Court report - Four Banburyshire people are fined for breaking emergency coronavirus lockdown rules

Three men and a woman have been fined by magistrates for being away from their homes without a reasonable excuse during the lockdown period.

By Roseanne Edwards
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 9:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 9:47 am
Oxford Magistrates' Court, where charges involving people from the Banbury area are heard
Oxford Magistrates' Court, where charges involving people from the Banbury area are heard

Nathan Wilkins, 30, of Chetwode, Banbury was fined £120 for breaking coronavirus emergency restrictions, being in a gathering of more than two people at the Petrol Station Tesco Extra, Lockheed Close, Banbury on May 1. Wilkins was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and court costs of £85. He was also convicted of being outside his home during the emergency period on the same day, being in a car with three other males with whom he did not live. No separate penalty was imposed.

Philip Michael Austin, 59, of Harlech Close, Banbury was fined £150 for breaking lockdown restrictions on April 15. Austin was convicted of leaving his home late at night and driving around with another man with whom he did not live, with no reasonable excuse. Austin was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and £85 court costs.

Rosie Blay, 23, of Ferriston, Banbury was fined £120 for breaking lockdown restrictions being found on the B4030 in Middleton Stoney on April 10 during the emergency period without reasonable excuse. She was also ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

Ashley Stuart Watts, 29, of Fessey Road, Byfield was fined £240 for breaking lockdown restrictions, leaving his home and being found in Salt Way, Banbury without reasonable excuse on May 9. Watts was ordered to pay a victim surchage of £34 and £85 costs.

Other cases heard at Oxford Magistrates' Court:

Zbegnaew Mech, 29, of Grimsbury Green, Banbury pleaded guilty to drink driving in a Peugeot car in Fowler Road, Banbury on March 23. He had 160 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than four times the legal limit which is 35 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. Mech was fined £330 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £33 with £85 court costs. He was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for nine months.

Merban Ali Hussain, 30, of Padbury Drive, Banbury was fined £80 for failing to comply with a community order for a drug rehabilitation requirement made by Oxford Magistrates’ Court on January 23 by testing positive for cocaine. Hussaine admitted the breach.

Devane Karl Kingsley Boyd, age 28 of Orchard Way, Banbury pleaded guilty to travelling on a train between Marylebone and Banbury on February 24 without a ticket. He was fined £80, ordered to pay compensation of £32, a £32 victim surcharge and £50 in court costs.

Darren Smith, 39, of Manor Park, Claydon pleaded guilty of travelling on a train between Beaconsfield and Banbury on March 6 without a valid ticket. He was fined £80, ordered to pay compensation of £16.60, a victim surcharge of £32 and court costs of £50.

Stephen Nicholas Beard, 42, of Middleton Road, Banbury pleaded guilty to drink driving in a Volvo car on Mascord Road, Banbury on August 7. He had 55 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. Beard was fined £120, ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £85 court costs and he was disqualified from driving for 14 months.

Leighton Broughton, 19, of Weald Street, Bampton pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour with intent to cause fear of, or provoke unlawful violence towards a man in Banbury High Street on July 10. Magistrates imposed a community order on Broughton to work 80 hours’ unpaid work and to attend a Thinking Skills Programme for 30 days. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and court costs of £85.

Broughton also pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour with intent to cause Horton hospital staff harassment, alarm or distress. He was ordered to undertake 80 hours’ unpaid work and attend a 30-day Thinking Skills Programme.

Kallum Hassam, 22, of McKeevor Place, Banbury pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour towards a police officer on July 28 in Oxford Road. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34, costs of £85 and £50 compensation.