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IN THE COURTS: FRIDAY 22ND MARCH 2019


This is your bi-weekly round up of the latest court news, covering some of the cases heard by the Isle of Wight Combined Court up until Friday 22nd March 2019.

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• Robert Catlin, 38, of Crossway, Bembridge admitted attempting to meet an underage girl following grooming, attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child and possession of extreme pornographic images when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court.

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Catlin was handed a 6 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Matthew Rawson, 32, of Priory Road in Shanklin admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he appeared in front of Magistrates on Tuesday 12th March.

Rawson was given a 3 year driving ban, a 12 month community order with 10 rehabilitation days attached and ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £85 costs with a £85 surcharge.

Michael Sanderson, 69, of Green Street in Ryde, admitted possession of incident images of children at the Isle of Wight Crown Court.

Sanderson was given a 3 year community order and fined £1,750. He must also complete a sex offending programme, 10 days rehabilitation and pay £420 in court costs. He is now also subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

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Joanne Wraxton, 49, of Green Lane in Shanklin, admitted wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent when she appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court. Wraxton was given a prison sentence of 8 months – suspended for 12 months.

Ethan David Barsdell, 26, of Green Lane in Shanklin, admitted drink driving when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on 12th March. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £261. He was ordered to pay £85 costs with a £30 surcharge.

• Simon Fellowes-Welch, 55, of Sutton Close in Ryde was sentenced to 12 months in prison for breaching a sexual harm prevention order. He was sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court.

Joshua Leo Michael Light, 27, of Gurnard Pines in Cowes, admitted possessing a knife in a public place when he appeared before Magistrates on 19th March.

Light was ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £30 surcharge followed the incident at the Isle of Wight Combined Court in September 2018.

Jay Rhys Pearson, 19, of High Street in Newport, admitted assault by beating when he appeared in front of Magistrates on 19th March. Pearson was sent to prison for a period of 5 months after Magistrates activated a suspended sentence handed to him in October last year.

Adam Luke Ross, 27, of Lamborbey Terrace in Lake,  admitted failing to comply with a direction under the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 when he appeared before the Magistrates on 13th March.

Ross was handed a 6 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £20 surcharge.

Michael Gray, 31, of East Hill Road in Ryde admitted driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on 22nd March.

Gray was not only banned from driving for 12 months but fined £21 and ordered to pay £85 court costs with a £30 surcharge.

• Dylan Tuckey, 19, of Hinton Road, Newport, admitted assault by beating when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court. Magistrates ordered him to pay a £330 fine with £85 costs and a £33 surcharge. He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to the victim.

Joanne Lisa Thornton, 56, of Snaithing Lane in Sheffield was given a 20 month prison sentence – suspended for 2 years – at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 11th March. She was also handed a 3 month night time curfew.

Thornton previously admitted fraud by abuse of position to the sum of £18,961 and theft by an employee to the sum of £14,913 when she appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court in October 2018.

Simon Michael John Cant, 35, of no fixed abode, admitting driving whilst disqualified, driving without third party insurance, using a motor vehicle without a valid MOT and possession of a class C drug when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on 12th March.

Cant was given a 12 week prison sentence – suspended for 18 months – as well as being disqualified from driving for an additional 18 months. He was also made subject to an 18 month community order with 40 rehabilitation days attached and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £45 costs with a £115 surcharge.

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