From the drug-fuelled speeding BMW driver who killed a teenage girl as she walked to school – before trying to blame her after driving off – to the fraudster jailed for stealing £136,000 from a solicitor’s firm using an elderly dementia sufferer’s bank account.
These are some of the criminals locked up in Greater Manchester in January.
The region’s courts have given out hefty prison sentences for all manner of crimes last month with M.E.N. reporters there to cover the most serious.
An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works – so we make no apologies for devoting so much time to letting you know what happens in our courts.
These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in January 2021.
The man who stabbed a young man to death 26 years ago
The brother of a young man who died in a city centre knife attack 26 years ago has praised police for never giving up on the case after the killer finally faced justice.
New DNA techniques helped police prove Geoffrey Strike was responsible for killing 21-year-old Jason Comerford in 1994.
Strike, who is mentally ill, stabbed him in the neck in an unprovoked attack after Jason had been on a night out in Manchester city centre.
A court heard Strike may have mistakenly believed he was ‘under threat of some kind’ due to his mental health problems, but that Jason was ‘entirely blameless’.
More than a quarter of a century later, Strike, who did not feature in the police’s initial investigations, has faced justice.
A conviction was only secured after Jason’s brother challenged the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after they twice said there was not enough evidence to charge the prime suspect.
Following a Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing, Strike, who admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order.
Strike, who at the time of the killing had ‘discharged himself’ from mental health treatment, lived just 250 yards from the scene of the crime and he was obsessed with knives.
But after taking the life of Jason Comerford, he escaped justice for nearly 27 years.
Strike was charged with murder in February 2020 – 26 years after he killed Jason. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the week he was due to go on trial in October last year.
The drug addict with picture of Corrie killer on phone who tried to murder two women 19 days apart – he attacked a gran 90 MINUTES after being bailed by a court
A drug addict who tried to murder lone women in two vicious knife attacks just 19 days apart has been handed a life sentence.
Jayden Hayes, 24, attempted to kill one of his victims just 90 minutes after he had been released on bail by magistrates following other alleged offences. The court had been provided with ‘misleading’ information, it was said.
He attacked 61-year-old Joy Clarke as she returned home from a chippy in Oldham, repeatedly stabbing her in the head, face and chest.
Then, about three weeks later Hayes struck in Oldham again in, trying to murder another woman by slicing her throat.
The 71-year-old had been walking to the shop.
On both occasions, Hayes was seen ‘scouting’ the area looking for victims.
Hayes, who suffered from drug induced psychosis, was said to have an ‘unhealthy interest in stabbings’.
He searched for information about knife attacks online and had a picture of the Coronation Street character Pat Phelan on his phone, who was knifed to death in a plot line in the soap.
On Friday (January 8), Hayes was given a life sentence, to serve a minimum of 14 years before he can be considered for release.
Hayes, of no fixed address, admitted two counts of attempted murder.
The driver who led police on a 120mph chase, drove on wrong side of road and turned lights out on M61
A man who drove 120mph on the M61 in a high-speed police chase has been jailed.
Aidan Sherlock led several officers on a ‘dangerous’ pursuit through Bolton in the early hours of December 4 last year.
The 26-year-old sped through four sets of red lights, reached speeds of up to 90mph in a 30mph zone and drove on the wrong side of the road.
The occupants of the Vauxhall Vectra threw ‘significant objects’ at officers – one believed to be a car jack – in a bid to get away.
One item struck a police car and caused damage to the window screen.
Sherlock, of Starkie Road, Bolton, appeared via video link from HMP Forest Bank at Bolton Crown Court.
Colin Buckle, defending, said Sherlock’s only mitigating factor was that he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
He also noted no one was injured during the incident.
Aidan Sherlock pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.
He was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and had his driving disqualification increased to four years and nine months.
The architect jailed for bombarding ex-partner with hundreds of emails containing his own song lyrics
An architect has been jailed for bombarding his ex-partner with hundreds of drunken emails containing his own song lyrics.
Matthew Collins, 38, of Chatburn Road, Chorlton, breached a non-molestation order imposed at the family court four times in less than a year, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The order strictly prohibited Collins from contacting his ex-partner with whom he has a young son.
Neil Usher, prosecuting, told the court how the first time Collins breached the order in March last year he received a £300 fine.
He was then jailed for 8 weeks for a further breach in May, and again for twelve weeks following a third breach in September.
And just four weeks after he was released from that sentence, Collins was harassing his ex again, the court heard.
Mr Usher said the contact consisted of emails sent mostly sent in the evening.
Some were ‘crude and distressing’, he said.
The court heard Collins had previous convictions for possessing cannabis with intent to supply and driving offences.
Tom McKail, defending, said his client is a qualified architect and reached the age of 31 before he found himself before the courts.
His convictions since 2013, brought on by problems with drunk and drugs, represent a ‘spectacular fall from grace’, Mr McKail said.
Judge Cross sentenced sentenced Collins to two years in prison of which he will serve half before being released on licence.
“Thanks for that,” Collins responded after being sent down.
The drug-fuelled speeding BMW driver who killed a teenage girl as she walked to school – then tried to blame her after driving off
A drug-fuelled dangerous driver who killed a teenage girl as she walked to school tried to blame the child.
Kevin Pryce, 45, who tested positive for cocaine and cannabis, claimed 14-year-old Mia Strothers had stepped out into the road before he hit her.
But Pryce was ‘absolutely flying’ while driving at 57mph in a 30mph zone, and was in a BMW which he knew had faulty brakes.
