Five Hartlepool criminals who ended up in the dock

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The following people were dealt with at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, December 16:

Stephen Leighton, 24, of Elliot Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to dishonestly using, without due authority, a quantity of electricity of an unknown value.

He was ordered to pay £454.20 in compensation.

Scott McKinley, 27, of Elderslie Walk, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of wine, to the value of £11.59, belong to McColl’s Stores.

He was fined £40 and ordered to pay £11.59 in compensation and a criminal courts charge of £150.

He also admitted committing a further offence whilst subject to an order of a conditional discharge for 12 months. No action was taken.

Steven John Lesley Sowerby, 27, of West View Road, South Shields, was charged with using a motor vehicle, namely a Volkswagen Golf, in York Road, Hartlepool, without insurance.

He was fined £110 and disqualified from holding a driving licence for six months.

Darren Watson, 40, of Grange Road, Hartlepool, was found guilty in his absence of failing, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the requirements of a community order made by Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, by being absent from his specified place of curfew.

He was fined £40 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £100 criminal courts charges.

Karl Foster, 27, of St Oswald’s Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to damaging a glass window, of an unknown value, belonging to the National Health Service and intending to destroy or damage the property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.

He was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 in compensation, costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service and a £150 criminal courts charge.