Latest from the courts: Notorious offender gets community service but persistent thief is jailed for eight weeks

LONG-TERM offender Kelly Martin, 46, of Oak Road, Grays, was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid community work after a recent appearance before Chelmsford magistrates.

Martin pleaded guilty to assaulting David Watts. She was ordered to pay £100 compensation and there was no order for costs as she has more than £1,700 outstanding in fines which are being deducted from her benefits.

Sigitas Alisauskas, 55 and a persistent shop thief and a Lithuanian of no fixed abode in the Thurrock district, was jailed for eight weeks. He admitted stealing powdered baby milk valued at £144 from Boots at Lakeside. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122.

A Stanford-le-Hope woman who had initially denied a charge of harassment, including a number of incidents involving Toyah Oughton, changed her plea when she appeared before Basildon Magistrates’ Court. Aimee Antonia Moss, 49, was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge of £385. Bail conditions restricting her movements were cancelled.

Moss had pleaded not guilty to a second charge of dishonestly making a false representation by sending an invoice to a veterinary service for £782. The case was dismissed as the prosecution offered no evidence.

A South Ockendon man who appeared before Basildon Magistrates’ Court on successive days ended up in prison. On his first appearance Jamie Robert Bowles, 31, of Danbury Crescent, pleaded not guilty to a number of charges of assault and of threatening violence was sent for trial at Crown Court.

He did admit damaging a police prison cell door and urinating on it. He was fined £100 and ordered to pay compensation of £63.60 and costs and a surcharge totaling £137.

Twenty-four hours later he was back in court and admitted stealing a jacket from Superdry in Grays and a beard trimmer and aftershave from Boots. Magistrates jailed him for three weeks and he was ordered to pay a surcharge of £122.

Graham Edward Williams of Swale Close, Aveley, admitted breaching a community order as part of a suspended sentence and was fined £120.
Magistrates did not feel inclined to impose the suspended sentence because they felt Williams was likely to comply with its requirements during the remainder of its term.

Robert John Didham, 28, of Raphael Avenue, Tilbury, admitted harassing Toni Harrington. He was remanded on bail to return to court for sentencing after a report has been compiled on condition he does not contact her or enter Northview Avenue, Tilbury.

Kulvinder Singh, 34 of Handel Crescent, Tilbury, was not present in court to face charges of criminal damage and assault. He was ordered to appear for trial and granted bail on condition he does not contact his alleged victim, Brenda Bharj-Ghatora.

John ‘JJ’ Margetts, 32, of Whitmore avenue, Grays, pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to provide a specimen of blood after being suspected of a driving offence. He was granted unconditional bail pending his trial.

Terry Clarke, 50 of Anton Road, South Ockendon, admitted two charges of assault, one of harassment and criminal damage. Magistrates adjudged his offences to have been racially motivated and he was ordered to undertake 180 hours of unpaid community work and pay compensation of £100. In addition Clarke had to pay costs and a surcharge totalling £195.

A man who was convicted of a sex offence returned to face a court after being charged with breaching the conditions of his conviction. Steven John Sheppey, 33, of Corve Lane, South Ockendon, did not notify police of a change of address, nor of changes to his bank details. He admitted the offences and was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community service and told to pay costs and a surcharge totalling £195.

Steven Alfred Barclay, 36, of South Road, South Ockendon, admitted stealing number plates from a car in Brentwood. He was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work and pay compensation of £20 in addition to costs and a victim surcharge totalling £235.

Kayleigh Amy Rosina Brown, 21, of Brooms Court, South Ockendon, admitted a breach of her community order by failing to attend an unpaid community work commitment. She was fined £30.

Dean Martin, 52, of Broxburn Drive, South Ockendon, admitted breaching a community order and was fined £40, with costs of £60.

Ben Robin Plumb, 22, of Gumley Close, Grays, admitted breaching a community order and was fined £80, with costs of £60.

Mark William Lawrence Jackson, 23, of Kelvin Road, Tilbury. admitted two charges of assaulting a police officer, possession of cannabis, failing to meet bail conditions and two charges of criminal damage. He was released on conditional bail to await a pre-sentencing report.

David William Kerr, 54, of Centurian Way, Purfleet, admitted criminal damage to a wall but not guilty to using threatening behaviour. He was released on conditional bail and will be tried at Basildon in June.

A couple of days later Kerr was back before magistrates facing further charges of using threatening behaviour and failing to provide a specimen after being suspected of drink driving. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded on bail to reappear on 24 April. He admitted a charge of failing driving without insurance and possession of cannabis.

Tony Thompson, 29, of Elgar Gardens, Tilbury, returned to Basildon Magistrates’ Court to amend the terms of a previous sentence because of medical grounds. He was fined £60 after admitting an assault on a police officer in the course of his duties.

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