Pryce drove off, leaving Mia with injuries which would prove fatal.
After the crash, he told a friend that his windscreen was damaged because someone had thrown a ‘brick’ at it, then made enquiries with a garage about getting it fixed.
Pryce later handed himself in, but even when he appeared in court and pleaded guilty he claimed he wasn’t driving as fast as he had been when he hit Mia.
Now Pryce, who has never had a licence, has been jailed for 10 years and banned from driving for life.
Judge Manley said no sentence could ‘begin to mitigate’ the loss of Mia.
The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years.
The judge said she accepted Pryce had shown ‘some remorse’, but said his claims that he had not been driving at 57mph added to the distress of Mia’s family.
She therefore reduced the amount of credit he received due to his guilty plea.
Pryce was also told he was banned from driving for life, with the judge saying it was an ‘exceptional’ case.
Pryce, of Quail Street, Oldham, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without a licence and driving with no insurance.
The remorseless predator who sexually abused teenager after plying her with alcohol
A remorseless ‘predator’ sexually assaulted a teenage girl after plying her with alcohol.
Marek Swistak, 53, carried out a ‘catalogue of sexual offending’ against his victim.
On one occasion, she was forced to drink so much alcohol that she woke up unable to recall what had happened to her.
At Bolton Crown Court Swistak was jailed for 13 years.
Prosecutor Julian Goode told the court Swistak ‘groomed’ the girl before encouraging her to perform sexual acts.
As the abuse escalated, he sexually assaulted his victim and recorded her on his phone.
Swistak threatened the girl and told her that if she revealed the abuse, ‘no one would believe her’.
The court heard Swistak would often summon the victim via text, leaving her ‘haunted’ by the sound of alerts on her phone.
Judge Walsh imposed a restraining order, banning Swistak from contacting his victim, and made him the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
He will also be forced to sign the sex offender register for life.
The Greater Manchester Police officer who sexually assaulted young girl
A Greater Manchester Police officer who repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl has been jailed.
Farooq Ahmed, 37, walked into a police station with a confession note before Christmas. He’s now been jailed for two years.
GMP confirmed to the Manchester Evening News action was being taken in line with regulations to dismiss him from the force.
It’s understood he remains suspended from duty.
Detectives said Ahmed’s ‘disgusting’ abuse has had a ‘profound’ impact on the victim.
Ahmed, from Mossley Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, is believed to have served with GMP in the Tameside area for around three years.
At around 8pm on November 26 last year, he handed himself in at GMP’s Central Park police station.
Ahmed appeared at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, where he was jailed by judge Nicholas Clarke.
He was required to sign the sex offenders’ register and the judge also passed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which will last for five years.
GMP said Ahmed would be dismissed from the force at ‘the earliest opportunity’.
The wanted man who was at large for almost seven months
A man wanted on recall to prison was at large for almost seven months before police found him in a pub in Salford, a court heard.
Declan Gorman was released from jail on licence in September 2019 after serving half of his prison sentence for being concerned in the supply of heroin.
The 25-year-old from Ashton-under-Lyne then had his licence revoked and was recalled to prison in February last year.
But despite several police appeals and attempts made to find him, he avoided custody for almost seven months, a court heard.
He was only arrested after police spotted him driving a stolen BMW into the car park of the Waggon & Horses pub on Bolton Rd in Irlams o’ th’ Height in October 2020.
The car, which was worth around £25,000, was on false plates and had been stolen from a Motorpoint car garage in Burnley.
A judge at Minshull Street Crown Court has now jailed Gorman after he pleaded guilty to remaining unlawfully at large after recall to prison and handling stolen goods.
Gorman, of Firbank Close, Ashton-under-Lyne, was jailed for 18 months.
The sentence will run alongside the remainder of three-year jail term he is currently serving for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
The drug dealer who had sawn-off shotgun, a ‘Russian’ hand grenade, a knuckle duster, SIX phones and £17k-worth of drugs at his home
The bomb squad raced to a drug dealer’s house after a sawn-off shotgun and hand grenade were found in his loft by cops.
Anthony Lutkevitch, 31, was being paid by an unknown man to store the weapons at the property on Tonge Street in Heywood, a court heard.
Police found the gun and ‘Russian’ explosive in the attic after executing a warrant in July last year.
Bomb disposal experts had to be called. A controlled explosion was carried out.
Officers also found a ‘large amount’ of cannabis and ketamine, worth around £17,000 on the streets, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Lutkevitch has now been jailed.
A judge was told he dealt drugs ‘prolifically’ for nine years.
Lutkevitch, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a firearm certificate; possession of a prohibited weapon; and two counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.
He was jailed for four years and four months.
The woman who tried to smuggle cocaine into the UK
Three women who tried to smuggle £50,000 worth of cocaine into the UK through ‘internal concealments’ have been jailed.
Catara Mattie, 20, from Salford, was on the same flight from Kingston, Jamaica, as Shantori Daniels, 23, and Shaliquah Talbot, 27.
The three women arrived at Gatwick Airport on November 11, 2020, and were searched by Border Force officers.
All three women were found to have ‘internal concealments’ of cocaine, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
The total weight of the packages was just under a kilo.
The trio all gave differing stories when interviewed by NCA investigators following seizure of the drugs.
Mattie of Liverpool Road, Eccles, admitted making the drugs run for cash.
Daniels and Talbot, both from Birmingham, each claimed to have been given the drugs by men they met in a bar or restaurant.
All three pleaded guilty to importing class A drugs.
