Jailed in January: Faces of 61 criminals jailed for crimes linked to Merseyside
These are the faces of 61 criminals jailed in January for crimes linked to Merseyside. A killer driver who was three times the drink drive limit and a man who supplied his fiance with drugs just before her death are among those to have been dealt with at Liverpool Crown Court and beyond. A mentally disturbed knifeman who stabbed a former friend dead in a chilling street attack and a sinister webcam creep ended up behind bars.
And judges had to listen to details of how a police officer started a sexual relationship with a vulnerable woman he’d arrested for drink driving. Here is an overview of the most serious cases to have concluded in the courts over the past month.
Adam Kershaw, jailed for nine years for causing the death by dangerous driving of budding lawyer Joseph Keane (Image: nyorkspolice)
Drink driver Adam Kershaw crushed a St Helens man to death in his 7.5 tonne camper van. The 29-year-old ploughed a crudely-converted truck into a Peugeot carrying Joseph Keane and his girlfriend Alyssa Henderson.
Three times over the limit, unlicensed and uninsured, he was on the wrong side of the road when he effectively “drove over” his victim. Kershaw had earlier smashed into a stone bridge and narrowly avoided a collision with a coach containing 60 schoolchildren during a 28-mile rampage. Trainee solicitor Mr Keane, 28, who was celebrating his birthday, had visited Ingleton Falls in Yorkshire, before the tragedy on the A65.
Miss Henderson, who lived with Mr Keane and his parents, said: “Little did I know this would be our last time together.” “A happy day turned into the worst day of my life.”
Death by dangerous driving victim, Joseph Keane, 28, who was killed when drunk driver Adam Kershaw lost control of the van he was driving and crushed the car in which Mr Keane was a passenger, leaving him with fatal head injuries on his 28th birthday. (Image: PA)
Kershaw was travelling to Beat-Herder Festival in Lancashire, on July 13, 2018, after spending the night drinking and taking ketamine. The killer had converted his vehicle into an “unsafe” camper van with no restraints for the driver or rear passengers.
Hitting the bridge left a door to the rear of the van hanging open, but he ignored his passengers’ pleas to stop and “didn’t seem to care”. Kershaw, of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, did nothing to help at the scene and didn’t speak to Miss Henderson, who was “covered in blood and hysterical with grief”.
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The van tipped onto two wheels after he took a corner at 55mph, before it dropped on to the car with its full weight, crushing it. Judge Jonathan Rose said it was “the worst case of dangerous driving it has been my misfortune to come across”.
He said the drunken dad-of-two’s driving was “utterly dreadful, appalling and highly dangerous”. Kershaw admitted causing death by dangerous driving and possessing ecstasy and ketamine. The court heard that he had previous convictions for drink driving and speeding.
He was jailed for nine years and banned from driving for 11 years and six months.
Joshua Gibbs, 32, of Kensington, Liverpool, admitted two counts of sending a malicious communication and two counts of making threats to kill (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Online troll Joshua Gibbs threatened to mutilate and kill Liverpool ECHO staff after sending vile Twitter messages. The 32-year-old sent “chilling threats” when pulled up over a tweet regarding ex-Wavertree MP Luciana Berger. He threatened to slit two victims’ throats and to cut off a journalist’s testicles in a “disturbing” phone call.
Gibbs, of Kensington, admitted two counts of sending a malicious communication and two counts of making threats to kill. Former ECHO business reporter Tony McDonough responded to a comment Gibbs made about Ms Berger on September 21. Gibbs told Mr McDonough: “Get a spade and f*** your dead mother, you four eyed p****.”
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He later posted: “I will PayPal the first person to message me this Zionist scumbag Tony McDonough’s home address GBP100.” The ECHO’s political editor, Liam Thorp, saw Gibbs’ offensive tweet, which came from a business @Aladdins_CaveUK. Mr Thorp reported the tweet to the company, which imports goods from the Middle East, before informing Twitter Support.
Gibbs demanded the ECHO fire Mr Thorp and then emailed him on September 25: “I’ve tried to do this diplomatically but now I will have to come and smash up your office.” He then called the office and spoke to a female member of staff, telling her: “I don’t f***ing care if you’re a f***ing woman, I will f***ing come down there and f***ing cut your throat.
“I will then slit Liam Thorp’s throat, he should be f***ing sacked, Twitter said my tweet wasn’t bad and they let me off, I’m going to f***ing kill you.” He rang again and told another woman working at the ECHO: “I will come down the office and f***ing cut Liam’s testicles off and put them down his throat”.
He added that he knew what Mr Thorp looked like and where he lived, and the ECHO reported the threat to police. Gibbs blamed his behaviour on his Asperger’s, alcoholism and mental health problems. He has six past convictions for 12 offences, including nine past cases of harassment and one of threats to kill. Judge Anil Murray said: “You have a tendency to become obsessed with people and react in a threatening and obsessive way by issuing chilling threats.”
He said Gibbs was “dangerous” and jailed him for two and a half years.
Aiden Bennett, 25, of Greenbridge Close, Runcorn. (Image: cheshirepolice)
“Totally out of control” knife-wielding Aiden Bennett attacked and tried to rob a Runcorn dad walking home from his weekly trip to buy a newspaper. The 25-year-old confronted Mark Bruffell shortly after 10.40am on Saturday, November 30, on Keepers Walk in Castlefields, Runcorn, Chester Crown Court heard. Drunken Bennett demanded cash, saying “I want my money, I want my money now, where’s my money?” and claimed Mr Bruffell’s son – aged in his 20s – owed him GBP50 he had borrowed.
Despite Mr Bruffell’s protests that his son did not live at his address, Bennett warned him “you don’t know what I’m like” then ran at him and pushed him into metal railings while waving a silver steak knife around.
The victim managed to carry on his way but Bennett – who he described as “clearly dangerous” – then attacked him from behind, punching him in the neck, back and base of the skull. The punches continued to Mr Bruffell’s face when he turned to face his attacker and they fell to the ground as Mr Bruffell tried to defend himself and hit back at Bennett. At this point he spotted Bennett had a second knife.
Mr Bruffell said that when he reached home, Bennett continued to terrorise him, first by planting his foot in the door and trying to barge in, but he was pushed away and dropped his knife and a bottle of vodka in the process. Bennett then began kicking the door and shouting “you’re a grass”. Mr Bruffell suffered swelling and “large lumps” to the back of the head and his jaw, and another large lump and cut to his eyebrow.Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery and two of having a bladed article in public, and was jailed for four years.
James Milligan, 33, of Brighton Street, Seacombe, was jailed for grievous bodily harm (Image: Merseyside Police)
An innocent 15-year-old boy was attacked by 33-year-old James Milligan wielding a broom handle and threatening to “bite his face off.”
A court heard that the vulnerable victim was assaulted on the very first day he had left his home for two months and has been left feeling paranoid and suffering from flashbacks. Milligan who was angry following threats by a mutual friend, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed for 21 months. Steven Swift, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court how on May 5 last year Milligan spent the day drinking and fell out with a group of friends.
He armed himself with a broom handle and went to a property in Florence Road, Seacombe on several occasions and threats were exchanged.
Milligan threatened to set the flat on fire and began swearing at the schoolboy who had arrived on the scene by chance. The father-of-two threatened to “bite his face off” and the boy backed away into the house where the threats and aggression continued culminating in Milligan “t******g him over the head” with the broom handle, causing a six-inch gash.
Paul Lawrence, 58, of HMP Wymott, was sentenced on Friday, January 3 after pleading guilty to two rape offences.
Sick paedophile Paul Lawrence who was jailed for grooming and molesting a young victim has now been convicted of raping her. The 58-year-old was caught with a schoolgirl in 2017, wearing just a dressing gown with a condom in the pocket, after months of grooming and sexual abuse.
