Knife wielding murderers and serial sexual predators are among those to have been dealt with at Liverpool Crown Court and beyond.
A speeding killer policeman and a prisoner officer who had sex with a locked up drug lord ended up behind bars themselves.
And judges had to listen to details of how depraved paedophiles committed unspeakable crimes against little children.
Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded in the courts over the past month.
Carl Mercer had a semi-automatic pistol in his kitchen drawer but rang 999 to report himself to the police.
He told the operator he was under threat from people making him deal drugs and gave the address of his Bootle home.
When officers arrived he begged to be arrested and produced a small bag of heroin to convince them to put him in their car.
Police entered the 46-year-old’s property in Longfield Road on November 3 last year and found 669g of cannabis worth £6,791.
Officers then seized the working Slovakian Grand Power K100 semi-automatic pistol, plus 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
Mercer said he owed his dealers a large amount of money so they made him deal the drugs and mind the firearm and ammo.
He admitted possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition, possessing cannabis with intent to supply, and possessing heroin.
Mercer was jailed for five years and one month in 2016 for dealing cocaine, heroin and cannabis, producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.
He was part of a gang whose drug network across the Southport, Seaforth and Waterloo areas was infiltrated by undercover police.
Given the fact that he called the police on himself, Judge Andrew Menary, QC, accepted he was likely a “custodian” of the weapon.
He jailed him for six years.
Dane Rigby was found behind the wheel of his car high on cocaine and ketamine while on bail for a dangerous police chase.
He led officers on a 15-minute pursuit through St Helens after being illegally spotted in a pedestrianised zone for buses and taxis.
The 27-year-old raced away in his Mercedes, at 50mph in a 30mph zone, speeding through a red traffic light, travelling on the wrong side of the road, and taking a roundabout in the wrong direction.
Rigby narrowly avoided crashes with other cars, at around 4.30pm on December 4, 2018, and drugs bags were seen being flung out the window.
The former care worker stopped near Victoria Park, and ran from the car where he was chased by an officer, then gave up and said: “I wasn’t driving.”
Rigby admitted dangerous driving over the incident, but just six months later, was caught behind the wheel again, this time in Wigan on June 22.
When he stopped for police, the officer found he and three men in the car all looked “intoxicated”, and Rigby seemed “spaced out”.
The electrician, of Princess Avenue, St Helens, tested positive for cocaine and ketamine, and admitted two counts of drug driving.
He was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for two and a half years.
Speeding police officer Andrew McKenna hit and killed a woman while driving at nearly twice the speed limit.
The 57-year-old was travelling at almost 60mph when he struck Linda Meagor, on Goree, next to The Strand, at rush hour.
The popular council worker, 49, tried to cross the road on her way home from work, despite the fact the pedestrian crossing was on a red light.
But the Merseyside Police officer showed utter contempt for the law as he sped past his own force’s headquarters, which overlook the two roads.
And experts said off-duty McKenna could have avoided the fatal smash, if he hadn’t been doing around 57mph in his black Ford Mondeo at rush hour.
Ms Meagor, a hugely popular figure in Liverpool’s arts community, was struck by the dad-of-one’s vehicle at around 5.30pm on February 15, 2018.
McKenna initially denied any wrongdoing and was set to stand trial, but finally pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving last month.
The Toxteth based officer retired from Merseyside Police while he was under investigation, but could still lose his pension in disciplinary proceedings.
He was jailed for eight months and banned from the road for two years and four months.
“Career criminal” Sam Walker was found guilty of theft by a jury after just half an hour of deliberations.
The notorious crook was jailed for 33 months last February over two high speed police chases and hiding a mobile phone in prison.
He was back in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court this week charged with stealing a £166.80 replacement car windscreen beforehand.
The 36-year-old took a silver Rover MG ZT to Superfast Autoglazing in St Helens, then drove away without paying after it was fitted.
But he claimed he wasn’t dishonest as he always intended to pay and only fled because he spotted police and thought he was wanted.
The ex-drug dealer has 45 past convictions for 130 offences and made headlines in 2018 after he taunted police online after fleeing to Africa.
Walker, of Beetham Plaza in Liverpool city centre, represented himself during the trial, having previously sacked his long standing lawyer.
But he failed to convince jurors his actions on June 28, 2018 were innocent, despite claiming he had arranged for a friend to pay £200.
Prosecutors said he deliberately distracted the owner of the garage and only paid the money back almost 11 months after the incident.
Recorder Tanya Griffiths, QC, sentenced him to 12 weeks in prison, consecutive to his current sentence, to which he said: “Nice one.”
Wayne Lee used a dagger-type knife in his clenched fist to repeatedly stab a Good Samaritan in the head.
The 19-year-old was high on cannabis and ketamine when he and his friends went looking for violence in Liverpool city centre.
He came across 18-year-old Scott Sheerin, who was trying to help a group of drunk girls who were sat on the kerb, near Concert Square.
One of Lee’s friends confronted him, either grabbing his neck or nicking it with a blade, and Mr Sheerin shouted: “He’s just held a knife to my throat!”
Annoyed by the victim’s objections, one of the gang punched him in the face, and he collapsed, hitting his head on the floor, at around 2.30am.
Lee joined in the group assault, as Mr Sheerin was kicked three times to his head until he was unconscious, in Fleet Street on December 5 last year.
The victim suffered a broken nose, bruising to his jaw and concussion, in an attack witnessed by the second victim, 24-year-old Jakub Klaur.
The Good Samaritan pointed to Lee and tried to grab his top, but the teen produced the dagger, wielding the weapon like a knuckle duster.
Shocking CCTV footage showed Mr Klaur was knocked to the ground, where Lee, of October Drive, Kensington, repeatedly stabbed him.
The victim suffered stab wounds to his chest, left of his spine, three wounds to his temple and the side of his head.
Lee admitted causing wounding with intent, possession of a knife, and assault causing actual bodily harm.
He was jailed for six years.
Scott McDonald said he was dealing crack cocaine and heroin to pay off his little brother’s drug debt.
The 24-year-old “panicked” when police stopped his friend’s car and frantically ditched his £80 stash in the footwell.
The dad-of-two later confessed to selling the Class A drugs, but claimed he wasn’t the one benefitting from it.
He was arrested at around 4.25pm, on February 27 last year, with six wraps of heroin and two wraps of crack cocaine.
McDonald, who also had £380 in cash and a “graft” phone, told police his brother was in debt and had taken it on.
He pleaded guilty to supplying crack cocaine and heroin, and possession with intent to supply both drugs.
The court heard McDonald has one previous conviction for an unrelated matter and was otherwise a man of “good character”.