During a hearing at Lewes Crown Court on December 9, Daniels was sentenced to 32 months in prison.
Mattie was jailed for three years.
Talbot was sentenced to 32 months in jail.
‘If I get to be your boyfriend you have to keep it secret’: The sick words of paedophile to ’13-year-old girl’
A paedophile told a ’13-year-old girl’ to ‘keep it a secret’ if they were to become boyfriend and girlfriend, a court heard.
Peter McConville, 29, thought he was talking to a teenage girl called ‘Sienna’ on an online chat room.
He starting chatting to her because he ‘wanted to make new friends in lockdown’, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
McConville, from Harpurhey, then began making sexual remarks to the ‘girl’ and talked about meeting up and having sex, despite her telling him that she was only 13-years-old and just ‘looking for a chat’.
He arranged to meet up with her outside Debenhams in Manchester city centre – but ‘Sienna’ was an undercover police officer.
McConville, of Ryedale Avenue, Harpurhey, Manchester, pleaded guilty to one charge of facilitating or arranging the commission of a child sexual offence.
He was jailed for two years and two months.
He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be made to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.
The drug-fuelled yob dad that sprayed sanitising fluid in faces of staff and customers at Tesco and shouted ‘I will f***ing do you’
A drug-fuelled yob picked up a bottle of sanitising fluid used to combat coronavirus before spraying it in the faces of staff and customers at a Tesco store and shouting: “I will f***ing do you.”
Father-of-one Adam Waring, 31, grabbed the canister – which was being used to clean shopping baskets and trolleys – at the entrance before unleashing it at shoppers.
The spray hit a number of victims, including a child, at the Ellesmere shopping centre branch of Tesco in Walkden, Salford.
Waring, a delivery driver from Bolton, has now been jailed.
A court heard he shouted ‘don’t you try and take this f***ing bottle off me, they’ve got chemicals’, before eventually fleeing the store.
An off-duty police officer wrestled him to the ground at a neighbouring Subway sandwich shop where he continued his tirade, smashing a table.
At least four people were attacked with the spray during Waring’s drug-fuelled rampage, with some suffering irritation to their skin.
At Manchester Crown Court, Waring, of Lostock, Bolton, admitted affray; common assault; and criminal damage. He was jailed for 16 months.
Pervert who sent disgusting pictures to girl on Snapchat and tried to make her meet him
A pervert has been jailed after sending indecent pictures of himself to a 13-year-old girl on Snapchat then telling her ‘I want you, no one else’.
Payam Fatehy, 22, chatted to the girl on social media before ‘making sexual requests’ of her.
He asked her to meet up with him for sex and said she could ‘bring friends’ to his flat, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Fatehy, who was 19 at the time, was arrested after the girl became ‘worried’ and told her mum.
Police then found a sick video showing the sexual abuse of two children on his phone.
He has now been jailed after a judge said he used the girl ‘as an object to satisfy his own perverted sexual desires’.
Fatehy, of Sandal Street, Miles Platting, pleaded guilty to distributing an indecent image of category B, engaging in sexual communication with a child aged 13 and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
He was jailed for 18 months.
He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and must sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.
A restraining order was also granted preventing him from making any further contact with the victim.
The man found with a handgun in his house during police raid in Oldham
A man found with a gun at his house during a police raid has been jailed.
Officers, part of an operation tackling serious and organised crime, raided the home of Scott Robinson, 43, on Higher Lime Road in the Limeside area of Oldham last October.
Inside they found a handgun.
The weapon was seized and Robinson arrested.
He was later charged and pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm at an earlier hearing.
He was jailed for five years at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.
The man jailed for abducting and sexually abusing teenage girl in park
A paedophile who sexually abused a teenage girl he met on social media in a park has been jailed.
It was one of a number of occasions that Kaden Hand, 20, engaged in sexual activity with the child.
Detectives say the predator “knew how old she was but he didn’t care.”
He was jailed for child sex offences and abduction.
The court heard how, in April 2020, Hand contacted a teenage girl via social media, lying about his age in the process.
He arranged to meet her in a park the following day and whilst they were there, he sexually abused her.
The drug-driver who was bailed from court then drove dangerously AGAIN that same day
A drug-driver rammed into a police car during a chase – he was bailed from court then drove dangerously again that same day, a court heard.
Lee Vesey, 37, led police on a ‘high-speed’ pursuit through Wythenshawe in February, 2019.
He rammed his Ford Transit van into a police car before abandoning his vehicle and fleeing the scene.
Vesey, from Wythenshawe, appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court the following month and was bailed.
But on that same day, he was spotted driving dangerously again.
He was eventually arrested in a bookmakers nine days later.
Judge Alan Conrad QC jailed Vesey for 18 months.
The thug that launched violent attack on ex – and threatened to ‘bite her face off’
A thug launched a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend – and threatened to ‘bite her face off’.
Keith Dube, 27, kicked his former partner, stamped on her and gave her a bloody nose.
A court heard he met the woman at a Tesco store before returning to his Salford home on July 23.
An unnamed woman knocked on the door and challenged Dube’s ex, accusing her of swearing at her child, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Dube grabbed his former partner’s hair and, dragging her backwards, told her: “You little b****, you always cause s**t.”
He kicked her repeatedly in the back, before she ran upstairs.
Dube, from Eccles, Salford, threatened to ‘bite her face off’, before slamming her into a door after she tried to call a friend for help.
After managing to flee, the woman later returned to Dube’s house to collect a suitcase.
As she arrived, he swung a metal bar and smashed the rear passenger window of the car she was in, telling her: “I told you you would f*****g get it.”
