It was a busy week in the courts in Hull.
And if you missed what has been happening over the past seven days, we have put together this round-up of some of the cases heard in Hull or that concern victims in our region.
It includes a thug who has been jailed after he bit off 30 per cent of a soldier’s ear off in an unprovoked city centre nightclub attack.
Also among those in court last week was a teacher who has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a pupil during a “corporal punishment” beating.
Below we have brought together all the details of those people who have appeared in court, what happened and why.
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Paranoid dad Matthew Johnson tries to set former partner’s house on fire with his five kids inside
A “paranoid” dad tried to set fire to his ex-partner’s home with their five children inside, a court heard.
Matthew Johnson, 28, accused his ex-girlfriend of starting a relationship with a new man and punched her 15 times which left her with bruises and a black eye.
Hull Crown Court heard “jealous” Johnson then returned the next day to the address in east Hull where he set pieces of cardboard on fire close to the kitchen window of the property.
The court heard the victim said the fire at her home and “violent” assault on her left her “fearing for her own life”.
Prosecutor Stephen Welch told the court on Monday: “He approached his ex-partner while she was having a cigarette outside her home with her friend.
“Johnson was seen by her walking up the street who called her ‘a dirty little s***’ and then threw a can of beer at her.
“He followed her inside the house and landed 10 to 15 punches on her in about 15 seconds. She closed her eyes and couldn’t remember if he punched her with one closed fist or two.”
Johnson proceeded to send vile text messages to the victim after the assault, as well as an apology professing his love for his former partner.
One read: “I will hurt anyone who you go with. I can only be in jail for so long.”
“The next day at around 12noon, he returned to the property with a piece of cardboard which he had set on fire and placed below the kitchen window,” said Mr Welch.
Watch: Locked up in August: Hull criminals now behind bars
He sat on her sofa inside the property before the police arrived, the court was told. As Johnson was being arrested, he told police: “It wasn’t a big fire, I put it out with a bottle of coke.”
The court heard both incidents had taken place in front of most of the couple’s children, aged between seven and one.
The pair had split up seven months prior the attack on the mum-of-five and her home on August 2 this year.
The victim, through a statement read out by Mr Welch, said: “I’ve had enough, I constantly fear for my own life and I want all of this to end. All the kids could have been seriously hurt or worse.”
The defendant had only been at Hull Crown Court two weeks before the arson attack and received a suspended sentence for attacking a Humberside Police officer while under the influence of alcohol.
Johnson, of Sandon Road, Stoke, appeared in custody at court on Monday for sentencing, had already pleaded guilty to arson, criminal damage and assault by occasioning actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
He also pleaded guilty to breaching the suspended setence.
Richard Thompson, defending, said Johnson was remorseful for his actions and said the defendant had become paranoid while in drink.
Mr Thompson said: “He had gone for two periods of four years where no offences have taken place, but his [early guilty] plea to these charges really speaks for itself.”
Adding: “He is thoroughly ashamed of what he has done.”
Jailing him for 30 months, Judge David Tremberg told him: “You went around to your ex partner’s address while paranoid and jealous claiming of her infidelity in the fear that she could live her life without you.
“What you did was designed to humiliate and control her into the fear of her not being there for you.
“The thing with arson is, it doesn’t matter how far away from the house you were, in my view, setting fire to it as you did, you had no control over the consequences.”
As he was led away by the dock officer, Johnson shouted “I’m sorry” to his ex-partner sitting in the public gallery.
A five-year restraining order was also put in place not to contact the victim or go within 50 metres of her address.
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The baby-faced thug who unleashed his fury over an ‘inappropriate’ fist bump
A teenage thug attacked a man with a piece of wood because he fist-bumped his two-year-old nephew.
Billy Guymer, 18, attacked the man outside the Salvation Army building in Beverley Road on February 25 this year because he believed the greeting to the toddler had been “inappropriate”.
Hull Crown Court heard during the fracas Guymer shouted, “I have a knife on me” which stopped the fight. Then he picked up a large piece of wood and hit the victim in the ribs with it.
