From the violent dad-of-four who pimped a young woman to a different man every hour – to the man who sparked a bomb alert when he told officers he had a grenade and gun , it has been another varied and busy month in the region’s courts.
These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in May – as well as cases from across the boarder.
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 and resources to letting you know what happens in our publicly-accountable courts.
And we’ll be back for more next month as well as our weekly coverage which you can find in our courts section.
The ‘arrogant’ paedophile who pretended to be teenager and tried to lure 14-year-old girl into sexual activity
A paedophile was caught when police discovered he had been posing as a teenager, trying to incite a 14-year-old girl into sexual activity.
Neil Walsh, 41, was jailed at Manchester Crown Court on Friday for 27 months.
Greater Manchester Police said he was first arrested in November 2016 as part of an ‘ongoing investigation’ into child sex offences.
Officers raided his home on Trevore Drive in Standish, Wigan , and seized his phone and computer.
A number of indecent images and videos of children were found, but throughout police interviews Walsh denied committing any offences.
He claimed he had no idea how the images had appeared on his devices and suggested he had been hacked.
Digital forensic specialists continued to examine the devices and found no evidence of hacking.
However, they did find several conversations between Walsh and a 14-year-old girl.
Walsh was eventually charged with six counts of making indecent images of children and one count of attempting to incite a child aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity.
He pleaded not guilty but a jury convicted him.
Walsh was jailed and will also have to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order.
A student arranged to meet a woman for sex but ended up being repeatedly stabbed by a love rival
A student was ‘lured’ to a cycle path next to the A34 and repeatedly stabbed in a ‘ferocious’ attack by a love rival.
The victim was left critically injured on the Kingsway during rush hour after the ‘carefully planned’ attack which a court heard he was lucky to survive.
Mohamed Abdiresak, 21, is now beginning a long prison sentence for the stabbing which a judge said was “motivated by jealousy.”
The victim, a 23 year-old business student at the University of Bolton had been in a relationship with a woman for two years, the court heard.
However the pair split up, and she blocked him on social media, the court was told.
Abdiresak, of Stratford Road, Newham, London, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at an earlier hearing.
He was sentenced to a total of 10 and a half years in prison. He will serve half in custody and the rest on licence.
The thief BANNED from a town who attacked a woman, stole from hospital staff and nicked boxes of chocolates from Poundland
A shameless thief who attacked a woman after she caught him breaking into a car and stole from staff at Tameside Hospital has been jailed.
Sonny James Shockledge sneaked into the staff area of the hospital’s shop and snatched a handbag containing a mobile phone and car keys.
The 36-year-old then went outside and found the vehicle parked up and drove off in it.
He also faced charges of attempting to possess a controlled Class B drug (amphetamine), theft from a shop after four boxes of chocolate were stolen from Poundland, and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order by entering Ashton town centre despite being banned.
Shockledge originally pleaded guilty to four out of seven offences, but was sentenced for all and given eight months in prison.
The gang who used a stolen Audi to carry out knifepoint street robberies – then ordered pizza
Three teenagers have been locked up after a series of terrifying knifepoint robberies.
In another linked case, robbers who targeted a man and stole his wallet used one of his bank cards to order pizza worth £183.
Three teenagers have now been sentenced after a police investigation into the gang. Officers said they left ‘countless pieces of evidence in their wake’, which led to their arrests.
Abdullah Chaudhry, 19, of Park Road, Prestwich, was detained for four years.
A 16-year-old boy from Cheetham Hill was detained for two years and a 17-year-old also from Cheetham Hill for three years.
Both cannot be named because of their ages.
At Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, all three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.
Drink driver jailed following horror crash that left woman in coma
A woman who was left in a coma and now uses a walking stick following a horror crash does not blame the drink driver who left her injured, a court heard.
A judge paid tribute to her ‘magnanimous attitude’ after jailing 34-year-old Mariusz Florczak, the driver of the BMW 3 Series she was a passenger in, and said it was lucky that anyone survived.
Shocking CCTV footage showed the BMW smash into a bus stop, where minutes earlier a commuter had been stood waiting for a bus.
Florczak, who only passed his driving test 12 months earlier, walked away from the crash unharmed.
Manchester Crown Court heard that the woman’s sister was friends with Florczak.
The two sisters had been enjoying a night out with friends at Bliss nightclub in the city centre.
Her sister phoned Florczak in the early hours of January 19 asking for a lift home, knowing that he had a car.
Florczak, from Altrincham, was in bed but travelled into the city centre to join them, where he had a ‘couple of drinks’, the court heard.
Florczak, of Ashley Road, Altrincham, pleaded guilty to one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and another count of drink driving.
He was jailed for two years, and banned from driving for five years.
The prolific burglar who attacked a string of businesses in Stockport
A thief smashed into a snooker club during a string of burglaries in Stockport.
CCTV showed Josh Buxton, 29, kicking and pulling at the door of Hazel Grove Snooker Club, as glass sprays everywhere.
Further footage showed him running through the snooker club in a pair of shorts, before he grabs the till.
Buxton was in the premises for around one minute during the early morning raid on March 11.
The snooker club on Marcliffe Industrial Estate was one of six businesses Buxton burgled between February and March this year.
Buxton, of The Bentleys, Lancashire Hill, was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday, April 23.
He previously pleaded guilty to six commercial burglaries between February 11 and March 11.
White supremacist loner jailed for plotting massacre in the hometown he hated
A white supremacist loner who planned a mass killing spree in his home town in Cumbria has been jailed for nine years.
Shane Fletcher, 21, from Workington, wanted to emulate the Columbine High School shooters, who murdered 12 students and one teacher at their school in Colorado in 1999 before killing themselves.
