17 October 2017 - Hastings Magistrates’ Court

Total number of cases heard in court: 18

 

Types of offences heard:            

  • Using a mobile phone while driving
  • Speeding
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Harassment
  • Driving without insurance
  • Criminal damage
  • Possession of a knife in a public place
  • Breaching a restraining order
  • Driver failing to provide a specimen

Examples of the cases heard:

  • The trial of a man who was convicted of driving a car without insurance, after police checked the details of a car in Pevensey and found it had no insurance. He was fined £300 and disqualified for six months and given penalty points on his licence.
  • A first hearing, where a man pleaded guilty to speeding in a 30 mile an hour limit road in Hastings. The speed he was recorded as doing was 40 miles an hour. He was given three penalty points on his licence and, having reaching 12 points, he was disqualified from driving for six months.
  • A listing hearing in the case of a man charged with common assault, causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress in words or writing and using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or behaviour. This relates to an incident at a hostel in Brighton, where members of staff rang the police to report that a man had threatened to kill one of the residents there. The case will be heard as a trial in November at Hastings Magistrates’ Court.
  • A first hearing in a case where a man pleaded guilty to using a mobile phone while driving in St. Leonards. The man was given six points on his licence and, as he then had 12 points on his licence, was disqualified from driving for six months and given a £150 fine.
  • A trial that was due to take place, but the defendant changed his plea to guilty. The case related to criminal damage at a holiday camp on Camber Sands, after a door was kicked with such force that the frame was knocked out of the brickwork. The man was ordered to pay £600 compensation.
  • A bail application hearing in the case of a man accused of having a knife in a public place. It follows an incident in a shop in Brighton, when a man was detained by security staff. The bail application was refused and the trial will take place in November at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.