A HOMELESS 30-year-old broke into the Sue Ryder charity shop in Chard and stole two guitars, magistrates at Weymouth heard.
Stephen Edwin Cave was given a prison sentence totalling six weeks for that and four other offences.
He admitted burglary at the charity shop in Chard's Holyrood Street on April 30 when he stole the guitars which were valued at £126.58.
He admitted that on July 30 at Weymouth he had stolen packs of batteries valued at £87.22 from Boots and a shoulder bag, kitchen knife, a monocular and batteries and chargers, to a total value of £75.51, from Wilkinson.
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He also admitted having a kitchen knife in a public place and pleaded guilty to failing to attend court in Somerset over the Chard burglary.
He appeared before the bench from custody.
Claire Toman, prosecuting, said the Chard break-in had been at around 3am and CCTV at another shop showed the front-door glass being smashed and a man getting in and then leaving with the two guitars.
Another man appeared to be acting as look-out.
The footage was not good enough for identification purposes.
She said the guitars were handed in to police subsequently by a member of the public who said he had bought them in good faith.
Fingerprints on them led to Cave.
Miss Toman said Cave admitted breaking the window with a hammer and told police he committed the offence because he needed some quick money.
The second set of offences had been revealed when he phoned police saying he had stolen items and had threatened a shopkeeper with a knife.
When police arrived he put down the knife when requested.
All the items in the bag he was carrying were stolen, and all had been returned to the stores.
He told police he had stolen to buy a train ticket, saying he had no money and was desperate to get out of Weymouth where there were people "out to get him".
The court heard he was in breach of an 18-month conditional discharge imposed for a public order offence.
Kenny Sharpe, defending, said the knife had not been waved around and that the theft offences had been committed in order for Cave to be arrested.
He said Cave had previously been in the Forston clinic at Dorchester and had been discharged from there.
Cave had gone through a period of abstinence from drink and drugs when he attended both AA and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and was now only taking a daily dose of Valium.
He told the court: "He presents as someone who is in a better place, both psychologically and physically."
A MAN who destroyed police tracking equipment by submerging it in toilet water has been given a 12-month community order.
Arthur Hughes, 42, who gave his address as Martock, took £947 worth of cable reels he found by the side of a road in a nearby parish.
He later damaged the cables and destroyed the police tracker attached to them, causing £2,447 worth of damage.
He appeared before South Somerset Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to both offences.
Christine Hart, prosecuting, said: "On Tuesday, August 2, police were alerted to movement of BT cables which had been left on a road in Stapleton. It was fitted with police traffic devices.
"A second movement on a second reel of cable was detected in Drove Upton in Somerset.
"Officers responded to these activations and were directed to a plot of caravans in Martock.
"Officers could hear noises coming from the location when they arrived.
"There was a van and an outbuilding which was a toilet, the door was locked and when it was opened a male emerged, this defendant.
"A search of the toilet building revealed that one of the trackers had been submerged underwater in the toilet system."
Helena Suffield, defending said the removal of the cable was opportunistic and did not affect the telephone lines of anyone nearby.
Hughes pleaded guilty to theft by finding and to another charge of criminal damage.
Along with the 12-month community order, he was sentenced to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs of £85.
A YEOVIL man was twice the drink-drive limit when he became involved in a car accident, South Somerset Magistrates' Court heard.
Martin William McGinty, 33, of St Patricks Road, went to the Hungry Horse pub with his wife on July 31, to collect the car they left in the car park after drinking the previous night. While at the pub the pair met McGinty's wife's sister and joined her for a couple of pints.
Michaela Rose, defending, said: "The sister was extremely drunk and was incapable of walking home and the defendant agreed to drive her to his house about a mile away.
"On the drive home the drive shaft in the car popped out.
"No other vehicles were involved and nobody was injured."
When breathalysed McGinty gave a reading of 79 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.
Magistrates banned McGinty from driving for three years and fined him £400.
He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
A SHAFTESBURY man has appeared in court and admitted having been in possession of magic mushrooms and cannabis.
John William Greenstead, 27, of Nettlecombe, pleaded guilty to having had 5.8 grams of the mushrooms, which are a class A drug, on June 10.
He also admitted that he had been in possession of 169.6 grams of cannabis on the same day.
Magistrates at Weymouth imposed fines and costs totalling £200.
The court heard his home had been searched by police.
It was said that the mushrooms were some years old and that he had forgotten about them.
The cannabis he had received in an exchange and because it was fresh it weighed twice as much as it would if dried.
Magistrates were told he had been using cannabis for back pain but wished to stop.
A DORCHESTER woman shoplifted a can of whiskey and cola only hours after magistrates had given her a conditional discharge for stealing sherry.
When challenged outside a Weymouth store about the theft, Stephanie Jayne Burden, 23, said she had "had a bad day".
Magistrates at the Weymouth court heard this when they sentenced Burden, who gave a care-of address in Milford Road and formerly was staying in Peverell Avenue West, Poundbury.