His target was a version of a medieval football game, the Uppies and Downies, which sees thousands gather in the streets each Easter to play and spectate.
Fletcher had spoken of his hatred of Workington and how easy it would be to get a van and plough down people, after being bullied in his teenage years.
Passing an extended sentence at Manchester Crown Court, Judge Patrick Field QC told Fletcher it was a “deeply troubling case” in which the defendant was motivated by hatred, revenge and nihilism.
Fletcher must serve at least two thirds of his custodial term and will be subject to an extended licence period of four years if the Parole Board considers him safe to be released.
A man downed five shots and four cans of beer before getting behind the wheel
A man downed five shots and four cans of beer before getting behind the wheel and smashing into a car – leaving a grandmother with a fractured spine.
Zoltan Glonczi tried to run away following the high-speed horror crash in Cheetham Hill, but was caught by passers-by before being arrested.
He earlier raised suspicions, the court heard, as he sped along Trinity Way in Manchester city centre.
A member of the public, Mohammed Ansar, thought Glonczi’s Vauxhall Zafira was stolen it was being driven so erratically.
After appearing in court on an earlier occasion to plead guilty to the offences, Glonczi was given an interim driving ban, with the total ban to be decided at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.
But days after appearing in court, Glonczi was seen by police driving a car near his home in Moston.
He admitted driving while disqualified and is due to be sentenced before magistrates next week.
Defending, Mark Friend said the fact Glonczi had caused pain and suffering to others was a ‘source of deepest regret’ to the defendant.
He asked for a suspended sentence to be passed.
But Judge Anthony Cross QC jailed Glonczi for 18 months, and banned him from driving for two years and nine months. He awarded Mr Ansar £100 for his brave actions.
Glonczi, of Waverley Road, Moston, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drink driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with no insurance.
The violent dad-of-four who pimped a young woman to a different man every hour
A sex trafficker moved a young mum around the UK, beating her and forcing her into becoming a sex worker before taking the money she was given by men.
Dad-of-four Florin Radu, 33, ‘preyed’ on the woman, who is in her 20s and believed she was coming here to work as a waitress, and essentially kept her prisoner during her four month ordeal, a court heard.
He went on the run before he was due to stand trial but was later arrested and he’s now beginning a seven-and-a-half year jail term.
Radu, of no fixed address, was found guilty of trafficking for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution for gain and two charges of common assault in his absence at Minshull Street Crown Court.
The ‘greedy and devious’ mum-of-three who nicked £70k from employer to fund beautician qualifications – and take kids to Disneyworld
A ‘devious and greedy’ mum who swindled tens of thousands of pounds from her employer to get qualifications to become a beautician – and treat her family to meals out and a trip to Disneyworld – has been jailed.
Mother-of-three Charlotte Clifton doctored payments to suppliers and staff to funnel around £70,000 into her own bank account.
The 30-year-old wept in the dock as a judge said he couldn’t suspend her jail term and that she would serve at least six months behind bars.
Clifton was accounts manager at County Gates Ltd, a small business based at Chadkirk Industrial estate in Romiley, Stockport, that provides custom gates, railings, balconies and other metalwork.
She was responsible for paying suppliers and the weekly staff wages, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Clifton, of Dorking Close, Stockport, admitted one count of fraud at an earlier hearing.
Clifton wept in the dock as the judge, Recorder Nicholas Clarke QC, told her a 12-month sentence could not be suspended. She will serve half her sentence in prison and the rest on licence.
A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing will be held at a later date to begin to try and reclaim the money.
Kind-hearted grandmother looted by her own son and his girlfriend for £3,800 drug money when she welcomed them into her home
A grandmother who kindly allowed her son, his girlfriend and their three children to move into her home was looted by the callous pair for drug money, a court was told.
Linda Harrison, 67, offered food and shelter to John Harrison and Emma Ramsden when they were about to find themselves homeless at Christmas.
However, within weeks of them moving in the heartless pair secretly got access to Mrs Harrison’s debit cards and began draining her bank and post office accounts.
Over a 15 month period B&Q worker Harrison, 35, and 36-year old Ramsden would steal cards kept in a safe they helped install at Mrs Harrison’s property in South Manchester before repeatedly using them to withdraw money from cash machines.
They then returned the cards later that night without the elderly woman suspecting.
When the victim noticed money was going missing from her bank account, Harrison and Ramsden would convince her the cards may have been cloned and even falsely suggested the old lady’s other son Peter was to blame.
Enquires revealed Harrison and Ramsden, of Withington, Manchester, had squandered the £3,795 they stole on drugs.
At Manchester Crown Court, Harrison who admitted fraud and theft was jailed for three years whilst Ramsden was ordered to complete a 12 month community order after she admitted theft.
Salford shooting: Three men jailed over brutal gun attack at home of ‘A Team leader’ Stephen Britton
Three men have been jailed over a brutal gun attack at the home of the alleged leader of Salford’s A Team gang.
Three shots were fired through the rear patio doors of a house on Cloughfield Avenue in Ordsall , the family home of Stephen Britton.
Britton was named as the leader of Salford’s A Team crime gang in two trials about the explosion of violence in Salford.
He wasn’t in at the home at the time of the shooting in May last year, but two siblings and his mother were. They were not injured.
Britton was jailed for five years for killing 18-year-old Adam Jama in a hit-and-run in 2009 and he was named as the leader of the A Team in two gangland trials, one concerning the murder of Salford ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey.
Britton was said to consider Massey his mentor.
Following the conclusion of the trials in March, the M.E.N. published a picture of Stephen Britton with Jamie Rothwell, said to be a key member of an opposing gang, holding what appeared to be peace talks in Madrid.
Rothwell was lucky to survive a shooting at a car wash as part of the war between the two gangs.
