As the country continues to adjust to life in lockdown, its courts remain open.
While there were fewer hearings and more cases than usual adjourned at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, the UK’s justice system continues to work.
Every week Bristol Live compiles results of cases from Bristol Magistrates’ Court, and it’s no different during lockdown.
Publication of such lists form a key part of the UK’s open justice principles, which mean justice is not only done but is seen to done.
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The lists includes the defendants’ addresses, ages, their offences and the outcomes of the hearings. Victims’ names have been omitted.
Coronavirus lockdown has caused a great many cases to be adjourned to later dates.
Here are the criminals who were dealt with by Bristol Magistrates from April 14 to 25
April 14, 2020
Daniel Evans, 19, of Hopkins Field, Creech St Michael, Taunton
Pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence protection order made by Taunton Magistrates Court. Fined £50.
Danny Moore, 30, of Landseer Avenue, Bristol
Pleaded guilty to assault at Blue Lagoon on Gloucester Road on March 7, 2020. Community order made and Moore ordered to pay surcharge to fund victim services of £90, as well as £135 to Crown Prosecution Service.
Laura Pomicter, 58, of no fixed abode
Pleaded guilty to assaulting two people on Corn Street on April 13, 2020. Committed to prison for 20 weeks. Must also pay compensation of £61.
Anton Varga, 33, of 22 Wharnecliffe Gardens, Hengrove, Bristol
Committed to prison for five weeks and ordered to pay compensation of £124 for stealing three bottles of Jack Daniels Whisky and one bottle of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey, to the value of £128, from Tesco Metro on Broad Street, South Gloucestershire on March 21, 2020.
Varga pleaded guilty to the offence, which was aggravated and made within period of suspended sentence order made by Bristol Magistrates Court on 19/02/2020 for an offence of theft from a shop on 17/02/2020.
Vienne Herbert, 29, of Abbey Close, Taunton, Somerset
Committed to prison for eight weeks for assaulting a number of police officers on April 12, 2020 in Taunton. Also used threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. Entered a guilty plea.
April 15, 2020
Jesse Brooks, 27, of Poyntz Road, Knowle
Brooks pleaded guilty to stealing £29.98 worth of confectionary from Tesco in Axbridge Road, Knowle on December 3. He also pleaded guilty to failing to attend an appointment at the Bristol Drugs Project in February this year. He was fined a total of £230.
Stephen Cadman, 36, of the Travelodge in Redcliff
Cadman pleaded guilty to one charge of threatening or abusive words or behaviour at the Mitchell Lane Travelodge on April 14. He was fined £50.
Abigail McNamara, 30, of NFA, Bristol
Failed to comply with the requirements of a curfew – she was absent from her home for a total of 7 hours and 58 minutes between Christmas Eve and January 3. She was fined £50.
Mark Sheppard, 42, of NFA, Bristol
Sheppard admitted breaching the requirements of a community order – he failed to attend probation induction appointments in June and July last year.
So magistrates sentenced him again for the original offence, which was assaulting a police officer on October 30, 2018. He was sent to prison for five weeks.
Rebecca Wise, 33, of Station Road, Henbury
Wise admitted breaching the requirements of a community order – she failed to attend supervision appointments in January this year.
So magistrates sentenced her again for the original offence, which was assaulting two emergency workers in November 2018. She was sent to prison for 12 weeks, but that jail sentence was suspended for 12 months. She was also ordered to attend 35 probation days.
April 16, 2020
Sammy Bath, 30, of Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol
Bath stole meat and cheese, of unknown value, from Co-Operative on Hollway Road, Stockwood before returning three days later and stealing meat products worth £120.
Then stole two joints of meat and a bottle of wine, to the value of £17.85 from Lidl
She pleaded guilty and was committed to prison for four weeks, on top of being ordered to pay compensation of £120.
Dean Tilley, 45, of Eastway, Nailsea
Failed to comply with supervision requirements imposed following release from a period of imprisonment.
Pleaded guilty and fined £50.
Stuart Tong, 46, of North Luton Place, Adamsdown, Cardiff
Pleaded guilty to damaging a cell at Patchway Police Centre on Gloucester Road on March 13, 2020, causing damage worth £80. Ordered to pay compensation of £80 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £32.
