RECENT cases dealt with by Taunton Magistrates' Courts include:

Patrick Edward Phillip Murphy, 42, of Whitecroft, Williton, drug driving, failed to stop after an accident, community order, 12 weeks curfew, £85 victim surcharge, £100 costs, 12 months driving ban; driving without insurance, driving without due care and attention, possession of a Class C drug, no separate penalty.

Simon Vale, 66, of Stoneyhead Caravan Park, Wrantage, dishonestly failed to promptly notify the Department for Works and Pensions he was in paid employment, community order, 90 hours unpaid work, £85 victim surcharge, £620 costs. (G).

Matthew John Penri Jones, 42, of Lower Rill Farm, Shillingford, speeding, £73 fine, £30 victim surcharge, £85 costs, three points. (G).

Robert Glanville, 54, of Laurel Close, Taunton, drink driving, £120 fine, £32 victim surcharge, £40 costs, 20 months driving ban; driving without correct licence, no separate penalty. (G).

Stephen George Wiggins, 43, of Church Street, Bishops Lydeard, assault by beating, six months conditional discharge, £50 compensation, £20 victim surcharge, £150 costs. (G).

(G) denotes guilty plea or admits offence. Details supplied by the courts.