Magistrates’ courts in Cornwall have been flat out dealing with members of the public convicted of all kinds of crimes. Everyone who has been charged with an offence, from the least to the most serious, appears initially before the magistrates.
The most serious cases are then sent to the crown court. If a defendant pleads guilty, they could be sentenced straight away or have the matter put back for a pre-sentence report. If they deny the allegations against them, the case will be adjourned for a trial.
The courts are open to anyone and our reporters attend just like any other member of the public. As most people have jobs and cannot spend their time at court, the media has always acted as the eyes and ears of the public to ensure that justice is seen to be done.
Read More: Our last magistrates’ court round-up
Here’s who has been sentenced at the magistrates’ court in Bodmin and Truro recently.
St Marys Road
On November 15 in St Austell drove whilst under the influence of controlled drugs.
Fined £120. To pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £48. To pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. Disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 months.
A shoplifting couple who have for some time terrorised their home town and stolen thousands of pounds worth of goods are both behind bars. Boyfriend and girlfriend Kelvin Pennington, 36, and Keira Matthews, 22, have also had the tenancy of their flat in Liskeard removed.
During recent hearings at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court Pennington was jailed for 26 weeks and Matthews for 34 weeks. Both have lengthy lists of previous convictions, primarily for theft.
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Dylan Kyle Cathrae
On February 18 at St Kew Service Station assaulted a male.
On February 18 at Camelford stole cider worth £23 from Co-op.
Youth rehabilitation order made. To pay compensation of £123.
A man who refused to take an evidential breath test after being spotted driving erratically has been banned from driving for four years. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police’s No Excuse team spotted Connor Dennison’s red BMW weaving across two lanes on the A390 between Royal Cornwall Hospital and Threemilestone in Truro on April 13.
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No fixed abode
On June 13 in Truro breached a domestic violence protection order.
Committed to prison for 14 days. The magistrates said the defendant is treating the court order with utter contempt, breached within 11 days, sought to evade detection and smirking and laughing in the courtroom was further evidence of the contempt defendant had for the order.
Andrew and Leslie Burt
A fishing father and son from Cornwall will have to cough up nearly £25,000 for illegally hauling in ‘pregnant’ lobsters. Officials said Andrew, 30, and 54-year-old Leslie Burt may have even scrubbed the shellfish to remove their eggs so it was not apparent they had been carrying them.
Pleading guilty to seven charges relating to catching lobsters and poor record keeping, the pair were sentenced at Truro Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (June 14) for also retaining and landing lobsters with mutilated tails in their boat Isabelle.
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Joshua Aiden Rowe
Park an Llan
On August 13 at Penzance Railway Station damaged a shed containing cleaning products to the value of £200.
Discharged conditionally for one year. To pay compensation of £120. To pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £26. To pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.
On May 10 in Newquay drove whilst over the drink drive limit.
Community order made. Must complete 60 hours unpaid work. Must pay £85 court costs and £114 victim surcharge. Disqualified from driving for 24 months.
On May 14 in St Columb drove whilst over the drink drive limit.
Fined £120. Must pay £85 court costs and £48 victim surcharge. Disqualified from driving for 16 months.
On May 18 in Minions drove whilst over the drink drive limit.
Fined £185. Must pay £85 court costs and £74 victim surcharge. Banned from driving for 17 months.
On May 19 in Bude drove whilst over the drink drive limit.
Fined £369. Must pay £85 court costs and £148 victim surcharge. Banned from driving for 21 months.
On May 21 in Saltash drove whilst over the drink drive limit.
Fined £450. Must pay £85 court costs and £180 victim surcharge. Banned from driving for 15 months.
On May 23 in Bodmin drove whilst over the drink drive limit.
Fined £120. Must pay £85 court costs and £48 victim surcharge. Banned from driving for 20 months.
On September 21 at Junction 27 on the M5 Motorway in Devon was in possession of 62 grams of cannabis.
Fined £276. Must pay £85 court costs and £34 victim surcharge.
Jed Leon Madron
On October 6 in Hayle assaulted two females and was in possession of cannabis.
Community order made. Must complete rehabilitation activity requirement. Restraining order made. Fined £3300. To pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £114. To pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service. To pay compensation of £150.
Our round-ups are dependent on results list being sent out by the courts so it is possible some people sentenced may be missing from the weekly round-up.