This week’s court listings.
A woman who fraudulently claimed benefits must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. Melissa Ann Watson, 25, from Water Street, Chorley, failed to notify Chorley Council that her husband was employed, which affected her entitlement for housing benefit. She denied the offence but was found guilty. She must also pay a £60 victim surcharge, and costs of £250.
A man has pleaded guilty to stealing a £38 hard drive from Asda in Chorley, and Hugo Boss aftershave to the value of £60 from Boots in Preston. Simon Mark Gaskell, 26, from Eaves Green Road, must attend appointments with an officer for 15 weeks under a community order, and must also pay compensation of £60, a £60 victim surcharge, costs of £85, and a criminal courts charge of £150.
A man has been found guilty of being in a place which wasn’t his home, in possession of ‘articles for use in the course of, or in connection with, theft from a motor vehicle’ - namely a multi-tool, torch and gloves. Paul Harding, 27, from The Farthings, Chorley, was fined £230, and was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £23, and costs of £450.
A 15-year-old from Buckshaw Village has been referred to the Lancashire youth offender panel for six months for ‘being concerned in the supplying of drugs’ and for stealing a bank card and driving licence. The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to all of the charges, which involved the class A drug methylenedioxymethylamphetamine, class B drug cannabis, and class C drug Diazepam. He must pay compensation of £181, a victim surcharge of £15, and costs of £85.
A 17-year-old from Buckshaw Village has confessed to possessing drugs. The boy had eight ecstasy tablets (a class A drug), 92 tablets of the class C drug Diazepam, and cannabis. He also sent a text message that was ‘offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character’. He has been referred to the Lancashire youth offender panel for nine months, and must also pay a victim surcharge of £15 and £85 in court costs.
A man has admitted to stealing a 95p Yazoo milkshake and £1 worth of Cadbury’s Cream Egg biscuits from Bargain Booze in Chorley. Darren Neil Murphy, 29, from Hollinshead Street, Chorley, must pay compensation of £1.95 and a criminal courts charge of £150, discharged conditionally for 12 months.
A man has been handed a prison sentence for stealing £300 worth of alcohol from St Joseph’s Parish Centre, whilst subject to an order of conditional discharge for a previous offence. Liam Anthony Wilkinson, 25, from Pennine Road, Chorley, has been committed to prison for 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months. He must also pay compensation of £370, and a £180 criminal courts charge.