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Court listings: 15/04/14

Lancaster Magistrates' Court.

Lancaster Magistrates' Court.

The following people were dealt with at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court.

ALLEN, Christopher (30), Chestnut Grove, Lancaster. Trespass. Six months conditional discharge, costs £100. Non-payment of fine. Further time to pay ordered.

BOGIN, Paul (46), Windermere Road, Carnforth. Theft. Costs £20.

BROWN, Stacey (19), Balmoral Road, Lancaster. Failed to comply with community order. Order to continue. Fined £25.

CAMM, Tracy (46), Stanley Road, Heysham. Non-payment of fine. Further time to pay ordered.

CONLEY, John (38), Ingleton Drive, Lancaster. Non-payment of fine. Further time to pay ordered.

ELTRINGHAM, Robert (35), Hall Drive, Middleton. Trespass. Six months conditional discharge, £100 costs.

FILBIN, Kevin John (53), Gryersdale Drive, Garstang. Assault x2. Fined £280, costs £113.

HARRISON, Jade Alexandra (25), Birch Grove, Lancaster. Cannabis possession. Knew that vehicle had been taken without consent. Allowed herself to be carried in said vehicle. Twelve months conditional discharge, costs £15, forfeiture and destruction of cannabis. Non-payment of fine. Further time to pay ordered.

MAGUIRE, Patrick Joseph (49), Sunderland Drive, Morecambe. Drunk and disorderly. Six months conditional discharge, costs £15.

MAHON, Daniel John (34), Torrisholme Road, Lancaster. Possession of cannabis. Failing to provide breath test. Fined £630, costs £125, forfeiture and destruction of cannabis.

NELSON, Alan Eliot (38), South Grove, Morecambe. Non-payment of fine. Further time to pay ordered.

NTEMBE, Nchimunya (20), Cypress Close, Lancaster. 
Possessed cannabis. Failed 
to surrender to custody. 
Twelve months conditional discharge. Costs £65, 
forfeiture and destruction of cannabis.

PARKER, Dean Stewart (25), Grayrigg Drive, Morecambe. Failed to comply with a community order. Order to continue. Fined £25, costs £30.

SHARKEY, Steven Michael (30), Windermere Road, Carnforth. Trespass. Six months conditional discharge, costs £100. Non-payment of fine. 
Attachment of earnings order made.

SKIBA, Tony (63), Ridge Street, Lancaster. Claiming council tax benefit dishonestly. Claiming pension credit dishonestly. Fined £665, costs £152.

Former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans has been cleared of committing nine sexual offences against seven young men.

A jury at Preston Crown Court found Evans, 56, not guilty of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults.

The Ribble Valley MP was alleged to have used his “powerful” political influence to take advantage of his alleged victims but the defence pointed out inconsistencies in various witness accounts and questioned the credibility of the evidence.

The rape complainant, aged 22, told the jury he was raped and sexually assaulted by Evans after a dinner party at the defendant’s home in Pendleton, Lancashire, in March last year. But the gay MP said the sex was consensual.

Peter Wright QC, defending, suggested the complainant gave a false account because he regretted having sex with a man more than twice his age.

The barrister said that was no basis on which to convict.

In 2003, Evans was said to have indecently assaulted two men in their 20s when he approached them in public places while drunk and put his hand down their trousers - one in a Soho bar and the other at a hotel bar during the 2003 Tory party conference in Blackpool.

The jury heard in his defence that these were examples of “drunken over-familiarity” rather than the ingredients of a criminal offence and Evans had no recollection of either event.

Another complainant said he was sexually assaulted by Evans while sleeping on the sofa at the MP’s Lancashire home in July 2009.

Evans admitted he had made a pass and apologised to the young man after he was hauled into the Conservative whips’ office, the court heard, but denied he had put his hand in the complainant’s boxer shorts.

The jury was told the allegation “gathered a momentum of its own” after the man mentioned the incident to another MP last year, which in turn “propelled” him into a meeting with Speaker John Bercow.

He was accused of embellishing his story when it became a police matter but two of his close friends bolstered his allegation by coming forward to say they too had been sexually assaulted by the MP.

The MP said both men were lying and said another complainant made up his claim that he pushed him into a darkened kitchenette near the deputy speaker’s office and groped him in 2011.

Evans was a Conservative MP before he was elected in 2010 as one of three deputy speakers, a politically neutral role. He stepped down last September.

 

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