Now three men have been jailed over the shooting at the Britton family home.
A court heard that Tony Kelly, 27, Phillip Manning, 31, Bryan Thomas 19, and a fourth, as yet untraced person travelled to Greater Manchester from Merseyside to carry out the ‘sophisticated and meticulously planned’ attack.
Kelly, Manning, of no fixed address, and Thomas, of HMP Forest Bank. All pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an illegal firearm at earlier hearings.
Kelly and Manning were sentenced to 16-and-a-half years in prison.
Thomas, who was also sentenced for kidnap, false imprisonment and GBH following an incident in his home city of Liverpool nine weeks after the shooting, was handed a sentence of 17 years with a four-year extended licence.
Smirking thumbs-up from the drug driver who ‘blatantly lied’ but didn’t get away with it
Drug driver Paul Simon Dixon thought he’d come up with the perfect way to avoid justice after being pulled over by police.
The 34-year-old, from Stockport, gave officers his brother’s name and date of birth when he was stopped in his Ford Focus near Pwllheli in North Wales last October.
He even maintained the ‘blatant lie’ when he was taken to the police station to be questioned, NorthWales Live reports.
But he didn’t get away with it.
Police saw through his ruse and arrested him again at the Hafan y Mor holiday park the following day.
Dixon, of Heaton Norris, admitted the offence when he appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court.
He also admitted a drug driving charge, driving when he had no insurance and was not the holder of a driving licence.
Jailing him for 12 months Judge Huw Rees said giving false details is a serious offence.
Murderer helped arrange for grenade to be put under car outside family home as gangland feud escalated
A murderer helped arrange for a grenade to be put under a car as part of an escalating gangland feud, a court heard.
Billy Jones, 29, has been jailed for life with a minimum of six years for his part in the plot for the explosive to be planted under a car on the driveway of a family home in Warrington, where four children slept upstairs.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the grenade plot was part of a tit-for-tat feud between two rival gangs in the area, which spilled over in February last year.
It came after Cheshire Police launched an operation targeting a criminal gang, led by brothers Anthony and Leon Cullen, where more than 50kg of cocaine and seven weapons were seized.
Anthony Cullen and others were later jailed for a total of 185 years, but Leon Cullen has since gone on the run and is wanted by police.
Jones was found guilty of conspiracy to possess explosives by a jury following a month-long trial.
His DNA was found on the pin of the grenade.
He was jailed for 10-and-a-half years in 2006 after admitting murder, after kicking, punching and stamping on dad-to-be Michael Theaker following an argument on a bus.
Jones, of Forster Street, Warrington, had been out of prison for just four months following his previous sentence when he took part in the grenade plot.
The student who drove home moments after a judge banned him from the roads
A university student has been jailed for driving away from court minutes after a judge had banned him from the roads.
Saif Shaikh, 20, claimed he didn’t understand that he had been handed a disqualification despite being in the middle of a business, finance and accounting degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Despite the ban, he left Manchester Crown Court, got into his VW Polo and drove home to Bradford on Wednesday.
But an M.E.N. photographer captured him driving away and our subsequent story prompted police to arrest him at his home in west Yorkshire.
When he appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Shaikh, of Pickles Lane in Bradford, admitted driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
District Judge James Hatton jailed him for 12 weeks.
Shaikh is to be sentenced for causing injury by dangerous driving – the crime that landed him the interim driving ban – at Manchester Crown Court on June 14.
The teacher banned from foreign travel after wanting to abuse young Filipino girls
A teacher who tried to abuse Filipino girls as young as four has been locked up – and on his release from prison is banned from travelling abroad.
James Alexander, a former Army reservist who also performed as a DJ in Thailand, used WhatsApp and Skype in efforts to travel to The Philippines to carry out the sex attacks.
The 42-year-old was arrested at Manchester Airport on a flight back from Southeast Asia last June.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said there were no records of him ever travelling to The Philippines but he asked Filipino mothers for indecent photos of their children and told one he wanted to abuse her four-year-old daughter.
Alexander, who served as a reservist in the Parachute Regiment from 1999 to 2003, was arrested by the NCA when he flew into Manchester Airport on a plane from Thailand in June last year.
He admitted one count of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence; three counts of attempting to cause or incite a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of making (downloading) an indecent image of a child.
On Friday, Alexander, of Beeston, Leeds, was jailed for five years at Leeds Crown Court.
He was also handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order which bans foreign travel, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Fearless Subway worker chases down robber who pulled knife on her
A thief who targeted two branches of Subway has been jailed after one of the sandwich shop workers chased him down in her car.
Paul King, 38, was arrested after the woman bravely pursued him to a wooded area where officers then found him hiding behind a tree.
King has now been jailed for five years.
At Chester Crown Court in April King admitted robbery at the Mill Street Subway.
He also pleaded guilty to charges of theft and possessing a knife in a public place in relation to the incidents inside and outside the Subway in Tytherington Business Park.
King, from Liverpool, returned to the court to be sentenced on Friday and he was jailed for five years.
As well as the offences in Macclesfield, he was sentenced for shoplifting, possessing a blade and a knuckleduster in relation to other incidents.
The newlywed dad locked up and ordered to have his Skoda crushed after reversing into police car while banned
A newlywed teenage father has been locked up and ordered to have his car crushed after he tried to shake off police who caught him driving whilst he was banned from the roads.
Marjan Miah, 19, was arrested after a chase which ended with him reversing his Skoda Fabia hatchback into a police patrol car during a failed attempt to evade capture.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Miah, of Chadderton, who has since become a father to a baby boy, admitted dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance and was locked away in a Young Offender Institute for eight months.
His car was also ordered to be confiscated and crushed.
