One judge sentenced a key player in an estimated £1m a month cocaine gang whose lavish lifestyle was laid bare.
A court heard about a paedophile who filmed a girl undressing at a popular Merseyside beach, before he was caught with a stash of vile photos.
Judges had to sentence a woman beater who left his partner covered in blood and a convicted rapist who enjoyed holidays abroad in breach of his notification requirements.
Meanwhile a court heard about a child rapist who targeted two teenage girls on Snapchat before posting a video of himself abusing one of them online.
Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded this past week.
Allan Kervin threatened to stab his own sister and smashed a neighbour’s car windscreen in two bizarre incidents.
The 44-year-old, of the Quays, Burscough, went to his mum’s house in Parbold last November demanding to borrow money.
His sister, a mum-of-four present with her children, asked him to leave, but he pushed her over, causing chest and arm injuries.
Kervin, who admitted affray in relation to the incident, then grabbed a knife and warned: “I’ll stab you in the f***ing neck and kill you.”
He was found guilty of two public order offences and one count of criminal damage over an argument with his neighbours last May.
The drug addict poured milk over their washing hanging outside and hurled a metal tap at their car windscreen, which smashed.
Kervin was jailed for 20 months.
Drug dealer Liam Hill was caught out after police trailed an addict looking to score drugs.
Police watched the customer walk up to the 25-year-old’s parked car and then run off after a brief exchange with the driver.
When police stopped Hill’s Vauxhall Vectra in Burtonwood, Warrington they found 20 individual street deals of heroin and nine of crack cocaine.
The officers also seized £815 in cash and mobile phones from Hill, of Humber Crescent, St Helens, who claimed the drugs were for his own use.
He later admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, in relation to the incident in Perrins Road on June 24, 2020.
Hill was jailed for three and a half years.
David Cadman who once filmed a girl undressing at a beach was sentenced for downloading child rape photos.
The 65-year-old was arrested after recording the nine-year-old, who was with her parents at New Brighton beach, last August.
He was jailed for 16 months for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) in relation to the video in November 2020.
But he was back in court to be sentenced for keeping a twisted collection of pictures, including 20 images of children being raped.
Cadman, of Espin Street, Walton, admitted three counts of downloading and one count of possessing indecent images of children.
However, while he hadn’t been charged over those images by the time of his sentencing last year, Judge Anil Murray said he had previously taken them into account.
Judge Murray said Cadman was due to be released in two weeks’ time and, having already taken the photos into account, he “ought not pass a sentence that would lengthen the defendant’s stay in prison”, so jailed him for 28 days.
Dominic McInally was a key player in an estimated £1m a month cocaine gang busted when six kilos were seized in Thornton.
The 75% pure stash was collected from the border of France and Belgium and secreted in a hidden compartment inside a Seat Leon.
Five men were jailed for a combined total of 48 years for their roles in the January 2014 plot, but 30-year-old McInally, from Formby, fled abroad.
He enjoyed six years on the run before his capture at Casa Masa strip club in Marbella, Spain in the early hours of February 28 last year.
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McInally claimed he was friends with gang members, but had nothing to do with cocaine and made his money trading cars and jewellery.
But he was found guilty of conspiring to import cocaine after a trial, which heard he had “no obvious” income between 2007 and 2014.
Prosecutors said he lived in a luxury flat complex in Victoria Road, Formby and had a wardrobe full of £85,000 of designer clothes and watches.
He stashed nearly £35,000 of dirty cash in tins under the floorboards of his parents’ home in Little Crosby and a property in North Wales.
McInally was jailed for 12 years.
A woman turned up at her neighbour’s home looking like “something from a horror movie” after her boyfriend’s vile abuse.
Nicholas Hamill left his victim ‘mentally broken’ and ‘worried every day he may kill her’ after she fled out of a window, covered in blood, in order to escape him.
The 32-year-old also threw a mop bucket filled with water and bleach over the woman and stabbed her with a fork.
The dad-of-two, of Sleepers Hill, Anfield, admitted two counts of breaching a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).
Hamill’s 20 previous convictions for 43 offences included two counts of battery, one of affray and assault causing actual bodily harm.
As he breached a DVPO – a civil court order – the judge had power to either impose a fine or a jail sentence of up to two months.
Hamill was jailed for six weeks.
A mum was sent a video of a paedophile having sex with her daughter after he groomed her over Snapchat.
Matthew Lawton preyed on two teenage girls and lured them with offers of cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis.
The then 29-year-old lied that he was 19 to trick the children, aged 14 and 13, into meeting for consensual sex.
Under UK law – while it is illegal to engage in sexual activity with anyone under 16 – consensual sex is not considered rape if the child is 13 or older.
Lawton, of Milton Road, Widnes, pestered the two victims to send him intimate photos and filmed the 14-year-old – aka Girl A – having sex with him.
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The “monster” used the clip to blackmail her into further abuse – including a rape after he held a knife to her throat – when she tried to stop seeing him.
However, when he posted the clip on a Snapchat account called “slags”, not only was it sent to her mum, but he was caught thanks to his distinctive tattoos.
Lawton, now 30, was found guilty after a trial of 19 sexual offences, including multiple counts of rape against Girl A.
His past convictions include inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, when he blinded a dad in one eye, who had intervened to stop him hitting a girl.
Lawton was jailed for 15 years, with an extended four years on licence.
Convicted rapist James Farquhar twice went on foreign holidays including to the Philippines without telling the police.
Farquhar, who served a 12-year prison sentence imposed in 2005 for repeatedly raping a teenage girl, was required to tell the police if he applied for a passport or went abroad under the terms of the Sex Offenders Register.
But he applied for a passport in November 2019 and the following March he flew to the Philippines for a month’s holiday.
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The 62-year-old’s offender manager was told about the jaunt on his return and enquiries began into his passport acquisition.
However, he was not interviewed by police until November 2020 – by which time he had also spent a week on the Greek island of Cos a few weeks earlier.
Farquhar, of Ford Lane, Litherland, but formerly of Southport, admitted three offences of breaching the Sex Offender Register requirements.
He was jailed for nine months.
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