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We’ve reported on the following cases where criminals have been sent to prison by courts in the area over the course of the last six months.
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Obsessive stalker John Diskin has been jailed after he subjected his ex partner to a terrifying campaign of harassment.
- Bombarded his victim with calls and messages including more than 180 calls on one day;
- Smashed windows at her daughter’s house and made threats;
- Tracked his victim down to a Cheadle supermarket after she moved into a women’s refuge.
Now Diskin has been jailed for 18 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Thugs David Bailey and Ashley Roberts have been jailed after telling a gay couple they would ‘burn in hell’ during a violent homophobic attack in Manchester city centre.
Bailey, aged 18, and Roberts, aged 19, started to abuse the couple near Manchester Piccadilly train station after noticing they were holding hands in the early hours of August 3.
Manchester Crown Court heard the pair punched and kicked the couple and told them ‘you will burn in hell’ and ‘its disgusting’ during the vile incident.
They initially approached the men and one defendant said ‘give me £20 or I will kill you’. They then attacked both men.
Reveller Lee Lovatt has been jailed after he broke a man’s cheekbone in a town centre bar.
The 33-year-old punched his victim several times inside Reflex, Newcastle, on the evening of February 23 last year.
The man, a Romanian who was drinking with his friend, was struck as he was walking to go for a cigarette.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he was left with a fractured cheekbone and eye socket.
Now Lovatt has been jailed for 14 months.
Patient Lance King has been jailed after he deliberately coughed in the face of a nurse who was treating him.
The 30-year-old was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital as police were concerned for his welfare as he was displaying signs of Covid-19.
But his behaviour became erratic and he started moving around the A&E department.
He was told to get back in his cubicle by a staff nurse and a clinical support worker who were trying to keep a safe distance from him.
But he moved forward towards the nurse and intentionally coughed in her face.
Burglar Ashley Bowen fled empty handed after a bungled raid at a supermarket.
The 29-year-old and an unknown accomplice caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at The Co-op, Endon, after using a crow bar and angle grinder to access the cigarette counter and cash machine.
But their efforts were unsuccessful and they left empty-handed.
The break-in happened about six months after the defendant hit his ex-partner with a claw hammer and smashed up her car.
Now Bowen has been jailed for 30 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Two men who burgled a house in broad daylight were caught after suspicious neighbours alerted the police.
Michael Ford, aged 27, and 29-year-old Joshua Halliday smashed their way into the house in Rosemary Place, Sneyd Green, at 7.30am.
But a dog walker saw the two defendants wearing dark clothes in a garden and then heard breaking glass and banging and rummaging inside the property.
Police arrived and chased after the defendants who dropped stolen goods, including a television, as they fled.
A one woman crimewave is now behind bars after repeatedly stealing from cars.
Cassandra Harvey – who has been a scourge on law-abiding citizens in Birches Head, Cobridge and Northwood – was given a chance to avoid prison.
But the 27-year-old, of Moston Street, Birches Head, has now been jailed for 18 weeks after she committed a number of offences while on bail.
Banned driver Ryan Atkinson was busted for drug-dealing – after police caught him riding a scooter.
They had seen the 26-year-old stop at a house in Longton and go inside for a short time.
And when they pulled him over he was carrying deals of heroin with a value of £640.
A hospital patient who was displaying the signs of coronavirus has been jailed after she deliberately coughed at a nurse.
Penelope Russell was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital as she was suffering with a bad cough and breathing problems on March 31.
The 51-year-old was placed in an area set up for patients displaying Covid-19 symptoms.
She was given a mask and put in a side room where swabs were taken to test for the killer disease.
The conviction placed her in breach of a 14-week suspended jail sentence and she was jailed for a total of 40 weeks.
Convicted paedophile Robert Oliver groomed a 14-year-old girl on Snapchat and then threatened her after her family discovered his sordid past.
The 26-year-old initially struck up a friendship with the victim on the social media platform, offering her advice with her personal problems.
But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he later began calling her ‘sexy’ and ‘a little stunner’. He then asked to meet up with her and take her to his home. She told him her mum would not allow it.
Thug Lee Gaffney has been jailed after assaulting his ex-girlfriend several times during a nightmare lockdown road trip to Blackpool.
The 31-year-old breached a non-molestation order to visit his ex at her home on April 15, and then subjected the woman to a 16-hour ordeal, during which he hit her in the face, spat at her and gripped her by the neck.
While drinking throughout the day, Gaffney drove his victim to the Lancashire coast, via Crewe and Warrington, in her own car, and smashed one of its windows.
‘Out-of-control’ sex offender Jason Potts attempted to strangle an 11-year-old schoolgirl at a bus stop and then pounced on two other lone women.