She admitted stealing a £1.99 can of Jack Daniel's and cola from the Londis store in Weymouth on July 5.
That meant she was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed earlier the same day for shoplifting a £6.09 bottle of Stamford cream sherry from Sainsbury's in Dorchester's Bridport Road on May 12.
The courts heard that Burden was alcohol dependent – at one time downing a bottle of sherry for breakfast – and that at the time of the theft in Weymouth she had just had a row with her brother.
He had been chastising her about drinking.
She was now said to be drinking less.
Kenny Sharpe, defending, said she was asking the court for help and told the bench she was clearly struggling financially.
Magistrates imposed a drug rehabilitation requirement of six months and told Burden she would be supervised for a year.
A 23-year-old Blandford man appeared from custody before magistrates after a warrant was issued when he failed to turn up for a hearing at the Weymouth court.
The bench heard that Daniel Paul Andrews, who formerly had an address in Forum View at Bryanston, was now homeless.
He admitted shoplifting lager valued at £11.85 from a Co-op store in Blandford on June 13 and failing to attend court on August 5.
He also pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in Blandford on August 9 and resisting police when he was arrested.
Magistrates decided he should have concurrent 18-month conditional discharges for the offences and should pay £11.85 in compensation along with a contribution of £70 to the prosecution's costs.
Chairman John Young told him: "This behaviour is completely unacceptable. You should know better."
A DEFENCE lawyer questioned whether her client's nationality was the reason for him being remanded in custody for an assault on his wife.
Michal Wrona, 25, of High Street, Bruton, appeared before magistrates charged with assaulting his wife.
Wrona, a Polish immigrant, was having an argument with his brother at his Bruton home when violence broke out and several plates were smashed, magistrates heard.
When Wrona's wife, Danuda, tried to intervene by pushing her husband, he forcefully shoved her back, said Gordon Richings, for the prosecution.
Wrona pleaded guilty to the offence but his lawyer Helena Suffield said she believed he should not have spent the night in a cell.
She said: "I'm surprised he was kept in custody. I suspect it's because he is Polish and I do have concerns with the way the Polish are dealt with by the police.
"He has two young children with the victim, aged two and nine, but he accepts that she pushed him first and that he pushed her back with too much force – she being much smaller compared to him."
South Somerset magistrates adjourned the case for reports and bailed Wrona on condition that he does not go to his wife's address, that he does not initiate contact with her and that he lives and sleeps at Vineys Yard in Bruton.
He must return to court on September 13.
AN ALCOHOLIC who was caught drink-driving twice in three days has had her licence taken away for three years.
Janine De Laney, 58, of Hewish, Crewkerne, pleaded guilty to drink-driving on Tuesday, May 3, and Friday, May 5, this year.
Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said the defendant was seen driving erratically at Lysander Road in Yeovil on May 3 at 11.30am by police.
"She was stopped and the police officer smelt alcohol on the defendant's breath. She was tested and was found to be basically two times the limit," he said.
"Two days later she was again seen driving erratically by a police officer on the A30 at East Chinnock.
"She again failed a breath test. This time she was even more over the limit."
The court was told she had previous drink-driving convictions.
Joanne Butler, defending, said the defendant had made great strides to combat a drink addiction and was attending alcoholics anonymous five times a week.
She also told the court that she was suffering following the death of her husband but that she hoped to become a volunteer for an alcoholics support group.
Magistrates said that a community order was not appropriate and banned De Laney from driving for three years. She was also ordered to pay a fine of £165, along with £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
A FUEL delivery company and one of its drivers have been charged with flouting health and safety regulations during a delivery.
Northover Fuels Ltd, of Butts Pond Industrial Estate, Sturminster Newton, and driver Michael Duck, 60, of Belmont Terrace, Shepton Beauchamp, appeared before South Somerset magistrates after a flatbed truck was allegedly found at the Cartgate Services on the A303 near Tintinhull with unsecured gas cylinders and insufficient documentation.
Duck and Northover Fuels pleaded not guilty to using a motor vehicle in a manner which the load was unsecured and its use involved danger of injury to any person.
But both pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a dangerous load without front and rear instruction signage, failing to have documents detailing the nature or quantity of his load, failing to ensure the load carried did not exceed the maximum threshold and failed to display an orange placard, and ensuring the driver had a valid training certificate.
Northover Fuels, which was represented in the dock by managing director Anthony Northover, also pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the vehicle carried personal protective equipment and fire extinguishers.
Neither were represented in court by a lawyer.
The case was adjourned until Thursday, September 15, for a second hearing and reports.
A LYTCHETT Matravers man had been celebrating his 23rd birthday in Weymouth when he got so drunk he couldn't remember assaulting another man outside a nightclub – and spitting at a policeman.
Nicholas James Mitchell, 23, of Lockyers Way, appeared before Weymouth magistrates and admitted an assault by beating of Dean Hetherington in the early hours of May 29 and assaulting PC Thomas Steadman.