Lawrence, originally from Birkdale, was jailed for six years and nine months after admitting a string of sexual offences with a child.
On Friday, the vile abuser was convicted again after the victim came forward and accused him of raping her. Merseyside Police officers have now praised the girl for her bravery in bringing her attacker to justice. Lawrence admitted two counts of rape and was handed seven years and nine months in jail, consecutive to his existing prison sentence.
Christopher Noon, 26, of no fixed address, admitted false imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm, affray and breach of a restraining order (Image: Liverpool Echo)
A naked cocaine-fuelled yob threatened to shoot his ex-partner and open fire on police during a violent siege.
Christopher Noon flew into a jealous rage during a meeting with Amy Naylor, the mum of his two children, at her flat. The 26-year-old accused her of sleeping with his cousin, then repeatedly kicked the terrified woman in the head and body. The coward – who also bit Miss Naylor’s lip and spat on her – refused to let the victim leave her home in Nutgrove Road, Thatto Heath.
When police arrived, at around 10.40pm on Saturday, August 24 last year, Noon told officers he had a gun and was prepared to shoot.
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Liverpool Crown Court heard he warned: “I’m all strapped up. I have a gun and will shoot you. You’re getting blasted.
Got a strap lad.” Noon threatened to shoot Miss Naylor, before armed police used a distraction device and stormed the flat to rescue the frightened victim. He later admitted false imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm, affray and breach of a restraining order.
The court heard Noon, of no fixed address, previously slashed a woman and set a dog on her. Judge Anil Murray – who imposed an indefinite restraining order – jailed scowling Noon for three years and four months.
Scott Cowley, 27, of Bedford Street, St Helens, admitted three counts of computer misuse and three counts of voyeurism (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Scott Cowley hacked three women’s computer webcams so he could secretly film them undressing and having sex. The pervert used “Trojan” software called Imminent Monitor to spy on his unsuspecting victims over a two-year period.
But the creep was rumbled because he had bought the “malicious” malware programme using his own PayPal account. The Regional Cyber Crime Unit identified the 27-year-old, from St Helens, as it was linked to his name and email address. Police seized his laptop when they raided his home on November 25 last year, before arresting him at his workplace in Kirkby.
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They discovered folders named after each victim containing pictures and videos of the women undressing and one having sex.
Cowley, of Bedford Street, who has no previous convictions, admitted three counts of computer misuse and three counts of voyeurism. Stuart Mills, defending, said Cowley had never had a partner, was not experienced in relationships, and now “extremely embarrassed”. Cowley was told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.
He was jailed for two years.
Lee Devereux, 37, of Vallance Road, Anfield (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Lee Devereux was spared jail after choking his partner but turned up drunk for a ‘Building Better Relationships’ course. The jealous woman beater held his knee on the throat of his girlfriend Lisa Ellis and asked: “Are you ready to die?” He punched, kicked and strangled the victim when she tried to flee his Anfield home during a “frightening” ordeal.
Devereux, 37, of Vallance Road, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm over the harrowing March 22, 2019 attack. The thug already had 24 previous convictions for 43 offences, including past attacks on previous girlfriends. But he walked free after defence lawyers said he had served the equivalent of a nine-month jail sentence on remand.
Devereux was handed 21 months in jail, suspended for two years, plus 150 hours of unpaid work, on July 12 last year. He was given a 35-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, Building Better Relationships and alcohol treatment courses. However, he “behaved in an unacceptable manner” at a probation centre on July 18 and turned up drunk on October 16.
He skipped appointments on November 18 and December 16 – the second time calling to say he was too drunk to attend. Devereux, who admitted breaching the suspended sentence this week, was jailed for 20 months.
Wayne Poulton, 27, of Emery Street, Walton (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Wayne Poulton smashed a family’s car windscreen with a baseball bat showering three young children in glass. Harrowing dashcam footage captured the moment he went berserk with a weapon hidden in his boot.
The parents of the youngsters – aged six, seven and 10 – pleaded with the yob, telling him: “There’s kids in the car.” But the 27-year-old, of Emery Street, Walton, replied: “I don’t give a f***, I haven’t had my medication.” Poulton became agitated and left the dock just before the clip of the screaming children’s “terrible ordeal” was played.
His erratic driving in a Volkswagen Golf led to a confrontation in New Brighton at around 5pm on May 27 last year.
The children – two boys and a girl – were left covered in glass, but fortunately didn’t suffer any cuts in the incident. Poulton admitted three counts of common assault, criminal damage, threatening behaviour and possessing an offensive weapon. Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said the children were so frightened they became “hysterical” during their “terrible ordeal”.
Poulton, formerly of Markfield Road, Bootle, burst into tears as he was jailed for 12 months.
Stephen Roy Coleman and Stephen Kane Coleman
Stephen Roy Coleman, 43, of Boundary Road, Birkenhead (Image: Liverpool Echo)
A father and son armed with a machete burst into a house in Wirral and slashed a terrified dad. Stephen Roy Coleman, 43, and Stephen Kane Coleman, 21, stormed a property in Tranmere looking for Curtis Glover. Mr Glover had allegedly threatened Coleman jnr’s girlfriend with a Samurai sword when she was out with her children.
He wasn’t at home but his dad, John Glover, was struck on the arm with the weapon while trying to protect himself.
Drug dealer Coleman jnr and his serial criminal dad, both of Barnsley Road, Birkenhead, struck on August 3 last year. They went to the victim’s home in Hampden Road – Coleman jnr carrying the machete with his dad’s knowledge. CCTV footage showed Coleman jnr smashing windows and throwing property outside, causing GBP2,000 of damage.
They fell to be sentenced over the attack and Coleman jnr for heroin and crack cocaine dealing in 2018 and 2019.
Stephen Kane Coleman, 21, of Boundary Road, Birkenhead (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Coleman jnr admitted aggravated burglary, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and criminal damage. He also admitted three counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and asked for 17 burglaries to be taken into consideration. His dad admitted burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and breaching a 22-month suspended sentence, for a past burglary plot.
Coleman snr was sentenced to four and a half years in jail and grinning Coleman jnr was locked up for eight years.
Abdulla Ahmed, aka Abdillahi Ahmed, 28, of Devonshire Road, Toxteth has been jailed for 18 years (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Abdulla Ahmed claimed demons commanded him to stab a former friend in the neck in a Toxteth street. The 28-year-old killed Hassan Mohamoud, 29, in Bentley Road on the afternoon of March 28 last year. Ahmed, of Devonshire Road, Toxteth, who admitted manslaughter, was found not guilty of murder after a trial.
He was found guilty of wounding with intent after knifing his brother, Awale Ahmed, 24, earlier that same day. Prosecutors argued Ahmed had “beef” with Mr Mohamoud and sent a text saying: “You watch when I catch you.” But defence lawyers told a jury Ahmed had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after “hearing voices”.
The family of Hassan Ahmed Mohamoud shared this image of the 29-year-old
The Somalian-born killer inflicted “two deep stab wounds” to his brother’s left arm at their shared flat, at around 11am.
He then took a knife and killed Mr Mohamoud when they met up a few minutes’ walk from his home, at 1.31pm. The victim’s grieving parents said they will never again set foot in the street where the “gentle giant” was killed. Ahmed had undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, exacerbated by drinking, and using cannabis and khat that day.
High Court judge Justice Ian Dove said Ahmed lied about picking up the knife in the street to attack Mr Mohamoud. He jailed him for 18 years, with an extended five years on licence.
Rachel Bateman, 27, of Hornby Road, Bromborough (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Rachel Bateman glassed her best friend in the face then claimed she forgot she had a glass in her hand. The mum-of-three attacked 27-year-old Chelsea Jones during a drunken argument, leaving her scarred for life.
