Brackley man is given suspended prison sentence for being in possession of a knife - Court Report

A Brackley man was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for possession of a knife in Bicester.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 4:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 4:21 pm
Oxford Magistrates' Court where cases from the Banbury area are heard

Stephen John Watkins, 36, of Market Place in Brackley was given the sentence because it was a second offence involving a blade. The offence happened in Victoria Road, Bicester on May 29, 2020. Watkins had originally pleaded not guilty but the case was proved in Watkins’ absence. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128 and court costs of £85.

The following cases were also heard at Oxford Magistrates’ Court:

John Matthews, 33, of Bader Drive, Upper Heyford admitted breaching a community order requiring him to complete a period of unpaid work. He missed work appointments on July 12, 19 and 26, 2018 and failed to keep in touch with his supervising officer with evidence to verify his absences. He was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

Matthews pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified in a silver Astra car in Wheatley Road, Islip on September 9, 2020. He was banned from driving for 24 months, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and pay an £85 victim surcharge. He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on the same occasion. There was no separate penalty for this.

Ashley Lewis, 28, of The Avenue, Bloxham admitted breaching a community order made by Oxford Magistrates on September 29, 2020 by failing to attend an induction for unpaid work on October 15 and failing to provide evidence of a reasonable excuse. A new order was made requiring Lewis to complete 190 hours of unpaid work by September 25, 2021.

Lewis pleaded guilty to driving a Honda car with excess cocaine in his blood on August 6, 2020 in Overthorpe Road, Banbury. He was ordered to complete 50 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, ordered to pay a £95 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. He was banned from driving for 36 months.

Reggie Reuben Smith, 32, of Ballard Close, Middle Barton pleaded guilty to using threatening/abusive words or behaviour to cause harrassment, alarm or distress in Middle Barton on August 17, 2020. He was fined £75 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 with £85 court costs.

Garry Terrance Coffey, 35, of Kenilworth Way, Banbury was fined £660 for driving without insurance and a further £220 for driving without a licence in Prescott Avenue, Banbury on November 6, 2020. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £66 and court costs of £90. His licence was endorsed with eight penalty points.

Cameron Corbett, 19, of Wodhams Drive, Brackley pleaded guilty to driving a black Hyundai on the A34 near Wendlebury with excess cannabis in his blood. Corbett was fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 with £85 in court costs. He was banned from driving for 12 months.

William Blair, 39, of Wellington Avenue, Banbury was banned from driving for 24 months and fined £660 for failing to provide information relating to the identity of the driver of a Mercedes Sprinter to police at Crowhill, Plymouth on March 10, 2020. Blair was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £90.

The disqualification was imposed because of repeat offending..