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 8th February 2019.
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• Darren Prouten, 36, of a caravan at Hawthorn Manor Farm in Chale, has been sentenced after admitting burglary, handling stolen goods, driving without third party insurance and possessing a Class B drug.
Prouten was handed down a sentence of 17 months in prison at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday.
• Tyrone Jake Clarkson, 23, of High Street in Shanklin, admitted drug driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without third party insurance when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on 29th January.
Clarkson was banned from driving for 3 years and given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to pay £85 costs with a £115 surcharge.
• Daniel Craig Harris, 27, of Harding Road in Ryde, admitted drink driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without third party insurance and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty when he appeared before Magistrates on 29th January.
Harris handed a concurrent 12 week prison sentence in relation to each offence, suspended for 12 months. He was also banned from driving for a period of 3 years and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £115 surcharge.
• Jamie Downing, 27, of Oak Vale, Ryde, admitted possessing a paedophile manual and 583x Category A indecent images, 1,087x Category B images and 1,862x Category C images at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Tuesday. He also admitted holding 1,789 prohibited images of children and 65 extreme pornographic images.
• Paula Skelly, 62, pleaded not guilty to arson when she appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 28th January.
It is alleged Ms Skelly flicked a cigarette butt into a pile of rubbish on 2nd September 2018, which in turn caused fire damage to both the Tarvic 2 and St Mortiz hotels. The case has been adjourned until 5th August for the trial.
• Ashley Jones, 20, of High Street, Ryde, pleaded guilty to causing grevious bodily harm when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 1st February.
Jones received a 16 month prison sentence – suspended for 18 months – and a 3 month curfew. He has also been ordered to complete 15 days of rehabilitation and pay £1,000 compensation, as well as £425 court costs.
• Neil Higgins, 47, of Thornton Manor Drive in Ryde, admitted theft from a shop and theft of a mobile device when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Thursday.
He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 court costs with a £20 surcharge. He was also ordered to pay £19.58 compensation to Tesco Ryde.
• Brian Thearle, 69, of Flintcroft Gardens in Lake, has escaped jail after admitting grooming who he believed to be a 14-year-old boy.
Thearle was given a 3-year community order, an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and ordered to pay £435 court costs. He must also complete 30 days of rehabilitation and go on a sex offenders course. The 69-year-old was stung by paedophile hunters Wight Rangers at Battery Gardens in Lake.
• Patrick Rice, 31, of Pier Street in Ventnor, was found guilty of assault and breaching a suspended sentence last Friday,
Rice was given a 3-month curfew, a 12 month community order and ordered to pay £425 costs. He was also fined £400 for breaching a suspended sentence.
• James Robert Haigh, 39, of Well Street in Ryde, admitted 2 charges of driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit and using a passenger vehicle with tyres with insufficient tread – less than 1.6mm when he appeared before Magistrates last Tuesday.
Haigh was banned from driving for 15 months, fined £390 and ordered to pay £85 court costs with a £39 surcharge.
• Stephen Horsey, 45, of Fairlee Road in Newport, admitted a single count of theft relating to £19,000 when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court. He was sentenced to a prison term of 16 months.
• Patrick Ernest Albert Grant, 44, of Broadway Crescent in Binstead, admitted drink driving when he appeared in court on 29th January.
Grant was given an 18 month driving ban. He was also ordered to pay a fine of £288, as well as £85 costs with a surcharge of £30.
• Alexander Cooper, 20, of no fixed abode, admitted burglary when he appeared before the court on Friday. Cooper was sentenced to 8 months in prison.