The drunk passenger who threatened to open plane’s door mid-flight and kill everyone on board
An ‘out of control’ passenger caused ‘terror’ on board a flight from Manchester to Turkey after he threatened to kill everyone on board by opening the aircraft’s door, a court heard.
Linton Bryan, 34, placed his hands on the passenger door handle and threatened to open it as the plane came into land, leaving holidaymakers and cabin crew terrified.
It followed abusive and threatening behaviour towards fellow passengers and staff throughout the four-hour Thomas Cook flight in June last year.
A court heard that the father-of-two had consumed excessive amounts of alcohol before boarding the flight, after it was delayed by three hours.
Bryan, Fairway Road, Oldham has now been jailed for 18 months over the terrifying incident which left the female cabin crew member too scared to work for a number of weeks.
He previously pleaded guilty to an offence of endangering an aircraft and being drunk on board an aircraft.
Woman imprisoned by ex-boyfriend was rescued after sharing location pin with her best friend
A woman taken hostage in her ex-boyfriend’s car was rescued by police after she sent messages with map pin locations on her mobile phone to her best friend, a court heard.
Jamie Washington, 24, bundled his former partner in the vehicle before driving her 10 miles around Manchester, threatening her with extreme violence if she tried to escape.
As his terrified victim threatened to jump from the moving vehicle, Washington replied: “Listen, you jump out of this car, and I will punch you so f*****g hard.”
The woman’s ordeal followed a petty row with her ex, who demanded that she gave him back a television he had left at her home.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard her nightmare only came to an end after she sent her pinned location – which allows others to view a person’s movements on a map – to her best friend, who called police.
Following her friend’s directions, officers from GMP were able to catch up with the car and arrest Washington.
Washington, of Kenilworth, Rochdale, has now been jailed for nine months after admitting an offence of false imprisonment.
The woman said she has been left suffering from flashbacks and nightmares.
The thug jailed for stabbing taxi driver and man trying to protect pal
A teenager has been jailed for stabbing a taxi driver and a man trying to defend his friend from a gang.
A judge wearily said it represented the case of ‘yet again a, young man going out onto the streets of Manchester armed with a knife’.
Tyreese Morgan, 18, received an extended sentence after being declared ‘dangerous’.
Manchester Crown Court that Morgan, 18, said he was carrying a knife for protection after being attacked with a machete two years prior.
Sentencing, Judge Stockdale imposed an extended sentence comprising of seven years in a young offender institution and three years on licence.
Morgan will only be released when the Parole Board deems it safe to do so.
Morgan, of Clifford Court, Old Trafford, pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding with intent, and two counts of possession of a knife.
These thugs went to a petrol station, filled up a cannister and strolled back to a house – before torching it
Two men who poured petrol through a window before torching a flat in Wigan have been jailed.
Arsonists Teejay Logsdon, 29, and Bradley Finch, 20, denied starting the blaze but were found guilty of arson after a three week trial at Bolton Crown Court.
The pair attempted to kick in the doors of a flat in Ormskirk Road in Pemberton in the early hours of March 21 last year, police said.
When they failed to get in, Logsdon and Finch went to a nearby petrol station where Finch was caught on CCTV filling up a cannister.
They returned to the flat, and after a row with those inside, poured fuel over the rear door and through a window.
They then set the property alight and ran away.
The occupants managed to escape the inferno without injury, but police said the outcome could have been ‘devastating’.
Logsdon, of Whitworth Street, Manchester, and Finch, of Hampden Place, Wigan, were jailed at Bolton Crown Court on Tuesday (May 7).
Logsdon was found guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.
He pleaded guilty to theft in relation to offences committed while wanted by police and being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in total.
Finch was also found guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.
He was sentenced to seven years in jail.
‘Yeah, I think it’s a f***ing grenade’ – a very frank admission that sparked a bomb alert
A man sparked a bomb alert when he told officers he had ‘a f***ing grenade and a gun’ in his coat pocket.
An Army explosives team were called in and Oldham Road in Newton Heath was put on lockdown after police pulled over Joseph Grey in January.
Grey, 54, has now been jailed for eight years for weapons offences and further charges after £190,000 of drugs were found at his home.
The ‘loving husband and father’ turned to crime to solve his financial problems and was acting on the orders of others further up the criminal chain, the court heard.
He was arrested and his house on Hopgarth Walk in Newton Heath was searched.
Grey pleaded guilty to five counts, including possession of a firearm to enable another to endanger life, possession of ammunition, possession of a grenade, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of amphetamine with intent to supply.
The mum jailed over racist gang attack on woman walking home from work
A judge has condemned ‘ feral drunks’ plaguing Piccadilly Gardens as he jailed a mum-of-two over a racist gang attack on a woman walking home from work.
Judge Martin Rudland said the city centre green space had been ‘afflicted by people under the influence’ and said commuters should be allowed to walk through it ‘without interruption’.
A court was told that Evonne McCleary, 43, had been drinking vodka during a seven-hour binge had encouraged two drunken sisters she was with to beat up hair and make up artist Flavia Miguel after one of them accidentally stumbled into the victim.
As Miss Miguel said: ”Be careful” she was met with a volley of racist abuse including ‘n*****’ ‘black wh*re’ and ‘go back to your own country’.
Miss Miguel was then attacked, and had clumps of hair ripped out and was left with cuts to her head and face as she begged: ” ‘I don’t want to hurt you I just want to go home’.
McCleary, from Chorlton, had apparently converted to Christianity after she was arrested over another racist attack in 2017.
At Manchester Crown Court, McCleary admitted racially aggravated assault and was jailed for 16 months.
Teenage thug stabbed a man in Manchester city centre – and blamed it on PTSD after HE was attacked with a machete
A father-of-one who moved to Britain to escape persecution in Africa was knifed and left for dead by teenage yobs who targeted him as he celebrated his first Christmas in the UK.