Claire Toman, prosecuting, said Mitchell was arrested after the assault outside the Dusk nightclub and left the victim with a one-centimetre cut above one eye and the other bruised and tender.
After being arrested Mitchell spat at the officer, hitting him in the face, neck and on his body armour.
Lee Christmas, defending, said out-of-work builder Mitchell had been told he pushed the battery victim, who had pushed him back harder.
Magistrates adjourned the case for sentencing at the Bournemouth court on September 8.
A PET cat kept by a Milton Abbas woman had been suffering a chronic skin condition for which she should have sought veterinary attention, alleges the RSPCA.
The animal charity has brought a prosecution against Selly Angela Yanik Atkins of Catherines Well.
She appeared at the magistrates court in Weymouth and entered not guilty pleas to two allegations.
She denies that between May 19 and June 2 she did not take such steps as were reasonable to ensure the needs of a short-haired cat called Fern were met.
That is to the extent that she failed to protect it from pain, suffering, injury and disease, as evidenced by the extent of a skin condition seen on June 2.
The second denied allegation is that she failed to provide the cat with veterinary attention for that skin condition between May 12 and June 2.
She admitted a third allegation that between the end of May and June 2 she caused unnecessary suffering to the cat by failing to provide it with adequate veterinary care for an abscess on its face.
The case has been adjourned for a two-day trial on January 3 and 6, back at the Weymouth court.
A CHICKERELL man who admitted damaging the window of a woman's car in Dorchester was told by magistrates: "This must have been very horrific for the young lady."
A victim personal statement was read to the Weymouth court saying that the woman had pulled over shortly afterwards into a lay-by and phoned a nearby friend for help.
Mark Lewis Warden, 32, of Meadow Close, admitted causing criminal damage on June 28 and the following day had been in possession of 85 grams of cannabis.
The offences had put him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed in August last year.
Ted Bament, defending, said Warden was in financial difficulties and the family income did not meet their spending.
He said the 32-year-old was hoping for agency work.
Chairman Mike Davis said the bench would rescind the conditional discharge and sentence Warden for that offence as well as the two from June.
A one-year community order was imposed with 12 months of supervision and a requirement to do 120 hours of unpaid work.
Warden was ordered to attend a thinking skills programme and to pay compensation of £75 for the damage to the car.
A 38-YEAR-OLD is facing an allegation that he told police he would blow up a house in Bridport.
Steven John Bond, of Barrack Street in Bridport, appeared before the court at Weymouth.
He also faces an allegation that on July 2 he assaulted Joseph Bond by beating.
He is accused of making a threat, on the same day, to police officers at the location that he would blow up the house belonging to Jean Bond, intending the officers would fear the threat was carried out.
He is also facing an affray allegation, again from July 2.
He did not enter pleas.
The case will go before the crown court at Dorchester.
He will return to the magistrates' court on November 11 for the case to be committed to the higher court where he would appear at a later date.
He is on bail until then with conditions that he has no contact with either Joseph or Jean Bond and that he does not go to Gundry Road.
The court heard he would be going to stay at a hostel in Birmingham for treatment.
TWO men accused of stealing a lead water tank and copper piping from a Castle Cary home have accepted they committed another 14 crimes.
Jeffery Morgan, 28, of Castle Street, Keinton Mandeville, and Matthew Harding, 37, of Summerleaze Park, Shepton Mallet, pleaded guilty to burgling The Red House in Castle Cary and a home in Homefields, Shepton Mallet.
As well as the guilty pleas they accepted 14 Taken Into Account offences where they accept responsibility for the crimes but do not face any charges for them.
However, the 14 offences will be taken into mind when they are sentenced.
Morgan was represented by Helena Suffield and Harding was represented by Christopher Ivory.
Gordon Richings said a witness had seen two men struggling with a large metal tank in Castle Cary and took down the number plate of a black Ford Focus.
When police traced the number plate it led them to Harding's wife.
Magistrates gave no indication whether they would accept jurisdiction of the case but adjourned it for reports.
The two men was reappear on Friday, September 16.
Both were granted unconditional bail.
A CHARD man has been fined and received six penalty points on his licence after admitting driving without insurance and failing to produce a licence.
Timothy Munt, 22, who recently moved to Helmstedt Way from Honiton was stopped on the A30 outside Chard by police on May 13.
He told South Somerset Magistrates sitting in Yeovil he had just bought the car and was driving it the short distance home after collecting it.
He pleaded guilty to both offences in court on Thursday, August 18.
He said: "I collected the vehicle and was driving it home. I was going to sort the insurance out during the night.
"I consider myself pretty unlucky to have been stopped."
Munt said he completely forgot to produce his licence to police after being given the option to do so at a later date.
He was fined £200 for driving without insurance and fined £85 for failing to produce a licence. He was also ordered to pay £35 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Magistrates said he had learned an expensive lesson.