Just seconds beforehand, Bateman, 27, had thrown the contents of the glass over her shocked friend of 16 years. But she tried to convince police, the Probation Service and a court she hadn’t realised she was holding the weapon. Bateman and Miss Jones – a mum-of-two – were at the Bromborough Pub in Wirral at around 11.45pm on May 18 last year.
The Bromborough Pub on Bromborough Village Road (Image: Jason Roberts)
CCTV showed Miss Jones walk away, Bateman snatch a glass, throw the contents over her, then smash it into her face.
The victim suffered a 4cm deep cut from her lip to her nose, which needed seven stiches and left a highly visible scar. Bateman denied wounding with intent but this charge was dropped after she admitted the lesser offence of wounding.
The mum, of Hornby Road, Bromborough, accepted her claims about the glass weren’t true when challenged by a judge. Bateman was previously handed a suspended jail sentence for common assault in 2016 over an attack on a traffic warden.
She burst into tears when she was jailed for 20 months.
Dale Redrobe, 30, of Swanside Road, Huyton
Dale Redrobe was jailed in connection with a nationwide drugs conspiracy. He admitted being involved in a plot operated by Jamie Oldroyd, who moved cocaine to London, Manchester, Scunthorpe and Carlisle. Warrington-based gang leader Oldroyd, 29, was eventually caught as part of the Cheshire Police investigation Operation Dreadnought.
“Direct associate” Redrobe was caught after Oldroyd passed him cocaine in the Asda Birchwood car park, to be delivered to a third party. Prosecutors said the 30-year-old, of Swanside Road, Huyton, was given the role of driving vehicles associated with Oldroyd’s car rental firm.
In reality, Oldroyd, of Rennie Drive, Warrington, who was jailed for 14 years and three months, oversaw a multi-million pound drugs gang. Prosecutors said Redrobe’s part in the conspiracy “furnished him with an awareness of the nature and scale of Jamie Oldroyd’s business”.
Jonathan Duffy, defending, said he made “a catastrophic error of judgement in involving himself in a serious crime on a limited basis and for a limited period of time”. Mr Duffy added that Redrobe had struggled with his mental health and had made two suicide attempts before committing these offences. Redrobe was jailed for 21 months.
Richard Roberts, 49, from Lon Ogwen in North Wales, was jailed for two years after admitting attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence and possessing extreme pornographic images
A pervert told a 12-year-old girl to send pictures of herself in the shower before being snared by paedophile hunters.
Richard Roberts thought he was speaking with a child from Liverpool called Emily but was actually sending the sexually explicit messages to a “decoy” from the group. Conversations between Roberts and the decoy began after he spotted her profile on Facebook and messaged her from his own account. The 49-year-old, from Lon Ogwen in North Wales, told the girl he wanted to be her first kiss before quickly moving on to discuss sexual matters.
Roberts asked for sexual images of the girl and said he would travel to Liverpool to meet her. Prosecutors said Roberts wanted to travel to the girl’s Liverpool home to meet her when they would “kiss and cuddle”.
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But he warned her not to tell anyone about their relationship until she was 16 years old and in later messages asked her to send him images of her in the shower. She said: “She told him that would be rude but he reminded her she would be a teenager in a few months.”
Roberts gave the girl his real name on the messages and had used his Bangor address before members of the paedophile hunting group used the information to confront him at his home. The police were then called and Roberts was arrested. He admitted charges of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence and possessing extreme pornographic images.
He was jailed for two years and told he must sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Daniel Jones, 26, of Fairlie Drive, Rainhill (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Upskirt pervert Daniel Jones targeted schoolgirls and women on escalators at supermarkets, shopping centres and train stations. He secretly filmed eight children, some believed to be as young as 10, in a crime commonly known as “upskirting”. The twisted creep amassed more than 400 videos and photos, but accidentally recorded his own face on one of the sick clips.
Police found his iPhone had a “covert camera” app, which allowed it to record or take pictures without the screen being active. Jones, of Fairlie Drive, Rainhill, was rumbled after an incident at a Tesco store in St Helens, at around 7pm, on May 9, 2018.
The 26-year-old admitted outraging public decency, at various locations, between May 9, 2017 and May 10, 2018. He pleaded guilty to taking eight indecent photographs of children and one count of voyeurism, relating to the fitting room video.
Jones, who has no previous convictions, denied possessing indecent images of children, which was ordered to lie on the file. He was jailed for 12 months and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a decade.
Melissa Ellis and Jonathan Lucas
Benefit fraud couple Melissa Ellis and boyfriend Jonathan Lucas, with their children (Image: CPS)
A couple with three children who pretended they were landlord and tenant to steal more than GBP100,000 of benefit cash lived a life of luxury from their ill-gotten gains. Melissa Ellis, 34 and Jonathan Lucas, 38, were handed GBP108,754 of taxpayers’ money which they were not entitled to, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
They pocketed housing benefit and other benefits for nine years but, at the same time, the family went on flashy holidays to America, Dubai and Portugal. The couple lived in a plush home on St Mary’s Road in Huyton, which was protected by security gates. On the driveway was a convoy of vehicles including a Jaguar, a Mercedes, a Range Rover and a Transit van with a trailer.
Jonathan Lucas, who with his partner Melissa Ellis pocketed GBP108,000 in illegal benefits, pretending they weren’t a couple. (Image: merpol)
Suspicious fraud investigators for the Department for Work and Pensions eventually snared the couple after visiting the four bedroom pad. Ellis and Lucas, who illegally claimed the benefits between 2008 and 2017, were living together as husband and wife, it was discovered. Ellis pleaded guilty to two counts of making a dishonest representation to obtain benefit and three counts of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances.
Melissa Elliswho with her partner Jonathan Lucas pocketed GBP108,000 in illegal benefits, pretending they weren’t a couple (Image: merpol)
She was jailed for two years and three months. Lucas pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence. He was handed 21 months behind bars.
Antonio Hall, 53, of Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Antonio Hall has spent nearly four decades stealing from vulnerable retired and disabled people across Merseyside.
He has 21 convictions for 42 offences and was this week described as “a distraction burglar who preys on the elderly”. The 53-year-old was released from jail in July 2018, midway through a seven-year sentence for 19 such burglaries. But while on licence, he and an accomplice struck at the addresses of seven pensioners, aged between 73 and 95.
Police arrested Hall when they raided his flat in Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley on September 18.
Officers found a fake photo ID card in his name, purportedly from the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register. Hall was set to stand trial over 10 burglaries, but when he admitted seven, prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining counts. He was recalled on licence, jailed for eight years and banned from driving for seven years.
Ryan Kee Weston, 32, of Oteley Avenue, Bromborough admitted supplying drugs taken by Hollie SHeridan-Connis the night she died and also pleaded guilty to burgling her home in December 2018.
Hollie Sheridan-Connis tragically lost her life on January 1, 2019, just hours after being given a cocktail of alcohol and drugs by her boyfriend Ryan Lee Weston.
The couple, from Wirral, were celebrating New Year’s Eve at a cabin in North Wales when they decided to get engaged, having only recently reconciled their “volatile” relationship. Hollie, 24, and Weston 32, arrived at the Glan y Gro Lakeside Suites in Gwynedd on December 31, 2018 and brought alcohol and a range of class A and B drugs with them. Just hours later, on New Year’s Day 2019, Hollie was pronounced dead by paramedics that were called to the cabin when she collapsed.
Hollie Sheridan-Connis died while staying at the Glan y Gro Lakeside Suites in Llangower, Bala, for New Year
Weston, of Oteley Avenue, Bromborough, appeared before Chester Crown Court on January 13, where he admitted supplying Hollie with cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamine and ketamine.
He also pleaded guilty to burgling Ms Sheridan-Connis’ home in Leasowe earlier in December 2018 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He was already serving a prison sentence having pleaded guilty to possessing drugs with intent to supply at Chester Crown Court last August and being handed a 45-month jail term. Sentencing Weston, Judge Huw Rees said: “This is a tragic case and underlines the devastating effects drugs and a combination of alcohol can have.