The 29-year-old targeted the complete strangers within the space of an hour after darkness fell in Hanley.
It was only when passers-by intervened that each of the terrified victims managed to break free from his brutal clutches. He was arrested later that evening after he matched the description of the offender.
Now he has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and will be subject to a five-year extended licence on his release.
A lying passenger in a car involved in a serious crash in which a pregnant teenage mum and her toddler were thrown into the air told police he was a driver in a foolish bid to throw detectives off the scent.
Aqeeb Rasab, aged 26, was a front seat passenger in a Volkswagen Jetta which was alleged to have been racing an Audi A7 through residential streets in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Jetta struck the woman, who was 17 at the time, and her child as they crossed Waterloo Road, Cobridge, near the junction with Hawthorn Street.
A career criminal who carried out his first burglary 32 years ago is now back behind bars – and has vowed to retire from his life of crime.
Jason Shaw’s latest crime saw him spend several hours inside a business before making off with the contents of a safe.
The 48-year-old forced his way into a Burslem business and tried to access the safe.
He left the building before returning and using an angle grinder to eventually open the safe and steal the contents – a small amount of cash and some South African currency which was of a sentimental value to the owner.
Burglar Daniel McDade who has 13 previous convictions for breaking into homes is back behind bars.
The 36-year-old sneaked into a Trent Vale house while the owners slept and made off with a wallet, bank card and a vape.
But he was caught red-handed with the stolen items after police were called to a service station.
He also had a sat nav which belonged to another victim.
Angry Peter Haddon racially abused a six-year-old girl and her mum – as they queued to get into a supermarket during the coronavirus lockdown.
The 57-year-old was waiting to get inside Tesco, in Hanley on March 28 when he became confused and annoyed at the supermarket giant’s new rules – and took his anger out on the mother and daughter.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the store was only letting 50 customers inside at a time following the latest Government restrictions.
Now Haddon has been jailed for 42 days after pleading guilty to a charge of racially-aggravated harassment.
Drink-fuelled Zain Kabir grabbed a knife from a takeaway after a confrontation with a group of youths.
The 21-year-old became involved in a spat with the group in Trinity Street, Hanley, in the early hours of the morning.
He ran into Chilli Jacks and took the knife out on the street. But he discarded the weapon before he was arrested nearby.
Now Kabir – who has a previous conviction for possessing a knuckle duster in public – has been jailed for eight months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Recovering alcoholic Martin Stokes has been jailed after he drove dangerously when trying to give police the slip.
Officers followed the 38-year-old after they saw him driving in Fenton at 1.20am.
But the uninsured and unlicensed driver failed to stop and drove towards Hanley, Stoke and Newcastle.
Armed Mohammad Amin brandished a machete at police officers during a drugs bust on his home.
Officers had to use PAVA spray to help them tackle the 32-year-old to the ground and arrest him during the Cobridge raid.
A search revealed the drug-dealer’s cocaine and heroin stash – which had a street value of around £18,000 – in an upstairs bedroom.
Now he has been jailed for three years and eight months.
Taxi driver Azhar Hussain has been branded ‘a danger to the public’ after police found a knife in his car.
Officers searched the 30-year-old’s vehicle because he had previously told police he planned to arm himself with a blade, in response to a series of threats made against him.
But although Hussain admitted to having put the weapon in his glove box, he claimed he had been using it for DIY and forgot it was there.
A judge rejected his account and sentenced him to 21 weeks in prison, while Newcastle Borough Council has revoked his taxi licence in order to protect the public.
Prisoner Karl Quayle has been jailed after he deliberately coughed in the face of one police officer and spat at another – during the coronavirus lockdown.
The 35-year-old also bent back the thumb of a third officer after he was moved to another cell.
The defendant had been arrested in the early hours of April 12 and was taken to the Northern Area Custody Facility in Etruria.
But he later became ‘truculent’ and deliberately coughed in a sergeant’s face and spat at another officer with the spit landing near his eye.
And when Quayle was found with a quantity of amphetamine in his sock he lashed out at the third officer and bent his thumb back.
The defendant, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug and denied three offences of assaulting an emergency worker by beating.
But he was yesterday convicted of all three charges after a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre and jailed for 12 months.
Burglar Brian Simcock stole a family’s Christmas presents, raided a scout hut and cost a tattooist £1,200 in lost trade after embarking on a 10-month crime spree.
The 46-year-old broke into three homes, one community venue and two commercial premises over the period.
But after leaving a trail of blood at several crime scenes, samples were matched with his DNA.
Dad-of-four Robert Tarrant has been jailed after he was caught driving while disqualified – for the 23rd time.