Prosecutor Catherine Kioko-Gilligan said the victim and his partner had to lock themselves inside a church doorway to make sure they were not attacked again.
Miss Kioko-Gilligan told the court: “The complainant in the case had come across a group of males and females in a garden on Beverley Road.
“There was a brief verbal exchange and the complainant continued on his way back to the Salvation Army after going to the shops to get a drink.
“The group from the garden had followed the complainant. The defendant was concerned about the complainant’s behaviour after the complainant had fist-bumped his [Guymer’s] nephew. The defendant took offence to this.
“The defendant then struck the victim to the side of the face after he pulled out a tool from his bag, which was actually a spanner.
“[Guymer] then picked up a 2×4 piece of wood and hit the victim with it, causing pain to his ribs. There was brief pause as the defendant announced that he was carrying a knife on him.”
The court heard two female members of Guymer’s group had then attacked the victim’s partner, but no further action was taken against them.
Guymer had been found with a knife on him after officers attended the scene and took a statement from the victim.
The court heard the defendant’s attendance with rehabilitation appointments had been “far from perfect” and was described as having a “poor” criminal record in his “pre-watershed” life.
Richard Thompson, defending, said: “He is a young man with a number of problems which he has had to contend with throughout his life.
“He has mental issues and struggles to deal with situations he finds himself in.
“It is not a significant time, but with his record it is an achievement, that since the defendant had committed these offences he has managed to stay out of trouble.”
Guymer, of Mallard Road, pleaded guilty to affray, common assault and possession of a bladed article, namely a knife, at an earlier hearing at Hull Magistrates’ Court .
He was already serving a community rehabilitation order after convictions for common assault, shop lifting and possessing a bladed article.
Judge David Tremberg gave Guymer the ultimatum or staying out of trouble until February 17 next year – or face going straight to prison.
He told a sobbing Guymer in the dock: “You played a substantial and significant part in ugly, violent scenes due to your volatile and disorderly manner while armed with a knife.
“Carrying a weapon is more often than not used to inflict serious injuries or sometimes fatalities.
“If you keep up your side of this you can suspect a suspended sentence in February, but you have to do three things for me. One, I want you to stay out of trouble, you understand? Second, I want you to start engaging with the probation services and carry on with this rehabilitation order.
“Third, I want you to show me some sort of evidence you are making a contribution to society, either that be going to college or getting a job. If not, you’ll be back before me and I will lock you up.”
Guymer will next appear at Hull Crown Court on February 17 for sentencing next year.
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‘Perfect, promising’ schoolgirl’s terrifying fall from grace into world of drugs and crime
A promising, “perfect” schoolgirl has been given a second chance after she was caught drug dealing to fund her heroin addiction.
Lucy Sirrs, 21, had been a “promising schoolgirl” but fell in with the wrong crowd and started taking heroin, before she began street dealing to fund her growing addiction.
Prosecutor Stephen Welch told the court officers had been called to Wesley Court in Withernsea over an unrelated incident, but the drugs were discovered on Sirrs.
Mr Welch said: “The amount was just under eight grams of crack cocaine and a phone was also seized which related to the offences which was used by two people. One of them was later found to be the defendant.
“The defendant in interview later said she was offending to fund her [own drug] habit.”
Sirrs was facing an immediate prison sentence at the sentencing hearing on Monday. She had admitted dealing the drugs after a phone was forensically analysed by police tech experts.
But it was actually thanks to her tearful mother who acted as her saviour as she told the court about her daughter’s battle with her demons.
“She stopped coming round, she distanced herself away from us,” said her mother.
“Before she moved out she was perfect, she was doing really well for herself at college. Her teachers said she was excelling on her hair and beauty course.”
The emotional mum said Sirrs had tragically called her last year to say she “had taken heroin and said she was going to die”.
Sirrs, who had a clean record, had first appeared at the crown court earlier in the year when she found herself in the dock with her then boyfriend Richard Walker.