April 17, 2020
Marcus Feltham, 38, of Blackcurrant Drive, Long Ashton
Feltham pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at Patchway Police Station on Christmas Day, 2019. He was fined £105, and with compensation and costs, will have to pay £220.
Darren Kelly, 44, of No Fixed Abode, Redland, Bristol
Kelly pleaded guilty to a long list of charges: He stole two bottles of whisky from Tesco in Weston-super-Mare on January 7; he stole two packs of sandwiches from Tesco in Weston on January 11; he stole clothes from New Look in Weston on January 8; he stole clothes from Peacocks in Weston on December 12 and on September 24, and on September 26 – with a total value of £834; he stole clothes from New Look in Weston on November 25; he stole fragrances from Boots in Weston to the value of £400 on December 6; he committed a public order offence of threatening behaviour towards a PCSO on February 12 in Alexandra Parade in Weston; he stole a Tassimo coffee machine from B&M bargains in Weston on February 10; he didn’t comply with a previous probation service supervision order on January 30 and February 10; obstructed the police at Bedminster Asda on April 15; assaulted a man at Bedminster Asda on the same day; assaulted a police officer at Bedminster Asda on the same day; was found in possession of cannabis at Bedminster Asda on April 15; stole clothing biscuits and a milkshake from Bedminster Asda on April 15 and finally assaulted a police officer at Patchway Police Centre on April 15.
He was ordered to pay £122 compensation to the man he assaulted in Asda, and was jailed for a varying number of weeks for each offence, to be served consecutively, so was jailed for a total of 46 weeks.
April 18, 2020
Daryl Curtis, 36, of Brangwyn Grove, Lockleaze
(Image: Avon and Somerset Constabulary)
Curtis pleaded guilty to a string of thefts and burglaries. You can read more about his case here.
He broke into Stoke Park Primary School in Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, on April 10.
He stole sunglasses and a dashcam from a car in Eastlake Close on March 28.
He stole groceries and CDs to the value of £120 from a woman in Danby Street on March 28.
He stole a wallet from a house in Crome Road, Lockleaze on April 7, and used a stolen bank card from that wallet to buy alcohol, lottery tickets and tobacco from the Shell petrol station in Horfield that same day.
Those offences were carried out while he was the subject of a court community order from November 2019, so he was sentenced again for the offence that prompted that order – which was theft. In total, he was jailed for 37 weeks.
Richard Duncan, 37, from Napier Road, Avonmouth
Duncan pleaded guilty to three charges of drink and drug driving. He was found with 86ml of alcohol in 100ml of blood – the legal limit is 80 – when driving on the M5 at Almondsbury on November 26. Drug tests also found above-the-limit levels of cannabis and cocaine. He was banned from driving for three years, given a 17 week jail sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to carry out 60 hours community service.
Jim Jeng, 48, of NFA, Bristol
Jeng pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order by going to an address he was barred from in Knowle West. He was give 40 hours community service and with surcharges and costs, will pay a total of £177.
Benjamin Jenkins, 41, of Cynder Way, Emersons Green
Jenkins pleaded guilty to four offences relating to an incident in Patchway on March 12. He assaulted a man and a woman, damaged a car and broke into a house. He was remanded in custody until April 29 for pre-sentence reports.
April 20, 2020
Bradley Anstey-Hinge, 31, from Northfield House, Bedminster
Stole a steak from the Co-op in Clarence Place on September 7 last year. Stole cans of alcohol and damaged a security gate at the Co-op in Gloucester Road on September 30. Failed to surrender to bail at magistrates court on September 24. He was made the subject of a community order, with six months of alcohol treatment, and will pay surcharges and costs of £175.
Darren Hamilton, 41, of Dutton Road, Stockwood
Hamilton pleaded guilty to one racially-aggravated public order offence against a police officer in stokes Croft on January 18.
He also pleaded guilty to a series of offences committed on the same day in and around the Co-op store in Broomhill, on April 17 this year.
He assaulted two different women by beating them in the Co-op store, damaged the glass front door of the Co-op, committed a public order offence at Broomhill Road, and a second racially-aggravated public order offence, and all those offences were committed while the subject of a community order for resisting a police officer in December last year.
Hamilton was made to pay a total of £450 in fines, costs, surcharges and compensation, and made the subject of a community order which will combine a rehabilitation order and 40 hours of community service.
Ryan Jarrett, 45, of Hengrove Lane, Hengrove
Jarrett pleaded guilty to a charge of sending a woman emails which breached a restraining order. He was remanded on bail until May 13 for pre-sentence reports.