The 37-year-old was stopped by police in Cobridge while driving a Renault Megane, which he had recently bought despite his ban.
Tarrant – who has never passed a driving test – told police he needed to drive to work because his brother-in-law, who normally gave him a lift, had broken his leg.
Now he has been jailed for 18 weeks for what magistrates described as a ‘blatant disregard’ of his driving ban.
Sweet-toothed burglar Ryan Meredith was caught after snacking on a stolen dessert and throwing away the container – leaving vital DNA evidence behind.
Police were able to link the 26-year-old to the burglary at a house in Park Hall Road, Weston Coyney.
It had seen Meredith and his accomplice take a purse, a mobile phone and gardening equipment – along with the incriminating trifles – while the female occupant was at home.
Now Meredith is starting a three-year prison sentence after admitting to a non-dwelling house burglary, two thefts and perverting the course of justice.
Teenage drug dealer Gavin Donohoe has been jailed after he stabbed a man, injured a woman who tried to stop the attack and robbed a petrol station.
The 18-year-old was aged 16 when he knifed his victim in Fenton leaving him needing hospital treatment for a punctured lung.
And he also hurt a brave woman who tried to intervene.
A year later, he was searched in Fenton and police recovered 32 wraps of heroin and £60 worth of monkey dust.
Two Albanian men have been jailed after police discovered a cannabis factory in a terrace house.
Officers stopped a Mercedes at 1am on December 28 and found the two defendants inside along with a baseball bat in the footwell.
They then searched an address in Oldfield Street, Fenton, and found it was converted into a cannabis factory with 119 plants worth between £42,000 and £65,000.
Now 24-year-old Klodian Bicukaj has been jailed for 27 months and 34-year-old Preng Prenga was locked up for 15 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
A friend dropping off shopping for a pensioner spotted a burglar in her home and grappled with him.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Thomas Doherty and an unnamed accomplice had targeted the property in Scotia Road, Burslem, by posing as ‘water board’ officials.
The 69-year-old occupant, who was cooking at the time, let in one of the men. But she was unaware the other man had slipped into the house and had headed upstairs.
By chance, a friend arrived and disturbed the offenders. As he brought in some shopping, he saw Doherty ‘flying downstairs’ and accosted him. He then felt his pockets, but couldn’t find any stolen items.
Drug dealer Dean Willock left a hospital work with horrific injuries after mounting a pavement and mowing him down in a horrifying hit-and-run crash.
The 28-year-old was driving at 73mph on the A34 towards Newcastle when he left the road and hit the theatre technician who had just finished his shift at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
But Willock sped off and fell asleep minutes after arriving at a friend’s house in Clayton.
Convicted dealer Steven Meredith celebrated his negative drug test – by buying nine wraps of heroin.
The 62-year-old had received a two-year community order in May last year for possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.
It included a drug rehabilitation requirement, which meant he had to give regular samples to check that he was no longer taking drugs.
But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the long-term addict – who had failed the previous tests – was so relieved to finally pass that he went out and scored more heroin.
Heroin addict Raja Farooq has been jailed after police found a charged stun gun in his home.
Police had arrested the 44-year-old father-of-three after he had dropped six wraps of heroin and ran away from officers in Cobridge.
When they went to search Farooq’s home in Hanley they discovered the two-pronged taser device, which he says had been given to him by a friend for his personal protection after he was attacked.
But he insisted he had never actually used the non-lethal weapon, and never intended to.
Farooq, of HMP Dovegate, has now been jailed for 12 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after admitting to possession of a stun gun and simple possession of heroin.
Serial sex offender Matthew Worthington is back behind bars after he was caught on CCTV using his boyfriend’s phone in Wetherspoons.
The 26-year-old was previously jailed after he went to a park to meet a ‘13-year-old boy’ he met online after police set up a fake Facebook profile.
The defendant has also been convicted of making indecent photographs of children and outraging public decency in 2015 and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
As part of the SHPO he is banned from using any device capable of accessing the internet unless it retains the search history and he makes it available on request.
Robber Joshua Eckersley jumped a pensioner as she withdrew cash in a terrifying mugging outside a busy city centre supermarket.
The 28-year-old approached the woman, pushed her into a post and snatched the cash before fleeing the scene with £80.
But he was followed by a BBC employee who informed police of the defendant’s movements and officers arrested him near the Premier Inn.
Cannabis dealer Jordan Russell has been jailed for pedalling the drug two years after a court gave him a chance to kick his habit.
The 26-year-old was arrested after police executed a drugs warrant at an address in Shelton.
He was in possession of two bags of cannabis and more cannabis was found under the television along with dealer bags, scales and a phone.
