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IN THE COURTS: FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2018

This is your weekly round-up of the latest court news, covering some of the cases heard by the Isle of Wight Combined Court over the past week.

The convicted person’s name, age, address and details of the charge(s) and sentence are published in accordance with UK law.

Week to 9th November 2018

• Simon Flux, 36, of St Swithins Crescent, Yarmouth appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he admitted assault by beating, theft from a shop and commission of a further offence whilst subject to a Conditional Discharge.

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Flux was given a 26 week prison sentence made up of 18 weeks for theft, 4 weeks for assault and 4 weeks for beaching a conditional discharge. He was not ordered to pay any costs or surcharges.

Reece Finnis, 23, of Belvedere Street in Ryde denied a single charge of theft by employee when he appeared before Magistrates on Tuesday. Mr Finnis is accused of stealing £1,004.93 belonging to No.64 bar in Shanklin.

A trial will now be held at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 17th December.

Matthew Emson, 33, of Pier Street, Ventnor appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court via video link on Monday. He did not enter any plea for 2 counts of attempted robbery, threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and theft from a shop.

The case has been adjourned until 21st December with a trial set for 25th March 2019. He was remanded in custody.

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Michael Robert Bunce, 40, of Newport Street in Ryde admitted theft from a shop when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today.

Bunce was given a 6 month conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay £105 and £10 in compensation.

David Soppitt, 46, of Forest Way, Winford appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court via video link on Monday accused of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Mr Soppitt did not enter a plea and the case was adjourned to the same court on 21st December. A trial has been set for 1st April 2019. He was remanded in custody.

Abdul Bari, 28, of HMP Isle of Wight denied a charge of assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm (ABH) when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court via video link on Tuesday.

Mr Bari will now appear before the Isle of Wight Crown Court for the trial on 17th December.

Richardo Silva, 32, of St Paul’s Avenue, Shanklin pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, driving without third party insurance and driving without an MOT certificate when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today.

Silva was handed a 6 week prison sentenced, suspended for 12 months. He also received 6 points on his licence and was ordered to pay £85 in costs with a £115 surcharge.

Phillip Rooney, 41, of Highfield Road in Cowes appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

The court heard how Rooney was already a convicted sex offender having received an 18 month sentenced, suspended for 2 years, for a similar assault.

Rooney was sent to prison for 8 months but that was increased to 17 months when Judge Richard Melville activated half of Rooney’s suspended sentence for the previous offence.

Phillip Rooney remains on the sex offenders register and is expected to be released from prison on licence in Summer 2019.

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