In the courts

Coventry Telegraph - - IN THE COURTS - By BEN ECCLESTON Crime Re­porter [email protected]­plc.com

A MAN from Coven­try was brought be­fore the court af­ter be­ing found with an un­usual of­fen­sive weapon.

He was caught in a pub­lic place with an adapted wooden pen­cil.

Derek Clark was handed a six-week cur­few af­ter plead­ing guilty to a charge of pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon in a pub­lic place Foleshill Road - on Septem­ber 15.

The cur­few will be mon­i­tored by an elec­tronic tag from 7pm to 7am.

Clark, 52, of Princess Street, Foleshill, was also or­dered to pay £200 court costs and £85 vic­tim sur­charge when he ap­peared at Coven­try Mag­is­trates’ Court.

It is un­clear what adap­ta­tions Clark had made to the pen­cil to turn it into a weapon.

Other cases heard at Coven­try Mag­is­trates’ Court from Novem­ber 23 to 27 in­cluded:

Sarah McDowall, 29, of Robin Hood Road, Wil­len­hall, ad­mit­ted steal­ing make-up and per­fume worth £837 from Boots at Cen­tral Six, steal­ing Es­tee Lauder make-up worth £846 from Boots at Cen­tral Six, steal­ing food worth £107 from Asda at Whit­ley, fail­ing to at­tend a drugs assess­ment, steal­ing goods worth £71 from Asda at Whit­ley and fail­ing to an­swer bail. She was given a com­mu­nity or­der in­clud­ing a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment and or­dered to pay a to­tal of £250 com­pen­sa­tion and £100 court costs.

Jamie Pur­chase, 32, of Broad Street, Brin­klow, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing. He was handed a four-month pri­son sen­tence sus­pended for a year as the of­fence was car­ried out on a per­son car­ry­ing out a pub­lic duty at A&E and or­dered to pay £200 com­pen­sa­tion, £135 court costs and a £115 vic­tim sur­charge.

Lisa Mor­gan, 34, of no fixed ad­dress, ad­mit­ted at­tempt­ing to steal Smirnoff Vodka worth £48 from Asda, wil­fully ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer in the ex­e­cu­tion of their duty and fail­ing to pro­vide a sam­ple. She was sent to pri­son for 10 week due to “record of pre­vi­ous of­fend­ing” and or­dered to pay £135 court costs and a £115 vic­tim sur­charge.

Jahziah Thomp­son, 20, of Ven­tor Close, Wyken, ad­mit­ted ha­rass­ment by en­ter­ing his vic­tim’s home and leav­ing mes­sages. He was sent to pri­son for 17 weeks as vic­tim was “put in in­cred­i­ble fear”, handed a re­strain­ing or­der and or­dered to pay £135 court costs and a £115 vic­tim sur­charge.

Jabar Sal­ihy, 35, of Tren­tham Road, Hillfields, ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing 1,669 pack­ets of cig­a­rettes which did not carry le­gal health warn­ings, pos­sess­ing or con­trol­ling 20 pouches of hand rolling to­bacco which bore a sign iden­ti­cal or likely to be mis­taken for a reg­is­tered trade­mark, sup­ply­ing 370 pack­ets of cig­a­rettes which did not carry le­gal health warn­ings and pos­sess­ing or con­trol­ling 290 pack­ets of Rich­mond cig­a­rettes which bore a sign iden­ti­cal or likely to be mis­taken for a reg­is­tered trade­mark. He was handed 120 hours un­paid work and or­dered to pay £908 court costs.

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