He has now been sentenced to two years and seven months.
The man who filmed himself launching sick sex attack on woman while she was ‘out cold’
A man filmed himself launching a sickening sex attack on a woman who was ‘out cold’ – using the victim’s phone.
Wayne McLaughlin, 31, was jailed for six years at Minshull Street Crown Court today (Thursday) after admitting sexual assault by penetration; and voyeurism.
Prosecutor Peter Cadwallader said the victim was ‘incapable’ of consent to sexual activity at the time and has no memory of what happened.
When she woke in the morning, she went to look at her mobile phone and McLaughlin ‘tried to stop her’, Mr Cadwallader said.
The victim found a video on the phone of McLaughlin, from Rochdale but of no fixed address, subjecting her to a sexual assault.
It was later reported to police and McLaughlin was arrested.
McLaughlin eventually pleaded guilty to the two charges.
Judge Maurice Greene jailed McLaughlin for six years.
The fraudster jailed for stealing £136,000 from solicitor’s firm using elderly dementia sufferer’s bank account
A fraudster who stole more than £136,000 from a solicitor’s firm using the bank account of an elderly client with dementia has been jailed.
Sarah Aikenhead, 37, ‘plundered’ so much money the company almost went out of business, Minshull Street Crown Court, heard last week.
The mum-of-one, of Beech Road, Sale, spent the cash on holidays, shopping at designer retailers, her wedding, and gave £30,000 to her brother, the court was told.
Aikenhead, who has bipolar disorder, began her scam in May 2019, prosecutor Wayne Jackson said.
Adam Watkins, defending, said Aikenhead accepts her offending was ‘nobody else’s fault’ other than her own.
“She says she found [stealing the money] easy and so she continued,” he added.
Mr Watkins pleaded with the court to show mercy on Aikenhead as she is the primary carer for her young son.
He said being in prison would hit Aikenhead ‘harder than 99 per cent of defendants here’.
But sentencing her for two counts of fraud, Judge Tina Landale had no sympathy and sent her down for three years and four months.
The jobless Cheetham Hill rogue who had £553,000 in dirty cash in his car and at home
A Manchester man has been jailed after he was caught driving around with more than £150,000 of ‘dirty’ cash stuffed in carrier bags.
Amir Khan, 40, refused to say where the money had come from.
Khan, from Cheetham Hill, handed the cash to two associates in October 2018 but all three were being watched by HM Revenue and Customs investigators.
They were stopped and the cash was seized.
Shabir Kharal, 63, a builder from Bolton, was found with more than £64,000 of the cash while Sohail Bham, 44, a courier from Bradford, had more than £97,000 in his car.
Investigators searched Khan’s home and found more bundles of bank notes totalling £403,750 as well as a cash-counting machine.
The three men were arrested but refused to answer questions about the cash.
They were sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court.
Unemployed Khan, also known as Azar Khan Abar, of Amina Road in Cheetham Hill, was jailed for four years and ten months after he pleaded guilty to being concerned in an arrangement which he knew or suspected facilitated money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002).
Shabir Kharal, a self-employed builder, of Harper Green Road, Bolton, was handed a nine-month suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work in the community and 15 days of rehabilitation activity.
Sohail Bham, a self-employed courier, of Nicola Court, Bradford, was handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence after he admitted possessing criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He was ordered to complete five days of rehabilitation activity and 150 hours unpaid work in the community.
The paedophile who created more than 20,000 indecent images of children
A paedophile who created more than 20,000 indecent images of children has been jailed for 18 years.
Ian Story, 55, made and stored the sickening photographs and videos over a nine-year period.
He was eventually caught by police in March of last year after they learned he was uploading indecent footage to the internet.
Story, from Wigan, also admitted to carrying out multiple child sex offences.
At Bolton Crown Court, he was jailed for 18 years.
Story had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of oral rape, nine counts of making indecent images of a child, three counts of distributing indecent images of a child and seven counts of sexual assault on a child by touching.
Following an investigation, police executed a warrant at Story’s home and arrested him on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.
He was released under investigation while enquiries continued.
A number of devices were also seized by officers.
Examination of the devices revealed that between 2011 and 2020, Story had been creating and storing indecent images and videos of children.
He was re-arrested in July.
When interviewed by police, Story admitted to multiple child sex offences and was remanded in custody.
He later admitted to possession and distribution of indecent images of children and a variety of further sexual offences.
The prisoner found with soaked arm in cell after trying to flush smuggled phone down toilet
A prisoner sent hundreds of calls and texts to his brothers with a smuggled mobile phone while serving a lengthy sentence for robbery.
Stephen Pattison, 44, was caught on CCTV running to the toilet with a package before flushing the toilet when officers came to his cell door in Strangeways.
The court heard how in February 2019, prison officers had tried to get into Pattison’s cell for an inspection.
But they were prevented from getting in as the lock on the door had been tampered with, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
“From the observation room they were able to see the defendant run from the cell to the toilet”, Julian Goode, prosecuting said.
“He was carrying a package – a mini mobile phone with six SIM cards.
“The toilet flushed immediately, the defendant’s arm was wet causing officers to suspect he had disposed of an unauthorised item.
“The phone cover was found on the floor next to the toilet,” he said.
Officers later found the mobile phone.
Staff found undelivered messages containing the bank details of Stephen Pattison’s brother Mark Pattison on it.
Hundreds of calls and messages were found on the phone, showing correspondence between Stephen Pattison and Mark and another brother named Anthony Pattison.