The victim, 22, was stabbed twice, once in the back, and perforated kidney after he attempted to intervene when he saw a friend being beaten up in Manchester city centre.
The victim, who had been previously been stabbed in his native country after being hounded over his sexuality, was taken to hospital by the friend where he was treated for his wounds. He is now recovering from his injuries.
At Manchester Crown Crown one of the attackers Tyreese Morgan, 18, from Old Trafford, was locked away for seven years after he admitted wounding with intent and having a bladed article.
He also admitted a separate stabbing on a taxi driver during a row over the fare and was banned from carrying any bladed article for life.
The football accountant who nicked £250k from club before ‘sticking it up his nose’, guzzling champagne and falling for web cam model
A football club accountant stole £250,000 to fund a ‘Pretty Woman’ style romance with a glamour model he had fallen for.
Andrew Barnbrook, 37, splashed out on shopping trips to Harrods, Chanel handbags and champagne bars with web cam girl Victoria Sinclair.
The model, who has more than 50,000 followers on Instagram, insisted their relationship was purely business, after admitting Barnbrook had blown between £50,000 and £70,000 on luxury goods for her.
He also paid £8 a minute for her live webcam services, a court heard.
Barnbrook, from Bispham, was working as a finance director for semi-professional side AFC Fylde when he transferred £239,900 to his personal bank account, LancsLive reports.
Barnbrook pleaded guilty to theft by abuse of position and was jailed for 32 months.
‘Predatory and manipulative’ paedophile who groomed girls using social media
A ‘predatory and manipulative’ paedophile sent sexual messages to girls from his university halls of residence and tried to meet up for sex, a court heard.
Thomas Groom, 23, has been jailed for six years for committing the offences against seven girls over a number of years.
He met up with one girl after an online grooming campaign and encouraged her to perform sexual acts.
Groom, a former student at Manchester Metropolitan University, threatened to post explicit images girls had sent him to porn websites unless they did what he said.
The victims told how they had been left ‘traumatised’.
After he was arrested in his halls of residence for his behaviour towards one girl, examinations of his phone revealed even more offences against others.
Burglar with staggering cocaine addiction jailed
A burglar who broke into dozens of homes to feed his all-consuming cocaine addiction says he wants to get clean, serve his jail sentence and go back to his home country.
Florin Pandele once took 37g of the class A drug in two days.
The 27-year-old Romanian national came to the UK last year. He said he wanted to earn a decent wage for this young family.
But his life soon spiralled out of control.
Pandele, a long-standing drug addict, said he relapsed and fell in with a burglary gang. He said he was ‘pressured’ into raiding houses and rewarded with drugs.
He was found to be responsible for seven burglaries – and one attempted burglary – across Manchester, Salford and Lancashire.
Pandele voluntarily admitted to 29 more offences. He asked for them to be taken into consideration prior to his sentencing before a Manchester Crown Court judge.
He was jailed for a year and 10 months.
The thug who got into drunken row with pal before stabbing him for ‘being mouthy’ – he can’t even remember doing it
A man stabbed his best friend four times with a kitchen knife following a booze-fuelled bust-up.
Lee Gargan, 37, dialled 999 after knifing his pal.
“I’ve stabbed him, he’s my best friend,” he told the call handler.
Gargan, a former road builder, was high on a cocktail of drink and drugs during the scrap, on March 31 last year. He said he couldn’t remember the incident.
Manchester Crown Court heard that shortly after 10pm, Gargan rang emergency services saying he believed he had stabbed his best friend to death.
The court heard Gargan, of Mark Avenue, Salford, has a number of previous convictions, including for attacking an ex-partner with a dumbbell.
Gargan’s lawyer, Robin Kitching, said his client’s offending was set against a backdrop of alcohol dependency.
Judge Suzanne Goddard QC jailed Gargan for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to an offence of Section 20 wounding.
The police officer locked up after filming himself sexually abusing a woman as she slept
A police officer has been locked up after he had sex with a woman without her knowing she was being filmed.
PC Dominic Dunne also recorded himself sexually assaulting her as she was sleeping.
The 26-year-old constable, who denied any wrongdoing, also photographed other women without their knowledge for his own sexual gratification, Preston Crown Court heard.
Dunne, an officer with Greater Manchester Police , was working as a special constable for the force when he committed the offences.
Judge Robert Altham sentenced Dunne to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
‘Remember me?’… paedophile hunters snare online pervert for the SECOND time after police let him go with a warning
An online predator unmasked by paedophile hunters for trying to meet young girls was caught trawling the web again for more victims after police let him go without charge.
Paul Spence, 47, had been detained by volunteers in a citizen’s arrest streamed live on Facebook after he sent explicit messages via WhatsApp to an investigator posing as a girl aged 11.
But the father-of-three was released by officers ‘under investigation’ after claiming his messaging was a joke and that he was ‘always polite’.
Just seven months later the same group calling itself Child Online Safety Team trapped Spence again after he began communicating with another of its volunteers pretending to be a 12-year-old girl.
In a series of messages Spence arranged a meeting in Manchester and said: ”Do you have a boyfriend? Have you ever kissed anybody?
“I could teach you how to kiss. Do you want me to wash your back. Do you want me see your breasts.”
He was then confronted for a second time at his home in New Moston, by the same group who said to him: “Remember me?”
At Manchester Crown Court, Spence was jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty to 12 charges including attempts to communicate with a child, attempts to incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and attempts to incite a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.
Spence was also ordered to abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for an indefinite period.