“Courts often warn death can result and in this case it has.”
Kyle Paladino, 23, of Beacon Grove, St Helens (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Kyle Paladino stabbed a supermarket manager when he tried to stop him stealing a jar of coffee. He knifed Ben Lee in the stomach during a frightening altercation at Farmfoods in St Helens. The 23-year-old, who was high on drink and drugs, was spotted by the victim acting suspiciously on CCTV.
Mr Lee, who was in his office, watched Paladino put the jar in a bag at the Boundary Lane shop at around 3.30pm on Saturday, October 19 last year. He saw him walk to the pizza aisle, take food from there and go to pay for it at a counter, but he didn’t produce the jar.
Google picture of Farmfoods in St Helens
Mr Lee challenged the thief and said: “Can you take the coffee out of your bag please?” Kate Gaskell, prosecuting, said he replied: “Who do you think you are?
I paid for this.” The court heard Mr Lee grabbed the coffee and Paladino became aggressive and started waving his arms. Mr Lee took hold of his arms and escorted him to the door, where he believed Paladino was about to throw a punch.
Footage showed Paladino lunge at him just outside the doors, before the victim saw blood on his T-shirt and Paladino fled.
Police arrested him a few days later and the knife was never recovered. Mr Lee looked down and realised he had been stabbed, before asking staff to call him an ambulance. Paladino, of Beacon Grove, St Helens, admitted wounding with intent, possessing an offensive weapon, and theft.
He was jailed for four and a half years.
Vasile and Adrian Serban
Vasile Serban, 25, of Bannerman Street, Wavertree (Image: Liverpool Echo)
An evil yob who stabbed a dog before hurling the pet to her death from a balcony has escaped to Romania with his brother. Vasile and Adrian Serban fled the UK in the wake of the sickening attack at a devastated family’s home in Toxteth. They were part of a gang of drunken louts who targeted Mihaela Filip, her son Christian Dutu, and their beloved American bulldog Hindo.
Adrian, 31 and of Grosvenor Road in Wavertree, launched a broken bottle, which hit Ms Filip’s right hand, causing three deep cuts, before four thugs scaled the victims’ balcony. Hindo tried to protect her owners, but was knifed with a broken bottle by heartless Vasile, 25 and of Bannerman Street in Wavertree, then flung onto a parked van in the road below.
Vasile Serban, the dog Hindo, and Adrian Serban
Horrifying mobile phone footage filmed by witnesses captured the shocking moment the animal was thrown, then limped away and died. Mr Dutu was also stabbed in the chest by one thug, then dragged inside his home, where his shirt was ripped and his trousers pulled down.
Meanwhile, Adrian also set upon Ms Filip – pulling her hair and repeatedly punching her – on the evening of April 21, 2018.
The fugitive brothers were jailed in their absence at Liverpool Crown Court, having also skipped a trial last September. Vasile admitted affray and was found guilty after the trial of “destroying property” – criminal damage – namely Hindo.
Adrian Serban, 31, of Grosvenor Road, Wavertree (Image: Liverpool Echo)
He was cleared of wounding Mr Dutu with or without intent, after Mr Dutu told the jury it was Adrian who stabbed him, having previously identified Vasile as his attacker. Adrian was found guilty of affray and wounding Ms Filip, but cleared of the more serious charge of wounding her with intent.
Vasile was handed 22 months in jail for affray, with a concurrent 18-month term for criminal damage. Adrian was given three years in jail for wounding, with a concurrent 30-month sentence for affray.
Steven McGlue, 36, of Cecil Street, St Helens (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Masked robber Steven McGlue raided his local Post Office and was chased by the owner – leading him to his own home. McGlue and an unknown accomplice stole GBP1,000 in cash from Sutton Oak Post Office in St Helens.
McGlue, 36, kept watch at the door, while an unknown thug pushed his way past terrified worker Deborah Clark. But the store’s owner Umar Farooq pursued the balaclava-clad pair, whose raid was captured on CCTV cameras.
And McGlue came unstuck when he made the bizarre decision to run straight to his nearby flat in Cecil Street. When police arrived they found a balaclava and gloves set alight in the kitchen sink and another balaclava on a table.
Bungling McGlue then revealed his treacherous friend said he didn’t get any money – fleeing with the cash for himself. McGlue, who admitted robbery, was jailed for four and a half years.
Tamara Williams was sentenced on Tuesday at Liverpool Crown Court (Image: Merseyside Police)
Transgender woman Tamara Williams was sent to a men’s prison after she carried out a “campaign of burglaries” in a one-night crime spree. The 37-year-old, of Bridge Street, Birkenhead, broke into supported accommodation for vulnerable people and people older than 55.
There she attempted to steal a treasured Second World War medal on October 25, 2019 in an hour-long crime spree. She pleading guilty to handling stolen goods, theft from a shop and five counts of burglaries.
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At least part of this sentence will be at a male prison though, despite her defence appealing to Judge Robert Warnock for a suspended sentence. It’s understood Williams will be able to appeal where the rest of her sentence is spent after initially being sentenced to a male facility.
The court heard how Williams had went through a bout of homelessness in January 2019 and had drug misuse issues, which led to her committing crimes. Williams was sentenced to two years in prison.
“Extreme stalker” Christopher Jones, 28, of Burman Road, Garston (Image: Liverpool Echo)
“Extreme” stalker Christopher Jones sent a young mum a picture from the blockbuster movie Taken with the sinister caption “I will find you”. The former soldier later rang his ex-partner and played a clip of Liam Neeson saying the famous line.
The 28-year-old exploited his role as stepdad to the disabled woman’s six-year-old son to manipulate her emotionally.
Jones, of Burman Road, Garston, subjected the visually impaired Wirral mum to shocking abuse over six months. His “campaign of extreme harassment” left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Jones pleaded guilty to stalking and breaching a restraining order designed to protect his victim and was jailed for four years.
Darren Draper who stamped and kicked a man on the floor who had shouted “spurious and unsubstantiated” claims about him in Wirral street (Image: merpol)
Darren Draper was jailed for an attack on a man after damaging slurs were shouted in the street.
He was at home when he heard unsubstantiated allegations concerning him yelled aloud in the street outside, followed by a garden object being flung through his window, which shattered the glass. Outside were Christopher Magee and another man who, earlier that night, had been drinking together in the King Head pub in Bebington, Wirral. Mr Magee claimed he was told something about Draper which angered him, and with his friend, they decided to visit the 52-year-old’s home in Highfield Road, Rock Ferry.
When they arrived, on September 11, 2018, Mr Magee shouted insults at Draper, and repeated some of the detail he was told in the pub, prosecutor Jonathan Duffy said.
“Infuriated” Draper, with shattered glass around him, enlisted the help of two other men and they set off to confront Mr Magee. Mr Magee had walked a short distance to Green Lawn, and when the three men arrived, their car hit him, causing him to fall to the floor. There was a loud thump, heard by several residents, who looked out of their homes to see what the commotion was.
The three defendants got out of the car and approached injured Mr Magee, who was lying on the floor.
Draper, who was wearing a distinctive high-visibility jacket, kicked Mr Magee as witnesses saw the victim repeatedly kicked and stamped on his head and upper body. The others joined in the violence. The crash into Mr Magee was said to be “possibly accidental”.
Draper admitted a charge of committing grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for 28 months.
Caroline Rimmer, 43, of Sandown Road, Seaforth (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Drug addict Caroline Rimmer punched a nurse before biting two police officers in a “chaotic” hospital rampage. The 43-year-old lashed out at medical staff, security and patients’ relatives who intervened at Aintree Hospital.
She then sunk her teeth into two female police officers, leaving both scarred and fearing they may have contracted HIV.