The messages were sent between December 2018 to February 2019.
Stephen Pattison, of no fixed abode, previously pleaded guilty to transmitting messages from inside a prison without authorisation.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing a mobile phone inside a prison.
Mark Pattison and Anthony Pattison, both of Mount Pleasant Street in Audenshaw, pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting the transmission of the calls.
The court heard how the brothers, from Tameside, had a long list of previous convictions.
Stephen Pattison was sentenced to a total of eight months in prison.
Anthony Pattison and Mark Pattison were both sentenced to an 18 month community order.
Anthony Pattison was also ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work, while Mark Pattison was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
The father found with cocaine and £15,000 said he was being pressured to deal drugs
A father who was caught with cocaine, MDMA and £15,000 in cash said he was being pressured to deal drugs by a gang, a court heard.
Alhad Mohammed, 36, has been jailed after police stopped his black Toyota in Manchester city centre when they noticed it had a faulty brake light.
He was pulled over on Dale Street on August 5 and found with quantities of four different type of drugs – cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and class C drug clonazepam – all worth about £100 each.
Officers feared Mohammed was reaching for a weapon when he put his hand in his jacket and they took him to the ground, Manchester Crown Court heard.
They discovered a further 38 snap bags of cocaine, said to be worth about £1,200.
Police then searched his home and seized between £15,000 and £20,000 in cash, in bundles of £20 and £50 notes.
Prosecutors said the exact amount was not known.
Mohammed, of Hardy Street, Oldham, was sentenced to two years and three months in jail.
He pleaded guilty to five offences; two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug, one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug, one count of possession with intent to supply a class C drug, and possessing criminal property.
The prison officer who brought paper laced with Spice into Forest Bank jail had ‘unexplained £50,000 in bank account
A prison officer who brought paper laced with Spice into Forest Bank jail has been locked up.
Brian Massey, 29, brought pieces of paper impregnated with the drug, as well as a ‘large amount of tobacco’ into the Salford prison.
Manchester Crown Court heard Massey received £50,000 in ‘unexplained deposits’ into his bank account.
Massey had a gambling addiction, and also spent £1,000 on a deposit for a diamond ring and ‘expensive holiday flights’, the court heard.
Massey, from Oldham, was jailed for four-and-a-half years, and the court was told he is now ‘bankrupt’.
Massey, of Trent Road, Shaw, Oldham, admitted one count of bringing a prohibited item into prison, and one count of converting criminal property.
A Proceeds of Crime investigation will take place, with a hearing scheduled for April.
A stalker’s 17-month ‘campaign of harassment’ against ex with fake Facebook accounts
A man stalked his ex-girlfriend for 17 months to the point he drove her out of her home – he messaged her on fake Facebook accounts, rang her 61 times in one hour and drained her bank account.
Nicholas Doyle, aged 30, had been in a relationship with the woman for three years, but following a brief reconciliation they split up in May 2019.
However, he continued to incessantly bombard the woman with messages, calls and threats, stating he would ‘ruin her life’ if she didn’t speak to him, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Doyle, of Higher Blackley, turned up to her home on multiple occasions, even after she moved address, and damaged the windscreen on her car.
He then began making fake Facebook accounts and sent her numerous message requests including one which read: “what a shock you wasn’t home, don’t leave your window open next time.”
Events came to a head when he threatened to have accessed her IP address and stated he had access to her bank account details and social media logins.
The following day the woman received a phone alert from the bank reading that her account had gone into overdraft.
After Doyle was arrested and bailed with conditions not to contact the woman, he again called her and sent an email to her stating that he ‘had her life in his hands’.
Following a trial at the lower court, Doyle was found guilty of stalking and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Doyle, of Howden Road, was also handed an indefinite restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the woman indefinitely.
The vicious thug who dragged a man from a fish and chip shop and beat him to death for just £20
A vicious thug dragged a man from a fish and chip shop and beat him to death for just £20.
Christopher Hardman, a 45-year-old grandfather, was killed after a complete stranger, Christopher Walton, 24, demanded cash from him in the street.
Now Walton, who admitted murder, has been caged by a judge who told him anyone who watched the CCTV footage ‘would struggle to understand how one human being could descend to the brutal violence that you inflicted on a defenceless man’.
Walton was loitering outside the Seven Acres Fish and Chip shop on Winchester Way, Bolton, dressed all in black, when Mr Hardman and friend attempted to go inside.
Stopping them and asking for money, Walton then launched a ‘merciless’ attack on Christopher Hardman, first punching him to the head, knocking him unconscious.
Walton, of Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, then rifled through the pockets of his victim before leaving him momentarily, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Then, as the 45-year-old began to show signs of regaining consciousness, Walton approached him and began kicking and stamping on his head repeatedly in a ‘ferocious’ beating.
He then left him to die, the judge was told.
Sentencing him to life in prison, with a minimum of 20 years to serve, Judge Anthony Cross QC said: “Anyone who has had to watch the shocking CCTV footage of what you did to the deceased over the course of 10 minutes would struggle to understand how one human being could descend to the brutal violence that you inflicted on a defenceless man who was doing no more than going to buy some food from his local chip shop.
“The Crown are right to describe this ‘a merciless series of stamps and blows’.
“What makes your conduct even more grave is to be found in the fact that you would leave the prone body of your victim and then return to it and inflict more harm.
“I am satisfied that you were somehow demonstrating to your so-called associates how vicious you could be.
“After you had finished with him you left him for dead.”