Paul Wood, defending, said: “He is a responsible father in that he sees his children, five and one-year-old boys, every weekend.”
McDonald was locked up for two years.
Jealous Ian Gargan challenged his ex-wife’s new boyfriend to a fist fight before stabbing him eight times.
Gargan, 40, had split up with Joanne Carden, but became angry after Christopher Fuller began living with his former partner and her four children.
One of the youngsters was fathered by Gargan, and after trying unsuccessfully to get in touch with his teenage son, he decided to visit Ms Carden’s home, on Rutland Avenue in Halewood.
His new partner, Rebecca Healey, 29, went with him and was at the time also arrested for attempted murder, but later released without charge.
At 1am, Gargan armed himself with a 15cm long knife, and while en route he sent a threatening text to 41-year-old Mr Fuller, demanding they meet on an area of grass close to his home, known as The Hollies.
Mr Fuller refused to get involved, coming outside to tell Gargan to go home, on July 31 last year, but a struggle broke out and Gargan produced the knife.
He stabbed Mr Fuller eight times, one of the blows passing through the sternum and a vital artery, causing a one centimetre incised wound.
Other wounds were inflicted to Mr Fuller’s left breast, chest wall and lower chest, along with lacerations to both arms.
Gargan, of Applewood Court, Halewood, initially tried to claim he was acting in self-defence, but admitted wounding with intent.
He was cleared after a trial of attempted murder and jailed for 10 years.
Jason Bascombe was dealing drugs while registered unemployed and claiming disability benefits.
The 27-year-old, of Ascot Drive in Kirkby, was arrested by police, who found photos on his phone showing him posing with large bundles of cash.
Officers pursued a Vauxhall Vectra after it failed to stop in the Newtown area of Wigan on November 4, 2017.
The car was chased onto the Worsley Hall estate, but the drivers headed off road and lost police.
When police found the car abandoned there was a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine as well as drug dealing “graft” phones.
Bascombe and a second man were later picked up by police nearby and mobile phone evidence linked him to the drugs.
He was jailed for 41 months after admitting being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine and failing to surrender to police.
Dean Bamber battered his vulnerable girlfriend in an alleyway until a quick thinking passerby intervened.
He “straddled” Nicola Wilcock, pinned her down and repeatedly punched and slapped her in the face.
But his shouting and swearing – including calling the victim a “dirty little tramp” – was overheard by Jamie Skelton.
Mr Skelton yelled at Bamber, 45, to stop, but couldn’t reach the couple, because the alleyway gate was locked.
He rang the police and they rescued Miss Wilcock, who was left with a swollen, bruised face and a bloodied nose.
The attack unfolded behind Bamber’s home in Derbyshire Hill Road in St Helens, at around 5.15pm, on October 8 last year.
Prosecutors said they both “lived a chaotic lifestyle” and were recovering heroin addicts, who were drunk at the time.
Bamber denied charges of attempted robbery and assault, and was set to stand trial.
He instead pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, which was accepted by prosecutors.
Bamber, who has 45 previous convictions for 73 offences, was jailed for nine months.
Paedophile Paul Britton was confronted by the woman he sexually abused from the age of 13.
The woman looked the 56-year-old in the eye in court and said: “I will not let you rob me of having a life.”
Cold-hearted Britton displayed no emotion and stared ahead as she read out a powerful victim personal statement.
Britton, now of Swaffham in Norfolk, was told he “groomed a vulnerable child” as he was handed a nine-year sentence.
He was found guilty of eight counts of sexual offences against a child under the age of 16, committed in Moreton, Wirral.
The predator had befriended his vulnerable victim and told her “no one would believe” her if she spoke out against him.
However, she told him: “You robbed me of my childhood and I will not let you rob me of having a normal adult life and being a normal mum and girlfriend.”
She said she trusted the man and hit out at him for making her think the grooming and abuse she suffered as a schoolgirl was “normal”.
The woman added: “Last year I tried to kill myself. I felt like I could not carry on and I would never be able to get through this.
“But what justice would that be? You have the right to carry on with your life. Why should you carry on?”
“Nuisance” pensioner Ian Trainer who terrorised his neighbour by playing Classic FM radio at an “unbelievable” volume told a judge “put the ball and chain one me”.
The 82-year-old, of Eaton Drive, Aintree, was given a restraining order in December last year, which prohibited him from playing – between the hours of 9am and 10pm – “any audio at a volume above normal talking level”, which was considered to be above 65 decibels.
However, despite having previously been jailed for the same offence, on his release hard of hearing Trainer continued to play loud music.
Trainer’s neighbour, Thomas Thompson, had experienced “noise pollution” from his neighbour’s property for a number of years.
On Tuesday, December 17, a police officer attended Trainer’s property after being called out for a complaint of noise by Mr Thompson.
When a police officer arrested him on suspicion of breaching a condition of a restraining order, Trainer said: “I like playing music at a level I enjoy.”
Trainer, who said he had a bad cold and “could only hear in one ear”, said he couldn’t wear headphones because they “irritated his ears”.
The pensioner’s neighbour said he played music every day of the week, meaning he went out early and came home late to avoid the noise.
Giving evidence neighbour Mr Thompson said: “It’s not just one day of the week, it’s every day of the week.
Trainer was convicted of breaching his restraining order and jailed for 24 weeks.
Paul Clarke hit a little boy with a wooden paddle then molested him in a disturbing attack.
The former nurse, 55, was convicted of four offences of taking indecent images of children in 1996.
But he didn’t reveal this information to the family of a young child and was trusted to look after him on occasion.
The twisted paedophile, then 53, of Walkers Lane, Clock Face, St Helens, got drunk when with the child.
The boy said he then got out his “slapper stick” or “whacker” which he used to hit his bottom, before fondling his penis.
When confronted by the boy’s family, Clarke denied any wrongdoing, but his home was later searched by police.
They found more than 202 Category C indecent images of young girls on a pen drive and seized the wooden paddle.
The pervert was convicted of sexual assault and possessing the photos after a trial, during which the boy had to give evidence.
Clarke was jailed for three years and must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.
Shaun Bowes and Steven Gee
Shaun Bowes and Steven Gee attacked a pensioner with a hammer and his own garden fork, leaving him unconscious with a broken leg.
Ernest Stockley, 73, was viciously assaulted by the brothers after he shouted at them from his garden, at around 7.30pm on June 29, 2019.
He told the pair off as they fought with two other women further down the street, before 35-year-old Bowes called him an “old b*****d”.
Mr Stockley held his garden fork out in front to defend himself but Bowes, a dad-of-two, punched him multiple times to the back of the head.
