This week in the dock - Bristol Magistrates' Court

11/08/2017

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is an independent judicial agency responsible for the preparation and presentation of criminal prosecutions in the UK. In its role as the public prosecutor, the CPS works closely with the courts, the police and other agencies in the criminal justice system.

This week we have been following our Crown Prosecutors at Bristol Magistrates' Court. Here’s a look at some of this week's prosecutions:

Lydia Tinsley (22) of Redfield, Bristol. Pleaded guilty for failing to attend assessment following test for Class A drugs on 29th June 2017. Tinsley was given conditional bail and will appear again before the Magistrates on 22nd August 2017.

Amit Tailor (48) of Bishopston, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to theft. Having committed an offence while on bail, Tailor was remanded in custody and will appear again on 24th August 2017.

Paul Husher (44), No fixed abode. Pleaded guilty to racially, religiously aggravated intentional harassment and failing to comply to a restraining order. Husher was handed a 10 week imprisonment and ordered to pay compensation costs of £100.

Mark Needham (27) of Hungerford Road, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to theft of fragrances from Boots the Chemist. Needham was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 court costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Cristain Radu (27) of Nelson, Bristol. Radu was arrested on warrant and pleaded guilty to theft from Asda supermarket. All goods were recovered; Radu was given 4 weeks' imprisonment, suspended for twelve months and ordered to pay £60 court costs.

Edward Knight (29) of Easton, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to failing to comply with notification requirements for sex offenders register. Knight was fined £200, ordered to pay £85 court costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Georgia James (23) of Randolph Avenue, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to theft. James was handed a 6 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £72.50 compensation, £85 court costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Olwen Kelly (46), No fixed abode. Pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle when alcohol levels were above limit. Kelly was given a twenty five month driving disqualification, fined £1200, ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. Kelly was also instructed to attend a drink drive rehabilitation course.

Sanchez Alexander Brown (28) of Speedwell, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to assault by beating. Brown was sentenced to 8 weeks' imprisonment, to run concurrently with his existing sentence. He was also ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge.

Peterson Garcia (20) of Filton, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis drugs. Alexander was given an eighteen-month conditional discharge, £85 court costs, £20 victim surcharge and forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

Paul Martin (29) of St Pauls, Bristol. Pleaded guilty to assault by beating. Martin was given a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £100 compensation, £85 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

Among those appearing before the Magistrates were defendants who had voluntarily surrendered to court. The defendants had failed to pay outstanding fines. They were all given the opportunity to pay with a stark warning from the Magistrate that should they fail to comply with the rulings, they would be back up in front of Magistrates who would have no other option but to send them to prison. Chair of the Bench, Mrs Hardy, said: "There are only so many opportunities you can be given - the end of the road must come."

CPS South West Associate Prosecutor May Li said: "As Prosecutors for the Crown, we must ensure that we deliver justice to victims of crime in a timely manner. Magistrates' Courts give us the platform in which to ensure justice is met and for more serious crimes, to be put before the Crown Court as swiftly as possible."