‘Where’s your f****** muppet boyfriend? He’s dead’: Jealous thug flew into rage at ex’s ‘gender reveal’ party – before shooting man
A jealous thug shot a man in the street following a bust-up at his ex’s ‘gender reveal’ party, a court heard.
Aaron Ward, 26, has been jailed for more than 20 years following the shooting outside the Harehill Tavern in Hattersley, Tameside.
The ‘gender reveal’ party was being held by Ward’s ex-girlfriend. The pair have a child.
The woman and her new partner were holding the function, on November 17, to inform their families of the gender of their baby, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Ward, of Hattersley Road West, Tameside, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder on the day of a proposed trial.
On Tuesday morning, he received an extended sentence of 26 years and three months, after a judge described him as a ‘very dangerous young man’.
He will serve two-thirds of a 21 year and three month prison sentence, and was given an additional five year licence period.
The jealous boyfriend who held woman’s face against gas hob and tried to ignite it laughs at court sentence: ‘That’s nothing’
A jealous brute who subjected his girlfriend to a campaign of controlling abuse during which he held her face against a gas hob before trying to ignite the ring has been jailed for 40 months.
As construction worker Paul Ashton, 38, was sent down by a judge for what was described as ”textbook domestic violence,” he nodded in the dock and said: ”40 months? That’s nothing.”
Possessive Ashton had cost his victim her job, her two children and her home after he subjected her to eight months of torment when he wrongly suspected she was cheating on him.
During bust ups he would wrap a telephone cord round her neck, and hold a knife to her face.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Ashton, from Ashton-under-Lyne admitted engaging in controlling coercive behaviour in an intimate family relationship.
The man that tried to smuggle weed and addiction meds to prison lag pal, who was serving time for drug dealing… it didn’t go well
A man was caught red-handed trying to smuggle cannabis and addiction medication to a lag in prison – who was serving time for drug dealing.
Richard Whitehurst has been jailed after attempting to get the substances into HMP Forest Bank in Salford.
The 28-year-old, from Tameside, said he was doing a favour for a friend.
CCTV of the visiting room filmed Whitehurst, from Dukinfield, removing a suspicious item from his jacket and throwing it over to Jonathan Cole’s foot, who then hid it inside his coloured prison bib.
Prison officers found that the package contained ten tablets of the class C drug Buprenorphine and 43g of cannabis resin.
Whitehurst was jailed for 20 weeks after he pleaded guilty to two charges of bringing list A articles into prison.
Judge Patrick Field QC told him: “People must be clear that taking contraband into prison will not be tolerated.”
‘Brexit and immigration’ was on mind of man who daubed ‘no blacks’ on family’s front door, court told
‘Brexit and immigration’ was playing on the mind of a man who daubed racist graffiti on the front door of a family home, a court heard.
Vaughan Dowd, 54, has been jailed for 12 months after he wrote ‘no blacks’ in white paint on Jackson Yamba’s front door, where 38-year-old Mr Yamba lived with his 10-year-old son.
Mr Yamba, a solicitor who came to the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, had moved into the block of flats where Dowd lived in Irlams o’ th’ Height, Salford , just days before the incident, on February 8.
Dowd, who only had one previous conviction from 27 years ago for forging a work sick note, had lived there for 25 years.
He vandalised three doors in Irlam Square, including the one to Mr Yamba’s home.
Dowd previously pleaded guilty to a single count of racially-aggravated criminal damage.
The far-right paedophile who plotted to murder an MP – and the cop investigating him for grooming boys
A far-right paedophile who plotted to kill Labour MP Rosie Cooper was jailed for life.
Jack Renshaw gave a Nazi salute as he was sent down at the Old Bailey for at least 20 years.
The 23-year-old, from Skelmersdale in Lancashire, bought a 19-inch Gladius knife to kill the West Lancashire MP and exact revenge on a female police officer who was investigating him for child sex offences.
He also googled ‘how long to die after jugular cut’ and researched Mrs Cooper’s schedule as he formed the plot.
He was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 20 years after he pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for a terrorist act and threats to kill.
Renshaw was previously jailed last June for 16 months after he groomed two underage boys online.
He also received a three-year prison sentence two months earlier when he was found guilty of stirring up racial hatred after he called for the genocide of Jewish people.
The ‘not intelligent’ gang behind an increase in armed robberies in Salford, Bolton and Wigan
A gang of armed robbers struck at deliberately-chosen ‘soft’ targets, stealing thousands of pounds in cash and cigarettes and leaving staff terrified, a court heard.
The criminals involved in nine robberies on shops, a travel agent and a hotel have now been jailed for more than 60 years.
Robert White, 29; John Hardy, also 29; Kade Huddart, 20; Christopher Marsh, 36; and Dean Hampson, 40, have all been jailed for their part in robbery conspiracies.
Karl Crompton, 45, a businessman who sold the stolen cigarettes on for profit, has also been locked up.
More than £4,000 in cash was stolen, and more than £16,000-worth of cigarettes taken.
White was locked up for 16 years, Hardy received 13 years, Huddart received 14 years and six months, Marsh was jailed for eight years and one month, Hampson was jailed for five years and seven months and Crompton received two years.
Hardy, of HMP Forest Bank; Hampson, of Parkway Grove, Little Hulton; and Marsh, of Ashbourne Avenue, Hindley; pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob.
White, of Fereday Street, Walkden, and Huddard, of Falcon Crescent, Swinton, were found guilty of the same offence after a trial.
Hampson also admitted an offence of dangerous driving.
Crompton, of Higherbrook Close, Horwich, admitted handling stolen goods.
White is already serving a jail term of 11 years and two months for similar armed robberies, and his latest sentence will run concurrently to that.
Hardy, a father of a 14-year-old child, is serving a sentence of imprisonment for public protection for robbery and burglary and can only be released by the Parole Board.
