Here is a round-up of cases heard at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

  • Two men have been fined for stealing £324 worth of booze.

Marian Eftime, 22, and Bodgan Ghita, 40, took 12 bottles of spirits from Sainsbury’s in Colchester last month.

Eftime and Ghita - both of no fixed address - admitted theft at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

Eftime was fined £369, ordered to pay a £36 victim surcharge and £85 costs while Ghita was fined £120, must pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

  • A woman who stole clothes from Primark has been fined.

Stacey Nash failed to arrive for her hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court after being accused of the theft of items worth £96.50 from the store in the Lion Walk Shopping Centre.

But the case was proved in her absence and she was fined £400. Nash, 30, of Kingsland Road, West Mersea, must also pay £115 in other court charges.

  • A man admitted attacking a woman and damaging her car and house.

Joseph Arthurs admitted assault and two counts of criminal damage at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

He must pay £368 in compensation and £170 in other court charges.

Arthurs, 29, of Akersloot Place, West Mersea, must also do 100 hours of unpaid work.

  • A man has been fined after smashing his car into a lamp post and fleeing the scene.

Joseph Battersby was driving a Vauxhall Corsa in Greenstead Road, Colchester, when he lost control and smashed into the post.

He admitted driving without due care and attention, driving without an MOT and failing to stop at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

Battersby, 21, of Vulcan Road, Portsmouth, was fined £133 and £120 in other court charges.

  • A thief can’t leave his home at night for three months after admitting stealing £80 worth of fragrances.

Thomas Williams, 36, nabbed aftershave and deodorant from Debenhams in Colchester.

He also admitted stealing a CD, aftershave, a necklace and £6.50 in cash from another person.

Williams was given a community order meaning he cannot leave his home in Speedwell Road, Colchester, for three months.

  • A petrol pincher has been fined £120.

Lee Ashcroft filled up but failed to pay for £76.48 worth of fuel from a garage in Colchester in November. He admitted making off without payment at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

Ashcroft, 41, of Southway, Colchester, must pay the amount he stole in compensation as well as the fine and £130 in other court charges.