6 June 2017 – Maidstone Magistrates’ Court

Total number of cases heard in court: 17

Types of offences heard:

  • assault by beating
  • criminal damage
  • stalking
  • breaching a non-molestation order 
  • theft of a car
  • making threats to kill
  • harassment

Examples of the cases heard:

  • A case progression hearing for criminal damage at a property in Swanley, where it’s alleged a man snapped the stair spindles in the house during an argument. The defendant did not attend court, so a warrant was issued.
  • A man appeared on warrant, after previously pleading guilty to making threats to kill, harassment without violence and failing to answer police bail. It comes after the offender got talking to his victim on an app called Meetme in late March 2017. They become friends, however he then became abusive to her and she blocked his messages and calls, but he called her on withheld numbers throughout the day and night, sometimes up to 30 times in one period.
  • A first hearing, where a defendant was charged with common assault, after a domestic abuse incident in Tunbridge Wells. The victim was punched in the arm, following a row over their daughter. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and it will now go on to trial at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court in August.
  • A sentencing hearing over the theft of a car, drink driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified. The defendant was sentenced to 120 days imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for five years after he stole a car from Sheerness. It was eventually found by police in Snodland.