Mercedes with ‘BO55’ number plate, gone. Gold £34k Rolex, gone. Villa in Dubai, gone… drug lord’s life of luxury comes crashing down
A brazen drug lord behind a huge cocaine and heroin supply racket drove around in a Mercedes with a personalised registration plate that read ‘BO55’.
Jordan Clements, 27, from Failsworth, Oldham, was making so much money at the top of a criminal gang that he wore a £34,000 Rolex and bought a £313,000 holiday villa in Dubai.
He used a ‘safe house’ in Oak Road, Whitefield, Bury, to distribute wholesale quantities of drugs, with an Uzi sub-machine gun stashed under the stairs.
His second in command Anthony Frost, 27, ran the city centre cocaine supply operation out of his £1,800-a-month luxury apartment in the Northern Quarter.
Now their lives of excess have been brought to an end.
The pair have been handed long jail terms alongside three other men – Nathan Lee, 31, Mohammed Sarwar, 27, and Marcel Madden, 25.
Clements, of Byron Terrace in Failsworth, was jailed for 15 years after he admitted three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing criminal property.
He had a series of previous convictions to his name, including for dealing class A drugs, having served a previous five year sentence.
Frost, of Ashton House in the Northern Quarter, was imprisoned for eight years and four months after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possessing criminal property.
He also had previous drug trafficking convictions to his name.
Lee, of Lawton Moor Road in Northenden, was jailed for six years and nine months. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He also had previous drugs offences relating to cannabis to his name.
Sarwar, of Enver Road in Crumpsall, was jailed for six years and nine months after he admitted three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He also had previous class A drug offences to his name.
Madden, of Weybridge Road in Miles Platting, was jailed for four years and three months after he admitted guilty to possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. He had previous convictions including for possessing a firearm. He was out of prison on licence at the time he became involved in the racket.
Clements and Frost had time added to their sentences after they admitted failing to provide the passwords to their encrypted phones when ordered to do so.
‘I wish my girlfriend had a body like you’: Remorseless thug chats up barmaid at Wigan boozer – he butchered his partner the day before
A remorseless thug who butchered his girlfriend before leaving her to bleed to death in a pool of her own blood went on a two-day bender in Wigan and Rhyl just hours after killing her.
Samantha Gosney was brutally murdered by her manipulative and controlling boyfriend Adam Brettle, 24, in November, last year.
A post mortem revealed the 29-year-old suffered a total of 21 wounds – 15 of which could have all been the fatal wound that killed her – and three that were inflicted with such force they descended into the bones of her spine.
The attack was described by a paramedic as ‘pure butchery’.
Mum-of-two Samantha was then abandoned in a massive pool of her own blood on the floor of her St Helens flat, before Brettle texted his mum saying ‘mum you need to ring me now. I’m going to jail’, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Brettle appeared emotionless in the dock while Judge Neil Flewitt QC sentenced him to life in prison at Liverpool Crown Court.
He was handed a minimum sentence of 18 years and 191 days, after which he will be eligible for parole.
The grandad who worked hard all his life but ended up being stopped with £200,000 of cocaine
A grandad who lost all his money turned to a life of crime as gangsters pointed a gun at him and threatened to harm his grandchildren, a court heard.
Christopher Dunkin, 67, had worked all his life in heavy industry, but had to retire last year because of an industrial accident.
He sunk into depression and sought solace in gambling, before running out of money.
Feeling he had nowhere else to turn, a friend of a friend lent him £10,000.
But he soon realised he would never pay off the debts he owed to the lenders, who turned out to be gangsters. They said his debt would reduce if he carried out favours for them.
He was eventually stopped on the M62 near Warrington during one such favour.
Now his fall from grace is complete after being jailed for four years at Manchester Crown Court.
Sentencing, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC locked Dunkin up for four years.
Dunkin, of Canterbury Grove, Middlesbrough, earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing drugs with intent to supply.
‘100 per cent legit’ – The crack cocaine addict conman who stole £45,000 through Facebook bank scam
A crack cocaine addict duped his victims into handing over their bank cards after promising he could secure them thousands of pounds in rebates in a ‘sophisticated’ scam worth more than £45,000, a court heard.
Carl Hindle, 31, sent unsolicited messages on Facebook, promising victims he would be able to obtain refunds on banking charges they had incurred.
His Facebook page boasted that it was ‘100 per cent legit’ and ‘100 per cent guaranteed’.
He even wrote: “I wouldn’t be writing this post if it wasn’t legit.”
But Hindle, from Middleton, was actually deceiving the victims into handing over their bank cards, PIN numbers, online banking passwords and answers to security questions to feed his £1,000 a week crack cocaine habit.
After taking their cards, Hindle blocked them on Facebook.
The cards were quickly and repeatedly used to buy cigarettes, alcohol, electrical items and fuel, wracking up thousands of pounds worth of debts.
His defence lawyer appealed for a suspended sentence to be imposed, but Judge Alan Conrad QC said the offences were so serious that only prison could be justified, jailing Hindle for two years.
Predatory paedophile, 41, raped child 17 times
A predatory paedophile who subjected a child to a series of ‘horrendous and sickening’ rapes has been locked up.
Luiz Assuncao, 41, raped his victim – a child under the age of 13 – on 17 separate occasions.
When his brave victim told her mother about the abuse, she contacted the police.
But when Assuncao was arrested and questioned by detectives, he repeatedly answered ‘no comment’ to all 166 questions put to him.
He eventually pleaded guilty to 17 counts of rape at a hearing at Bolton Crown Court in April.
Assuncao, of Drummond Square, Wigan, has been jailed for 13 years and must sign the sex offenders register and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life.
