing bits and bobs of work.”
He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £32 victim surcharge.


Banned driver ignored curfew

A BANNED driver who ignored a court curfew order has been told he must now do 100 hours unpaid work.
In March James Hall, aged 26, of Tabley Road, Bolton, was given a community sentence with an electronic tag after he was convicted of driving a VW Golf whilst disqualified from driving.
But Manchester magistrates heard that he moved address without informing or seeking permission from the probation service and failed to attend appointments.
He admitted the breaches and, as well as the unpaid work, was fined £40, must participate in 20 days of rehabilitation activities and pay £60 towards prosecution costs.


Man caused a disturbance

A MAN who caused a disturbance has been told he faces losing £100 if he fails to keep the peace for six months.
At Manchester Magistrates' Court Adam Kershaw, aged 23, of White Lion Brow, Bolton, admitted causing a breach of the peace on July 19 and agreed to be bound over.


Jailed after ignoring order

MAGISTRATES have jailed a man for 66 weeks after he went to a house in Bury Road, Radcliffe.
Paul Foster was banned from going to the property by a restraining order but the 41-year-old turned up at the house on July 2.
Manchester magistrates heard that Foster was already subject to a suspended prison sentence for a previous assault on a woman, harassment and breaching the restraining order prohibiting him going to the house or a property in Booth Road, Little Lever.
Foster was also ordered to pay a £156 victim surcharge.