Both victims were given antibiotics and underwent blood tests to see if they had contracted HIV or Hepatitis C. The tests proved negative, but the officers faced an anxious wait before being given the all-clear. Rimmer, of Sandown Road in Seaforth, admitted two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.
She was jailed for 12 months.
John Llewellyn has been jailed for three years and four months for causing death by dangerous driving (Image: GMP)
John Llewellyn killed a mum in a road accident just hours after meeting her on a dating website. The 34-year-old, from Liverpool, picked up Chloe Haydock, 26, during the early hours of January 13, 2018. Llewellyn, of Redrock Street, Everton, then lost control of his Ford Fiesta and smashed into a wall in Wigan.
Chloe, who was a mother to a now three-year-old boy, Leo, suffered serious injuries in the crash and died in hospital. Llewellyn, who was driving at nearly 50mph in a 30mph zone, told police he had hit another car, which drove off.
The law on killer drivers
The law on killer drivers can be covered by a wide variety of crimes. The two main charges brought against drivers are: Causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving.
Who decides what the charge is? The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) makes the ultimate decision about how a person is charged when they kill someone in a car and that makes a huge difference to any sentence the person will get. They determine whether the driving counts as dangerous or careless.
The CPS define dangerous driving as: where ‘ the standard of driving falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.’ They define careless driving as: ‘the standard of driving must merely fall below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver.’ What are the current sentences for killer drivers?
Anyone found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving faces:
- A maximum jail term of 14 years
- A possible unlimited fine
- A minimum driving ban of two years
- An extended driving test
Anyone found guilty of causing death by careless driving faces:
- A maximum jail term of 5 years
- A minimum driving ban of 12 months
Judge Graeme Smith discounted this evidence, after finding that Llewellyn had been “in a daze” following the crash. A roadside breath test tested positive, but a blood sample taken at hospital found him under the drink drive limit. Llewellyn, who suffered injuries to his wrist, hand, legs and knee, admitted causing death by dangerous driving.
He was jailed for three years and four months and banned from the road for eight years and eight months.
Sean Meadows, 30, formerly of Oxford Street, Widnes. (Image: cheshirepolice)
Sean Meadows was in an armed gang who “hunted down” a car in a high-speed chase before blasting it with a sawn-off shotgun. The 30-year-old was one of four men in a Mazda 3 who pursued the Ford Focus, which contained three rival men. Meadows, formerly of Oxford Street, Widnes, was accused of being the gunman, but always denied he pulled the trigger.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence on the basis he hid the weapon. Meadows was arrested a few days after mayhem in Runcorn Old Town, at around 8.30am on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
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Businesses were opening up and children were walking to school when the car chase began over on Percival Lane. The driver of the Ford lost control near Bridge Street and it was rammed by the Mazda, as a gunman shot the Ford’s back lights.
Meadows got out carrying a bag containing the shotgun and dumped the weapon, which has never been recovered, in bushes. He was jailed for nine years with an extended one year on licence, meaning he will serve at least six years behind bars.
Stephen and Daniel Yates
Burglars Stephen and Daniel Yates
Stephen and Daniel Yates stole an elderly woman’s Motability car, Blue Badge and walking stick. The brothers broke into the 88-year-old disabled victim’s Prescot home while she was sleeping upstairs.
The OAP, who is hard of hearing and requires medication to sleep, “thankfully” wasn’t disturbed by the pair. But they left her housebound over Christmas, after taking her Peugeot 108 and a handbag containing her driving licence. Stephen and Daniel – former ASBO terrors who have plagued Prescot – struck with an unknown third man on December 13.
They smashed a kitchen window to gain access to the pensioner’s property in Dennett Road, then fled in her Peugeot.
A police officer spotted the stolen car being driven at speed along Prescot Way, with no lights on, at around 2.15am. After a short chase the three men got out and fled, but Stephen and Daniel were caught near the M57, just before 3am. They both admitted burglary and theft from a motor vehicle, while Daniel also admitted breaching a suspended sentence.
Daniel, 28, of Hughes Avenue, Prescot, was jailed for three years and 20 weeks. Stephen, 36, of Kingsway, Prescot, was jailed for three years.
Paul Pollard, 35, of Shelley Street, Bootle (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Paul Pollard robbed a taxi driver at knifepoint but was “run over” by police – breaking his leg in two places. The thug – who has a history of robbing vulnerable people including women – struck near Anfield stadium on Bonfire night.
Pollard held a folding knife to the neck of Delta Taxis driver Mehrdad Asgari and demanded his takings in Grasmere Street. But when the 35-year-old fled with just GBP15, he was hit by a police patrol car and left lying on the pavement “screaming in pain”. It happened just before thousands of fans left Anfield, after Liverpool’s Champions League win against Genk on November 5.
The lock knife Paul Pollard used to threaten a taxi driver (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Carmel Wilde, defending Pollard, said: “He was run over by a police vehicle.
He as a result of that suffered a break to the tibia and fibula. “He was in hospital for some time. He’s clearly on crutches, he’s had an infection in the leg, there is in effect metal rods located in his leg now.
“That matter is being dealt with by way of police complaint and has been referred to an independent investigation. “Some may say he received his just desserts, but clearly this is a very serious injury.” The career criminal admitted robbery, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage.
He was jailed for six years, with an extended four years on licence.
Callum Leslie, of Pippits Row, Runcorn
Callum Leslie knocked out two men after one of them accidentally spilt his drink in a nightclub. The 23-year-old attacked his victims in Voodoo bar in Warrington before launching a ferocious assault outside. He knocked both men to the ground and kicked the drink spiller as he lay on the dancefloor, knocking him out.
Leslie punched the other victim several times, again as he lying defenceless on the floor, before security intervened.
Callum Leslie caught on CCTV in Voodoo bar, Warrington
When Leslie realised the first victim had come outside, he punched him in the head from behind, leaving him unconscious. An unknown man potentially saved the victim’s life by pulling his tongue away from the back of his throat to clear his airway. The Good Samaritan also put him in the recovery position and he regained consciousness 20 minutes later on May 11 last year.
Leslie, of Pippits Row, Runcorn, admitted three counts of assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 10 months.
Roger Collins who attacked and imprisoned his girlfriend in her home for several hours. (Image: cheshire police)
Roger Collins attacked and imprisoned his girlfriend for hours leaving her so scared she built a panic room. The serial woman beater attacked his partner before sitting astride her on a bed, yelling: “I could stab you if I wanted to.” The 52-year-old was furious about what he perceived to be insufficient money she had given for his dead brother’s memorial.
He took the terrified woman’s pillow, sentimental to her because it belonged to her late dad, and smothered her with it, suffocating her. Collins, who has a history of domestic violence, punched her to the side of her face, enraged that she had started to fight back.
He followed his victim as she fled, locking the front and back doors, removing the keys, and confiscating her mobile phone. The victim was left imprisoned in her own home in Orford, Warrington, for several hours on September 3 last year.
Collins, of Dentons Green Lane, St Helens, was found guilty of false imprisonment and actual bodily harm after a trial. The remorseless coward, who has since moved to Oswestry, North Wales, was jailed for 18 months.
Michael Morrisey, 67, of Westmorland Drive, Liverpool city centre (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Michael Morrisey instructed a fellow paedophile how to rape his nephew and tried to arrange sex with a 13-year-old boy. The depraved pervert boasted online about having sex with children and tried to talk another man into “sharing” his young relative.
But the unsuspecting 67-year-old was actually talking to undercover police – while on bail and serving a suspended sentence. The OAP was jailed over the disturbing conversations and a sick stash of images, which showed babies being abused. A top judge said he only avoided an even longer extended sentence because he was likely to die in prison from lung cancer.
Morrisey was subject to a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, for downloading indecent images.