The defendant told police he was earning £30 a day to supply the class B drug on behalf of someone else.
Drug dealer Joshua Anglin positioned a motorbike so he could run through his house and escape from police who were there to arrest him.
The 23-year-old arrived back at his Hanley home at the same time officers were about to execute a search warrant.
But he got off his motorbike and left it so he could flee through the back door.
Officers searched the house and found 232 ecstasy tablets and 28 grams of cannabis.
Burglar Leona Meredith was caught red-handed after she smashed her way into a house while a family were asleep.
The 42-year-old stole a £125 watch from the Etruria property after breaking in at 4am.
But the noise woke a neighbour who called the police and the defendant was caught in an adjoining back yard.
Now Meredith has been jailed for 15 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Drug-dealing grandad-of-five David Benbow has been jailed – after operating a heroin delivery service from his van.
The 57-year-old turned to dealing after using inheritance money to buy heroin.
But he was busted just three weeks later when police saw him carry out two separate deals and he was arrested in Kidsgrove.
Now Benbow – who has two previous convictions for drug dealing – has been jailed for 2,045 days at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
A paedophile with a history of sexual offences travelled from his home in Stoke-on-Trent – to meet the 12-year-old girl ‘of his dreams’ for sex.
David Jones sent ‘filthy’ sexual messages over Skype and eventually arranged to meet up with her in Derby.
But when the 55-year-old arrived at Derby railway station he was arrested by police.
It transpired that the 12-year-old girl was actually an undercover police officer posing as the girl onlin
Pervert Phillip Hobson has been jailed for engaging in sexual online chats with an ‘11-year-old girl’.
The 57-year-old believed he was communicating with a schoolgirl named Milly when he asked for naked photos and suggested meeting up in Blackpool for sex.
In fact, the ‘girl’ was a member of a paedophile hunter group, who arranged for ‘Milly’ to meet Hobson at a McDonald’s – where he was arrested.
Hobson is now starting his third prison sentence, after serving previous jail terms for ‘extremely similar’ offences.
Heroin addict Scott Weston has been jailed for 56 days after he stole goods from two shops.
The 30-year-old – who has 43 previous convictions for 81 offences – stole £98 worth of fragrances from Boots, Hanley, on February 11.
And he stole goods from B&M, Hanley, on several dates between January 31 and March 12.
The offences placed him in breach of two conditional discharges.
A Stoke-on-Trent man who raped a woman in his car has been jailed for seven years.
Dad Pavel Ocneanu preyed on his drunken victim after she got separated from her friends during a night out in Hanley.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the 30-year-old picked her up just moments after she arrived home in a taxi.
He then drove off before forcing himself on her in the vehicle in May 2018.
One-eyed robber Carl Proctor has been jailed for more than four years after he threatened staff with a blood-covered needle during a terrifying raid on a supermarket.
The 36-year-old left workers at the Co-op in Hartshill fearing for their lives as he pulled the used syringe from his pocket, leapt across the counter before pointing it towards them.
He had tried to pay for a bag of shopping with a card he found on the street when staff became suspicious.
The defendant then fled the scene but was recognised on the CCTV.
Shop burglar Kevan Shaw sprayed a man’s eyes with CS gas – before jumping out of a window and escaping with £4,000.
The 52-year-old burned the eyes and skin of the shopkeeper’s nephew after being challenged inside K&N News and Booze, in Hamil Road, Burslem.
He also sprayed the shopkeeper who was left unable to breathe during the break-in at 6am on September 6, 2018.
But Shaw left his DNA inside the property – and he was arrested weeks later when he fled police and then crashed at Porthill roundabout.
Taxi driver Waqas Ahmad punched a pensioner who complained about his cab blocking the pavement in a restricted parking zone during the school run.
The 31-year-old dad-of-four was collecting one of his children from school when a 72-year-old man raised objections about his parking.
But instead of apologising and driving off, the defendant told the man to ‘**** off’, and hit him once, leaving him with a fractured eye socket and other facial broken bones.
Now Ahmed has been jailed for 12 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Drugged-up Christopher Clews grabbed an 86-year-old man on crutches and tried to steal his wallet in a terrifying mugging.
The 40-year-old was collecting his methadone prescription from Miltons Chemists in Stoke when he came across his elderly victim who was running errands.
He followed the pensioner to his car before pulling him to the ground.
But members of the public heard the victim’s cry for help and ran to his aid, causing the defendant to flee empty handed. However, he was chased and was arrested nearby.
Teenager Mohammed Shah drove a stolen car the wrong way down a busy one-way street and collided with two vehicles before reversing into a police car.
The uninsured 19-year-old also had two machetes in the Ford Fiesta when he tried to evade arrest.