He was jailed for five burglaries while Sirrs waited outside one of the addresses for him. No evidence was offered in terms of Sirrs’ involvement and the case involving her was dropped , the court heard.
But her new drug dealing charges came to light after a forensic phone expert had found a name linked to a phone who “signed off text messages with ‘Luce’ or Lucy” from a drug dealing phone.
She pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply crack cocaine on July 3 last year.
Sirrs, of Terry Street, Hull, also admitted three charges of supplying heroin, cocaine and cannabis on dates between 2014 and 2018.
Dale Brook, defending, said that the defendant’s “fall from grace” was clear to see and he said Sirrs was hopeful of a job opportunity in the pipeline.
Judge David Tremberg said that he wanted to see “real progress” made by the defendant and that she “stayed out of trouble”.
‘Drug use took you from a promising schoolgirl’
Judge Tremberg told her: “Drugs wreck lives, do you understand me? Your descent into drug use took you from a promising schoolgirl who was studying hair and beauty, and somebody with no previous convictions.
“But you started to mix with bad company which sucked you into drug use and drug dealing.
“You recognise the mistakes that you have made and if I was sentencing you today I would be sending you immediately to prison.
“But, I want to test your resolve by choosing to sentence you in February to see if you have made positive steps.”
Sirrs will next appear in court for sentencing on February 24 next year.
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Winifred Holtby teacher Kevin Shaw guilty of spanking boy with shoe in school store room
A teacher has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a pupil during a “corporal punishment” beating.
Kevin Shaw, 55, denied “whacking” the boy with a shoe on his buttocks after ordering him to bend over in a store room at Winifred Holtby Secondary school in Bransholme in the 1990s. Read more about the trial here .
But this week, following just a few hours deliberation, the jury at Hull Crown Court delivered a guilty verdict.
Prosecutors say there was a “sexual element” to the beating carried out by Shaw, of Perth Street West, west Hull.
Shaw “denied the sexual element but did accept he had administered some form of corporal punishment to about five or six boys over his teaching career”, prosecutors told the court.
He gave the boy three options after the boy was caught “misbehaving” – first, to place the boy on report, second to tell the boy’s parents or third, to deal with it by striking him ten times on his buttocks.
The boy chose the third option because he was scared of his parents finding out. He was taken into an adjoining store room and was made to “bend over at the waist”.
After the second strike, the boy fell to the ground in pain and begged Shaw to stop and he did.
Shaw will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on September 27.
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Horrified library users caught up in knife fight between druggie and dealer over ‘substandard cannabis’
A west Hull man was so annoyed that his cannabis was of a “substandard” quality he had a knife fight with his drug dealer.
Jonathon Skinner, 40, waved his combat knife high in the air in front of horrified library users before becoming embroiled in a nasty fight with his dealer on August 2 this year.
Hull Crown Court heard Skinner had headed back home to retrieve his combat knife hidden under his mattress and then hid inside Western Library, west Hull, to wait for the man who sold him the inadequate drugs.
When he arrived at around 2pm, a member of the public spotted Skinner’s knife and phoned the police.
Prosecutor Stephen Welch told the court on Monday: “At this point, the defendant had gone outside and taken the knife out of the sheaf.
“The complainant then took out a police-style baton, a type of metal cosh, and struck the defendant with it.”
When Humberside Police officers arrived and took statements from members of the public, they soon found Skinner, who, at this point, was back at his home and pointed officers to his mattress where the knife was.
Skinner was arrested and charged but claimed it was in “self-defence”.
Mr Welch added: “When asked why he had argued with the complainant, he replied saying that he had been sold some cannabis which was of substandard quality.”
The court heard Skinner received a 12-week suspended sentence in October last year for battery after he “kicked his wife on the bum as she entered and exited their home”.
The couple are still together and his wife is sticking by him, the court was told.
Charlotte Baines, defending, said Skinner was “a man who struggled with drugs” and had become addicted to painkillers following a nasty leg break.