He admitted two new counts of downloading indecent images, one of possessing indecent images, and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO). Morrisey also pleaded guilty to attempted sexual communication with a child, intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, and breaching his suspended sentence. He was jailed for seven years and told to comply with a SHPO for nine years and to sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
Gang who sold crack and heroin outside nursery
Graham Daniels, part of a drugs gang who dealt drugs outside a nursery (Image: cheshire police)
A gang who sold crack cocaine and heroin outside a children’s nursery raked in up to GBP2,000 a day.
The criminals were watched by undercover police as they supplied their Class A product from Liverpool to Warrington. On average, the “county lines” mob dealt between 15 and 20 grams in smaller GBP10 street deals each day.
Anthony Bath, part of a drugs gang who dealt drugs outside a (Image: cheshire police)
They transported the heroin and crack cocaine by car, then sold the drugs outside a nursery in the Padgate area. Graham Daniels drove the drugs from a house in Glencairn Road, Old Swan to Warrington, then returned with the profits.
Detectives later raided the house and established it was being used to produce, weigh and package the drugs.
Gilesie Smith, part of a drugs gang who dealt drugs outside a nursery (Image: cheshire police)
Anthony Bath, was known as the street dealer who physically sold the drugs to users in the Warrington area. Each day, Gilesie Smith was responsible for operating the phone that users would contact for drugs. He would direct Bath to meet the drug users and provide them with their supply.
Michael Murphy was part of a drugs gang who peddled drugs outside a nursery (Image: cheshire police)
Michael Murphy, sourced and paid the rent in Glencairn Road which was used as a drug hub.
Smith, 20, of Dorien Road, Old Swan, admitted three counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis. He was jailed for six years and nine months.
Liam Grant, part of a drug gang who dealt outside a children’s nursery (Image: cheshire police)
Bath, 26, of Montague Road, Old Swan, admitted conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and was jailed for six years. Daniels, 48, of Poplars Avenue, Warrington, admitted supplying crack cocaine and heroin and was jailed for four years and six months.
Murphy, 22, of Ingrow Road, Kensington, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply and allowing his premises to be used for the supply of Class A drugs and was jailed for three years and three months. Liam Grant, 22, of Davidson Road, Old Swan, admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis and was jailed for three years and two months.
George Clayton was sentenced on January 23 at Liverpool Crown Court (Image: Merseyside Police)
George Clayton left his ex-partner with stitches and clumps of hair missing after he attacked her in front of their four young children. He left the children screaming after he launched into an attack on his victim, who was making tea for their family, aged between three and 13.
The 43-year-old, who has attacked her before, had become angry and irrationally jealous after she asked him to leave her Fairfield home. Clayton, of Robarts Road, Anfield, struck the woman across the face and grabbed her by the hair, causing her to fall to the floor.
Brian Treadwell, prosecuting, said: “She asked him again to leave and threatened to call the police and he replied, ‘you are going to have to call the police to get me out of here’ and then assaulted her by grabbing her by the hair again.” Clayton then pulled clumps of her hair out, as she begged her 10-year-old to call police, then punched her in the face twice, cutting each eyebrow.
The pathetic woman beater, who had been drinking and admitted wounding, then fled and she called 999, on July 26 last year. Clayton was jailed for 16 months.
Sidney James Southwood, 76, of Tickle Avenue, St Helens (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Sidney Southwood bought a vulnerable young woman cuddly toys and told her it was “so I can do what I want to you”. The 76-year-old sexual predator gave his victim the gifts when she was out shopping in St Helens town centre.
He then led the woman to secluded wasteland, off Duncan Avenue, and tried to put his hand down her trousers. Southwood repeatedly kissed the victim, despite her pleading for the OAP to stop, and trying to push him away.
But residents whose homes overlook the field witnessed his vile attack and called police, who arrested Southwood. Southwood, of Tickle Avenue, St Helens, denied sexual assault but was found guilty of the charge after a trial.
Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said: “I’m certain this was a planned, cynical, sexual exploitation of a very vulnerable young woman and therefore appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody.” He jailed Southwood for 18 months, who showed no emotion as he was sent down. The judge told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and imposed a 10-year restraining order.
David Edwards is already serving a prison sentence (Image: Cheshire Police)
David Edwards tried to swallow up to 20 bags of heroin when he was caught red handed by the police.
The 23-year-old, and fellow addict Sharon Cooper, 46, were “low down” the drug hierarchy chain and made to transport drugs across Merseyside. Cooper, a mum-of-two, of Deepdale, Widnes, was coerced into driving a car by a man with Edwards, of no fixed address, in exchange for drugs. Edwards, who is already serving a sentence of three years and four months imposed in April last year for trying to rob three shops, was told he must carry drugs around in the vehicle because of debts he’d run up from buying cocaine.
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The pair were stopped by police with scales, GBP763 in cash, one wrap of crack cocaine and 20 wraps of heroin in a car in Widnes on December 23, 2018.
As officers approached the pair, Edwards panicked and tried to swallow the drugs, but police managed to stop him and Cooper confessed to her role. Edwards, who admitted possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply was jailed for two years and four months, consecutive to his existing sentence. Cooper, who admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine, was handed 23 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and a drug rehabilitation requirement.
John Paul Molyneux, 27, of HMP Altcourse, Liverpool. (Image: cheshirepolice)
John Molyneux told a girl he was “not a predator” before exposing himself and groping her, then trying to stifle her screams with her hair.
The 27-year-old, of no fixed address, inflicted the terrifying encounter on his victim in the early hours of a winter night last year after he had been drinking with friends and he had taken “a line of cocaine”. Molyneux turned up at the property in Widnes, tapping on a window, and when the victim – aged under 16 – opened the front door, the creep put his foot in the gap. They chatted inside and Molyneux, “slurring his words” and “swaying”, smelled of alcohol.
Molyneux, who was out on licence at the time after serving part of a six-year sentence for robbery, told the girl he had recently been released from prison.
He told his victim she was “fit” then advanced on her while claiming he was “not a predator”, only to then expose himself and grope her despite her rejecting him. The convicted robber tried to stifle her screams with his hand and then her own hair, leaving the “terrified” victim sore and traumatised by the attack. He admitted sexual activity with a child and was jailed for 20 months and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
Jack Murphy, 18, was part of a Merseyside based drug gang (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Teenage crack cocaine and heroin dealer Jack Murphy boasted he sold “the best in town”.
The 18-year-old was part of a “County Lines” gang supplying Class A drugs from Liverpool to the Barrow area of Cumbria. Murphy, of Nightingale Road, West Derby, was caught with a “graft” mobile phone, referred to by the gang as the “A Line”. This “dealer line” sent out “flare” texts alerting users drugs were for sale, including: “On with 10/10 both best in town”
Police arrested Murphy and two accomplices when they raided a house in Longway, Barrow on May 21 last year.
Cocaine bagged up for sale by the Merseyside based County Lines drug gang including Jack Murphy and Georgie Keating (Image: Liverpool Echo)
They recovered almost GBP2,500 in cash, cocaine separated into six separate deals, more drugs, and two plastic wraps of brown powder. Prosecutors said the gang had a stash of weapons in the address, including a dagger and a large machete over one foot in length. But the brown powder was tested and found to be nutmeg, likely to be sold as “fake heroin” to unsuspecting punters.
Murphy was found to be carrying two mobile phones – one the “dealer line” – which was seized and examined by experts. It contained group messages to up to 90 people advertising drugs, including one text sent just moments beforehand. Murphy, who admitted conspiring to supply Class A drugs last May, was jailed for three years and two months.
Gary Swift and Scott Kilgour
Gary Swift and Scott Kilgour pleaded guilty drug offences after being arrested on a yacht laden with cocaine
Gary Swift and Scott Kilgour sailed a yacht across the Atlantic carrying a huge stash of cocaine.