Anthony Jolly, 61, of Silcox Road, Hartcliffe
Jolly pleaded guilty to stealing a purse containing £400 from a woman in Silcox Road on April 20. He was made the subject of a community order which includes an eight-week curfew keeping him inside his flat between 2pm and 6pm every day. He’ll also have to pay compensation and costs totalling £175.
Victoria Kelleher, 35, of Dowland Grove, Inns Court
Kelleher was charged with five offences relating to her treatment of dogs. All five charges were proved in her absence.
She was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a female bull mastiff dog called Luna by failing to address the cause of her poor physical condition, and an Old American Bulldog called Precious, in November last year by failing to seek professional veterinary care to treat wounds to her body.
She was found guilty of of subjecting a female Mastiff dog called Honey to an environment that was detrimental to her well-being, failing to treat the wounds on a dog called Hugo, and failing to address the poor body condition of a dog called Bringo. She was remanded on bail to appear before magistrates for sentencing on June 3.
Stephen Lavin, 39, of Maynard Road, Hartcliffe
Lavin pleaded guilty to stealing five candles worth £128.95 from Boots in Imperial Park on April 19. He was jailed for 21 days by magistrates who said the offence was ‘so serious because the number and nature of the offences shows that the defendant is operating as a professional criminal’. He was ordered to pay £122 victim surcharge.
April 21, 2020
Sara Drew, 36, of Lansdown, Yate
Drew was arrested and charged stealing £13.50 of groceries from the One Stop Shop in Westerleigh Road in Yate, on February 3 this year.
Police arresting her also arrested and charged her with being drunk and disorderly at the same time. When searched at Ashmead Police Centre in Keynsham, she was found to have 0.4g of cannabis resin, so was charged with possession.
She pleaded guilty to those three offences and to another of failing to surrender to bail at Broadbury Road Police Station on February 20. That meant she had received a conviction while on a community order for a previous offence – which was driving a car without the owner’s consent, on October 21 last year.
She was given fines and costs that total £275 and made the subject of a rehabilitation community order.
Shaun Lock, 33, of Clouds Hill Road, St George.
Lock, who is also known as Sean Bobbins, pleaded guilty to a string of offences.
On March 14, he drove a car down Instow Road in Knowle West, while disqualified, and while he wasn’t insured.
On April 20 at Priddy Court in Whitchurch, he assaulted another man occasioning ABH, and at the same place on April 20, he assaulted a second man.
On the same day, but at Clouds Hill Road, he damaged a door belonging to a neighbour, and had an offensive weapon – a metal bar – in public. He pleaded guilty to all these charges, and was sent to Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on May 20.
Matthew Thomas, 38, of New Charlton Way, Catbrain
Thomas pleaded guilty to assault by beating on April 10 at his home address. He was remanded in custody until May 6 for a fresh hearing for pre-sentence reports.
April 22, 2020
Jamie Howard, 23, of Jacobs Wells Road, Hotwells
Howard pleaded guilty to stealing £56.40 of food from Co-op in Whiteladies Road on April 21. That breached a previous community order for possessing Class A drugs and stealing from a shop, issued in September 2019. He was given a fresh community order with rehabilitation requirements, and ordered to pay compensation, costs and surcharges totalling £175.
Sean McDermot, 41, of Narrow Quay, Bristol
McDermot admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a community order made on November 5 last year. Magistrates decided to deal with the original offences that prompted that community order – a series of thefts from shops. He was given 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, and given a rehabilitation requirement.
Ryan Winter, 24, of Pen Park Road, Southmead
Winter pleaded guilty to drug driving, on Cribbs Causeway on October 4. He was fined £500, and with costs and surcharges will pay £635. He was also banned from driving for a year.
Lee Needham, 36, of Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe
Needham pleaded guilty to driving with no insurance, no valid licence and no test certificate. He also pleaded guilty to stealing £53 worth of razor blades from Wilko’s in East Street, Bedminster on March 3. He was fined, and with costs and surcharges, will pay a total of £238.
Kieran Conway, 24, now of HMP Portland
Conway pleaded guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence against a neighbour at Great Leaze, Cadbury Heath, on October 1, 2019. Magistrates jailed him for eight weeks, saying the ‘offence was so serious because of the unpleasant racist offence against a neighbour, list of previous convictions’. He was also given a restraining order for two years.