But he turned into Marsh Street South, Hanley, and crashed into two taxis.
Now Shah has been sentenced to 10 months detention in a young offenders’ institution.
A sacked valeter took revenge on his former boss by breaking into the man’s home – and urinating on his bed.
Daniel Lovatt-Foster had lost his job just 24 hours before he carried out the burglary and stole goods valued at up to £9,300. The stash included air rifles, jewellery, watches, a Samsung tablet and cash.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the 30-year-old defendant had battled a heroin addiction since he was 15. He managed to get the valeting work through his partner’s family connections.
But his boss, who had arranged for him to get the job, ended up having to fire him as he repeatedly turned up late because of his drugs habit.
Furious Tanya Burndred repeatedly punched a police officer – because he was arresting her boyfriend.
The 30-year-old was under the influence of drink or drugs when she took exception to the early hours arrest in Burslem.
The offence put her in breach of a suspended jail sentence which she received last year for assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
Now Burndred has been jailed for 20 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
Angry Gary Kirkham has been jailed – after he soaked a custody officer with a cup of water from a cell toilet.
The 38-year-old became upset when the custody detention officer (CDO) brought him a drink of water instead of coffee.
He got up from his bed at Staffordshire Police’s northern area custody facility, in Etruria, went to the toilet, scooped water into a cup, and threw it at the officer.
Now Kirkham has been jailed for seven weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
A woman who coughed at emergency workers left them fearing they would pass on coronavirus to their families.
Now Nicola Tilstone has been jailed after being charged with assaulting police and paramedics by deliberately coughing six times.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the incident began when officers were called to King Street, Fenton, on April 9.
The 37-year-old had been spotted banging into cars and wandering in the road. Tilstone appeared to be intoxicated or in a ‘psychotic’ state.
Sex offender Abel Debesay is back behind bars – after he failed to tell police where he was living.
The 25-year-old was convicted of sexual assault in 2017 and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.
One of the conditions is that he must notify the police of any change of address within three days.
But he did not tell officers where he was living after being released from Dovegate Prison on March 6.
Now Debesay has been jailed for 24 weeks at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Student Abdulrahman Hereka has been jailed after being caught dealing class A drugs.
The Keele University undergraduate was seen selling drugs on a Stoke canal towpath – and then assaulted a police officer as he tried to evade arrest.
But the 19-year-old was eventually handcuffed and found with 14 wraps of crack cocaine and 15 wraps of heroin.
Now Hereka has been jailed for two-and-a-half years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Jilted lover Ryan Barry threatened to kill his ex-partner and armed himself with a knife – after learning she was seeing another man.
The 26-year-old had been handed a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) on December 19 which meant he was supposed to stay away from his former girlfriend.
But he contacted her again almost immediately and warned: ‘If I can’t have you, no-one can. I will kill you’.
And in the early hours of New Year’s Day he turned up at her house, damaged her kitchen door, and brandished a knife before running off.
A Vietnamese national has been jailed for his involvement in ‘industrial-scale’ cannabis factories where £870,000 worth of drugs were seized.
It took seven years to bring Long Cuu Tran to book for the crimes after he first came to the attention of the authorities.
He’d pretended he was under the age of 18 and then absconded after being placed in local authority care.
But his real age emerged after he was arrested for a separate matter in 2019 and his fingerprints were taken. They matched DNA samples from items left at the drugs farms located across the Midlands.
Now the 31-year-old has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of being concerned in the production of cannabis.
Drug dealer Reuben Erhabor has received another jail term while already serving a prison sentence for selling cocaine.
The 33-year-old was locked up for 32 months last October after police found wraps of the Class A drug in his pants.
Now he has appeared in court again, via a video-link from prison, and admitted a further drug dealing offence – taking his total jail term to 64 months.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard police executed a search warrant at Erhabor’s Newstead home on May 11 last year.
Pervert pensioner David Jepson has been jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of sexually abusing two children.
The 76-year-old – who was in his 60s when he committed the crimes – abused his two victims when they were both under the age of 13.
Jepson, of Tasman Square, Northwood, was yesterday convicted of four offences of causing a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity; two offences of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13; and two charges of penetrative sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.
Racist Adbul Kadeer has been jailed after he tried to force his way into his mum’s house with a knife and threatened to kill police with a nail bomb.
The 31-year-old took knives from his mum’s kitchen before leaving her Etruria home. He tried to return but was locked out so he used the blades to try to force his way back in.
He was arrested and taken to custody where he said he wanted to be a terrorist and use a nail bomb to kill police. He also made racist, sexist and homophobic comments to officers.
A gang of armed men burst into a family’s home and threatened them with knives during a ‘terrifying’ robbery.