They were at the helm of the SY Atrevido, which collected the 750kg illegal haul from Suriname, on the north east coast of South America. The cocaine had a purity of 83% and a wholesale value of around GBP24m and a potential street value of GBP60m once cut. Swift, 53, had undertaken a “dummy run” in December 2017, 18 months before the actual importation, but this earlier attempt ended up in him getting into difficulties in waters off the Welsh coast.
He had to be towed into Fishguard harbour for repairs, and crucially, this alerted the authorities to their future plan – which ended on August 27 last year.
Two men arrested as part of a National Crime Agency-led operation, which has resulted in the recovery of approximately 750kg of cocaine from a yacht in Fishguard, have now been charged with conspiracy to import cocaine.
When the Merseysiders arrived in Pembrokeshire, Border Force officers were watching and swooped on the boat, half a mile off the Welsh coast, searching it thoroughly. Swift, who knew the game was up, confessed to them: “I’m the bad one here. I had to come clean.
I’m glad it’s over.” He added: “I just want to say that I am guilty. “I have got something substantial on the boat and they will find it.”
Swift, of no fixed address, and Kilgour, 41, of Bedford Close, Edge Hill, were sentenced to 19 years and six months, and 13 years and six months respectively, after pleading guilty to importing Class A drugs into the UK.
Jay Ferguson, 20, of Liverpool Road, Huyton (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Jay Ferguson says he wants to carry out a violent rape using Tinder when he is released from jail in March. The paedophile, 20, who identifies as a man, is currently being held at women’s prison HMP Styal in Cheshire. He was locked up for 22 months in 2017, after putting together a “rape kit” and threatening to abduct and rape a child.
Within days of his release last August, he contacted police to tell them he had a child sex abuse video and a knife. Prosecutors said there were concerns of “an immediate risk” if he was spared jail, which needed to be managed. Sarah Badrawy, prosecuting, said: “He has written letters to officers at Styal indicating his intention to carry out a violent rape on his release and his intention to use a social network or dating application called Tinder to do so.”
The knife Jay Ferguson had hidden in his trousers when he walked into Huyton Police Station (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Ferguson was released from Styal on August 16 and moved into a flat in Liverpool Road, Huyton.
He rang the police at around 4.50am on August 21, and said he was talking to a man called Leon Jones, who had sent him indecent photos of children. Officers seized a Category B indecent video from Ferguson and evidence from chats contradicted his claim he requested it while acting as a paedophile hunter. The pervert was released on bail, but just before 9pm on August 26 walked into Huyton Police Station and revealed he was carrying a kitchen knife.
Ms Badrawy said: “He said he was in fear of immediate danger having been sexually assaulted a few days previously and carried the knife for protection.” Ferguson, who has served five months on remand, admitted possessing an indecent image of a child and having an article with a blade ahead of a trial. He was jailed for 14 months, meaning he will likely be released in two months’ time.
Carl Turner, John Hughes and Patrick Boyle
Carl Turner, 28, of Eskdale, Skelmersdale, who was jailed for 42 months for two counts of unlawful wounding and harassme (Image: Merseyside Police)
A worried dad confronted his daughter’s abusive ex-boyfriend only to be beaten unconscious in front of terrified schoolchildren.
Carl Turner enlisted the help of John Hughes and Patrick Boyle to rain punches on Michael Pye – leaving him with a broken nose and facial scars. The attack took place inside the One Stop Shop in Bowness Avenue, St Helens, on July 10 last year, after Mr Pye, 53, coincidentally came across Turner bothering his daughter, Samantha Pye.
John Hughes, 25, of no fixed address, jailed for 40 months for two counts of unlawful wounding (Image: Merseyside Police)
Turner and Hughes also stamped and kicked on Mr Pye’s work colleague, 51-year-old Thomas Beard, leaving him with a serious wound to the back of his head and a fractured arm. Turner, who was later arrested after a roof-top stand-off, also bombarded 24-year-old Miss Pye with daily threatening phone calls and texts.
Miss Pye was driven to such despair by Turner’s threats, on one occasion she cut her wrists with a Stanley knife, and although she survived her injuries, her child was taken into care for a month by social services.
Patrick Boyle, 24, of Windsor Road, Tuebrook, jailed for 12 months for one count of unlawful wounding (Image: Merseyside Police)
Turner, 28, of Eskdale, Skelmersdale, admitted two counts of wounding and one of harassment. He was jailed for three and a half years. Hughes, 25, of no fixed address, admitted two counts of wounding and was jailed for three years and four months.
Boyle, 24, of Windsor Road, Tuebrook, admitted one count of wounding and was jailed for 12 months.
Convicted killer Michael Fagbuaro (Image: Liverpool Echo)
A killer gun thug drove a woman to attempt suicide after they started dating while he was in prison. Michael Fagbuaro was jailed for 18 years over the shooting of Kensington butcher Asif Bashir in a ruthless gang robbery. The 22-year-old cocaine dealer was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter, after a harrowing trial in March 2011.
Catherine Mooney said she and Fagbuaro were friends and she felt sorry for him, as he told her he wasn’t responsible. She started visiting him in prison, and travelled across the country when he was moved to different jails, becoming his girlfriend.
Kensington butcher Asif Bashir who died after he was shot in a ruthless gang robbery led by Michael Fagbuaro (Image: Liverpool Echo)
But he started controlling her, demanding she put money in his account and buy him designer clothes, and issued vile threats. He said he would show her dad intimate photos of her and threatened to hurt Miss Mooney, her family and even her dogs.
They split up but when he got out of jail in August he said he loved her and they reunited, before he attacked her on October 10. In front of shocked witnesses at Liverpool South Parkway train station he dragged her out of a car and punched her in the head.
A CCTV still which shows Michael Fagbuaro and his gang outside the Kensington home where they killed Asif Bashir (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Afterwards, he threatened that he would attack her mum, her dad, shoot at her mum and dad’s property, and kill her dogs. He forced her to go to police and give a false account to say he acted in self-defence, then called her from prison threatening to kill her mum.
The court heard Ms Mooney was so affected she tried to take her own life when she overdosed and went to Royal Liverpool Hospital. Fagbuaro, formerly of Grove Way, Edge Hill, was found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm and perverting the course of justice. He admitted a second count of the latter offence.
Fagbuaro, who has been recalled on licence, was jailed for 21 months.
Helen Dove, 31 and of Prescot Road in St Helens, was jailed for two years and eight months for fraud. Image: Merseyside Police (Image: liverpool echo)
Chief bridesmaid-to-be Helen Dove ruined her supposed best friend’s wedding with a string of elaborate lies.
The bizarre con left a judge scratching his head as it appeared to have no reasonable motive whatsoever. Dove convinced close pal Kimberley Baker to apply for a job within the children’s services department at Warrington Borough Council. The evil fraudster created 15 fake colleagues to trick her into believing she was hired for the position she had confided in Dove was her dream job.
Helen Dove, 31 and of Prescot Road in St Helens, was jailed for two years and eight months for fraud. Image: Merseyside Police (Image: liverpool echo)
She then sent thousands of emails from more than a dozen false accounts – even asking her to manage staff rotas – to create the impression her application had been successful. Ms Baker eventually busted her chief bridesmaid-to-be when she confronted her after going months without pay.
The bizarre scam started when the pair met at a stable complex in Rainford in the summer of 2017 and Dove learned of Ms Baker’s work dream. She then pretended she worked for the council as an adoption worker, showed her fake ID and convinced her to quit her job at BT for the role.
Helen Dove met Kimberley Baker at a stable complex in Rainford
During the process the 43-year-old took another job – only to be told by Dove it could hinder her application and “wasn’t worth risking losing for this job”. The bizarre scam left Ms Baker around GBP50,000 out of pocket due to lost wages after leaving BT for the bogus role.
