Animal cruelty, theft, threatening behaviour and assault: The latest cases of Sunderland and South Tyneside defendants in court

The following cases were heard at Sunderland and South Tyneside Magistrates’ Courts:

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 12th January 2020, 8:00 am
South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Anthony John Gallon, 20, of Cherwell, Washington, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage. He was made the subject of a 12-month restraining order and told to pay £20 compensation.

Paul Merryweather, 30, of Borough Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to stealing £1,375 from Enviroclean in Durham. He was given a 12-month community order and told to pay £1,000 in compensation.

Mark William Simpson, 51, of Westfield, Jarrow, was banned from owning animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a spaniel dog called Angel. He also pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs for a suitable diet for Angel. The dog was suffering from an ear disease, a skin disease and an eye disease. Simpson was given a 12-month community order and told to pay costs of £300 and a surcharge of £85.

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Nathan Lee Corner, 22, of no fixed abode, was jailed for a total of nine months. He was found guilty to harassment through breaching a non-molestation order and threatening behaviour. He also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody, breaching bail conditions and breaching a community order. He was ordered to pay a surcharge of £122.

Christopher Wayne Chapman, 31, no address given, pleaded guilty to the criminal damage of a car in Sunderland, breaching a court order and threatening behaviour. He was jailed for 12 weeks and ordered to pay £200 compensation.

Darin Cummings, 47, of Roker Avenue, was given a 12-month community order after admitting four charges of theft from shops. He was also ordered to pay a surcharge of £90.

Robert James Averre, 29, of Greenbank, Jarrow, was given a 12-month community order after he admitted breaching a restraining order. He was also fined £40 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 surcharge.

Jake Bell, 27, of Strathmore Gardens, South Shields, admitted assault and not paying a taxi fare. He was fined £420 and ordered to pay £80 compensation, £85 costs and a £42 surcharge.

Rebecca McDonald, 28, of Pollard Street, South Shields, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting paramedics. She was fined £80 and ordered to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and a £32 surcharge.

Gary Anthony West, 34, of Frobisher Street, Hebburn, was fined £120 after pleading guilty to a charge of harassment. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.