The group – who all had their faces covered with balaclavas or hoods – had gone to the terrace house looking for a member of the family who lived there.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard their intended target managed to run away from the scene.
But his mum and dad were held at knifepoint while the gang stole cash and property from them.
Now one of the gang members, John Quinn, has been locked up for his part in the robbery – after he was recognised by one of the victims when he failed to put his balaclava on in time.
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Two men have been jailed after attacking a medical student in a city centre nightclub – leaving him needing surgery for a broken jaw.
Usman Rafi and Mohammed Naseer each punched the 20-year-old victim during the unprovoked incident in the smoking area at Fiction, in Hanley. They then left him lying on the ground to be discovered by a staff member.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the pair were later arrested after police recognised them on CCTV footage of the assault.
They have now been locked up for carrying out what a judge described as an ‘unprovoked and cowardly attack’.
A drink-driver who crashed on to a verge claimed his name was ‘Donald Duck’ after a passing motorist stopped to help.
Paul Taft was spotted veering across the A53 as he travelled from Newcastle to Whitmore before he turned on to a side road and ended up in verge.
Another driver saw an empty bottle of vodka on the passenger seat and took the keys from his ignition.
When asked his name, the 44-year-old replied ‘Donald Duck’.
Two robbers have been jailed after they beat a 17-year-old boy unconscious in a vicious street attack outside a Stoke-on-Trent health centre.
Bashir Elsaid, aged 20, and Nomaan Mushtaq, aged 19, were among a group of lads walking across the car park of Norfolk Street Medical Centre in Shelton, when they stopped abruptly.
Elsaid then felled his victim before Mushtaq joined in and the pair repeatedly kicked his head and body as he lay defenceless on the ground.
The boy’s phone was stolen during the savage assault which was caught on CCTV.
Pervert Stephen Smith has been jailed after he downloaded nearly 100,000 sickening child abuse photos.
The 36-year-old was arrested last January after police found more than 60,000 indecent images on his computer.
He was released pending further investigation but continued to view the sickening pictures including some which showed young children being raped.
Police visited his home again in July.
Pervert taxi driver Attiq Rahman has been jailed after he sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman while taking her home.
The 53-year-old knew his victim was drunk and in no fit state to consent to any sexual behaviour. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he helped her take her leggings off before he performed a sex act on himself.
The woman was found outside her home with her leggings on inside out. Her mother took her to the clinic as a precaution and semen was found on the leggings.
But the woman left her phone in the cab, which led police to the defendant. The semen was found to be his.
Homeless Wayne Lovatt burgled a house which was being renovated – after sleeping in an outhouse at the property.
The 37-year-old – who has 97 previous convictions for theft-related offences, including seven burglaries – broke into the Smallthorne property and stole some coffee.
But he was caught after a neighbour heard the break-in and the homeowner returned the next day to hear the defendant in the outhouse.
Now Lovatt has been jailed for 876 days at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Yob Joseph Edge has been jailed after he spat at a police officer and racially abused another in a drunken rage.
The 30-year-old was warned on several occasions to leave Stoke town centre and go home due to his drunken and disorderly behaviour.
But he returned and was arrested for his aggressive behaviour.
However, when in custody he spat at an officer and racially abused another.
Businessman Steven Weston punched and kicked a homeless drug user – after accusing him of breaking into his shop and car.
The 42-year-old chased the man along London Road, in Stoke, and dragged him out of a shop where he had sought sanctuary before carrying out the attack.
The victim was left with a collapsed lung and two broken ribs and spent 11 days in hospital.
Now Weston has been jailed for two years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Mean burglar Graeme McLardy has been jailed after he broke into his ex-partner’s home in the middle of the night.
The 37-year-old stole items including a bank card which he used to withdraw £90 cash.
The burglary and fraud happened a few weeks after he stole the woman’s courtesy car and used her bank card to take out £250.
Now McLardy – who has 47 previous convictions for 119 offences – has been jailed for 10 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
An asylum seeker was discovered looking after more than 300 cannabis plants – because he was in debt to those who helped him enter the country illegally.
Artenis Shkembi, aged 24, first entered the country from Albania two years ago and came to Stoke-on-Trent from London to look after the plants.
Now Shkembi has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to producing the Class B controlled drug on December 9, 2019.
Prolific offender Mathew Titley is back behind bars after he went on a crime spree while subject to a suspended jail sentence.
The 39-year-old took a Ford Transit van after the owner left the keys inside.
He then drove through a security bollard before causing damage to two cars.
Following his arrest, he was released on bail but four days later he attempted to steal a laptop from the Toby Carvery China Gardens, Festival Park, stole a sat nav and other items worth £260 from a vehicle, and swiped a £9 bottle of vodka.
