Charlton Coutinho will stand trial in the autumn after denying driving through a red light on to Great Western Way in front of a police car.

The 31-year-old of Ferndale Road pleaded not guilty to the charge dating from December 30 of last year when he came before the bench, denying that he had driven a 15-plate BMW 420D through a red traffic light at speed across the front of a police vehicle.

He will stand trial at Swindon Magistrates' Court on September 15.


A man has been spared a driving ban for being behind the wheel of a van without insurance and with illegal tyres after magistrates heard that losing his licence would lead to his deportation.

Majthub Osman Majthub, 31, of Beckhampton Street, appeared before magistrates sitting in Swindon last week where he was convicted of driving an 02-plate Mercedes Sprinter with a number of defects on Marlborough Road on February 20 without insurance.

The court heard that one tyre had a tread depth of 0.6mm and 1.2mm on another, the hazard warning lights on the vehicle did not function on the front and rear of the vehicle and the nearside loading door to the cargo section of the van was not properly closed and was held partially closed by a piece of string which was linking the loading door to the passenger door handle.

He also faced a further charge of allowing another man to drive a 54-plate Ford Transit Van on January 29 which also did not have a valid insurance policy.

But the magistrates ruled that a driving ban would lead to exceptional hardship for the defendant and his family, as he risked facing deportation if he lost his licence.

They fined him a total of £160 and ordered he pay a £30 victim surcharge along with £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.


Linda Booth will stand trial later this year accused of driving an Audi TT without due care and attention and failing to stop for police.

The 52-year-old of Corfe Road, Toothill, denies both charges dating from January 21 when the alleged offences are said to have taken place on her home street. During her appearance in court, magistrates adjourned proceedings for the trial which will take place in Swindon on September 22.


A 29-year-old man has been fined £380 after he was caught speeding on the A419 at Wanborough.

Christopher Cridland of Walnut Tree Road, Dagenham, pleaded guilty to driving the 55-plate Mazda RX8 over the speed limit on January 23 when he appeared before the bench. In addition to his fine he must also pay a £38 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.

He was also banned from driving for 40 days.


A BMW driver has been fined more than £250 after he drove in Victoria Road without due care and attention.

Matthew Willoughby, 29, of Bath Road, pleaded guilty to driving the private plate BMW M3 without due care and attention on February 6, which led to magistrates imposing six penalty points on his licence.

He was further fined £261 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge along with £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.