4 July 2017 – Worthing Magistrates’ Court

Total number of cases heard in court:  20

Types of offences heard:  

  • Assault causing actual bodily harm
  • Possession of drugs
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Criminal damage
  • Being drunk and disorderly in a public place
  • Allowing a dog to be out of control in a public place and causing injury
  • Drink driving
  • Assault by beating

Examples of the cases heard:

  • A first hearing, at which a man pleaded guilty to criminal damage, but not guilty to assault by beating. It follows an alleged domestic abuse incident. The case is now going to trial in October.
  • A listing hearing to set a trial date in the case of a man who it’s claimed had been sending nuisance calls and texts to the complainant, his former partner. A trial date was set for August.
  • A first hearing, at which the defendant pleaded guilty to owning a dog and allowing it to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury.  It came after an incident in at a local beauty spot in Storrington where a dog bit a man’s hand.
  • A trial in the case of a youth who was found guilty of possessing a knife and robbery. It comes after a fight broke out in the early hours of a Sunday morning in Brighton and the victim’s neck chain was grabbed. When police arrived, they found a knife on the defendant. Sentencing was adjourned for the magistrates to receive additional reports.
  • A first hearing, where a man pleaded guilty to drug driving, after being stopped along the A27 in Chichester. He tested positive for cannabis in a preliminary drug test at the scene and a further blood test at the police station showed the same results. He was disqualified for three years and fined £500.
  • A first hearing of three people, all charged in relation to exploratory oil drilling near Billingshurst, after protests at the site, where people lay in front of the site entrance. A further case management hearing will take place in late July in this case.