Drink-driving, bilking and theft from Sainsbury's among latest Sunderland court cases

The following Sunderland cases have been dealt with in the magistrates' court.

Sunday, 11th March 2018, 4:08 pm
Updated Sunday, 11th March 2018, 4:15 pm

Jack Richardson, 18, of Delaval, Chester Le Street, pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Corsa with excess alcohol on the A182 Washington Highway, on New Year’s Day.

He was fined £120 and was told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £30 and prosecution costs of £85. He was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 18 months.

Mark Anthony Potter, 26, of St Leonard Street, Hendon, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to dishonestly making off without making payment for £15.09 of petrol from Spar Filling Station, Ryhope, on September 29, 2017, and of £30, on October 1, 2017.

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He was fined £60 and was told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £30 and prosecution costs of £60.

Rhys Smith, 25, of Seaton Avenue, Houghton, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of blood for a laboratory test, having been suspected of having driving a BMW on B1404 Seaham Road, on February 10, and to having no third-party insurance. He was fined £120 and was told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £30 and prosecution costs of £85. He was disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence for 14 months.

Simon Andrew Taylor, 31, of Gordon Terrace, Stanley, pleaded guilty to driving a gold-coloured Honda Civic on A194M in Washington, with excess alcohol, on February 18. He was fined £216 and was told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £30 and prosecution costs of £85. He was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 18 months.

Sara Copeland, 32, of Chester Mews, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to stealing clothing and alcohol to the value of £581 from Sainsburys in Silksworth, on January 23.

She was jailed for two weeks consecutive to a sentence already being served. She was told to pay compensation of £751.