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Here is our latest update on cases heard at magistrates’ courts around the area.

- Aaron Doyle, 34, of Kielder Grove, Gosport, admitted possession of a quantity of cannabis, a controlled class B drug.

Magistrates fined him £100 for the April 20 offence in Gosport Road, Fareham.

He must pay a £20 victim surcharge, £100 costs to the prosecution service and a £180 criminal courts charge.

Magistrates ordered cannabis to be forfeited under section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and destroyed.

- James Mitchell, 27, of Westerham Close, Wymering, was found guilty of using a mobile phone while driving.

He was caught on the A27 in Farlington driving a Vauxhall Combo on November 25 last year. Magistrates fined him £200, with a £20 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.

Mitchell also received three points on his licence.

- Raymond Pratt, 66, of High Lawn Way, Havant, admitted driving without a seat belt.

He committed the offence on September 8 last year in Southwick Road, North Boarhunt. He was driving a Vauxhall Vivaro. Magistrates fined him £135 with a £20 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.

- Matthew Hyland, 38, of Nicholas Crescent, Fareham, admitted assaulting a man by beating.

Magistrates imposed a community order with 80 hours unpaid work. He must pay £250 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and a £150 criminal courts charge.

Hyland committed the offence in Trinity Street, Fareham, on August 29.

- Sarah Lewington, 31, of Linden Lea, Portchester, admitted stealing alcohol worth £114.89 from Aldi.

She committed the offence on August 8 in Fareham.

Magistrates handed her a 12-month conditional discharge with a £15 victim surcharge and £35 prosecution costs. She must also pay a £150 criminal courts charge.

- Keegan Taylor, 28, of Broadsands Drive, Gosport, admitted assaulting a man by beating.

Magistrates gave him a community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work for the June 20 offence. Taylor paid £100 compensation with a £60 victim surcharge, £85 prosecution costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.

- Graeme Farquharson, 48, of Glebe Drive, Gosport, admitted drink-driving.

He was stopped on August 8 in Glebe Drive driving a Renault Megane.

A test revealed he had 119 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the 35mcg limit. Magistrates banned him from driving for 28 months and gave him a community order. He must complete a 14-day Participate in Drink Impaired Drivers programme and a rehabilitation activity requirement for up for to 10 days. He must pay a £60 victim surcharge, £85 prosecution costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.