Banned learner driver bought a car and took for a spin ‘as practise for a test’ (plus 7 other court cases)


Disqualified driver Andrew Lockley has been spared jail after being caught in a Vauxhall Astra on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent.

The 29-year-old was travelling through Bentilee on April 4 having bought a car to learn in once his ban ended.

But North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he was stopped by police officers at around 1.40pm.

He has now been handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without a licence or insurance.

Prosecutor Sue Hayers said: “Officers saw the silver car and it parked up, they spoke to the driver who gave his details and said he was disqualified until August 11.

“He said he knew he should not be driving but was going to get cash.

“The prosecution would suggest the fact he bought the car while disqualified from driving is an aggravating feature.”

Tac Hussain, mitigating, told the court Lockley, of Galloway Road in Bentilee, planned to use the car to learn how to drive.

He said: “He accepts his actions were foolish.

“He bought the car so he could practice after his ban ended so he could go in for his driving test. It would save him money long-term.

“He told police officers he knew he was disqualified from driving but did not know when the ban ended.

“This has been a real wake-up call.”

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Magistrates handed Lockley a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year. He will complete 100 hours unpaid work, 15 days rehabilitation activity, and a thinking skills course.

He will be banned for 12 months and have to take an extended retest. He will also pay a £122 victim surcharge and £135 court costs.

The car was seized by the courts.

PORTHILL

Twenty-two-year-old Paul Armstrong, of Watlands View, Porthill, pleaded guilty to two offences of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity; and attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child between November 16 and December 3, 2019.

His case was adjourned and Armstrong will next appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court later this year. He was bailed and was placed on the sex offenders’ register on an interim basis.

HARTSHILL

Twenty-six-year-old Najibullah Hakani, of Osborne Road, Hartshill, denied two charges of sexual assault on April 16, 2018.

His trial is scheduled to be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in the week commencing February 8 and his bail was extended.

DRESDEN

Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Egbuna, of Kildare Street, Dresden, denied sexual assault between October 30 and November 2, 2019.

His trial is scheduled to be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in the week commencing February 8. His bail was extended.

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STOKE-ON-TRENT

Forty-eight-year-old Robert Savage pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm in a public place on September 17.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he had a gas-powered revolver with ammunition at The Salvation Army Hostel in Stoke.

He also admitted possession of a firearm when prohibited.

Savage, of Shadwell Street, Birmingham, will be sentenced on August 28 after a report is prepared on him by a probation officer. His bail was extended.

BURSLEM

Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Marchese denied robbery, wounding with intent and unlawful wounding between July 1 and July 4, 2020; and doing an act intending to pervert the course of public justice on July 2.

His trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in the week commencing December 14.

Marchese, of Broadhurst Street, Burslem, was remanded in custody.

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BADDELEY GREEN

Ethol Price, aged 28, of Lockwood Street, Baddeley Green, denied arson and damaging property on September 4, 2019.

His trial is scheduled to be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on February 22 and his bail was extended.

BURSLEM

Fifty-year-old Timothy Smith, of Stanfield Road, Burslem, pleaded guilty to arson and attempting to commit arson at Burslem on June 9.

He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after reports are prepared on him by a probation officer and a psychiatrist.

Smith will learn his fate on October 2. His bail was extended.





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