Darren Holloway, 34, of Church Road, Redfield
Holloway pleaded guilty to beating another man in Church Road on February 1. He also admitted damaging the front door at his home address. He was jailed for four weeks by magistrates.
Christina Howell, 32, of Ashley Road, Bristol
Howell pleaded guilty to assaulting a mental health nurse at Southmead Hospital on March 22, assaulting a custody officer at Patchway Police Station on March 23, and damaging a cell door there on the same day by urinating onto it.
She was remanded in custody until April 29.
April 23, 2020
Terence Donegan, 60, of Snowdon Road, Fishponds
Donegan pleaded guilty to a long list of offences, mainly of stealing alcohol from supermarkets, and was jailed for a total of 54 weeks.
He admitted a racially-aggravated public order offence against a man at Iceland in Winterstoke Road, Ashton Gate on November 6, 2018, didn’t turn up to community service, stole from a shop, stole 23 bottles of alcohol worth £802 from Sainsbury’s in Weston-super-Mare on New Year’s Eve 2019, stole 42 bottles of alcohol worth £1,612 from Asda in Melksham, Wiltshire on July 1, 2019 and stole 12 bottles of alcohol worth £391 from Tesco in Chippenham, Wiltshire on September 3, 2019.
Dean Hancock, 40, of Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe
Hancock admitted a string of burglaries and other crimes, and was jailed for a total of 44 weeks, suspended for 18 months. He will also have to complete 20 days of probation service rehabilitation.
- Hancock used a stolen bankcard twice at the Esso Garage in Hengrove Way on March 24, 2019, and the same card at McDonalds in Hengrove.
- On March 20, 2019, he broke into Ashton Park School and stole a laptop, digital camera and a MacBook.
- On March 24 and March 27, 2019, he broke into the car park at Hotwells House and stole a £500 bicycle.
- On April 3, 2019, he stole a bicycle from Ashton Park School.
- On February 12 this year, he spent £13.16 on food using a stolen debit card.
David Todd, 59, of Prior Park Cottages, Widcombe
Todd pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order against him for harassing a woman, by persistently banging in his flat. He was committed to Bristol Crown Court on May 20 for sentencing.
Jacob Cook, 25, of Wells Road, Hengrove
Cook pleaded guilty to drink driving. He was found driving a Mercedes on Wells Road with 57mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 – on February 15. He was fined £750, and with costs and surcharges will have to pay a total of £975. He was also banned from driving for 16 months.
April 24, 2020
Siobhan Pearson, 33, of Dean Crescent, Southville
Pearson pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet on January 20. She was sent to prison for eight weeks, suspended for a year.
Michael Randall, 34, of No Fixed Abode, Bristol
Randall pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a Community Order, so magistrates sentenced him again for all the offences that community order was issued for in May 2019. They were: four counts of theft; two attempted thefts; one criminal damage and one receiving stolen goods. He was also sentenced again for stealing £91.20 of ice cream from Tesco in Whiteladies Road in December 2019; assaulting two men; possession of a blade in public; assaulting a man at Sainsbury’s in Whiteladies Road on April 5; stealing a box of chocolates from Sainsbury’s. He was jailed for a total period of 33 weeks for all those offences.
April 25, 2020
Richard Ayers, 54, of Chard Court, Fortfield Road, Whitchurch
Ayers pleaded guilty to possessing a Stanley knife in public at Chard Court on April 12. He also admitted a public order offence of threatening behaviour at the same time. He also admitted breaching a bail condition. He was committed to Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on May 20.
Ross Vinall, 19, of Kingsway, Kingswood
Vinall pleaded guilty to a charge of intentionally touching a woman aged 16 or over and that touching was sexual when she did not consent. This happened on June 29 at the O2 Academy music venue in Frogmore Street. Vinall was made the subject of a community order and given an electronic tag to enforce a curfew for 20 weeks. From April 25 he must stay at home between 8pm and 6am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and also comply with a probation service rehabilitation requirement. He was ordered to pay costs and surcharges totalling £175.
Katie Walker, 35, of Elm Hayes, Bedminster Down
Walker pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing £175 Versace sunglasses from the duty free shopping area at Bristol Airport on August 1. She was fined £100, and with compensation, surcharges and costs, will have to pay a total of £392.80.