Dopey drug gang member swallowed SIM card with addicts’ numbers – this man was caught getting them back
A man who ran up a cocaine debt with a drugs gang was tasked with recovering addicts’ phone numbers after one of the outfit swallowed a SIM card with customers’ numbers.
Jack Thomas Brian Henstock became the latest person to be jailed for involvement in county lines offending in Cumbria.
Carlisle Crown Court heard Henstock, 28, was seen by police approaching two known drug users on a bridge in the Botcherby area on January 22. He tried to run off, but was arrested.
It emerged Henstock, of Grimshaw Lane, Middleton, travelled to Cumbria the previous day.
A phone found in his possession was said to contain ‘text bomb’ drug supply evidence, although he insisted the handset was not his.
Henstock later admitted being concerned in the supply of class A heroin and crack cocaine.
He was jailed for three years. Judge Peter Davies said that dealing heroin, crack, cocaine has a ‘wretched impact’.
The train pervert who claimed ‘mistaken identity’ has plea for freedom rejected by judge
A sex pest who touched the legs of two lone women travelling on trains has been locked up.
Mohammed Ismail, 39, was caught after an ‘extensive’ investigation using CCTV footage and a media appeal.
Now he has been jailed for 12 months by a judge.
Ismail, of Hilden Street, Bolton, had denied two counts of sexual assault and ran a trial claiming it was a case of ‘mistaken identity’, but magistrates found him guilty and sent the case to the crown court for sentence.
The thug who shot bouncer after being refused entry to club stabbed two people while on release from prison – he was arrested at Manchester Airport
A ‘dangerous’ man who fled Ireland and stabbed two people while on release from prison for a nightclub shooting has been jailed.
Wayne McNally, 34, was arrested at Manchester Airport last December, hours after a man and a woman were discovered with stab wounds at a house on Camberley Mount in Bradford.
They were both seriously hurt. At the time, the man’s injuries were described as ‘life-threatening’.
Following his arrest, McNally was charged with further offences and remanded in custody.
McNally, of Dublin, travelled to Bradford after being released from prison last year.
He served part of a 13-year sentence for shooting a nightclub bouncer after he was refused entry to a nightclub in his hometown.
McNally was found guilty of two counts of wounding with intent and a further count of assault following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
His Honour Judge Neil Davey QC handed McNally a life sentence, with a minimum of ten years before he can be considered for release.
The devious diamond scammer who splashed thousands on Rolex watches in ten minutes
A ‘devious’ fraudster who scammed a jewellers out of almost £160,000 by posing as a diamond supplier later spent thousands on Rolex watches, a court heard.
Babatunde Giwa, 41, was found guilty of fraud and money laundering by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.
As he was jailed for four-and-a-half years, Judge Alan Conrad QC told Giwa: “You are in my judgement a devious, dishonest and manipulative man. You have shown no remorse.”
Giwa, from Middleton, was involved in a scam which convinced a company to transfer £159,974.87 to a bank account controlled by him.
That money had agreed to be paid by West Yorkshire-based wholesale jewellery company Pugata Ltd in exchange for diamonds from Deblinger Diamonds, to be used in the manufacture of jewellery.
At trial, Giwa claimed he had nothing to do with the fraud, and that his bank account had been abused by someone else.
But a jury convicted Giwa, of Lorton Close, Middleton, of both counts after a two week trial.
Man drugged woman’s hot chocolate then sexually assaulted her whilst they were out on a drive together
A man drugged a woman’s hot chocolate then sexually assaulted her whilst they were out on a drive together.
Junaid Iqbal-Wahid, 28, secretly laced the victim’s drink with MDMA after they stopped so he could go to the lavatory.
When she returned to the car he went off to pray in a nearby mosque whilst she drank the contents of the cup.
Within minutes the woman a platonic friend of Iqbal-Wahid, became unwell and he repeatedly fondled her as she lay powerless in her seat begging to be taken to hospital.
During her ordeal the victim – a devout Muslim who was hoping to marry another man – was kept in the vehicle for up to five hours before she was allowed to seek treatment.
She said the incident in August 2017 had now affected her future marriage plans.
Iqbal-Wahid has been jailed for six years.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Iqbal-Wahid, of Longsight, Manchester was convicted of administering a substance with intent and sexual assault.
Iqbal-Wahid was also made subject of a five year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the woman either directly or indirectly and was ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register.
The boy racers who ploughed into an oncoming car at ‘high speed’ and put a father and son in hospital
Two boy racers have been jailed after one of them ploughed into an oncoming car while trying to overtake the other on the wrong side of the road.
The incident in Salford left a father with multiple serious injuries and his 12-year-old son with a broken wrist and feeling traumatised.
A judge said the man and his son could ‘so easily’ have been killed.
Sentencing, Judge Alan Conrad QC Raheem Raja, 22, and Julian Bennett, 20: “I know you are both sorry for what happened but you and others like you must learn that actions have consequences, and that a motor car in the wrong hands can be a lethal weapon.”
Raja and Bennett had been racing each other down Liverpool Road in Irlam last January.
When they were on a single carriageway section – with a 50mph limit – Raja tried to overtake Bennett, who moved from ‘side to side’ to try and stop him.
Raja crashed into the victim’s Mondeo while he was on the wrong side of the road.
The victim was trapped in the car at first. He was later rushed to Salford Royal suffering from four fractured ribs, bruising behind the sternum, bruising to the right kidney, bruising to the right lung, an injury to the heart and a dislocated and fractured hip which required surgery.
He has had to have two further operations, and spent three weeks in hospital.
Raja, of Green Lane, Bolton, was jailed for 14 months, and Bennett, of Vetch Close, Warrington, received to 15 months’ detention in a young offenders’ institution.
Both were banned from driving for three years and seven months.
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