Bowes then snatched the fork and started to attack him with it, causing him to fall to the ground, where he struck him two or three times.
His brother Gee took the fork and the brothers walked back to their home further along the road – Dorothy Street in Thatto Heath, St Helens.
But Gee came back out with a hammer – incensed that his brother had received a small cut – and decided to punish Mr Stockley.
He said “I’ll f***ing kill you for hurting my brother” before repeatedly hitting the victim with the hammer as he lay on the ground.
The OAP was struck on his arms as he tried to protect his head and his left leg was left broken with the bone sticking out.
The keen gardener, who is still on crutches, faces surgery on his knee and has suffered a further infection in his leg wound.
Gee, 37, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for 12 years and seven months, with an extended two years on licence.
Bowes, 35, was found guilty of wounding with intent after a trial and jailed for five and a half years.
Paedophile teacher Michael Stone had sex with a vulnerable pupil at his home while his wife was away.
The then 41-year-old, groomed and abused the girl, 12, while working as an IT teacher at a Merseyside school.
The married man convinced the victim they had a “special relationship”, before he repeatedly molested her over 12 months.
When she called his home phone number one day, his wife answered and told her she had “a school girl crush” on Stone and to leave him alone.
But in reality her husband made the girl perform sex acts in his classroom, in his car, and even brought her back to their house, in the 1990s.
When she was 13, Stone drove her to his Frodsham home when his wife, who was also a teacher, was away and had sex with her.
Stone admitted two counts of indecent assault, which involved kissing, but denied nine other counts of indecent assault and indecency with a child.
However, when giving evidence during a trial, the now 68-year-old maintained the kisses had just been “pecks” on the cheek.
When it was pointed out they would not be considered indecent assault, he claimed he had been wrongly advised by his solicitors.
The jury heard there was no charge relating to Stone having sex with the girl, because there was a time limit for it to have been brought.
Stone, of Silverdale Close, Frodsham, was unanimously found guilty and must sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
A judge said he was “an offender of particular concern” and jailed him for six and a half years, with an extended year on licence.
Prison officer Stephanie Smithwhite repeatedly had sex with notorious Liverpool gangster Curtis Warren in jail.
She had his name tattooed on her body and even allegedly cut a hole in her trousers for sexual intercourse.
Smithwhite became obsessed with the Toxteth drugs kingpin and was soon indulging in secret sex and kissing sessions in his cell at maximum security HMP Frankland, near Durham.
The 40-year-old, who sent him a photo of herself wearing a catsuit, also bedded the career criminal, nicknamed “Cocky,” in the kitchen and laundry room.
The steamy tryst lasted for six months, between June and December 2018, as Smithwhite became so besotted she got a tattoo of his name on her body, next to a rose.
“Major league offender” Warren, 56, was also similarly infatuated with the prison guard and would buzz the officer from his cell to demand her attention.
At the time, he was serving 13 years for conspiracy to import drugs and a 10-year sentence for failing to pay back £198million in Proceeds of Crime.
Investigators found they had called each other 213 times in just three months at the jail, which houses some of the UK’s most infamous killers.
Staff became suspicious of Smithwhite’s relationship with him and in a surveillance operation she was seen passing a note to him and receiving one back.
Warren, who manipulated her into bringing contraband into the prison after starting their affair, and asked her about prison intelligence and security cameras, tried to eat her note when officers went to retrieve it from him, the court heard. Inquiries found the messages were highly sexualised.
At first, she denied having a physical relationship with the Liverpudlian, but police searched her home and found more notes, and a copy of his autobiography called Cocky, The Rise And Fall Of Curtis Warren.
They also searched the business of one of her relatives and discovered 450 letters, many of which contained sexual fantasies.
They found a white Samsung phone in her car which was only used to ring one number – traced to Frankland Prison, and used by Warren.
Smithwhite was jailed for two years after admitting two counts of misconduct in a public office, with one charge relating to their sexual relationship.
The second count was linked to her failing to report Warren had a secret mobile phone, said to be no bigger than a £2 coin.
She denied the hole in her prison uniform trousers was for sexual purposes, but Judge Jonathan Carroll said it was “hard to imagine why else it was there.”
Andrew Nixon, defending Smithwhite, of Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside, said: “This is a woman who has fallen in love with the wrong person.”
Prolific lout Helena Robertson was sent down after lying in the road and hurling racist abuse at a police officer while in breach of a court order.
The 42-year-old, of Cunningham Drive, Runcorn, abused a custody suite officer before spitting all over her cell in what a judge branded a “disgraceful” episode.
Robertson was arrested after she turned aggressive on her probation officer Eleanor Davies, who found her lying intoxicated in Westfield Road at 5.40pm on January 15, prosecutor Mandy Nepal told Chester Crown Court.
Despite Miss Davies being concerned for her wellbeing and checking her pulse to make sure she was all right, Robertson rose to her feet and “came at” her, fuming: “You’re my f***ing probation officer, I’ll f***ing have you.”
Robertson left the scene and police searched her usual haunts, finding her on a bench on Church Street in the town centre.
Her mood was “erratic” and she went from being calm to aggressive and abusive.
Cautioned and taken into Cheshire police custody, Robertson then launched into her tirade.
Earlier that afternoon, Robertson had called 999, claiming a man was pointing something through her window, prompting a fruitless police search of the area with the call ultimately deemed a hoax.
Robertson was jailed for 10 weeks for breach of her CBO.
James Lloyd claimed he was “minding” a gun that police found hung on his girlfriend’s bed.
He was caught red handed with the firearm when officers raided the home of his partner, Billy Jo McGee.
Lloyd claimed he had just been given the lethal Glock pistol and ammunition to hold on to but a judge threw his story out of court.
Police entered the house on Elizabeth Road in Fazakerley after another woman let them in.
Officers entered the room where 28-year-old Lloyd and 19-year-old Miss McGee were asleep before finding the gun in a bag.
The couple were arrested at the scene and later denied wrongdoing in court.
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A trial was set to begin later this year but Lloyd changed his plea to guilty and Billy Jo McGee was cleared of all charges.
On Thursday, Lloyd, who has more than 40 previous convictions – but none for firearms – appeared in the dock with Miss McGee.
Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, said, in light of Lloyd’s guilty plea and a forensic examination which “did not tie McGee to the firearm or the bag, the Crown will not pursue the charges against her”.
He formally offered no evidence and Judge Stuart Driver, QC, recorded not guilty verdicts against her.
Rubbishing Lloyd’s claim that he was minding the gun, Judge Driver said: “The reason you had it was for your own self-protection and you would have used it if that had been necessary.”
Lloyd, of Bowland Drive, Litherland, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm and 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition and was jailed for a total of five years.
A terrified woman escaped her killer ex-boyfriend’s clutches after he tried to strangle her and held her hostage.
Robert Linton left his victim fearing for her life on December 19 when he threw her onto the bed at her home in Birkenhead and tied her up with four dressing gown cords.
The 45-year-old was on life licence for the murder of American tourist Alyson Kaplan, who he strangled to death in his hotel room in 2003.
The killer kept his latest victim, who the ECHO are not naming, hostage in the room for seven hours.
She managed to escape while he was sleeping and drive to Birkenhead police station “distressed and sobbing.”
He confessed his killer past to her during their 20 month relationship.
But the couple split up last year and he confronted her after being paranoid about her going on dating websites.
Linton, of Craven Street, Birkenhead, was released from jail on life licence for the murder of Alyson Kaplan in July 2016, who he strangled with a scarf in his hotel room.
The 20-year-old tourist from California, was stranded at Victoria Station in London in 2003 by a snow storm, when Linton offered her shelter in his hotel room.
Linton had been living on the streets but was put into Hotel Rama in London by a crime reduction initiative support worker.
It was in the hotel room that Linton had what he claimed was consensual sex with Miss Kaplan, before he strangled her with his hands and then with his scarf.
A few hours later, Linton left Miss Kaplan’s body in the room and took a bus to Brighton, taking Miss Kaplan’s rucksack with him and pawning her Gucci watch for £10.
He then walked into a police station and confessed to what he called a “cruel and nasty” murder.
Linton, previously known as Robert Noble, was sentenced to life for the murder at the Old Bailey in London, in 2003.
He was released from jail in July 2016, on life licence from the murder sentence.
The killer pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, having been recalled to prison because of his life sentence.
He was jailed for three years, with two years extended licence.
Waring gave a female shop assistant a black eye and threatened to kill her with a bottle of wine.
The 29-year-old punched Hana Bensiad in the face at Quickway Convenience Store in Vauxhall, after she stopped him from leaving the store without paying for a £15 bottle of gin.
Ms Bensiad had locked the door on December 16 when Waring tried to leave the premises, and it was then that he began saying he had a knife.
Waring took a bottle of wine from the display and smashed it on the door in an attempt to smash the glass so that he could escape.
When that failed, Waring went behind the counter where Ms Bensiad and a frightened customer, Daisy Gill, were sheltering.
Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, said: “He took hold of Miss Gill and threatened to kill her, saying he had a knife, and then punched Ms Bensiad in the facing causing a black eye.”
Waring went back to the door before again returning to the counter by which time the assistant had picked up a bottle of vodka.
The court heard how Waring held up another bottle of wine towards Ms Bensiad and continued his threats to kill her, when she released the catch of the door and he fled.
Waring, of Vescock Street, Everton, pleaded guilty to the robbery and to criminal damage.
He was jailed for four years three months.
Kurtis Nelson and Lee Brown
A crowbar-wielding burglar who was told he would miss the birth of his children while behind bars snapped back at the judge who jailed him, bragging he would be “out in a week”.
Kurtis Nelson, 26, was jailed after he hung halfway out of a stolen car as it was rammed by police.
Nelson, of Kemsley Road, Dovecot, jumped through the window of the Audi A3 after a burglary at Ormskirk Spitroast restaurant was interrupted by police.
He was injured in the collision, which also saw getaway driver Lee Brown, 26 and of Muirhead Avenue, bump into the police car before fleeing in a getaway vehicle which reached speeds of 90mph.
Prosecuting the pair at Preston Crown Court, Hanita Patel detailed how, alongside a third man who was not named, they smashed their way into three businesses in the space of a few hours to steal tills and safes.
Brown admitted three burglaries, using a stolen car and a number of driving offences and was sentenced to a total of 50 weeks and banned from driving for two years.
Nelson pleaded guilty to the burglaries and assaulting a police officer and was handed a 38-week sentence. As he was taken down, he turned to the public gallery and declared, “I’ll be out in a week”.
A pensioner repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl and tried to pretend it was to explain “where babies came from.”
Search molested the child, who was under the age of 10, at different locations.
On seven occasions, the 74-year-old committed sex acts against the girl, which has left her emotionally and mentally scarred.
Search, of Tenlands Drive in Prescot, had told the girl it was “their secret”.
Search, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual abuse, was jailed for nine years and nine months.
Brendan Rawlins tried to strangle a young mum with his phone charger and held a rusty knife to her neck.
The 37-year-old broke into the woman’s home and threatened to kill her, saying: “I’ll cut you up and hide you and no one will ever know.”
The thug was laughing as he made the threats and claimed he was going to cut her head off, before tightening the wire around her throat.
Jamie Baxter, prosecuting, said Rawlins also put the blade to the victim’s neck and the petrified mum “could feel the cold edge of the metal”.
She eventually managed to escape and ran to a nearby bed and breakfast, where she arrived “hysterical and crying”, on August 18 last year.
Rawlins, of Brelade Road, Stoneycroft, denied any wrongdoing and claimed the woman made up the allegations because she owed him £60.
However, the crook with 15 convictions for 47 offences later admitted two counts of making threats to kill and one of a common assault.
Judge Robert Warnock described unrepentant Rawlins as a “violent, selfish man” and jailed him for five years and two months.
Paedophile David Almond left one of his victims in “hell and purgatory” as a result of his hideous abuse.
The 76-year-old sexually assaulted three girls and one boy, who were all under the age of 14, in the 1980s and 1990s.
He was arrested in 2017 and charged with eight counts of indecent assault and four counts of indecency with a child.
Almond, of Summertrees Close, Greasby, Wirral, denied any wrongdoing, but was found guilty after a trial.
One female victim read: “I feel that my abuser stole and forever changed my childhood spirit.
“I have hit rock bottom so many times, I have visited hell and purgatory for no fault of my own.
“He tainted my innocence in a predatory calculating manner. He groomed a child… at a time when I trusted all adults. He groomed me, buying me gifts for his sexual perversions.
“I am using my voice to say you damaged me for decades and today I am still damaged.
“Due to the abuse I suffered at his hands, my teenage years left me with chronic depression, anxiety, self-loathing and ultimately PTSD.”
Almond was jailed for 13 years, with an extended year on licence, and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Daniel Lockley claimed £30,000 of cocaine and cannabis found in his car and home was for “personal use”.
Police stopped the BMW the 35-year-old was driving in Warrington shortly before midnight on January 15 this year.
They found wraps of cocaine, electronic scales and plastic bags, plus a tick list, during a search of the car in Great Sankey.
Officers later recovered “significant quantities” of cannabis in a raid at his home in Willoughby Close, and an address in Livingstone Close, both in Warrington.
It was then Lockley made the ludicrous claim that all of the Class A and Class B drugs were for his own consumption.
But forensic analysis of his mobile phones revealed numerous drug-related messages, including offers to sell both drugs.
He admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis and was jailed for three years.
Lee Abbott knifed pub landlord Christian Thornton to death after he barred him from the Hammer & Pincers in Widnes.
Sickening CCTV footage showed the drunken kickboxer pull a kitchen knife out of a rucksack and plunge it into his victim’s heart.
The thug, whose blade snapped in half, later told armed police when arrested: “You don’t need any evidence, I stabbed him to f***.”
But following his apparent confession, he decided to deny murder and forced the dad-of-three’s family to endure a harrowing trial.
Abbott, 35, of Rose Street, Widnes, admitted manslaughter and possessing an offensive weapon in public on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
He had previously threatened to burn down the 49-year-old victim’s pub, above which he lived with his wife, children and family dog.
The dad-of-two told jurors he was a paranoid “madman” who “lost the plot” after being sexually abused by a “gangster” as a teenager.
The ex-cocaine addict said he used to think he was Jesus and the attack was “a cry for help” and the culmination of “20 years of hell”.
However, even his own psychiatric expert agreed he was not psychotic at the time and had no defence of “diminished responsibility”.
And David McLachlan, QC, prosecuting, said he was “a master manipulator” who was “simply trying his best to get away with murder.”
After a jury found Abbott guilty of murder, Judge Brian Cummings, QC, said the killing was “an act of both brutality and cowardice”.
Abbott was jailed for life, with a minimum of 28 years.
John McCarfrae was punched by a brave teenage girl during a despicable burglary.
The 43-year-old broke into an Old Swan home while the householder was asleep downstairs on January 22 this year.
But the victim’s son and his girlfriend arrived and disturbed him as he stole items, including a dummy and rosary beads.
McCarfrae fled downstairs, but was tripped over by the girl, who then stood on the back of his feet, until he grabbed her.
She punched him twice and they began to wrestle, only for the burglar to push her against a parked car outside the house.
The girl began screaming and her boyfriend and his dad rushed out and were able to tackle McCarfrae to the ground.
Police arrived and seized a rucksack of tools, including gloves and mole grips, from McCarfrae, who had taken crack cocaine.
He later claimed he had been “on a bender” and someone told him how to remove locks from doors to get into houses.
The crook, formerly of Eccleshill Road, Stoneycroft, admitted burglary, assault and another attempted burglary.
He was jailed for two years and eight months.
Ungrateful brat arsonist Callum Catterall set fire to his uncle’s flat in Widnes because he wanted some “attention”.
The 20-year-old was homeless until his mum arranged for his uncle James Watson to let him stay with him to provide some stability and access to support.
But the cannabis addict betrayed that generosity by first damaging his uncle’s TV and coffee table, then setting fire to paper under a bed and curtains.
Catterall fled the first-floor Halton Housing flat on Wordsworth Avenue, and headed to a Tesco Extra, where he told a security guard “I set my own flat on fire” and “you’ll see me in the paper tomorrow for burning down my own flat”, on October 26 last year.
The tenant in the flat below, Marie Edwards, went to bed at 9pm but was stirred when she heard smoke alarms.
She headed into the hallway and saw “thick smoke” pouring out of the bathroom window, so called the emergency services.
After firefighters tackled the blaze, Catterall arrived on a stolen bike and told his family: “Yeah, so what? You left me in the flat for two days.”
He later claimed he did it “to get attention from his mother” and admitted causing more than £3,000 of damage.
Catterall pleaded guilty to arson reckless as to whether life endangered and was locked up for three years.
Drug dealing taxi driver Adam Rice was caught red-handed with a stash of cocaine and almost £2,000 in cash.
The 29-year-old denied supplying to passengers, but admitted delivering wraps to drug users to pay off his gambling debts.
Police spotted Rice driving a Vauxhall Astra on Gorsey Lane, Litherland on the evening of February 10 last year.
A man got in the car and it drove off, but he got out again after a short distance, so officers stopped Rice in nearby Pendle Drive.
They found 17 wraps of cocaine and £1,900 in cash, two snap bags of cannabis bush and resin, and cannabis grinders.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: “You had a gambling addiction and against that background you decided to gamble with your liberty in the hope you would not be apprehended.
“The message must go out to all that that if any taxi driver takes the decision to be involved in Class A controlled drugs and their supply, whatever the circumstances, whatever the background, they will lose their liberty.”
Rice, of Chesterfield Road, Crosby, was jailed for three years.
Sick paedophile Mitchel Watson burst into tears and claimed “he couldn’t help” amassing child sex abuse images.
The 23-year-old, of Clifton Place, West Derby, was found to have nearly 7,000 “foul” indecent images of children.
More than 500 of the photos, downloaded and shared by the pervert, were ranked Category A – the most serious.
Jonathan Rogers, defending, said his client said “he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he couldn’t help it.”
Watson’s behaviour culminated in him sending lewd messages to what he thought was a 14-year-old boy in Texas.
He asked the boy to send naked photos, sent over pictures of his genitals, and discussed sex with the child.
Watson admitted 10 sexual offences including possessing, downloading and distributing indecent images, and communicating sexually with a person under 16.
Judge Robert Warnock said: “You certainly pose a high risk to children. You must understand that the possession and distribution of images repeats the harm of this child.
“It promotes the spread of images and subsequently distribution of young, abused children.”
Watson was jailed for two years and handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Adam Bennett controlled a woman he met on Tinder even threatening to kidnap their baby after she fell pregnant.
He is serving a 21-month sentence for tormenting a different ex-girlfriend, once dousing her in cleaning spray and vowing to set her on fire.
But this month it emerged the 28-year-old had subjected a second woman to a similar hellish experience, who he was seeing at the same time.
Bennett’s relationship with this victim fluctuated, particularly when she discovered he’d been two-timing her with another woman.
The birth of their son, along with his failed suicide attempt by overdosing on pills, appeared to improve matters but he then abused her.
The plumber, of Pinehurst Road, Anfield, even pledged to slash his girlfriend’s mum’s face, warning that she “needed silencing”,
Bennett, who admitted controlling and coercive behaviour, also admitted escaping lawful custody in September last year.
That happened when Judge Denis Watson was preparing to jail him at Liverpool Crown Court for his abuse of the past partner.
Bennett was handed an additional 10 months behind bars.
Birkenhead burglary gang
A Birkenhead-based gang were responsible for 30 commercial burglaries and five vehicle thefts.
They targeted pubs, restaurants, bus depots, convenience stores, social clubs and even dry cleaners during their crime spree.
In an attempt to evade capture, the gang stole number plates and used them on stolen vehicles when out on crime jobs.
They used a stolen high powered Audi S4 car to target businesses and homes across Chester, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Willaston, Wirral, Kendal, Morecambe, Northop, Wrexham, Oswestry and Newcastle-under-Lyme, between August and November last year.
Their crime spree was brought to an end on November 7 last year when officers raided the suspects’ homes.
Stolen property, clothing, tools and mobile phones that linked the men to various burglaries were seized during the raids.
Gary Platt, 43, of Anthorn Close, Noctorum, Birkenhead; Kieran Platt, 25, of Sandalwood Drive, Noctorum, Birkenhead; Joseph Salla, 19, of Oakleaf Mews, Noctorum, Birkenhead; Joshua Wilkinson, 22, of Dalesway, Heswall; Lee Hodgin, 33, of Lansdowne Road, Birkenhead; and Peter Mighall, 45, of no fixed address; were arrested and all admitted conspiracy to commit burglary.
There sentences were: Gary Platt, six years, Kieran Platt, six years, Salla, four and a half years, Wilkinson, four and a half years, Hodgin, six years and nine months, Mighall, three years and nine months.
Sean Cleaver peddled heroin in Cumbria and tried to “nobble” a frail drug addict he’d helped brutally rob.
The debt-ridden crook was 23 when he travelled to Carlisle during early 2017 to supply the Class A drug as part of a county lines group.
Cleaver and teenage partner-in-crime Braden Moreton were stopped by police on February 3 having travelled 120 miles by taxi on a suspected drugs run.
Both were later released by police who found no illegal substances.
The pair returned four days later, initially visiting a first-floor flat on Carlisle’s Old Harraby estate at the centre of an illegal home takeover tactic known as “cuckooing”.
With two others, they then went to the ground-floor property below where Cleaver – nicknamed “JP” – demanded drug debt money from addict and chronic osteoarthritis sufferer Paul Savage.
When no cash was forthcoming, Cleaver violently attacked 49-year-old Mr Savage while Moreton – then aged 18 – set about him with a hammer, a wrench and even the man’s own crutch during a prolonged beating, which left him with a broken jaw and placed in an induced coma.
Cleaver – the subject of a BBC Crimewatch appeal last March while on the run – admitted being concerned in heroin supply, robbery and perverting the course of justice, which related to his efforts to stop Mr Savage giving evidence.
Police finally caught up with Cleaver, now 26, of Gresham Street, Fairfield, after he was himself hospitalised having been attacked by four males wielding knives and a baseball bat. He suffered a broken tibia, was stabbed and slashed repeatedly to the face, arm and legs.
He was jailed for 12 years.
Brendan Cole stabbed a Jobcentre security guard in the back then blamed it on seeing his best friend knifed to death.
The 19-year-old attacked Paul McClennan with a large carving knife at the Jobcentre Plus in Belle Vale last October.
Cole previously witnessed Danny Gee-Jamieson, 16, being killed by Owen Cousins, 17, in a park “straightener” in 2018.
He gave evidence at Cousins’ trial, when he stormed the dock and tried to attack the killer, who was convicted of manslaughter.
Cole then moved into Danny’s mum Mandy Jamieson’s home, but on October 7 last year took a knife from her house.
The teenager went to a Jobcentre appointment at 11am, was aggressive with the woman interviewing him, and was asked to leave.
He threatened “I’m going to batter her, I’m going to rip her f***ing face off” and told Mr McClennan “you’re not going to f***ing stop me”.
CCTV footage showed Cole throw two punches and a kick at his victim, then stab him in the back, leaving a wound requiring four stitches.
Cole, of Lee Park Avenue, Gateacre, also kicked another guard, Bryan Jones, and threatened him “I will stab you”, before he fled.
He admitted wounding with intent, assault and possessing an offensive weapon in public – the second time he has been caught with a knife.
Cole, who suffered from depression, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and emotionally unstable personality disorder.
Brendan Carville, defending, said: “Had Danny Gee-Jamieson not been killed by Owen Cousins, he wouldn’t be in the courts today.”
Judge David Aubrey, QC, said he had hoped Cole seeing his friend killed would have made him choose to never carry a knife again.
He locked him up for five years and three months, with an extended three years on licence.
Badruldin Ahmed and Yusuf Omar
Clubland drug dealers Badruldin Ahmed and Yusuf Omar were part of a Liverpool city centre cocaine trade.
In total, 22 men have now been sentenced as part of an investigation into a network of dealers who roamed the Ropewalks area, targeting party-goers with cocaine, heroin, ketamine, MDMA and cannabis.
They hung around on Bold Street, Slater Street, Wood Street and Concert Square and made little attempt to blend into the thousands of clubbers that surrounded them.
As well as selling drugs they would rip off some customers by selling them crushed paracetamol rather than cocaine.
Yusuf Omar, 26, of Geraint Street, Toxteth was sentenced to four years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Badruldin Ahmed, 32, of Whittier Street, Toxteth was sentenced to three years, nine months for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
David McCrimmon swigged stolen whiskey and threatened a customer with a knife to get sent back to jail.
The “institutionalised” shoplifter walked into Kelly’s Discount Booze in Litherland and took a bottle of Frosty Jack’s Cider.
The 44-year-old serial crook, of no fixed address, then asked a member of staff for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.
But he “simply walked out the store” and when followed by a worker, threw the cap at him and started drinking it.
He tried to get in the shop again and when a brave customer intervened, pulled out a bloodstained kitchen knife.
The court heard McCrimmon said: “I just want to get arrested again, I’m part of the institution, that’s why I’ve got to do this.”
McCrimmon, who has 15 past convictions for 21 offences, admitted theft, possession of a knife and threatening with a blade.
The alcoholic, who has mental health issues, once sexually assaulted a 13-year-old schoolgirl, putting his hand up her dress.
He was jailed for 18 months and banned from Kelly’s Discount Booze.
Chemistry teacher Michael Wilde molested a pupil on three separate occasions during the 1970s when he taught at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes.
The young boy, whose private parts were repeatedly molested by the sick paedophile, needed two bladder operations later in life because of the abuse.
Dad-of-three Wilde, now 70, was jailed for a fourth time this month, all his convictions linked to a spree of offending during the early to mid 1970s.
Since the first batch of abuse was reported in the media, more victims have come forward, with a total of seven boys, now adults, complaining to police.
The latest victim, who only discovered Wilde’s abuse of other boys when a taxi driver mentioned it as they drove past the Widnes school, kept his secret for decades before disclosing it to his brother and wife.
Wilde – whose wife attended court to support him – admitted three new counts of indecent assault on a young boy, and was jailed for 12 months.
The pervert, of Drake Close, Warrington, will have to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
A drug baron behind a £12m cocaine and ecstasy racket told fellow inmates “I’m f***ed” when caught with an iPhone in jail.
Gerrard Gandy was one of the leaders of a gang who supplied Class A drugs between Merseyside, Lancashire and the south coast.
Lancashire Police recovered 53kg of cocaine and 150,000 ecstasy tablets, plus more than £250,000 in dirty cash, during an operation launched in March 2014.
From a caravan on Fleet Lane in St Helens they seized 35kg of high purity cocaine and more than £200,000 in cash – the force’s largest ever cocaine haul.
Gandy, then 34, was jailed for 14 years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering offences in August 2015.
The dealer, of Orrell Road, Wigan, was serving his sentence at Category D open prison HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire last year.
Prison guards spotted now 39-year-old Gandy inside another inmate’s cell, at around 6.40pm on Friday, August 23 last year.
He was acting suspiciously and when an iPhone 6 on a bed was seized and he was led away, he told other inmates: “I’m f***ed.”
Gandy admitted possessing a prohibited item in jail and was sentenced to six months in jail, consecutive to his existing term.
John Manley “erupted like a volcano” and smashed up a Travelodge with a digger over not being paid.
He left a “trail of destruction” and £443,000 of damage at the newly built hotel at Liverpool Innovation Park off Edge Lane.
Mobile phone footage captured the dad-of-two going on a rampage while yelling: “All you had to do was pay me my £600.”
It was revealed the 35-year-old’s wages hadn’t been paid for 12 days, meaning he had to go without electricity and food.
And Manley – who couldn’t have his children to stay over as a result – said the argument took him back to his childhood abuse.
His defence lawyers said he first tried to kill himself at the age of 10 and told doctors he “just totally lost it” on January 21 last year.
Prosecutors said he “tore” into the almost complete 71-bed hotel in a Bobcat hydraulic digger destroying ceiling, walls and wiring.
One of two workers managed to disconnect the fuel line despite Manley, of St Aidan’s Way, Netherton, swinging the digger around.
It was subcontractor MF Groundworks who owed him money but the hotel couldn’t open for six weeks, leaving many workers out of pocket.
Mark Sharman, defending, said Manley – diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder – was abused by his mum and dad.
He has seven past convictions for criminal damage, had threatened his mum at knifepoint, and was convicted of harassment to a partner.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: “What you did was totally and utterly disproportionate to any grievance you may have had concerning your wages and anyone who thinks otherwise is misguided. It was destruction in the extreme.”
He jailed Manley for five years and four months, and banned him from driving for four years and one month.
Michael Wilkinson stabbed a rival drug dealer to death in a turf war for control of the Southdene area of Kirkby .
The 19-year-old lay in wait for James Halewood, 21, before plunging a blade 11cm deep into his left armpit.
James fled to a nearby store – telling a shop worker he had been attacked by “Mikey” – but died around 90 minutes later .
Wilkinson, 19, was seen by a witness calmly leaving in a Renault Megane after the afternoon attack, on July 7 last year.
He then ditched his iPhone and the car, shaved his distinctive “ketwig” hair , and went into hiding in the Tower Hill area.
The drug dealer, of Mosslawn Road, claimed he did this because he heard there was a “bounty” on his head.
He denied any involvement in the attack, despite admitting he was driving in the area in a Megane at the time of the stabbing.
Wilkinson, who did not have any previous convictions, was found guilty of murder by a majority of 10-2, following a two-week trial.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: “You were a member of a group who were seeking to dominate and take control of the Southdene area of Kirkby.”
He added: “The deceased also supplied drugs and thus there was rivalry if not a feud between two opposing groups.”
The judge said he was “streetwise” and wanted to get “vengeance” because James hadn’t heeded prior threats and warnings.
He jailed Wilkinson for life, with a minimum of 20 years behind bars.
Mark Jones tried to rape a little girl when her mum’s back was turned – then pretended to be asleep.
The monster – who unbeknown to the child’s parents was already a convicted sex offender – targeted his victim last year.
The 36-year-old, of Bronington Avenue, Bromborough, launched a drunken attack on the defenceless infant at his house.
She screamed and her mum – who was outside having a cigarette – rushed in and found her daughter extremely upset.
Jones pretended to be asleep, but the child told her mum what had happened and later described the attack to the police.
The paedophile denied attempted rape, meaning his traumatised victim had to give evidence about her ordeal at a trial.
Jones was previously jailed for 10 months in 2015 for twice sexually assaulting a woman in another drunken attack.
A jury unanimously convicted him of the latest abuse after only one hour and 10 minutes of deliberation.
Jones was jailed for 11 years, with an extended five years on licence.
He must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.
James Kelly’s £8m cocaine gang
Six men ran a £8m cocaine trafficking plot around England and Wales.
The organised criminal gang (OCG) sourced wholesale high purity coke on Merseyside, and transported it across the country.
Using high tech Encro Phones, which makes messages invisible to investigating detectives, they ran their enterprise from a house in St Helens.
The devices are favoured by criminals, costing £1,400 for six months of use.
Up to 500kgs of cocaine were packaged up and sent out to locations including Bradford, Bolton, Newcastle, London, Surrey, Nottingham, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Sheffield and Wrexham.
The six traffickers included 36-year-old ringleader James Kelly, who controlled the hub from his Bleak Hill Road house, who was handed 19 years behind bars.
His brother, 42-year-old Stephen Kelly, of Rumford Place, Liverpool city centre was the “money man” and was entrusted to launder the cash for the mob.
Marc Dermott, 32, kept record books, or ticklists, at his address on Southgate Road in Old Swan, which referenced the drug deals taking place around the country, but also two fully-working Russian pistols, and viable ammunition, some from Bulgaria. He was sentenced to 19 years and six months.
Dean Woods, 37, of Water Street, Liverpool city centre, was a high-level and “highly-trusted” member of the gang, who undertook 30 trips to deliver cocaine or collect bags of cash. He was jailed for 12 years.
Main courier Paul Speedy, 57, of Cumberland Close in Anfield, was a “highly active courier” who was James Kelly’s “go-to man” and remained loyal to the ringleader. He was sentenced to eight years and eight months.
Temporary courier Liam Hart, 36, of Kerr Close, Kirkby, who was only recruited into the operation when Speedy went on holiday to Turkey, was handed six years and nine months behind bars.
All pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and Dermott also admitted two counts of firearm possession, and one of ammunition possession.
Deli Mob gangster Jake Glenholmes confronted a fellow prisoner with a “fearsome” improvised weapon at HMP Liverpool.
Prison officers believed the 27-year-old intended to attack the inmate, who was being escorted from his cell at Walton jail.
But the other man lashed out, before guards dragged both to the floor and seized a “sharpened metal pole” from Glenholmes.
Defence lawyers suggested Glenholmes, of Dunluce Street, Walton, carried the weapon because of the notoriety of his gang.
The Deli Mob terrorised north Liverpool, making the lives of decent people a misery around Everton, Kirkdale and Walton.
The gang, including Jake and his younger brother Jamie Glenholmes, is named after the Delamore Street area of Kirkdale.
Glenholmes was locked up for four years and eight months in 2016, after police found a £32,000 cannabis farm in his home.
He admitted producing cannabis, possessing heroin with intent to supply, abstracting electricity and attempted burglary.
After his release he was recalled on licence for 28 days, before the G Wing confrontation at around 4pm on November 8 last year.
Glenholmes admitted possessing a bladed or sharply pointed article and was jailed for 30 weeks.
Mark Edwards, Sean Devereux, Peter O’Neill, and Liam Doherty
A gang stole thousands of pounds and left a trail of destruction across the UK after breaking into shops and cash machines.
Four men escaped with more than £50,000 during the ATM attacks in Warrington, Wakefield and Telford but were snared by police.
Mark Edwards, Sean Devereux, Peter O’Neill, and Liam Doherty admitted conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal.
The gang were finally caught after hitting a cash machine on October 3, 2019, at Nisa Local on Glover Road, Warrington, taking almost £50,000.
During the incident, thieves broke into the Locking Stumps store via the roof and used an angle grinder to force open the ATM, but left vital evidence.
Edwards, 47, of Helston Green, Huyton, was jailed for five years; Devereux, 30, of Quarry Green, Northwood and O’Neill, 41, of Murcote Road, Liverpool, were both jailed for four and a half years, and Doherty, 39, of Hansby Drive, Liverpool was jailed for three years and nine months.
Callum Jamieson hunted down a young student as she walked home after a night out in Liverpool and raped her.
The serial sexual predator followed his unsuspecting 20-year-old victim for nearly 15 minutes from Liverpool city centre.
CCTV footage showed him stalk the woman from near Liverpool Empire Theatre to her student accommodation in Vauxhall.
She thought it was a robbery when he grabbed her, said “give me your money” and dragged her into bushes off Great Homer Street.
But he raped the student until she was rescued by Joseph Short, who saw the start of the attack from a fourth floor flat and rushed to her aid.
Jamieson was first identified as a threat to women after molesting three lone students in 2015, yet was still free to walk the streets last year.
He was serving a suspended prison sentence at the time, after pushing over a gran, breaking her skull and leaving her with a bleed on the brain.
Disturbing CCTV footage showed him track the student from Lime Street at 3.18am on December 1, hiding behind parked cars along the way.
The victim told the court the incident had not only affected her studies and ability to work a part time job, but devastated her boyfriend, parents and wider family.
She said she wanted to go travelling after university, but no longer felt she could, such was the effect on her confidence and her fear of being on her own in public.
Jamieson, of Hampstead Road, Kensington, was jailed for eight years, with an extended five years on licence.
He was told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Wesley Sherlock burst into a man’s home and attacked him with a gin glass.
He shouted “police” as he pushed his way into a 23-year-old victim’s house in Ellesmere Port and grabbed him by the coat.
Sherlock, of St Marys Street in Wallasey, told the man to lie on his stomach and put his hands behind his back in the December 1, 2019 attack.
As the man lay on the floor, 27-year-old Sherlock stole his watch and rummaged through a number of rooms in the house.
After he left the house, with a games console and designer handbag, he fled the scene in a black BMW that was parked nearby.
His victim was left bleeding heavily from the face and after being rushed to hospital for treatment it was discovered that Sherlock had hit him with a gin glass during the struggle, leaving him scarred for life.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Callum Anderson fled to Spain from police after an exploding grenade uncovered £750,000 worth of drugs inside a home.
The 24-year-old flew over to Spain the day after officers discovered 158kg of amphetamine, 1kg of cocaine and 9kg of a mixing agent inside a house on Beresford Road in Dingle.
Police were called to the address at 5.35pm on March 25, 2017 to reports of a small explosion after a grenade went off.
Inside the property they found the stash of Class A and Class B drugs, which had an estimated value of between £750,000 to £1.5m.
After being taken for testing, the drugs were linked back to Anderson and a large-scale County Lines network of drug dealers.
In December 2019, 28 offenders from the drugs gang were sentenced to serve a total of 218 years and four months in custody.
Anderson, of Moses Street, Dingle, was extradited back to the UK from the Netherlands in July 2019, after getting a flight from Spain to Amsterdam, where he was detained by police.
He was jailed for 10 years after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine.
David McMurtry encouraged schoolgirls to engage in horrific sex acts and sexually assaulted them.
His sickening stash of indecent images of children was also found during a police investigation into the vile criminal.
McMurtry was convicted of four sexual assaults and six counts of causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.
His victims were all under the age of 13.
The 49-year-old was also convicted of three counts relating to downloading and possessing indecent images of children.
McMurtry, of William Johnson Gardens in Ellesmere Port, was jailed for 23 years.
He was given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Francis Mkatapa smuggled super-strength cocaine up his backside into Jersey after claims he was threatened by Merseyside gangs.
The 31-year-old drugs mule was stopped by customs officers after flying with easyJet into the island’s airport in October last year.
A scanner indicated he had high levels of cocaine, and so he was strip searched, but unwilling to allow officers to check near his buttocks.
When asked why he’d come to Jersey, Mkatapa said he was a record producer on the island to “meet an industry contact called Shivs”.
The Toxteth musician, of no fixed address, was unable to give any more details, The Royal Court’s Superior Number heard.
Mkatapa was ordered to use a specialist toilet where he was told to remove his clothes and put on a paper suit.
But as he was changing, officers spotted “three oblong packages” near a wash basin, containing 134g of 92% pure cocaine.
Mkatapa claimed he was forced into smuggling the drugs by violent drug gangs in Merseyside who were threatening his family.
He had been due to travel to the island twice before he boarded an EasyJet flight on October 3.
Mkatapa claimed he had once refused to make the trip, and another time, he missed his flight, causing the threats to escalate.
He admitted one count of attempting to import a controlled drugs and was jailed for eight years.