The court heard the scheme had left her devastated, paranoid and that she had been forced to cancel her wedding due to the financial impact. Judge Robert Warnock said a psychological assessment revealed no significant mental health issues and he had no idea why she carried out the cruel scam. Dove, of Prescot Road in St Helens, admitted two counts of fraud and was jailed for two years and eight months.
Daniel Glassey who has been jailed for 27 months after controlling and harassing two ex-girlfriends (Image: PA)
A police officer was jailed after ringing a female colleague over 100 times on a night out and changing shifts to match hers.
Daniel Glassey cheated on his girlfriend with the officer for three months before bombarding them both with controlling text messages and demanding requests. The 30-year-old escalated to aggressive threats and physical violence just a few months after striking up a relationship with his fellow officer. Glassey, of Dale Lane, Appleton, Warrington, had even accused her of cheating while harassing and blaming her for his own actions.
His disgraceful behaviour began after he joined Cheshire Police as a special constable in August 2017 and his partner dumped him in June 2018.
Daniel Glassey became obsessed with his job as a special constable before harassing two ex-girlfriends
He refused to accept her decision and sent her a barrage of texts and calls, constantly demanding to know where she was and who she was with. Many texts were described as vile and obnoxious, and on some occasions he even demanded she send images to prove where she was. Three months before the break up with his partner, in March 2018, Glassey had begun an affair with a female officer working for Cheshire Police.
This officer, who was unaware of his existing relationship, became his next victim who he started to abuse, control and then harass daily. He changed shifts to ensure they always worked together and bombarded her with false claims she was cheating and insulted her. The creep also made threats to hurt her and physically assaulted her numerous times before another colleague discovered the abuse last April.
Glassey admitted controlling and coercive behaviour and harassment without violence and was jailed for two years and three months.
Sheena Farrell, 43, of no fixed address (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Mentally ill Sheena Farrell slashed two policemen after repeatedly refusing to put down a kitchen knife. An officer on patrol in Fairfield stopped to chat to the “dishevelled” and hooded mum-of-two to see if she was okay. But the 43-year-old ignored his requests to take her hands out of her pockets, before revealing a large carving knife.
Bodycam footage showed he sprayed Farrell with CS gas but she fled, so he chased after her and called for back-up. However, when colleagues arrived she still wouldn’t drop the weapon and they were forced to try and disarm her.
Mental health and suicide support
Helplines and support groups The following are helplines and support networks for people to talk to, mostly listed on the NHS Choices website
- Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year.
If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at email@example.com.
- Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
- PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
- Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
- Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
- Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
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A sergeant repeatedly hit Farrell with his baton, but she slashed and stabbed at him, as they both fell to the ground. The drug addict still hadn’t let go of the blade, so another officer dived on top of her and she finally released her grip.
Farrell kept saying “I’m sorry, sorry love” as the sergeant realised he had a wound on his thumb, requiring three stitches. He then discovered a second cut to the top of his arm, which needed a solitary stitch, and his colleague’s head was cut. Farrell admitted wounding both officers and having a knife in public on December 3 last year – her first crimes since 1999.
A judge jailed her for two years, to which Farrell replied: “Thank you your honour. I’m very sorry, sorry love.”
Marvin Haid, 27, of Bethel Grove, Wavertree (Image: Liverpool Echo)
Police took drug dealer Marvin Haid‘s cash, the Audi on his drive and the Rolex on his wrist when they raided his home. Officers discovered nearly GBP10,000 in bank notes hidden behind a TV at the 27-year-old’s property in Bethel Road, Wavertree.
An investigation revealed more than GBP36,000 had also been paid into the crook’s bank account over two-and-a-half years. Haid offered no explanation for the dirty cash, the Audi A3, or his GBP3,000 Rolex watch when interviewed by police on July 25 last year. But the dad-of-two later tried to convince a probation officer he had only been “minding” the money, including the GBP36,000.
The drug dealer had an Audi A3 parked outside his house (Image: scu)
Prosecutors said the combined value of all the money and items was GBP57,327, but Haid failed to give an explanation to the police.
Haid admitted two counts of possessing criminal property and possessing cannabis. Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, said: “He has provided some sort of explanation in the pre-sentence report, that he was effectively minding these items. “That frankly doesn’t really fit with the expenditure.
The cash that went into the account went out again in expenditure almost as quickly and the watch and the car seem to have been in his own use. “The only item he might be able to sustain a minding explanation for is the almost GBP10,000 hidden behind the television.” Defence lawyers said Haid now accepted his claims were “unrealistic” and he was jailed for two years and one month.
George Fairclough, 28, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and jailed for 13 years
Masked robber George Fairclough dragged an elderly woman from bed after attacking her husband.
He pushed his way into the home of his victims on Milbrook Crescent in Kirkby after banging on their front door late in the evening. A man living at the house got up to see who was at the front door but was met by the 28-year-old who pushed into the home and attacked the man. He then went upstairs in the house and dragged the man’s wife from her bed, assaulted her and then demanded money from the couple, who were both in their 70s and in poor health.
While Fairclough was upstairs the husband managed to run to a neighbour for help before their attacker ran from the scene.
Fairclough was arrested the day after the attack, on December 24, 2017. While the incident was being investigated, both victims sadly died and did not get the chance to see their attacker jailed. The vile robber has previously been convicted of robbing another elderly man so was quickly recalled to prison for the attack.
He pleading guilty to attempted robbery and was jailed again for 13 and a half years.
Stephen Beaumont, who led police on a 140mph police chase along the M62 before performing a crazy U-turn to drive against oncoming traffic (Image: cheshire police)
Stephen Beaumont fled from police during a 140mph motorway chase before performing a dangerous U-turn into oncoming traffic. Dashcam footage, taken from the unmarked police BMW car tailing him, revealed just how treacherous the 30-year-old had been on the M62. Beaumont was going so fast, mostly on the hard shoulder, that chasing officers found it difficult to keep up with him.
He weaved in and out of traffic after police tried to pull him over near to Junction 9, shortly after 11.30am on December 2 last year. His Ford Fiesta was spotted with false registration plates, but Beaumont, of Beach Road, Litherland, refused to stop, and sped away.
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He raced along the westbound carriageway, left the M62 at Junction 7 for Rainhill, in St Helens, before running a red light and re-joining the motorway, on the same carriageway, via the entry slip road. Then, to police’s astonishment, Beaumont performed a U-turn against the flow of the traffic, ready to speed away in the wrong direction of the motorway.
However, officers then rammed the Fiesta, bringing his chase to a halt. Beaumont admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, and was convicted of a second count of dangerous driving and handling stolen goods. He was jailed for two years and three months, and banned from the road for five years and 45 days.
Michael Luckett, a Warrington police officer who got involved in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable woman whose car crash case he was investigating (Image: cheshire police)
Police officer Michael Luckett started a sexual relationship with a vulnerable woman he’d arrested for drink driving.
He started seeing the 30-year-old married victim even when her prosecution for drink driving was still ongoing through the criminal courts. The 32-year-old constable, who served in Warrington, had initially correctly informed his managers when the woman contacted him on Facebook Messenger. The officer had engaged in a 30-minute conversation with Miss Walker, five weeks after her arrest, but he rightly told his supervisor who strongly advised him to stop all contact, and no action was taken against him.
But later, the Cheshire Police officer unblocked Miss Walker on social media, and started up their friendship, which led to a sexual relationship. The couple kissed on a dog walk around the Pennine Trail, met up once or twice a week at hotels, or at her dad’s house, and even on the day of her court appearance they checked into a hotel together.
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The policeman, with six years experience, again informed his union, but a subsequent investigation discovered he’d contacted her five weeks before her drink driving case ended. Luckett, of Snowberry Crescent in Sankey Bridges, Warrington, was charged with misconduct in a public office and he resigned from his post.
He was jailed for 12 months and banned from serving in the force ever again, but unbelievably the couple are still together.
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