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IN THE COURTS: FRIDAY 8TH 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 8th March 2019.

The defendant’s name, age, address and details of the charge(s) and sentence are published in accordance with UK law. If you feel there is an error, please email [email protected] at the first opportunity. 

Shane Gallop, 30, of Angelica Grove in Newport admitting driving a motor vehicle dangerously and failing to stop a mechanically propelled vehicle when required by constable/traffic warden when he stood in front of Magistrates on 26th February. He was given a 18 month community order, told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He must also complete 21 sessions of a skills programme.

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David Onions, 39, of Manor Crescent in Newport admitted assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and possession of an offensive weapon and was sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court.

Onions was sentenced to 12 months in prison – suspended for 2 years – and ordered to carry out a total of 175 hours of unpaid work. He was also told to pay £425 in court costs with a £145 surcharge.

Katrina Dickinson, 23, of Clarence Road, Shanklin pleaded guilty to theft by employee when she appeared before Magistrates on 26th February. Dickinson was ordered to pay back £1,500 to J Sainsbury PLC, fined £200 and told to pay a £85 surcharge.

Christopher Johnson, 28, of Bellmeade Lane in Newport was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) at the Isle of Wight Crown Court following an incident in January 2018.

Johnson was handed a 10 month suspended sentence and ordered to pay £500 in compensation with a requirement for 150 hours of unpaid work.

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Norman Stables, 62, of Brook Road, Chessell admitted production of a Class B drug when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court. He was given a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months and ordered to pay £85 court cases with a £20 surcharge.

Max Taylor, 19, of Westfield Avenue, Fareham admitted crminal damage when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court. He was handed a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 in compensation as well as £105 in costs.

Harry Simmonds, 19, of Hawthorn Manor Farm, Chale, admitted 2 counts of malicious communication when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday 8th March. Simmons was given an 18 month community order.

Mark Holbrook, 55, of Yelf’s Road in Ryde, who previously admitted 4 counts of sexual activity with a child and a single count of sexual communication with a child, was sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Wednesday 5th March.

Holbrook was jailed for a period of 3 years and 4 months and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

Benedict Terrance Wolfe, 23, of Tower Mews in Sandown admitted burglary, theft, theft from a motor vehicle, going equipped for theft, driving whilst disqualified and using a motor vehicle without third party insurance when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26th February.

The charges related to an incident at Porchfield on 23rd January 2019. Wolfe’s case was linked to that of Piers Joyner, 22, of St Johns Hill in Ryde who also admitted burglary, theft, theft from a motor vehicle, going equipped for theft. Sophie Louise Mew, 21, of St Johns Hill, Ryde admitted theft from a motor vehicle.

Wolfe was handed down a 26 week prison sentence. He was also disqualified from driving for 3 years. Joyner was sentenced to a 12 month community order, 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £170 costs. Mew was given a 9 month community order and ordered to pay £170 costs also.

Luke Elliott Darren Ram, 21, of Marsh Road in East Cowes admitted supplying a Class A drug and a separate charge of supplying a Class B drug when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 25th February. Ram was handed a prison sentence of 3 years and 4 months.

Adam Young, 27, of Argosy Crescent, Eastleigh admitted causing grevious bodily harm (GBH) when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday 8th March. Young was handed down a 15 month prison sentenced – suspended for 2 years.

Gary French, 30, of Shamblers Road in Cowes admitted criminal damage and assault by beating when he appeared before Magistrates on Monday 4th March. He was given a 12 month community order and told to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £170 in compensation.

Peter Baines, 62, of Lowtherville Road in Ventnor admitted a series of sexual offences relating to indecent images and extreme pornography when he appeared before Magistrates, twice.

Baines was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison the offences – 26 weeks imprisonment for the first lot of offences and a further 26 weeks for failing to comply with the requirements of the sex offenders register and for further offences of possession of indecent images.

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