FROM weapon wielders to drink drivers, a lot of criminals have been before the courts this week.

Here is a rundown of some of the key cases heard at Basildon and Southend Magistrates' Courts.

Harvey Joyce, 23, of Redgrave Road, Basildon, admitted driving with no licence or insurance after being stopped on January 16 this year in Redgrave Road.

He was fined £120, but Basildon Magistrates’ Court gave him no ban, due to “exceptional hardship” of a pregnant wife and having to care for his dementia-stricken grandmother. Joyce was given six penalty points.

Steve George, 30, of Meadgate, Basildon, admitted harassing the woman between March 19 and 30 this year.

At Basildon Magistrates’ Court he was given 100 hours unpaid work and 20 days rehabilitation following the case.

Edward Barton, 46, of South Road, Ockendon, was caught on the A13 in Basildon on December 3 last year not wearing his seatbelt while behind the wheel.

He was charged and appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court where the offence was proved.

He was fined £220.

Calvin Brown has been jailed for eight weeks for failing to comply with requirements of a community order which he was handed in September last year.

The 56-year-old, of Bostocke Close, Laindon, failed on several occasions to attend appointments, and did not provide acceptable excuses for not attending.

At Basildon Magistrates’ Court, he admitted the breaches of the order.

The magistrates’ bench said Brown had failed on three occasions to comply and that he had failed to express any willingness to comply, saying prison was the only option.

Joshua Mitchell, 26, of St Mary’s Court, Southend, was stopped in Churchhill Avenue, Basildon on April 13 this year where police found he had no licence.

At Basildon Magistrates’ Court he admitted the offence and was jailed for four weeks.

The magistrates’ bench said he had breached his order just days after appearing in court and had driven to try and sell a car, and that it would have been “fresh in mind”.

Patrick Gallagher has been spared jail after carrying out an attack on March 21 last year in Basildon.

The 19-year-old of Town Square assaulted the victim causing him actual bodily harm.

Appearing at Basildon Magistrates’ Court he admitted the charge against him.

The magistrates’ bench chose to give him a 26 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

They suspended the jail term due to his lack of previous convictions and that he could work well with the probation service to assist his problems with alcohol and mental health difficulties.

Kelly Morgan-Courtnell was pulled over on June 23 this year in Turner Close, Basildon when driving a grey Ford Titanium.

She was found to have 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

At Basildon Magistrates' Court she admitted the offence and was fined £120 and disqualified from driving for 17 months.

Alanna Waight, 34, of Victoria Road, Southend, has been given a community order after admitting failing to comply with a previous order for stealing perfume.

At Basildon Magistrates' Court she admitted the breach.

The bench gave her a three-month curfew from 7pm to 7am for her to remain home.

Amy Rock wielded a wooden bat in Southend has been given a conditional discharge.

Rock, 26, of Jones Close, Southend, was found with the offensive weapon in Eastern Esplanade on June 9 this year.

She was arrested by police and appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court where she admitted the offence.

She was given a conditional discharge for 12 months, meaning if she does not offend again, it's the end of the matter.