19 men and women sentenced at Devon magistrates court

19 men and women sentenced at Devon magistrates court

Magistrates sentence people for a wide variety of criminal offences. This week’s list includes shoplifters, drink drivers and violent offenders.

The magistrates have a range of punishments and rehabilitation measures at their disposal. They can impose unlimited fines, bans, community orders and up to a year in prison. The court works with the probation service to offer programmes such as Thinking Skills and Building Better Relationships.

All criminal cases start at the magistrates court. The most serious end up at Exeter crown court where a judge and jury hear the evidence.

Here DevonLive looks at recent hearings at the magistrates’ courts in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple.


James David Carpenter, NFA. Age: 31. On 15/03/2023 at Sidwell Street, Exeter with intent to cause a female harassment, alarm or distress, used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour, thereby causing that person or another harassment, alarm or distress. Plea: Guilty. Breach of a suspended sentence. Committed to prison for four months and four weeks. To pay compensation of £200.

Luke Kieran Robert Wheatman, Smythen Street, Exeter. Age: 31. On Wednesday 05/04/2023 at Go Outdoors, Marsh Barton, Exeter, stole a Rab Electoron pro jacket NH in ink blue to the value of £240. Plea: Guilty. On 24/03/2023 at Cowick Street stole fragrance and personal care gift sets, to the value of £61, belonging to Boots. Plea: Guilty. Also shoplifting from Taunton Leisure, Co-Op, John Lewis. Committed to prison for 26 weeks concurrent suspended for 18 months. To pay compensation of £61. Criminal Behaviour Order made for three years from 13/06/2023.

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  • June 25, 2023