Court Round-up: Armed with apple peelers, poaching in the Wear and not sending a child to school

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The following cases have been dealt with at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Darren Fletcher, 28, of Tatham Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to two counts of having an article with a blade – namely two apple peelers – in a public place and threatening behaviour on April 22. He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with three months’ curfew between 10pm and 7am and nine months’ drug rehabilitation. He was told to pay a victim surcharge of £60, costs of £40, and criminal courts charge of £180.

Lee Burton, 41, Buttermere Street, Grangetown, admitted four counts of taking fish from the River Wear at Low Southwick, by using a gill net instead of a rod and a line, on September 3, 5 and 29, and October 19, all last year. He was given a three-year conditional discharge and was told to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £500 and forfeit the equipment used.

Azher Othman Khalil, 62, of Humbledon View, Sunderland, was found guilty in his absence of failing to give information to Sunderland City Council about a change of use of a property at 22 Holmeside on May 25. He was further found guilty of failing to comply, within 21 days, of a planning contravention notice served by the authority, in relation to work that had been carried out at the property. He was fined £2,000 with a £120 victim surcharge, £625 costs and £150 criminal courts charge.

Leanne Watson, 32, of Polmuir Road, Plains Farm, has been given a parenting order for 12 months, with counselling and guidance sessions, after admitting failing to ensure a child attended school regularly, between December 17,2014, and April 22, this year. She was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £200.

Stuart Merritt, 44, of East Woodyates, Salisbury, Wiltshire, was given a 12-month conditional discharge, for possession of cannabis on November 5, last year, in Sunderland. He was told to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85.