The woman who lied about having a baby in ‘brazenly dishonest’ bid to avoid jail
A woman lied about giving birth in a ‘brazenly dishonest’ bid to avoid jail.
Heather McCarthy, 33, had been prosecuted after being found to have defrauded a recruitment company she had worked for.
She initially avoided jail, after telling the court that she had given birth to her first child in January 2020.
The judge who gave her a suspended sentence said he had taken McCarthy at her word, not believing anyone ‘would be so brazenly dishonest’.
But after her claims were found to be untrue, the same judge has now jailed her for eight months after McCarthy admitted being in contempt of court.
Manchester Crown Court heard that McCarthy, from Liverpool, had worked for Bury-based Paragon Meed as a recruitment consultant.
McCarthy resigned from her job but an investigation by the firm revealed she had used the details of two former employees to transfer £7,700 into her own account.
She admitted fraud by abuse of position.
In November last year, she appeared before the crown court for sentencing and received an eight-month suspended sentence.
McCarthy had ‘recently disclosed’ that she had a child, saying she had kept it a secret because she claimed to have suffered from post-natal depression.
But after it became clear she had lied about having a child, she was arrested and charged with contempt of court.
Now McCarthy will have to serve her eight-month sentence in prison. She appeared in court on video link from HMP Styal in Cheshire.
McCarthy, of Tewkesbury Close, West Derby, Liverpool, was previously jailed for 12 weeks for another fraud, stealing £4,800 from a lettings agency she worked for.
The burglar who was on the run from police for nine months
A man has been jailed following two burglaries in Greater Manchester.
Liam Farnworth, 22, has been sentenced to two years and four months in jail, after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary at Bolton Crown Court.
A warrant was put out for Farnworth’s arrest following the burglary but seven months later he struck again.
In October, Lancashire Police finally came across Farnworth on Skeffington Road, Preston and he was arrested.
The man who raped woman in horrific attack as she walked to the supermarket
A woman was raped in a terrifying ordeal as she walked to a supermarket, a court heard.
Jake Casey, 23, has received a lengthy jail sentence after attacking the woman in Rochdale.
The victim had been walking to a 24 hour supermarket in the early hours when Casey approached her.
Casey told her she was ‘beautiful’, asked her for a ‘hug’ and blocked her path, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
At first she thought Casey was a ‘troublesome drunk’, but he persisted and she gave him a hug to ‘placate’ him.
He put his arm around her neck which caused her to have trouble breathing.
Casey, said to be under the influence of drink and drugs, bit her nose and told her ‘do what you are told you f****** slag’.
He went on to rape her, with the attack lasting about ten minutes.
Afterwards, Casey claimed he was 15 and told her that if she reported him then ‘she would be in trouble because she was the adult’.
Casey ‘made her swear’ that she wouldn’t report what had happened, prosecutor Geoff Whelan said.
He said she had ‘better not tell anyone because he would kill her then and there’, also saying ‘you don’t even want to see the knife in my pocket’.
Casey told her he was ‘coming back to her home with her’, which the judge said added to her ‘terror and distress’.
She had the ‘presence of mind’ to tell Casey she still needed to go to the shops.
When she got to the supermarket, she went into the toilets and called the police.
Casey, of no fixed address, was arrested shortly after.
He pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury of two counts of rape; one count of inciting someone to engage into sexual activity; one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm; and one count of assault by penetration.
Judge Baxter handed down a 12 year sentence, comprising of nine years in custody and an extended three year licence period after she declared Casey a dangerous offender.
He will serve two thirds of the nine year term and will only released when the Parole Board deem it safe to do so. He will remain on the sex offender’s register for life.
The pervert grandad who sent pictures of schoolgirls to other paedophiles
A grandad has been jailed after he was found sharing indecent images of ‘schoolgirls’ on a chat room with other paedophiles.
67-year-old Robert Blackband was found with over 400 indecent photos, including 139 category A images – said to be the worst kind.
Police found a black iPhone and computer belonging to Blackband which contained the vile images at his home in Rochdale.
Following further analysis, officers found web searches relating to indecent images and a chat app called ‘Kitkat’.
Blackband was a member of a group called ‘Schoolgirls’ and was sharing images and having sexualised conversations about children with other members, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
He later admitted to officers that he was part of another group called ‘PervsRUs’.
On Thursday, he was jailed for two years and six months.
The ‘bully’ who punched man in row over £30 jailed for second time after victim dies
A ‘bully’ who punched a man after a row over £30 has been jailed for a second time after his victim died.
Darren Fitzsimons, died four years after being punched to the head twice by 38-year-old Michael Ramsbottom in Wythenshawe.
Police said his family had to endure their ‘own personal hell’ as they watched Mr Fitzsimons’ health deteriorate.
Ramsbottom, who was previously jailed for his part in the killing of a 16-year-old boy during a pub attack in 2002, was initially locked up for 27 months for the assault on Mr Fitzsimons in July 2015.
But following Mr Fitzsimons’ death, Ramsbottom has been sentenced to another five years and nine months in jail after admitting manslaughter.
Doctors said the cause of Mr Fitzsimons’ death was linked to the ‘grave’ brain injuries he suffered following the attack, which caused him to fall and hit his head on the kerb.
Ramsbottom handed himself in to police, and when being arrested he told officers: “I know what I’ve done, I know why I’m here. Is the lad okay? I hope so.”
He later admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, and in November 2015 he was jailed for 27 months.
Ms White said Mr Fitzsimons never regained his independence and needed ‘constant’ medical care.
After suffering from sepsis in May 2019, he received palliative care until his death a few months later in August that year.
Ramsbottom was jailed by the same judge who locked him up previously.
Ramsbottom, of Dunkery Road, Wythenshawe, admitted manslaughter.
The thug who left former school headteacher in pool of his own blood after harbouring a grudge for 20 years is now back behind bars
A thug who beat up his former headmaster is back behind bars for dealing drugs from his house in Rochdale.
Jermaine Bullen, 37, left Kieran Heakin unconscious and lying in a pool of blood after he delivered countless punches and kicks to his head.
He was locked up indefinitely for public protection in 2010 for the attack inside an Indian restaurant.
Last October, the dad-of-one was arrested after police raided his home on Albion Road, and discovered he was using it as a base to deal cannabis.
Officers from GMP recovered 1.5kg of the drug, worth £3,090, as well as snap bags, electronic scales and cash.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Bullen was sent back to prison for 12 months after admitting possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
A fraudster’s stolen bank card plot had ‘catastrophic consequences’ on small businesses he duped
A fraudster who used stolen bank card details to buy goods worth many thousands of pounds has been jailed.
Police said Shahid Khan’s criminal scheme had ‘catastrophic consequences’ on some small businesses he targeted.
In total, around £460,000 worth of ‘fraudulent activity’ was found to be connected to him, investigators added after his conviction.
Khan, 27, of Clifford Street, Deeplish, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to a series of fraud offences.
He also admitted possession of a class A drug – cocaine.
At Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Khan was jailed by a judge for four years, eight months.
His conviction followed an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).
Ryanair pilot was robbed at gunpoint as he walked home from Manchester Airport
A Ryanair pilot was robbed at gunpoint as he walked home from Manchester Airport, a court heard.
Earl Green, 38, was one of a group of three men who approached the pilot, then 25, as he walked through Painswick Park in Wythenshawe just before midnight.
Another of the robbers took out a handgun from his jacket, and the pilot felt something push against his temple which he believed to be the weapon.
He was able to get away but the pilot said he feared for his life, and has since moved to Germany after being left mentally scarred.
The gun was never recovered, so prosecutors have not been able to say whether it was real or not.
Green, from Wythenshawe, whose DNA was found on the pilot’s jacket, has now been jailed for five years and two months.
The two other robbers have not been caught.
Jailing Green, the judge Recorder Alex Leach QC said the incident ‘must have been a terrifying experience’ for the victim.
Green, of Greyfriars Road, Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty to robbery.
The ‘callous and brazen’ rogue builder who swindled thousands of pounds from his victims
A ‘brazen’ rogue builder who swindled tens of thousands of pounds from his victims has been jailed after trading standards investigators uncovered his litany of scams.
Adam Routledge, 36, of Stenhills Crescent, Runcorn, targeted householders including the elderly in Manchester, Runcorn and Northwich, and used faked documents and even a non-existent building inspector to aid his duplicitous schemes.
He was brought to book by Manchester council after officials received a complaint about Routledge’s substandard work in January 2017.
A householder had hired Routledge to complete a basement conversion at their house in Didsbury in August 2016 after seeing him working at a nearby property.
Manchester council said the resident insisted any work had to meet building regulation standards, and that professional indemnity, public liability insurance, guarantees and guarantee protection insurance should be provided.
Routledge agreed, but by Christmas 2016 it became clear the quality was falling far short of that agreed upon.
By this stage the victim had already spent more than £30,000 on the conversion.
Routledge was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison at Minshill Street Crown Court in Manchester, where it was reported that Routledge had “gone to ground” during this period to avoid repeated attempt to contact him.
Earlier this year Routledge was spared prison having pleaded guilty to a charge of banging a kitten against a wall and throwing it across a room in front of a child, as well as driving while banned with excess alcohol.
He was sentenced to 14 weeks, suspended for 12 months, for the animal cruelty and driving matters.
Routledge claimed he became angry after being bitten by fleas.
Mum thought she’d die as ex-partner brutally beat her in terrifying street attack – because she wouldn’t give him money for drugs
A mum thought she would die at the hands of her ex-partner after he attacked her in the street.
Edward Stokes, 46, rained a series of punches on the mother of his child, before slashing her face with a piece of metal during the terrifying ordeal.
The victim was left with a permanent scar to her cheek and has been forced to move away from the area as a result of the attack.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard the victim had been walking back to her flat on Princess Parkway when she was approached by Stokes.
The couple had separated eight years prior and had remained friends but their relationship had recently turned volatile, the court heard.
Shortly after midday on November 25 last year, the victim was walking back from the local chemist when she saw Stokes looking ‘angry.’
The court was told that both Stokes and his former girlfriend had long-standing issues with drug and alcohol misuse.
The court heard that the victim was able to distract Stokes before fleeing to a nearby off license to seek help.
She was heard to say to the shopkeeper, ‘he’s hitting me, he’s hitting me.’
She was taken to hospital where she was found to have bleeding to her nose, and an 8cm wound to the left side of her face.
The court heard that Stokes had been jailed for a previous assault on his ex-partner in 2019, during which he hit her and pulled out her hair.
Stokes’ defence lawyer, Victoria Lewis told the court her client had taken a number of drugs on the day of the most recent attack.
Stokes, of Great Western Street, Manchester, was jailed for five and a half years after admitting an offence of robbery and unlawful wounding.
He was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim.
The man jailed after driving family to Asda in a second-hand ambulance with emergency lights flashing
A man who was caught driving to Asda in Harpurhey in a second-hand ambulance whilst flashing its emergency lights has been jailed.
