Court Round-up: Drink driving, offensive communications and TWOC among cases dealt with in Sunderland

A motorist has been sentenced for parking badge fraud
A motorist has been sentenced for parking badge fraud
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The following cases have been dealt with at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

James Boddy, 23, of Saint Bede’s Terrace, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to driving an Audi TT on Tunstall Road, on November 4, after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion in his breath was 68 microgrammes – the legal limit being 35. He was fined £400 and was told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £40 and costs of £85. He was banned from driving for 20 months.

Keiren Duggan, 22, of Hawthorn Crescent, Harraton, Washington, admitted of taking a Vauxhall Astra without the consent of the owner, which then caused damage to a garden wall, on May 30. He was given a 12-month community roder, with 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £85 and costs of 85. He was banned from driving for a year.

Kyle Melvin, 22, of Wordsworth Avenue, Houghton, pleaded guilty to sending a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character by means of a public electronic communications network, on June 9. He was fined £200 and was told to pay compensation of £100 and costs of £50.

Leo Minchella, 33, of Gerrard Road, Grindon, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to driving an VW Golf on Leechmere Road, on October 23, after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion in his breath was 41 microgrammes – the legal limit being 35. He was fined £400 and was told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £40 and costs of £85. He was banned from driving for a year.

Lewis Cutter, 24, of Gisland Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to driving an VW Golf on Durham Road, on November 6, after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion in his breath was 85 microgrammes – the legal limit being 35. He was fined £80 and was told to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £30 and costs of £85. He was banned from driving for 17 months.