From a knife-wielding ex partner, to deceptive siblings and a homeless man desperate to return to prison, Hull courts have dealt with a variety of cases this week.
Here are some of the cases dealt with in the court rooms this week.
Crazed ex smashed into woman’s house to stab her and her kids jailed
Knife-wielding Matthew White smashed into the home of his ex partner threatening to stab her and her young children.
The 31-year-old went straight towards his former girlfriend Sarah with the knife on February 9.
She had to grab hold of the blade to stop him stabbing her in the chest as he punched and beat her to the ground, before he threatened to go upstairs and “stab the kids”.
Sarah said her hands were covered with blood and cuts as she desperately clung onto the knife to stop him before her young daughter was able to call the police.
White, of Manor Way, Anlaby, has been sentenced to six years in jail and three years on an extended licence at Hull Crown Court.
Speaking to Hull Live after his sentencing, Sarah, 36, said: “He deserved what he got and I’m glad he’s behind bars so that he can’t hurt anyone else.
“I feel much safer now he’s inside as he’s a dangerous person and a liar, but the scariest thing is that he’s so believable.
“I used to be such a confident person but the attack really affected me. I’m still in counselling for anxiety and I have panic attacks sometimes – I feel most nervous at night when it’s dark.
“What happened was horrible and I’m gutted about what took place in the end, especially for my kids.
“They’re in counselling too for anxiety and my two-year-old son to Matthew is going to have to grow up without a dad and it’s me that’s going to have to explain to him why.”
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Woman threatened to ‘bang and bray’ love rival in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre
Sherrie Marsters, 30, threatened to attack her ex and his new partner after following them into St Stephen’s Shopping Centre.
Marsters, who is also a notorious shoplifter, made threats to both her former partner and his new girlfriend.
She had turned up at the home she once shared with her ex-partner and found his new partner there, Hull Magistrates Court heard.
Prosecuting James Byatt said: “Miss Marsters threatened to bang her.
“Later, she followed them into St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, where she said, ‘I’m going to bang her’.
“She followed them to his address, where she shouted, ‘Get out. I am going to bray you.'”
Marsters told police she had been drinking. She then admitted to officers: “I know I acted like a proper t***.”
During a previous hearing, Marsters, now sleeping on a family member’s sofa in Walton Street, west Hull, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.
Robin Smith, for Marsters, said she insists her former partner had been cheating on her but accepts her behaviour that day had been wrong.
Marsters was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 15 days rehabilitation which will focus on anger management.
She was also made the subject of a 12-month restraining order banning her from contacting her former boyfriend’s new partner. In addition, she must pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.
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Pregnant mum abducted toddler son abroad to escape social services
A pregnant mother who abducted her own son in a bid to escape a social services investigation avoided an immediate prison sentence.
A police and social services inquiry was launched after nursery staff saw an “unexplained” bruise on the three-year-old’s face under his eye, Hull Crown Court previously heard.
The boy had gone to live with his father, although the mother was granted supervised access to him each day. But after asking to see him on her own for “a couple of hours”, the mother snatched the toddler and took him to Ireland.
Unbeknown to the father, she planned the abduction by raising £1,000 through the sale of clothes and belongings, dyed her hair, and even considered getting false passports.
But after the authorities were alerted, she was forced to return to the UK by a High Court ruling in Dublin. She was then remanded in custody at a further Crown court hearing in Hull, and warned to expect a prison sentence.
But in a sentencing hearing, the woman – who is pregnant with her third child – received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years. She was also placed under an electronically monitored curfew for three months.
Driver ‘fell flat on his face’ after high-speed police chase – because he was hiding something
Speeding driver Ryan Skelton led police on a high speed chase through Hull before being caught with heroin stuffed inside a Kinder Egg.
Skelton, 24, was warned of two police officers in an unmarked car at the Trafalgar Street junction off Beverley Road, prompting him to accelerate northbound.
He then sped through Wincolmlee at speeds of up to 50mph towards Holderness Road before officers lost his car near Mulgrave Street off Great Union Street.
However, it was not long until Skelton was found again after ditching his car. He tried to run away, but managed to fall over and lost the toy stuffed with Class A drugs.
During the 1.8 mile chase around Hull, which was in the middle of the afternoon, Skelton led police on a five-minute pursuit.
He overtook traffic, went through red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road, leading to him pleading guilty to a number of charges, including dangerous driving and driving a vehicle without a licence or insurance.
He also admitted possessing the Class A drug heroin.
Recorder Gurdial Singh strayed away from keeping Skelton behind bars but issued him with a very stern warning.
He said: “You have come as close as you will be to going to prison today.”
Skelton, of Clowes Building, Hull, was handed a 12-month community order which requires him to do 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was also disqualified from driving for two years and given a four-month curfew in place between 9pm and 7am. He must also complete 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.
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Lying greedy brother and sister conned their mum out of £58,000 for luxury life
Greedy brother and sister Timothy Baumber, 54, and Tessa Quelch, 55, who conned their vulnerable mum out of £58,000 when she moved into a care home were told to pay back thousands or go to jail.
The pair ripped off their elderly mum by siphoning off her money into their own pockets – just weeks after being given legal power of attorney in 2011.
The pair made the most of their influx of cash by spending thousands on credit card bills, school fees and Pandora jewellery.
