IT has been another busy week for defendants appearing in courts across Cheshire.

They included a drunk driver who despite drinking beer and wine got behind the wheel of his car and killed a much-loved father of two in a head-on crash.

We start by looking back on the case of a teenager who caused havoc after getting drunk and stealing a car and being chased by police.

Northwich boy, 16, drunkenly stole car and led police on chase before crashing

A NORTHWICH teenager drunkenly stole a car before leading police on a road chase.

The 16-year-old boy crashed into one cop car as the pursuit was brought to a halt and caused more than £6,000 of damage.

Warrington Magistrates Court heard on Thursday, May 19, the youth had been drinking lager and spirits before stealing the Seat Ateca in the early hours of March 13 this year.

Patrols then spotted the vehicle with no rear off-side tyre and attempted to pull it over.

But the teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ‘sped off at speed’ – overtaking a Volkswagen car and ‘swerving’ into the opposite carriageway.


'Selfish and wicked' drunk driver jailed after killing 'wonderful' man in crash 

A 'SELFISH' driver killed a 'wonderful' husband and father after he made a 'wicked' decision to get behind the wheel of a car when more than three times over the limit.

Mark Taylor, of Railway Street in Crewe, drank two bottles of wine at home before driving to a pub where he drank three pints and a double Southern Comfort.

Despite the efforts of staff and a member of the public to stop him, he then drove off in his red Honda Accord with the headlights off.

Just minutes later, the 39-year-old swerved on to the opposite side of the road where he collided head on with a Nissan Pixo being driven by 59-year-old David Teiman.


Man avoids jail despite having thousands of indecent images of children - some aged just two

A NORTHWICH man has avoided being sent to prison after he was found with thousands of indecent images of children.

Nathan Dunville, of Meadow Grove, had more than 3,000 images and videos, with some involving children as young as two.

Recorder Eric Lamb told the 35-year-old, despite his obvious sexual interest in children, he had a chance to be rehabilitated as he handed him a suspended prison sentence.

Michael Whitty, prosecuting, told Chester Crown Court on Monday, May 16, how police had carried out a search warrant at Dunville’s address on February 11, 2021.


Woman ordered to stay off booze after smashing glasses in drunken rage at pub

A WOMAN must abstain from alcohol after she drunkenly smashed glasses in a town centre pub.

Jacqueline Denne, of Muirfield Close, also kicked out at a police officer after staff at the Penny Black after she returned some 20 minutes with no recollection of what had happened.

The 34-year-old was said to be mortified by her behaviour when she pleaded guilty to three charges at Chester Magistrates Court on April 12.

Denne was back before the same court on Monday, May 16, where she was sentenced over the incident.


Man to face trial after he denies attacking nurse at Manchester hospital

A NORTHWICH man has denied attacking a nurse at a hospital in Manchester.

Adrian Hamilton, of Meadow Grove, faces a trial after entering a not guilty plea to the offence, which took place back on November 1, 2020.

The 37-year-old is accused of assaulting the senior nursing assistant, who was carrying out her duties at the time at a facility in Trafford.

Hamilton, who was 35 when the assault was alleged to have taken place, previously failed to show up at court on three separate occasions when required to do so.


Ex-convict who skipped supervision appointments told to do community service instead

A WINSFORD man who skipped appointments following his release from prison has been made subject of a community order.

Michael Clarke, of Townfields Road, was sentenced to serve 12 weeks in prison in July of last year.

After the 39-year-old was released he failed to show up to three post-sentence supervision appointments during November.

He admitted those breaches when he appeared at Chester Crown Court on January 28 this year and as a result was sent behind bars for an additional 14 days.


Man told 'he needs help' after sending offensive e-mail to disabled town councillor

A JUDGE has told a man found guilty of sending a grossly offensive e-mail to a disabled Middlewich town councillor that 'he needs help'.

Thomas Casserley, of Nightingale Close, was found guilty by a jury of sending the e-mail with the intent of causing Cllr Victoria Dominguez-Perez alarm and distress.

The jury took a little more than an hour to return their unanimous verdict against the 49-year-old, who had questioned Cllr Perez’s ability to do the job due to her disabilities.

Casserley had e-mailed Cllr Perez on June 3, 2020, about several issues he had with a cemetery, but one of the paragraphs in it crossed the legal threshold.


Brazen thief jailed for stealing more than £1k of food and drink from M&S

A THIEF with a 'flagrant disregard' for other peoples property has been jailed after going on a stealing spree in M&S.

Christopher Lynam, of no fixed abode, but with links to Gorton in Manchester, stole more than £1,000 worth of food and drink from the Wilmslow store.

The 27-year-old carried out his spree over the course of several visits to the store.

He was jailed for a total of 36 weeks, after he admitted to seven charges of stealing various items of food and drink worth £1,246.25.