News shorts from around our county’s courts
A Caistor man has been ordered to pay a large fine after he was found guilty of a motoring offence.
Antony Smith, 28, of Burnetts Yard, was charged with failing to give information relating to the identity of a vehicle, namely a Fiat, who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence, on September 2 last year.
He was found guilty under the Single Justice Procedure at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on February 21.
In his absence, Smith was fined £660 for the offence, and was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £66 victim surcharge.
His driving record was also endorsed with six points.
A separate charge, which alleged that Smith had been speeding at more than 70mph on the A46 Lincoln Bypass on July 26 last year, was withdrawn in court.
A North Willingham woman has been fined after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention.
Melissa Woodhall, 49, of Sixhills Road, committed the offence in a Ford Transit van on the A631 Corringham Road in Gainsborough, on May 12 last year.
Woodhall pleaded guilty to the offence when she appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on February 21.
She was fined £140 for the offence, and was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Her driving record was also endorsed with six penalty points.
A Wragby man has been fined after driving a car without due care and attention last summer.
Allan Murphy, 35, of Louth Road, drove a BMW in Horncastle Lane, Welton, without due care and attention on July 20 last year.
Murphy’s case was heard in his absence at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on February 21, and he was found guilty under the Single Justice Procedure.
He was fined £116 for the offence, and ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
His driving licence was also endorsed with three penalty points.
Jack Anthony Keeling
A Binbrook man has been ordered to pay almost £600 in fines, costs and surcharges after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man at a restaurant in North East Lincolnshire.
Jack Anthony Keeling, 27, of Briggs Walk, committed the offence at the Pear Tree, in Grimsby Road, Humberston, on January 25.
He pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court February 21.
He was fined £450 for the offence, and he was ordered to pay a further £85 in court costs and a £45 victim surcharge.
Chloe Louise Benefer
A 20-year-old woman from Caistor has been sentenced after she pleaded guilty to drink-driving, assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty, and driving without valid third-party insurance on two separate occasions.
Chloe Louise Benefer, of Nickersons Walk, pleaded guilty to all charges when she appeared at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on February 28.
Benefer committed the drink-driving offence while driving a red Vauxhall Corsa in Central Promenade, Cleethorpes, on January 13.
At the time of the offence, she had 146 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol.
On the same day, in Grimsby, the defendant drove without a valid third-party insurance policy in place, and she assaulted a police officer in the execution of his duty.
For the drink-driving offence, Benefer was handed an obligatory disqualified from driving for 18 months.
For the drink-driving and assault offences, she was given a community order which requires her to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, in addition to any further activity as required by the responsible officer up to a maximum of five days.
For the assault, Benefer was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
She was given no separate penalty for the insurance offence.
However, sentencing for a further offence of driving without a valid third-party insurance policy, which took place in Park Street, Lincoln, on November 30, was also dealt with by the court.
Benefer had already pleaded guilty to this offence at a previous court hearing, at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court hearing on December 19.
For this offence, Benefer was fined £110 and had six penalty points added to her driving record.
Thomas Gaskin, 45, of Buchanan Road in Hemswell Cliff, has been sentenced for breaching a restraining order and for cannabis possession.
Between January 2 and February 8, Gaskin repeatedly called and texted a woman while prohibited by a restraining order imposed by Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on December 22.
Gaskin pleaded guilty at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on February 20 and was handed a community order which involves participation in a ‘Building Better Relationships’ programme.
He was also ordered to pay £100 in court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
For the drug possession order, Gaskin was handed the same community order as detailed above. The cannabis was forfeited and destroyed.