In the dock - Bristol Magistrates' Court round up


Yesterday (Thursday 3rd Aug) was a busy day in court for CPS Crown Prosecutor Nicole Miebai. Here we take a look at cases which were heard in court three, by magistrates, chaired by Mrs Mellor.

Martin Clarkson (45) of Princess Victoria Street, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to the use of threatening words, behaviour on 19th July in Easton, Bristol. Clarkson was fined £80, ordered to pay £85 cost and £30 victim surcharge.

Jose Luis Da Costa (59) of Station Road, Horfield. Pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage of property while in custody at Patchway Police Station. Da Costa was fined £80 and ordered to pay £455 compensation.

Jodie Hale (26) of Sweets Close, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle when alcohol limit above legal limit. Jodie Hale was given 23 months' driving disqualification, ordered to complete 50 hours unpaid work in the community, £85 court costs and £85 victim surcharge. Hale will have to reapply for her driving licence at the end of her disqualification.

Kieron Meredith (20) of Hillfields, Bristol and Delton Poole (21) of Southmead, Bristol, both pleaded guilty to criminal damage of George Hotel (Grade 2 listed building), Sodbury, Bristol on 28 May 2017. Both were given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £732 each in compensation, to cover the costs of the damage.

Carey Revill (36) of Hopewell Gardens, Bristol. Pleaded guilty for failing to attend assessment following test for Class A drugs on 14th July 2017. Revill was fined £80, ordered to pay £85 court costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Adrian Watts (48) of Turner Road, Gloucestershire. Pleaded guilty to theft of a road bicycle belonging to Evan Cycles. Watts was given a one year community order in which he will need to complete 50 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and £85 victim surcharge.

David Wilson (56) of Park Row, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to theft of purse and being in possession of a bus pass which did not belong to him and had been doctored. Wilson was sentenced to 28 weeks in prison; this was the accumulation of other various breaches on his record. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and £115 victim surcharge. Wilson was also put on a 12 month supervision order once he is released from prison.

Karen Murphy, of Ynysybwl Road, Pontypridd. Pleaded guilty to issuing prescriptions for friends and family not registered at the surgery, prescribed medication for herself and defaced documents by blanking the name of the intended recipient - reprinting the script and reissuing it in the name of a friend. Due to the seriousness of the case, sentencing was sent to Bristol Crown Court.

As the day draws to a close and we look back on the cases brought before the magistrates today, Nicole says: "We will always look to bring those who have committed crimes to court to face the consequences of their actions. It is hoped that victims of any crime can take some solace that we will do everything possible to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice."