One judge had to deal with a serial child rapist who made the lives of three young victims hell with his depraved abuse.
Judges had to sentence members of two drug gangs moving colossal amounts of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine – the first led by two brothers and backed up by an ex-UFC heavyweight fighter, and the second outfit featuring a former boxing champion and using spreadsheets to keep track of their illicit trade.
One court heard about a despicable woman beater who broke the nose of his pregnant girlfriend, while another dealt with a sinister Snapchat paedophile who targets young boys.
A young mum led police on a motorway chase just weeks after she was spared jail for fracturing her friend’s skull in a bizarre incident.
Meanwhile courts heard about EncroChat drug dealers shifting staggering amounts of drugs and in one case, boasting about cocaine coming out of their ears.
Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded this past week.
Serial rapist Stephen Rafferty forced girls to pose for semi-naked pictures during his catalogue of abuse against them.
The now 27-year-old committed abhorrent acts against three children, who were all aged under 14 at the time.
When one girl bit the vile paedophile, he punched her and called her “Satan’s child”, swearing her to silence.
He was convicted by a jury of 13 sexual offences against the children, including nine counts of rape.
Rafferty had previously admitted six counts of sexual assault against the victims.
The court heard Rafferty was previously tried and found not guilty of sexual offences when he was a child.
Judge David Swinnerton said: “I mention it because as a result you knew it was very wrong to commit sexual offences.”
Rafferty, of Russell Road, Mossley Hill, admitted six counts of sexual assault against a child and was convicted following a trial on January 11 of two counts of assault by penetration of a child, nine counts of rape of a child and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.
Judge Swinnerton said Rafferty was a “dangerous” offender and jailed him for 20 years, with an extended five years on licence.
Jason Tidy dumped cocaine with a street value of £200,000 in a park while being chased by police.
The 34-year-old claimed he was forced to courier the drugs after running up debts to feed his own addiction.
But he caught the attention of police with his dangerous driving on Botanic Road in Southport in March this year.
Tidy, of Longacre, Southport, abandoned his car and ditched the drugs as he ran through Botanic Gardens.
He was arrested and admitted possessing 2kg of cocaine, with a wholesale price of £80,000, with intent to supply.
Tidy was jailed for four and a half years.
EncroChat drug gang who kept records on Excel
A brazen gang shifted such “eye-watering” amounts of drugs they had to document their trade on spreadsheets.
The Liverpool-based crew moved 170kg of cocaine, 11kg of heroin and 290kg of cannabis, worth more than £8m in total, in the space of just two months.
The crooks were so confident their EncroChat encrypted phones were “impenetrable”, they abandoned traditional tick lists in favour of Microsoft Excel.
Former boxer Ryan Mulcahy, Anthony Connolly, Liam Hughes, Hughes’ dad Brian Marshall, and Jack Pritchard were arrested in raids last September.
The case covered plots from January to September 2020, but investigators decided to focus on May 10 to June 13, when the group moved £8m of stock.
Connolly, 30, of Station Road, Melling, admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis, and to convert criminal property.
The “bookkeeper”, who kept the gang’s accounts and also delivered drugs, was jailed for 14 and a half years.
Hughes’ home in Karonga Way, Fazakerley was used as a “safehouse” and he was arrested there with a kilo of cocaine and around £225,000 in cash.
The 24-year-old admitted conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis, and to convert criminal property, and possessing cannabis.
Hughes was jailed for 14 and a half years.
Marshall, 46, who acted as a chauffeur for his son Hughes and a drug courier for the gang, admitted conspiring to supply cocaine.
The “trusted and frequent courier” was jailed for 10 years.
Mulcahy, 29, of Maregreen Road, Kirkdale, who ran the gang’s cannabis trade, admitted conspiring to supply cannabis and to convert criminal property.
He was jailed for six and a half years.
Another drug courier, Pritchard, 29, of Mavis Drive, Coppull, Lancashire, admitted conspiring to supply cocaine.
He was jailed for 10 years.
John Smith used Snapchat to groom a young teenage boy before abusing him.
The paedophile, previously a junior football coach, was jailed in 2019 for using Snapchat to send pictures of his penis to boys.
But the 24-year-old, from Speke, was back in court after using the app again to target a child before grooming and abusing him.
Smith was previously convicted in March 2019 of sexual communication with three boys, for which he was jailed for 18 months and ordered to adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which he breached by committing the new offences.
The pervert, formerly of School Way, admitted four counts of sexual activity with a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming, sexual communication with a child, and breaching a SHPO.
He was jailed for four and a half years, with an extended three years on licence.
Alan Tobin, John Tobin, Robbie Broughton and their drug gang
Alan and John Tobin supplied vast amounts of Class A drugs from Merseyside to gangs across England, Wales and Scotland.
Alan, 52, of Regency Park, Widnes, and John, 40, formerly of Manor Road, Prescot, traded primarily in cocaine, but also heroin, cannabis and ketamine.
The pait from Liverpool ran a “criminally sophisticated, highly profitable and well-organised business” for more than four years, between 2016 and 2020.
But their drug empire unravelled after detectives intercepted a van containing 186kg of 90% pure cocaine, valued at £20m, on the M6 on August 2, 2018.
Police said it was the largest ever seizure of cocaine on land in the UK and John Tobin’s DNA was later found on the bubble wrap of one drug block.
The Tobins both admitted conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine.
Alan Tobin was jailed for 20 years and John Tobin was locked up for 19 years and eight months.
They were backed up by ex-UFC star Robbie ‘The Bear’ Broughton, 38, of Breccia Gardens, St Helens, who enforced debts and collected payments from gangs.
The cage fighter moved an estimated £30m of cash and worked for the Tobins until 2020, by which time they were debt ridden and John Tobin had been shot.
Broughton, who admitted the cocaine plot, was jailed for eight and a half years.
Simon Leech, 29, of Brindley Avenue, Latchford, Warrington, was a “conduit” between the Tobins and the Cullens and from his garage provided and serviced vehicles for the Tobins over a 10-month period, from 2016 to 2017.
Leech, who admitted the cocaine plot, was jailed for eight years.
Brian McQuillan, 51, of Buttermarket Street, Warrington, was a courier and in a six-week period in March and April 2018 over 21 trips he transported around £4m in cash.
McQuillan, who admitted money laundering, was jailed for six years and four months.
David Whiteside spent his life on Liverpool’s streets after committed horrific acts of sexual abuse against a young girl.
The 36-year-old raped the child nine times and committed five other sexually abusive acts against her in Kirkby.
Whiteside, of Prescot Road, Old Swan, then denied his crimes in court, forcing the woman to relive his monstrous actions in a trial.
His victim said she couldn’t even go into Liverpool city centre, where she knew he begged, out of fears of bumping into him.
Whiteside was found guilty after a trial of nine counts of rape of a child, four counts of sexually assaulting a girl and one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
A judge said Whiteside was an offender of “particular concern” and jailed him for 13 years and nine months, with an extended one year on licence.
Ryan Kenny who was waiting to appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court jumped into the docks before asking to go to prison.
The 24-year-old had already admitted racially abusing a police officer and a burglary at Liverpool John Moores University accommodation on March 23 last year.
During his sentencing a member of the mental health team explained he had undressed and jumped into the docks during the lunch break, before getting out and returning to the court complex.
She explained Kenny had a personality disorder and said it was an “impulsive act”, adding that he had experienced a “difficult day” before as he was “stressed”.
He said he was homeless and felt he would be looked after in prison.
Kenny, of no fixed address but formerly of Birkenhead, had 62 previous convictions for 93 offences, which include 12 assaults and 32 offences of dishonesty.
He was jailed for four months.
Martin Maddocks sold crack cocaine and heroin to queues of people lining up outside his flat when supposed to be looking after his children.
The 44-year-old kept 206 wraps of drugs, along with two machetes, at the Birkenhead flat where he cared for his two youngest children.
Police were made aware of “complaints of drug dealing” from the address on Borough Road, which they attended on July 4 last year.
Officers found Maddocks inside, who tried to swallow one wrap of heroin, and his two children.
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In a coat in the bathroom police found 158 wraps of crack cocaine and 48 wraps of heroin, which were in £10 deals, and the two blades.
Maddocks had 15 previous convictions for 28 offences, including smuggling heroin to the Isle of Man, for which he was jailed for five years in 2008.
He admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and was jailed for two years.
Joseph Robinson who broke his pregnant girlfriend’s nose said her family took physical “retribution” and put him in hospital.
He punched the woman, who was four months pregnant, leaving her struggling to breathe and unable to have treatment until after the birth of her child.
The 29-year-old wasn’t arrested straight after the incident because he claimed the woman’s family had hospitalised him after they “sought retribution”.
The serial woman beater, who had also dragged the woman along the ground in the early stages of her pregnancy, carried out the attacks in November.
Robinson had 21 previous convictions for 34 offences, which include horrific acts of violence against a number of ex-girlfriends in 2015 and 2017.
The cowardly thug, formerly of Manor Road, Liscard, Wirral, admitted two common assaults, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, and assault causing actual bodily harm.
He was jailed for 19 months.
Alexander Keating, Paul Dillon and Dylan Garforth
Two drug dealers involved in a huge cocaine plot were arrested as they tried to board a flight to Spain at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Detectives intercepted Alexander Keating, 30, and Dylan Garforth, 25, on Thursday, October 15, before they could depart for the continent.
Their capture followed a raid at the home of Paul Dillon, 32, a few months earlier on Tuesday, June 30, when police seized almost £30,000 in cash.
Investigators had been monitoring Keating, of Lunts Heath Road, Widnes, Garforth, of no fixed address, and Dillon, of Norlands Park, Widnes, for three months via the hacked EncroChat network.
Detectives discovered Dillon and Keating had used EncroChat to discuss the transfer of a “viable firearm” – referring to a pistol and revolver – and conspired with Garforth over the supply of Class A and B drugs.
Dillion used the EncroChat codename “WaspLawn”, while Keating used the handles “DullTuna” and “WealthyMace”, and Garforth called himself “DiorIce”.
Keating admitted conspiring to supply 30kg of cocaine and large quantities of cannabis; Dillon admitted conspiring to supply 3kg of cocaine, large amounts of ketamine, and to supplying more than £500,000 of cannabis, and Garforth admitted conspiring to supply 10kg of cocaine.
Dillon and Keating also admitted conspiracy to transfer a firearm..
Keating was jailed for 22 years and five months; Dillon for 18 years; and Garforth for 15 years.
Hannah Kellett led police on a high speed motorway chase just weeks after she was spared jail for fracturing her friend’s skull in a bizarre incident.
The 27-year-old previously drove her Audi S3 at around 20mph while Emma Currie was sitting on the bonnet.
When the mum-of-one braked sharply, Ms Currie fell off the car and suffered a serious head injury.
On February 23, the former trainee midwife was handed 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and disqualified from driving for three years.
However on March 20, Kellett was involved in a pursuit in the same car that started on the M53 in Wirral and ended at Lymm services in Cheshire.
The dangerous chase even saw her turn off the lights of her Audi in a bid to evade justice.
She admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, while also breaching her suspended sentence.
Kellett, of Grasmere Avenue in Orford, Warrington, was jailed for 20 months and banned from driving for four years.
Christopher Perryman moved £4.5m of cocaine and heroin for an international drug lord in just over two months.
The 39-year-old drug courier was said to have worked all his life to provide for his family and had no criminal record.
According to his social media, he provided a minibus service for airport transfers, hen and stag parties, and nights out.
But the dad-of-three claimed that when the coronavirus pandemic hit, work dried up and his girlfriend also lost her job as a beautician.
He secretly used an encrypted phone to ferry “massive quantities” of Class A drugs for a mysterious figure based outside of the UK, known only as “NuttyBoom”.
Perryman, of Gloucester Road, Huyton, who operated an EncroChat device with the handle “NuttyDingo”, was arrested in March this year.
He admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and heroin between March 28 and May 11, 2020.
Perryman was jailed for 12 years.
Christian Lythgoe’s mum was left saddled with her son’s drug debt after he was caught with hundreds of crack cocaine and heroin wraps.
The 20-year-old cocaine addict, who had been a high achieving student, called out “sorry mum, love you” as he was led to the cells.
His mum, who was sitting in the public gallery with her other son, wiped away tears as a judge said that the amounts involved were so large that only an immediate sentence could be imposed.
Lythgoe was arrested after police spotted the then 19-year-old dealing in St Helens on the morning of March 24 last year and found £4,000 of drugs in his car.
He explained he was dealing to pay off a cocaine debt.
Lythgoe, of Philip Grove, St Helens, admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.
He was sentenced to two years and three months in a Young Offenders Institution.
Stephen Lewis warned a girl “don’t tell anyone” after sexually abusing her before also molesting her friend.
The paedophile carried out vile acts on two young girls and forced one of them to perform sex acts on him.
After discovering they had both suffered abuse at the time, the two victims wrote to Jackie magazine to ask for advice.
But when one of their parents found out, they accused the girls of lying and the abuse went unreported for decades.
One of the victims spoke out in 2019 and Lewis, of Woodchurch Road, Prenton, admitted six counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.
A judge said his sentencing powers were limited because sentencing powers at the time the offences were committed, which he had to stick to, were very different to how they are today.
Lewis was jailed for four years.
Police said no mugshot was taken of Lewis when he attended for a voluntary interview.
Michael Burns who dealt in “misery and death” said he had cocaine “coming out me ears”.
Burns, aka “MillionDolla”, bragged about his his cocaine dealings as he was drowning in thousands of pounds worth of debt after a court heard drugs were “lost on his watch”.
His defence barrister said the dad-of-three used “bravado” and “exaggeration” as he fell deeper and deeper into debt with another other EncroChat user, at one point owing £100,000.
The 39-year-old wrote in one message, while worrying about the impact of lockdown on business, that his mum had given him a council pass so he could deal drugs without arousing suspicion.
Burns, of Plymyard Avenue, Eastham, Wirral, was arrested on October 15 at 6.50am at his home and denied being involved in the drugs conspiracy.
However, he later admitted conspiring to supply eight kilos of cocaine and also cannabis.
He had previous convictions and in 2011 was jailed for eight months for producing cannabis.
Burns was jailed for 12 years.