Courts

Inquests hear prescription drugs played part in deaths

A Spalding woman suffering a range of medical issues died from an overdose of prescribed morphine and other drugs, an inquest has been told. Jane Menzies had been known to take a month’s prescription in two weeks and hoarded a stockpile of drugs, the hearing was told. Her former partner Michael Menzies was acting as her carer and had been ...

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Mother tried to kill son (2) and herself amid domestic violence fears

A desperate mother who tried to kill herself and two-year-old son amid fears of domestic violence during lockdown has been jailed for four years. The mum attempted suicide herself because of fears the boy’s father would resume contact when lockdown came to an end, a court was told. Lincoln Crown Court heard the woman devised a method to kill both ...

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Weston man who injured baby son nearly 20 years ago jailed for manslaughter

A Weston man has been jailed for three years after admitting the manslaughter of his son, whom he shook as a baby nearly 20 years ago. Jack Mitchell was born a healthy child in January 2001 and responded well following his birth. However, between March and May of the same year there were four occasions where he stopped breathing. He ...

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Dad admits manslaughter charge over death of son

A Weston dad has admitted causing injuries to his baby son which led to the son’s death years later. Jack Mitchell died, aged 15 in 2016 and a forensic post-mortem examination found he had died from a pulmonary infection and pneumonia as a result of injuries sustained as a baby in Laindon in Basildon. His biological father, John Doak, was ...

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Two court cases deal with Spalding bike thefts

Two men have pleaded guilty to thefts of bikes in and around Spalding in separate trials. Thomas Parr of Lyttleport Close in Pinchbeck pleaded guilty to three sperate thefts at Lincoln Magistrates Court. The 22-year-old admitted stealing bikes worth £325 from outside McDonalds in Spalding on September 24, worth £297 from outside Sainsbury’s the next day and worth £250 from ...

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Speeding driver found face down among potatoes following chase

A Spalding man who was found lying face down in a potato field in an attempt to avoid arrest after driving at over 90mph, has been banned from driving for three years. Ignas Bagdonas, 30, of Banks Avenue, admitted failing to stop for the police, driving without insurance or a driving licence and driving in excess of a 60mph speed ...

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Man currently banned from Spalding town centre convicted for 84th time

A disabled man currently banned from Spalding town centre for a string of incidents has been found guilty in absence of abusing a supermarket employee by Boston magistrates. Matthew Peter Bellerson, 45, of The Chase, Pinchbeck, failed to appear before at the hearing but was tried and found guilty in his absence. The court was told that at 11am on ...

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Woman injured after rock was thrown through window

A Spalding teenager who had been asked to leave a house after an evening’s drinking, injured one of the residents after he threw a rock through a window. Diogo Correia-Carneiro, 19, of Danube Square, admitted damage and assault charges when he appeared before magistrates at Boston. Prosecuting, Sukhi Singh said that at around 6am on July 12, Correia-Carneiro smashed the ...

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Man spared jail after “gun” incident

A man who waved what appeared to be a gun in Spalding town centre has been spared an immediate jail sentence after Lincoln Crown Court was told that witnesses to the incident regarded him as a nuisance rather than a danger. Matthew Bellerson was in a wheelchair in Spalding Market Place when he reached into his jacket and pulled out ...

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Pensioner (67) jailed for sexually assaulting child (7)

A pensioner who admitted sexually assaulting a young girl has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court. Terence MacKenzie abused the seven-year-old earlier this year while he was living in the Spalding area. Henry James, prosecuting, said the offences came to light when the young girl told her mother who called in police. Terence MacKenzie MacKenzie was arrested and when officers ...

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Parents of missing teen appear in court charged with murder as search for body continues

Police are yet to find a body in the hunt for a missing 17-year-old as her parents appeared in court charged with murder this morning (Wednesday). Cambridgeshire Police have been searching around Cowbit for the last few days as part of their investigations into the disappearance of Bernadette Walker who was reported missing on July 21. Her parents Sarah Walker, ...

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Woman died in hospital after fall

An elderly woman from Spalding died days after suffering a fall while being treated for lung cancer and heart disease at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, an inquest has heard. Patricia Hodson, 83, died on May 9, 2019 four days after an operation on the fractured hip suffered as a result of the May 2 fall. She’d been admitted to the hospital ...

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Man banned from Spalding town centre

A man has been banned from Spalding town centre and contacting council staff after a spate of anti-social behaviour including drinking in the street. Matthew Bellerson received the interim injunction from the County Court at Lincoln last week after a judge ruled that his ongoing anti-social behaviour and threats of violence posed a significant risk of harm to staff of ...

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Youths filmed four-day crime spree mugging people around Spalding

A group of youths carried out a series of terrifying street robberies during a four day crime spree, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Tuesday). Ethan Nicholas Brown, together with two accomplices, targeted lone people out at night in Spalding as they drove around the town looking for victims. Brown and a 16-year-old boy then assaulted and robbed their targets ...

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Landlord fined over safety breaches

A Spalding landlord has been hit with a £1,500 fine after a court found he had failed to address hazards posing a potential danger to life identified by South Holland District Council’s housing team. Mervyn Henry Bull was handed the fine last week after an inspection of his property on Gore Lane in Spalding by the council found he had ...

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Partially sighted man on drink and drugs drove into room where young Spalding family and their baby were sleeping

A partially sighted chef got behind the wheel of a car and drove into his neighbour’s front room where a young family and their baby were asleep, a court heard. Charlie Sergison, who suffers from macular degeneration, grabbed the keys to his partner’s Mini Cooper after flying into a rage at 5 am. He then drove the vehicle away from ...

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Cocktail of drugs led to man’s death

A 34-year-old who moved to Spalding in an attempt to get away from drugs died ‘speedballing’, an inquest has heard. Brian Greaves was found dead at his uncle’s Chestnut Avenue home on January 3. A toxicology report into his death revealed he had taken heroin and cocaine at the same time, known as speedballing, and had also been drinking. The ...

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Pensioner (67) admits sex acts on child (7)

A 67-year-old man has pleaded guilty to three counts of carrying out a sex act on a seven-year-old. Terence Mackenzie whose given address to the court was Havering in Essex, admitted the charges which relate to incidents in Moulton this year at a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on August 6. He was committed for sentencing at Lincoln Crown Court ...

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Man who entered home threatening to stab occupants and pet dog jailed on knife charge for second time

A Spalding man entered a Long Sutton home in the middle of the night and threatened to stab the inhabitants and their pet dog, months after being released from jail for another knife offence. Robert Barnes of Double Street was jailed for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to using threatening or unlawful violence and of being in posession of ...

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Man jailed for sexual messages sent to what he believed were three different underage girls

A 58-year-old man has been jailed for at least eight months after exchanging sexual messages online with undercover policemen and a member of a paedophile hunters group who he thought to be 13 and 14-year-old girls. Roger Hicks was told he would serve at least half of the total 16-month sentence for six counts of sexual communications with girls aged ...

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