Convicted robber Taeyab Ali has been jailed after he pulled his partner back into a house and gave her a black eye in a terrifying attack.
Police were called to an address in Stoke-on-Trent after a neighbour heard a woman shout, ‘Get your hands off me you b******’.
She saw the woman try to escape through a kitchen window but the 23-year-old defendant ran up to her from behind, grabbed her and pulled her back inside.
When the police arrived the woman had a black eye.
Robber Kieran Webb has been locked up after chasing a man into Starbucks and then punching him and stealing his bag.
The defendant – who was 18 at the time and was with an accomplice – first spied his victim as he walked along Ford Green Road in Smallthorne.
Aware he was being pursued, the man tried to take refuge in the nearby coffee shop. As the pair followed him inside, he rang a friend for help.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the group sparked such a commotion in front of families in Starbucks the manager asked them to leave.
Feisty pensioner June Turner has been rewarded for her bravery – after she tackled a drugged-up robber in her shop.
The 82-year-old, who owns AJ and J Newsagents, on Lichfield Street, Hanley, has been awarded £250 from the High Sheriff for her courage in fighting off Aaron Mountford.
Mountford was wrapped in a sleeping bag when he walked to the counter at 6.25am and demanded cash.
But the brave pensioner told him he was not having any before hitting him with a metal crutch.
Dangerous driver Cameron Smith has been jailed after he drove at speeds of up to 95mph during a 16-minute chase.
The 25-year-old tried to give police the slip after they saw him driving a Volkswagen Golf above the speed limit in Hanford.
He then drove on the wrong side of the road, jumped several sets of red lights, and travelled at 80mph in a 30mph zone before he was eventually stopped.
Knife-wielding masked robber Gareth Cristini threatened a couple in their own home and punched one of them in the face – before escaping with £240.
The 41-year-old had demanded cash after getting inside the Burslem property just days before Christmas.
It happened around two weeks after the defendant had burgled a house on Biddulph Road, Fegg Hayes.
Now Cristini has been jailed for nine years and two months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Burglar Gergana Yaneva has become the first in Stoke-on-Trent to be jailed over the phone after she targeted four homes during a five-day crime spree.
The 50-year-old Bulgarian broke into a flat in Newcastle and attempted to burgle a house in the town before raiding two homes in Etruria.
But she was caught as her victims had CCTV and a postwoman called the police after seeing a woman matching her description while delivering mail.
Now Yaneva has been locked up for eight months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after she was sentenced remotely.
Homeless Daniel Bloor has been sent back to jail for robbing a shopkeeper – just days after being released from prison.
The 34-year-old took a bottle of Sambuca from a Hanley convenience store, pushing the shop owner and trapping his arm in a door.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Bloor was let out of prison on March 9 and the robbery at Premier Express, on Trinity Street, happened on March 15.
He had been in jail for a similar offence at another shop, which was just metres away.
Violent Alan Pawlowski grabbed his girlfriend by the hair, covered her mouth and pinned her to the ground – during a row over a phone.
Police were alerted to the incident after the 46-year-old called his victim’s sister and she could hear screaming in the background.
And when he was being detained Pawlowski had to be pepper-sprayed in the back of a police car.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the incident happened on August 23.
Fraudster Michael Daley has been jailed – after he tried to spend a fake £50 note in a shop.
The 34-year-old handed the counterfeit Bank of Ireland £50 note to staff at a Next branch in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year.
But the cashier immediately realised it was a forged note and the police were contacted.
And when Daley tried to walk off he was stopped and searched and the officer found more counterfeit notes.
‘Stupid’ Daryl Gibson has breached a restraining order – after sending a begging letter to a witness in his trial.
The 28-year-old had already been ordered to have no contact with the woman as part of a five-year restraining order imposed in January, 2019.
But she returned to her Burslem home after giving evidence in his trial last October to find the letter which had been posted from the defendant’s prison.
A churchgoer with an 11-year record of sex offending is starting a fresh jail sentence after downloading 460 indecent images of children.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Christopher Cliffe had also been searching online for pictures of ‘red-headed boys’ to feed his sexual gratification.
The 35-year-old was rumbled after police carried out an unannounced visit to his home to check he was complying with a sexual harm prevention order.
He has now received a 22-month jail term for the latest offences.
A Stoke-on-Trent teenager slashed his friend’s face ‘to the bone’ after smashing his way inside a house.
Kailem Wade Whitehouse lashed out with the kitchen knife and his terrified victims were forced to use a door as a ‘shield’.
But one of the 18-year-old’s thrusts got through and sliced open his pal’s skin.
