A ROUND UP of recent of cases heard at Stafford and Cannock magistrates’ courts.
Richard Townsend, 35, of Devon Way, Stafford, indicated no plea to a charge of possessing 90 indecent images of children on December 20 2012 and no plea to five separate charges of making indecent images of children between January 1 2011 and 31 December 2011. He was sent to stand trial by jury at Stafford Crown Court on December 23.
Adam Burgess, 43, of Jervis Lane, Meaford, Stone, was found guilty of speeding and driving while using a mobile phone on the A34 on June 22. His case was adjourned to October 2 to consider disqualification from driving.
Stephen Charlesworth, 45, of Damask Avenue, Stafford was proved in his absence to have driven without due care and attention on the M5 on January 28 2012, drifting onto the hard shoulder of the motorway several times. He was offered the opportunity to participate in a driving course but failed to respond. Charlesworth was fined £400, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £40 surcharge and had six points put on his licence.
Illya Priddey, 47, of Steadman Crescent, Stafford, pleaded guilty to stealing an Orange Missile bicycle worth £1,000 on August 29, not guilty to attempting to steal another bicycle of unknown value on August 31and guilty to possession of a set of bolt croppers for use in theft on September 4. He was committed to prison for nine weeks.
Patrick Brunt, 21, of Littleton Crescent, Penkridge was proved in his absence to have failed to hand over a valid train ticket when required on a train between Wolverhampton and Penkridge on February 2 and was fined £200, ordered to pay compensation of £3.80, with a surcharge of £20 and costs of £130.
Ben Street, 29, of 12 Swansmoor Drive, Hixon, Stafford entered no plea to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a chestnut thoroughbred horse, by performing an act of farriery, namely over rasping and over bevelling the heels of both front feet and/or excessively trimming the heels on March 22 at Sevenoaks, Ivetsy Road in Wheaton Aston. Street also entered no plea to a charge of not taking steps to ensure the needs of the animal were met to the extent required by good practice, failing to protect the animal from pain, suffering and/or disease as a consequence of gluing and sealing hoof boots to the horse. His case was adjourned to October 16 for Street to offer a plea.