‘He’d taken cocaine the night before…’ – Police pull over this drug-driver (plus 10 other court cases)


Here are the latest cases from the region’s courts:

PORTHILL: Motorist Wayne Johnson was over the drug-driving limit when police stopped his car on a petrol station forecourt.

The 39-year-old had been seen driving erratically in a Ford Fiesta before pulling into the garage.

Prosecutor Alicia Perry told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: “At 11pm officers witnessed the vehicle crossing the white line markings on the road at Porthill. The vehicle then pulled into a petrol station.

“Due to the manner of the driving, the officers spoke to the defendant. They said he presented with large dilated pupils and appeared to be intoxicated.

“He gave a positive drug swipe and was later found to be over the limit for a cocaine breakdown product.”

Wayne Johnson pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit for drugs

Checks revealed Johnson, of Moorthorne Crescent, Bradwell, was not insured to drive the car. He pleaded guilty to drug-driving and using a motor vehicle without insurance following the incident on November 15.

Iain Haley, mitigating, said: “He has split up with his partner and he’s going to lose his job because of this. He has fully comprehensive insurance to drive his work vehicles so he thought he was insured to drive this one, which was his ex-partner’s, but he was mistaken.

“He took cocaine the night before. He got into his vehicle feeling unimpaired. He does not accept his driving was erratic in any way, shape or form.”

Magistrates fined Johnson £120 and disqualified him from driving for 15 months. He must also pay £135 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

HANLEY: Romanian Pavel Ocneanu has been convicted of rape.

The 30-year-old, of Ogden Road, Hanley, was found guilty of the charge by a jury at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

He has been remanded in custody and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register ahead of his sentence.

STOKE: Twenty-two-year-old Kieran Hogan, of Vale Street, Stoke, has denied charges of wounding with intent, robbery and burglary. His trial is due to be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on July 13. He has been remanded in custody.

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CHESTERTON: Twenty-eight-year-old Casey O’Brien, of Bamber Place, Chesterton, has denied charges of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment; intimidation; sending an electronic communication with intent to cause distress; and harassment.

His trial is due to be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on July 21. He has been remanded in custody.

COBRIDGE: Fifty-one-year-old Robert Henshaw, of Sandbach Road, Cobridge, has pleaded guilty to two offences of conspiring to supply a class A drug between September 1, 2018 and May 15, 2019.

He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court at a later date. He has been remanded in custody.

HANLEY: Forty-one-year-old Askar Ali, of Cotesheath Street, Hanley, has pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug cannabis with intent to supply on June 4, 2018.

He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after a report is prepared on him by a probation officer. His bail was extended.

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CLAYTON: Leroy Campbell, aged 40, of Hereford Avenue, Clayton, has pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order on October 13.

He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after a report is prepared on him by a probation officer. His bail was extended.

CHELL HEATH: Twenty-two-year-old Josh Morse, of Cowlishaw Road, Chell Heath, is charged with driving without a licence, driving without insurance, two offences of drug-driving, and possessing the class B drug cannabis. He is due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on April 8. His bail has been extended.

ALSAGER: Wayne Booth, aged 48, of Longview Avenue, Alsager, who is charged with stealing £28.38 worth of alcohol from Aldi, Kidsgrove, on November 26, will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on April 8.

Aldi in Kidsgrove

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE: Joshua Hulme, aged 30, formerly of Brocklehurst Way, Sneyd Green, and now of Bristol, has denied drink-driving in Marsh Street, Hanley, on February 29.

His trial is due to be held at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on June 1 and his bail was extended.

MEIR: Kane Francis, aged 26, of Crestfield Road, Meir, has admitted dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence on February 9.

He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. His bail has been extended.





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