Stalkers, drunk drivers and domestic abusers convicted in Cornwall courts

Despite two public holidays, Cornwall magistrates have still dealt with a large number of offenders whose crimes range from drunk driving to domestic assault and stalking. In Bodmin and Truro, the courts deal with all criminal matters in Cornwall.

Anyone accused of an offence, from the least serious to the most serious, first appears before the magistrates. The most serious cases are then referred to the High Court. If a defendant pleads guilty, they could be sentenced immediately or have the case remanded for a pre-sentence report. If they deny the allegations against them, the case will be adjourned for trial.

Read more: Our latest Magistrate Court roundup

The courts are open to all and our journalists attend like any other member of the public. Since most people have jobs and cannot spend their time in court, the media has always acted as the eyes and ears of the public to ensure justice is served.

Here is who was recently sentenced at Bodmin and Truro Magistrates Court.

Benjamin Bennet, North Kingston Farm, Callington, 41. Various charges related to the cruel herding of sheep. Sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months. Paying a surcharge to fund victim services of £128. To pay the fee of £6577.89. Prohibited from keeping sheep for a period of 10 years. The whole story here

David Bruce Bellingham, Point Green, Devoran, age: 55. On February 14, at Carnon Downs, he drove over the alcohol limit. Fine of £120. Pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £34. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Prohibited from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for 12 months.

Luke Warren, Glasney View, Penryn, 18. On March 10, in Falmouth, I drove over the alcohol limit. Fine of £120. Pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £34. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Prohibited from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for 17 months.

James Andrew Jones, Homeless, 35 years old. April 6 in Camborne, destruction of a window belonging to Costa Coffee for a value of 600 to 700 £. Pay compensation of £100.

Matthew Lee Williams, Wooda Road, Launceston, 39. On April 28 in Launceston, assaulted a woman causing her actual bodily harm. Sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. Reason for custody: prolonged domestic assault. Six-week curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and must complete the rehab activity requirement. Paying a surcharge to fund victim services of £128. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Richard John Osborne, Gotch Gardens, East Taphouse, 43. On March 23, at East Taphouse, he drove over the alcohol limit. Fine of £225. Pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £34. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Prohibited from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for 24 months.

Wayne Thomas Crocker, Hallaze, St Austell, 42 years old. On December 27, January 4 and 7 in St Austell breached a restraining order. Committed to prison for 16 weeks. Restraining order issued. Paying a surcharge to fund victim services of £128. Pay the £250 fee to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Kai Dickens, Warwick Road, Bude, 22. On November 13 in Bude, I drove over the alcohol limit. Fine of £750. Pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £75. Pay a fee of £775 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Disqualified for holding or obtaining a driver’s license for 38 months.

Satania Kendra Mildren Clinton Road, Redruth, Age: 44. Between September 19 and 20 in Camborne, he drove over the alcohol limit. Fine of £120. Pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £34. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Prohibited from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for 16 months.

Judy Higgins, Penwerris Road, Truro, 66. On September 22 in Truro, he drove over the alcohol limit. Fine of £400. Paying a surcharge to fund victim services of £40. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Prohibited from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for 22 months.

Hugh Roderick John Burch, Polwhele Road, Newquay, 64. On July 19, Newquay did not provide a breath sample. Community order made. Abstinence from alcohol requirement and must complete the rehab activity requirement. Pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £95. Pay a fee of £775 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Prohibited from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for 24 months.

Nicholas Gordon, Polweath Road, Penzance, 37. On March 10 in Penzance, assaulted a policeman. Fine of £120. Pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £34.

Marc Raymond Oversby, Homeless, 31 years old. Between June 17 and June 25 in Penzance, a woman harassed a woman by constantly texting her, loitering and sleeping in her garden and showing up unannounced. Also assaulting a man and a woman on December 3. Sentenced to 15 weeks in prison. Restraining order issued. Paying a surcharge to fund victim services of £128. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

David Lee Channon, Homeless, 33 years old. On September 21, in Bude, harassed a person in violation of a non-molestation order. On June 13 and September 21 in Bude, assaulted a man causing actual bodily harm. June 13 in Bude damaged a motorcycle. Sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. Must complete the rehabilitation activity requirement. Restraining order issued. Pay compensation of £200. Paying a surcharge to fund victim services of £128. Pay a fee of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Our roundups depend on the list of results sent by the courts, so it is possible that some convicted people are missing from the weekly roundup.

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