Whitehouse, who also goes by the name Jay Smith, then fled the property leading to armed officers, a dog unit and police helicopter swooping on the scene.
Now the defendant, of no fixed address but formerly of Stoke-on-Trent, has been locked up for 18 months in youth detention.
A convicted rapist using the online name ‘Daddy’ has been jailed after he was caught with hundreds of child abuse images.
Pervert James Green – who was convicted of rape and sexual assault of a child in 2011 – was arrested by police last March and officers discovered sickening photos of youngsters on his phone.
The 30-year-old was arrested for a second time in June and his phone was found to have more disturbing pictures.
Now Green – who was described as ‘dangerous’ – has been jailed for 10 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Mean thief Stephen Condliffe has been jailed after he stole £20 birthday money from an eight-year-old girl.
Little Lacey Tilstone went to a newsagents, in Joyce Avenue, Bradeley, to buy magazines and sweets with the cash a relative gave her to celebrate turning eight.
The youngster made her selection and left the £20 on the counter as she looked at other items.
But the defendant entered, grabbed the note and put it in his sock.
A 19-year-old Stoke-on-Trent man has today pleaded guilty to the murder of Megan Newton.
Joseph Trevor pleaded guilty to the charge at Stafford Crown Court this afternoon, Monday February 17.
The body of 18-year-old Megan was found at a housing complex owned by Arch on Fletcher Road, Stoke, in April last year.
Trevor, formerly of Danebower Road, Trentham, initially pleaded not guilty to the charge at a hearing last summer but today pleaded guilty to murder and two charges of rape.
Three drinkers have been jailed after punching and kicking two men in a pub attack.
Stephen Hollingworth, Michael Rawlingson and Wayne Stanley set about their victims at Yates, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and left one of them needing hospital treatment.
The violence erupted after one of the victims offered to give some children £1 – and told them not to spend it all on monkey dust.
Now all three have been jailed for 16 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after admitting affray.
A drug addict who set fire to his jumper while in police custody has been jailed – despite claiming he was vulnerable to catching coronavirus in prison.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Christopher Kirnon suffers from tuberculosis, a bacterial infection of the lung, and would probably be on a list of patients shielded from Covid-19.
However, after being convicted of theft, arson and drugs offences, and admitting being in possession of a knife, the 45-year-old was jailed for a total of 14-months.
Shoplifter Craig Foster deliberately spat at a security guard and boasted about having coronavirus as he was wrestled to the ground outside a supermarket.
The 40-year-old was detained after he walked out of Aldi in Tunstall with £88.87 worth of meat without paying.
While on the floor he said, ‘I have Covid 19’, and spat in the security officer’s face with the saliva landing on his cheek.
Now Foster has been jailed for 26 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
Spurned lover Nathan Shaw has been jailed after he failed to take a chance given to him by a court.
The 31-year-old was last week handed a 12-month community order and a restraining order after he admitted harassment and contravening the coronavirus restrictions on movement by leaving his own address without good reason.
But within days he breached the order by going to the street where his ex partner lives in Stanfield.
Police had to restrain the defendant using pava spray before he was arrested.
Now Shaw has been jailed for 16 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
Pervert Luke Potter requested ‘very sexy’ pictures of teenage girls – after contacting them on a chatroom.
The 26-year-old was already subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order – imposed in 2014 – when he committed his latest crime.
And after being rumbled Potter told a probation officer ‘there was part of me that could not stop’.
Now Potter has been handed a two-year prison sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after admitting two court breaches.
Thief Dean Coppenhall has been locked up after he stole £4,800 of tools and equipment from a businessman’s vehicle.
The 35-year-old broke into the motor while it was parked on the victim’s driveway in Tunstall just before Christmas.
Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the owner was forced to miss a business meeting in London because of the theft – which saw him lose a big contract and have to lay off a staff member.
Now Coppenhall has been jailed for 26 weeks after he admitted the crime – and asked for three similar offences to be taken into consideration.
Aggressive drunk Amjad Mahmood has been jailed after he struck a police officer on the chin and spat at him.
The 42-year-old threatened to ‘shank’ officers when they were dealing with a domestic incident at his home.
Officers became concerned when he got up to go to the kitchen and during a struggle the defendant struck an officer to his chin and spat at him.
Now Mahmood has been jailed for 28 days at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after the judge said the message needs to go out that police are entitled to do their job without being assaulted.
Serial offender Stacey Doolan was caught red-handed with drugs during a police raid – on the same day she had already been sentenced in court.
Police searching the 35-year-old’s Tunstall home found her in a bedroom with heroin and monkey dust concealed inside her body.
Officers also found drugs paraphernalia and seized her mobile phone, which contained messages that indicated she had been dealing.