19 September 2017 - Thanet Magistrates’ Court

Total number of cases heard in court: 16

Types of offences heard:

  • Criminal damage
  • Breach of a restraining order
  • Being drunk and disorderly in a public place
  • Aggravated vehicle taking
  • A driver failing to stop after an accident
  • Common assault
  • Breach of a non-molestation order
  • Theft from a shop
  • Actual bodily harm
  • Drink driving
  • Possession with intent to supply a class C drug
  • Possession of a knife

Examples of the cases heard:

  • A first hearing in a common assault and criminal damage case, where a man pleaded not guilty to an incident in which a man picked up a concrete plant pot and threw it at a van, smashing a window, with the glass hitting the victim in the leg. The case will now go for trial in November.
  • A sentencing hearing, where the defendant appeared on warrant, after pleading guilty to stealing meat and champagne from a supermarket in Ramsgate in two separate incidents on the same day. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay costs and compensation.
  • A first hearing, where a man pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident. It followed a collision between a van and a car in Cliftonville, in which both vehicles were damaged. The driver of the van failed to stop at the scene and was located a short distance away. He was given six points on his licence and ordered to pay costs and a fine.
  • A first hearing, where a man pleaded not guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, after a man was head butted in the face in Chestfield. The victim was left with a three inch cut under his eye. The case will now go for trial in November.
  • A first hearing on charges of possession with intent to supply class C drugs, after almost 3,000 Diazepam tablets were found at a house in Minster. The case was transferred to Canterbury Crown Court, where there will be a further pre-trial and preparatory hearing in October 2017.
  • A sentencing hearing, where the defendant appeared on warrant, after being convicted of possession of a knife. The man was stopped by police in the early hours of a Sunday morning, after being arrested on a separate offence of theft of a car. He was sentenced to 84 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay costs and compensation.