The siblings also purchased furniture and clothing from Next and bought various items from Amazon and Boden.
Quelch and Bamber were given control of their mum’s finances after she was put into Old School House care home in Beverley.
The pair tried to defend their actions by saying their mother had been generous with them in the past and had helped them when they fell into financial difficulty.
However, when the grandmother realised the fraud in April 2014 she said she “didn’t take out an LPA (lasting power of attorney) in order for her children to spend her money.”
The pair were in court this week to find out how much they would have to repay to their elderly mother following their guilty pleas more than a year ago.
Quelch, of Adelaide Road, Leamington Spa, admitted four counts of fraud amounting to £33,912.54, whereas Baumber, of Holme Church Lane, Beverley, admitted one count of fraud amounting to £24,221.20.
Both were handed suspended sentences in May 2017 and ordered to carry out a total of 550 hours of unpaid work between them.
Quelch was made to pay back all of the money she stole through fraud in the next three months. If she fails to do so, she will be locked up for five months.
Baumber must pay £9,000 to his elderly mother in the same time period or risk spending three months behind bars.
Hull pervert gets friend drunk then strips him naked and sexually attacks him
Schizophrenic Sergio Pinto has been jailed after he stripped his friend naked and sexually assaulted him while he was passed out on the sofa .
Pinto, 47, performed a disturbing sexual act on his drunken friend on March 18 after the pair had spent the afternoon drinking together.
The victim woke up to find his trousers and pants pulled down by Pinto. He then fled in horror to a nearby alleyway where he was found by a woman who convinced him to call the police.
Hull Crown Court heard the pair had been drinking beer and vodka together from the morning and throughout the afternoon.
However, the complainant began to feel unwell and Pinto, of Wellstead Street, west Hull, got a bucket for him to be sick in.
After his friend fell asleep, Pinto told police he had initially undone his trousers to make him feel more comfortable but then sexual thoughts took over.
He exposed the complainant’s penis while he was asleep on the sofa and then performed oral sex on him.
The attack has had a harrowing impact on the victim, who felt “humiliated” and “dirty” because of what had happened.
Pinto was jailed for a year for the attack, described by the judge as “appalling”.
Police taser drunk seen waving 14-inch knife in the road in terrifying outburst
Tragic drunk Ian St Paul had to be tasered after waving a knife in front of police officers in a disturbing outburst.
St Paul, who is banned from every pub in the East Riding, aggressively slashed a knife in front of two on-duty cops outside his mother’s home in Grovehill Road, Beverley, on the evening of May 1.
Police were initially called to the Foresters Arms before visiting the defendant’s mum’s house to check on St Paul, who has tragically lost two children who died prior to birth.
He insisted nothing was wrong when they called, but just half an hour later they were back when St Paul was spotted in Grovehill Road with a knife and a bottle of beer.
Hull Crown Court heard St Paul came out of his property with a 14-inch black handled bread knife and was waving it aggressively towards officers who were 10 metres away from him.
Concerned about his behaviour, police aimed a taser in the direction of St Paul who retreated inside his home. Through the window he made slashing gestures with the knife across his stomach – suggesting he wanted to self-harm.
St Paul refused to leave the property but briefly came outside to drop the knife on the path before returning indoors.
Officers tried to lure him out for two hours but at midnight they were forced to break into the house and take St Paul to a police station.
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The court heard St Paul had a “wretched” upbringing.
Recorder Gurdial Singh gave him one last chance to reform and get the help he needs for his mental health problems and imposed a strict community order.
St Paul, of Freshlands, North Dalton, near Driffield, was given a 12-month community order which comes with 20 days of rehabilitation activity.
He is also prohibited from leaving his home between 9pm and 7am for the next four months under a curfew.
Man carries out desperate brick-throwing stunt to avoid sleeping rough
Homeless David Owston lobbed a rock through a car showroom in Clough Road before immediately handing himself into police because he was so desperate to get off the streets.
Owston spent just eight weeks out of prison before he resorted to smashing a window at Right Car in Clough Road.
The troubled 42-year-old is known to managers at the car showroom having carried out the same stunt on numerous occasions before to secure an instant return to custody.
Immediately after committing the damage on April 26, Owston walked across the road to Clough Road Police Station and handed himself in at the enquiry desk.
Recorder Singh was first torn between handing Owston a suspended sentence to give him another chance to reform, and keeping him in custody with an immediate jail term.
But, he took a dim view of his constant flouting of court orders with Owston in breach of an ASBO for the 17 time as well as the “calculated nature” of the offence and his drug taking.
Owston, of no fixed abode, will now spend the next five months behind bars after breaching his ASBO and for causing criminal damage. He was also punished for breaching an eight-week suspended sentence imposed in March 2018.
Man in ‘drug-induced psychosis’ scales Miranda House in Hull and hurls roof tiles onto floor
Nathan Hemmings, 21, scaled a garden wall at Miranda House, a mental health unit based in west Hull, before scrambling onto the roof.
He then hurled roof tiles, causing £600 of damage.
Hemmings was arrested when he eventually came down. It was not stated in court how long he stayed on the roof.
Hemmings, originally of Hull but now living in Bradford with his brother, admitted a single charge of criminal damage.
Mike Farr, mitigating, said his client had mental health problems but conceded these were self-inflicted.
Hemmings was fined £120.
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