FROM thieves to dangerous dog handlers - the magistrates' courts in Essex have processed a lot more cases this week.

Southend and Basildon Magistrates' Courts have once again been processing criminals for a wide variety of crimes across the south of the county.

This week, cases include drivers being fined thousands for not cooperating with police, a man who failed to control a "dangerous" dog, and a thug who damaged a woman's plant pots.

Here is a rundown of the key cases heard this week.

Christopher Kaiyo has been find more than £1,000 after failing to give a specimen to police.

Kaiyo was pulled over in Basildon on June 20 this year, and refused to provide a specimen to police.

The police had asked for a specimen to test if there was any drugs or alcohol in the 49-year-old's system.

Kaiyo, of Chingford Mount Road, Chingford, appeared at Basildon Magistrates' Court where he admitted the offence.

He was fined £1,024 and disqualified from driving for 36 months.

Dog owner Steven Wilding has been given unpaid work and ordered to keep his dog secure after it injured a woman.

Wilding's Alsatian "Buster" was found to be dangerously out of control when out walking in The Lichfields, Basildon on November 20 last year, and ended up injuring a woman.

Wilding, 49, of Gordons, Basildon, appeared at Basildon Magistrates' Court where he admitted the offence.

The magistrates' bench ordered that Buster must be securely fitted with a muzzle and be held by a person over 18 on a lead, and be locked away when the front door is open.

The bench also said no one aged under 18 must open the front door while Buster is in the house.

Wilding was also given a community order where he must complete 200 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.

He must also pay £2,000 compensation to the woman.


Lacey Minster has been fined after attacking another woman.

Minster, 40, of Hamstel Road, Southend, admitted assaulting the woman by beating her on Christmas Day last year.

The incident happened in Southend.

She appeared at Basildon Magistrates' Court where she admitted the offence.

The magistrates' bench fined her £576, and she must also pay £105 in prosecution costs.

Kerey Joyce has been fined after damaging plant pots and a car belonging to a woman.

Joyce, 32, appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court where he admitted criminal damage.

The incident took place on July 25 last year in Basildon, where he damaged two plant pots and a Fiat 500 car belonging to the woman, causing around £500 worth of damage.

Joyce, of Church Street, Billericay, was fined £133 and must also pay £540 in compensation to the woman.

A restraining order was also made so that he cannot contact the woman which will run until January 21, 2022.

Luke Pithers has been fined for drunk riding an E-scooter.

Pithers, 20, of Ryedene Place, admitted driving the E-scooter on Station Avenue, Wickford when he had drugs in his system that were over the legal limit.

He was fined £80 at Basildon Magistrates' Court.

Christopher French stole a number of food items from various stores in Basildon.

French has been spared jail for a spree of shoplifting offences in Basildon.

French, 33, of Longwick, Langdon Hills, stole £23 worth of food from a BP garage on July 19, along with £8 and £10 worth of food from the same place on July 16 and 17.

At Southend Magistrates' Court he admitted the offences and was given six weeks in jail suspended for a year.

Hollie Brundenell, 22, of Hanover Close, Basildon, was charged with failing to tell Essex Police who the driver of a car was when an offence was committed.

Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard that on February 4 this year Brundenell failed to tell police who the driver of the Peugeot 307 was when an alleged offence happened in Billericay.

At the court hearing, the offence was proved in Brundenell’s absence when she did not attend.

The magistrates bench fined her £660 and put six points on her licence.

Shane Digance, 34, of York Road, Southend, was charged with assaulting a woman in Southend by beating her on March 26 this year.

Digance appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court where he admitted the offence.

The magistrates’ bench gave him a community order for two years, where he must complete a building better relationships programme for 30 days, and complete 25 days of rehabilitation.

He was also fined £50 and given a restraining order against the woman for two years.

Thief Louise Lawson, 27, of Victoria Avenue, Southend, appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court where he admitted theft.

It follows an incident on December 17 last year in Southend where he stole £120 from a woman.

The magistrates bench chose to discharge Lawson for a year, meaning if he commits no further offences, no further action will be taken against him.

He was also given a restraining order against the woman to last until July 2022.