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This week in court: A dangerous driver, cannabis grower and a fire engine driver

This week in court: A dangerous driver, cannabis grower and a fire engine driver

  • Locked up for growing cannabis

    Aivaris Songaila received one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to production of cannabis at a house in The Meadows on December 18.

    Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said that three bedrooms were set aside for drug production.

    The electricity meter had been bypassed, and there were fans and water pumps to aid the planned harvest from 55 plants.

    A drugs expert said the harvest could have sold for up to £34,600, if it had hit the streets.

    When the house was raided, another man who was there claimed to be a visitor who was unaware of the cannabis plants upstairs.

    He initially gave a false name but was trapped with papers found in a Volvo car he used.

    Songaila said that he had been living at the house since September but there was evidence that he had also been staying in Bestwood.

    He claimed that he was paid in cannabis, accommodation and also received some money for his work tending the plants.

  • Worker struck motorcyclist while driving fire engine without permission

    A fire engine driver must do 300 hours community work after badly injuring a motorcyclist in a trip intended to impress two children.

    David James, 56, only had permission to clean the privately-owned vehicle but took it round an industrial estate although he had no insurance, a court heard.

    After missing a turn, it struck an overtaking motorcyclist who was left with a bleed on the brain, seven fractured ribs and a damaged kidney.

    Stephen Cooper, mitigating, told Nottingham magistrates that James maintained the fire engine and worked part-time for its owners.

    He took two children to the depot on Engine Lane, Newthorpe, and they asked for a ride.

    A two-year driving ban was imposed on James, of Everest Drive, Somercotes. He admitted aggravated vehicle-taking on September 22; driving without insurance and being in breach of his licence.

    James must pay £85 prosecution costs and an identical sum as a government surcharge.

  • Cannabis grower in court

    A cannabis grower claimed plants found in his home were purely for personal use – but his mobile phones revealed a different story.

    Nottingham Crown Court heard Tylah Birks had offered to supply one ounce of cannabis for £140 and had eight plants growing plus his prediction on the yield.

    And he said in one message he “sold the last and was now starting to sell the five ounce”, said Mark Knowles, prosecuting.

    Police found 11 plants growing in a front bedroom at his then home in East Leake in 2017; and a tented area, but no plants actually growing, in the loft.

    Birks, 31, of Juniper Close, Clifton, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and supplying it at a court hearing last December.

    He pleaded on the basis he supplied to a small circle of his associates.

    He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months for supply, and six months concurrently, also suspended for the same period, for the production.

    And he was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and be subject to a drug rehabilitation requirement for nine months and must do 20 rehabilitation activity days.

  • Defendant ordered to pay compo

    Grant Smith must pay £100 compensation to a Council House security guard after shouting: “Labour fascists, they are going to kill you. I am Conservative.”

    His outburst came when he demanded to see a councillor, saying that he planned “a one man protest,” Nottingham magistrates heard.

    He was told there were no councillors on the premises and was asked to leave, said Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting.

    Smith, 46, began to push the security man who was trying to coax him out of the Council House during the incident on December 10.

    As well as the compensation, a £50 fine was imposed on Smith, of Murray Close, Bestwood, who must also pay £85 prosecution costs and a government surcharge of £85. He admitted threatening behaviour and assault by beating.

    Magistrates ordered him to have six months of alcohol treatment supervised by probation officers. He must also have 20 sessions dealing with other problems.

  • Teenager threatened to shoot two police officers

    A teenager threatened to shoot two police officers who had arrived at his mother’s house while he was arguing with her.

    Dylan Hicking told police he would “blow through the top of their skulls” with a “12 gauge” gun after telling them he was armed while upstairs.

    Officers attended the house after the 18-year-old’s grandmother called the police when she heard him arguing with his mother.

    As the officers shepherded his mum outside of the home, in Kirk Langley, Hicking came outside and then threatened them with a pole.

    The teenager, of Dean Street, Heanor, was detained and arrested, reports Derbyshire Live.

    Hicking pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker, namely a police officer, while on duty.

    Judge Andrew Meachin adjourned for three weeks while the probation service prepare a report for the court.

  • Police helicopter tracked former city chef as he drove at 100mph

    The police helicopter tracked a dangerous driver as he hit speeds of 100mph – but was stopped by a stinger on the ground, then ran away before falling into a river.

    Christopher Norton used to work as a head chef at former Saltwater bar and restaurant, in The Cornerhouse, but was made redundant in March 2018, leading to the loss of his accommodation.

    The 29-year-old, now of Mount Lane, Kirkby la Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no insurance or licence, failing to comply with the notification requirement on the sex offenders’ register and fraudulent use of a registration plate.

    Judge Steven Coupland sent him to prison for ten months for the dangerous driving and give him two months for the breach of the notification requirement concurrently.

    His licence will be endorsed for the other offences. He will be subject to a three-year and five month driving ban and an extended retest.

  • Jail for woman who went into Mansfield

    A 43-year-old woman was sent to prison for going into Mansfield town centre after being banned.

    Amanda Gamblin, 43, of Harrop White Road in the town, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison after officers found her in breach of her Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by being in the town centre.

    She appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (January 8) where she pleaded guilty to the offence.

    She was given the CBO in April last year after committing a series of violent and antisocial behaviour incidents in public places in and around Mansfield.

    The order bans her from the town centre and she must not act or encourage others to act in a way that’s likely to impact on others within the district.

    It’s in place for three years.

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