Blessing Mukaukirwa, 32, was spotted by officers driving the emergency vehicle into the Asda car park at around 10pm on Wednesday night.
The blue lights were flashing on the ambulance when it pulled in, police said.
Officers then saw Mukaukirwa leave the vehicle with a family before they went into the supermarket to do their shopping.
After being tracked down, police discovered that the driver of the ambulance was disqualified from driving and also wanted to be dealt with at court.
Mukaukirwa, of no fixed abode, was arrested and appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court.
He was charged with single counts of driving while disqualified, driving without a license, driving without insurance, using a vehicle with unauthorised blue lights, and failing to appear in court.
He was jailed for 32 weeks.
The retired civil servant who sexually assaulted women ‘trapped’ on bus
A retired civil servant who sexually assaulted two women on a bus ‘thought it was a bit of a joke’, a court heard.
In both assaults, 57-year-old Mark Bolton got close to his victims and had a business card which he pushed onto their chests.
The business card contained Bolton’s name and address, and the fact he was a collector of football memorabilia.
After one incident, Bolton got off the bus and was ‘laughing’.
Both his victims were left fearful of using public transport, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Bolton, from Stockport, described as a ‘fairly isolated’, had recently retired and was suffering from mental health problems, it was said.
Bolton was jailed for 16 months after admitting two counts of sexual assault following the incidents in Stockport.
A sexual harm prevention order was passed to last 10 years, which bans him from carrying or distributing such business cards.
‘Dangerous’ man disarmed gunman after shots fired…then hid the weapon under some astro turf in his girlfriend’s garden
A ‘dangerous’ man disarmed a gunman who’d just fired the weapon and took it to his partner’s house to hide in a garden, a court heard.
Clive Wallace, 33, has received a ten year sentence for his part in a ‘large scale incident’ in Cheetham Hill after people left a nightclub in the early hours.
A Glock handgun was fired into the air after a group of up to 20 men had congregated around an Audi A3.
A court was told no-one appeared to have been seriously hurt following the incident, which erupted between Broughton Street and Cheetwood Road.
The judge said Wallace took the weapon away from the gunman, held it and attempted to ‘rack’ it, ‘intending that it should cause fear of violence’.
Wallace punched the man to the floor, then took the gun to his partner’s home where it was hidden in a garden under some astro turf, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
The woman, named by police as 27-year-old Amy Quinn from Oldham, is due to be sentenced in March after admitting possessing a firearm.
At Wallace’s court hearing, he was declared a ‘dangerous offender’, and was sentenced to eight years in jail with an extra two years on licence.
Wallace has previous convictions for possessing a firearm and attempted robbery, the court was told.
Wallace was found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
He admitted violent disorder, two counts of driving while disqualified, possessing a firearm while prohibited, possessing a prohibited firearm, and possessing a blade.
The steroid-fuelled thug who stabbed beloved dad to death in ‘frenzied’ street attack
A steroid fuelled former boxer who became ‘lost’ during the coronavirus pandemic brutally murdered a much loved dad after a row in the street, a court heard.
Tony Robertson, 19, stabbed 45-year-old window cleaner Lee Knott to death in Wythenshawe.
Robertson, who had been taking triple the recommended daily dose of steroids, had become involved in a row with another man after making a comment about his girlfriend.
The man flagged down Mr Knott’s work van, as others in the van knew him.
Mr Knott got out to let those involved in the row with Robertson leave the area, before he planned on walking the short distance home.
“Mr Knott was to pay for this kind gesture with his life,” Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said.
Robertson was sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 20 years for the ‘senseless’ and ‘brutal’ killing.
Manchester Crown Court heard he had previously led a ‘clean life’ and had promise as a boxer.
But he began losing fights and descended into drug abuse, using anabolic steroids as well as cannabis, cocaine and ketamine.
Mr Grennan said Robertson’s family were concerned about him and had sent him to Spain for six weeks with his brother which had ‘calmed him down’, but he started to take steroids again when he returned.
He said Robertson, of Atlow Drive, Wythenshawe, had been carrying a knife for ‘self defence’ due to previous altercations.
The teen ‘with links to organised crime’ who hid loaded gun, drugs and cash in a bush during police chase
Dramatic bodycam footage shows the moment a teen ‘with links to organised crime’ stashed a loaded gun, drugs and cash in a bush during a police chase through Salford.
A police officer began pursuing Adam Buckley through the streets of Eccles after spotting him and accomplice James Saunders ‘acting suspiciously’.
As he’s been chased along Liverpool Road by a Pc, the footage shows Buckley stooping to hide a black bag in the undergrowth before veering off through a block of flats.
It was later found to contain a Colt .25 automatic, drugs and cash – with detectives able to forensically link the firearm to Saunders.
Both men were later caught and arrested.
At Manchester Crown Court Saunders, 32, of Stowell Street, Weaste, and Buckley, 19, of Bradfield Avenue, Eccles, pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, money laundering and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Saunders was jailed for 11 years after also pleading guilty to possession of an electric stun gun, handling stolen goods, disqualified driving and failing to appear at court.
Buckley was sentenced for three years and six months in prison.
The court heard how police were already been looking for Saunders after he had failed to appear in court accused of possessing an electric stun gun in Merseyside in December 2018, and had on another occasion driven a stolen Ford Focus while disqualified.
Detectives from Operation Arctic, targeting gangs in Salford, carried out the investigation.
GMP say both Saunders and Buckley had ‘links to an organised crime group’.