She said: “He has now been off more serious drugs for many years now. Following this attack, he was hit himself by the baton carried by [victim]. It was a nasty injury which was treated while in custody.
“He took the knife out of the sheaf and then put it back in, but the complainant actually continued to try and attack Mr Skinner.”
Skinner, of Hessle Road, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article, namely a combat knife, in a public place. He was sentenced to one year and three months in prison.
Judge David Tremberg said he had frightened members of the public and something had to be done to stop Skinner’s “entrenched pattern of offending”.
He said: “The two of you set about one another settling your differences with the weapons you had.
“You went out after retrieving the knife and you wanted to confront this man. You do not use these types of weapons to settle your differences.
“It is in my better experience of these courts that they set about an inconceivable fact that if you use weapons sometimes people get hurt, sometimes seriously hurt, sometimes fatally. People die.
“This was disturbing and frightening for members of the public who witnessed this.”
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Dad goes on vodka binge hours after he’s spared jail – then blows his golden opportunity
A man has been jailed after claiming he would burn his ex-partner’s home down just hours after avoiding prison for attempting to run over her new love interest.
Daniel Edwards, 31, had downed a litre of vodka to “cheer himself up” after he escaped going to prison for reversing his car at his ex-partner’s new boyfriend.
But the dad-of-five was back in the dock at Hull Crown Court on Monday for messaging his love rival’s sister that he would burn her house down that night – less than 24 hours after being given a suspended six month sentence.
He also said that he “would not miss” running at her brother next time he gets behind the wheel of a car, the court was told.
Prosecutor Stephen Welch said the complainant was living at the same home which belonged to his estranged former partner and their five children.
He said: “Throughout the early hours of the morning of August 4, Daniel Edwards was messaged by the sister of his ex-partner’s new boyfriend requesting he paid for his share of the rent.
“The conversation turned quite aggressive with threats being made and the defendant said he would set fire to the house.
“She felt so frightened that she left the property in the early hours of the morning. Luckily, they had somewhere they sought refuge nearby.”
‘Next time I get a car, I won’t miss’
Edwards sent the messages to his love rival’s sister at around 3am in the morning.
One message read said: “Next time I get a car, I won’t miss.”
The court heard Edwards reacted badly to alcohol and as part of his previous sentence was ordered to attend a better relationship programme.
His defence barrister Richard Thompson said: “The defendant is sorry for what he has done and hopes to make amends with the people he has hurt by his behaviour by getting the help he needs.
“A probation report has not yet been completed, and if he goes to prison today, it means he will not get this help that he so desperately needs.
“However, he is hopeful that he will keep his accommodation when he comes back out of prison as he knows he is more than likely going to be sent to prison today.”
Edwards, of Westbourne House, Princes Avenue, pleaded guilty to breaching the suspended sentence and making threats to destroy or destroy property on August 4.
He was formerly living at an address in Bolton but has now vowed to stay in the area to be closer to his five children, the court was told.
Jailing him for 16 months, Judge David Tremberg told him: “You used electronic communication to threaten to burn the house she was staying in down.
“She fled the house in the middle of the night with her young family. This was compiled from your jealousy, revenge, intimidation, control and coercive behaviour against your ex-partner.
“You were given a golden opportunity to stop this behaviour in August when you received a suspended sentence, but you reoffended less than 24 hours later.
“These crimes were born out indecency, petulance and jealously they to felt your controlling behaviour.
“These offences are so serious that I must pass an immediate custodial sentence.”
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Banned driver caught 28 TIMES pulls 180 degree handbrake turn into oncoming traffic
A banned driver who had been caught being behind the wheel illegally 28 times led police on a high-speed police chase in west Hull.
Daniel Turner, 38, had an “appalling” record of 28 convictions for driving while disqualified when he was found behind the wheel of his latest vehicle with false plates on.
Hull Crown Court heard Turner had taken on breakneck speeds across the residential Avenues area of the city and pulled a 180 degree handbrake turn into on-coming traffic during a 25-minute-long police pursuit.
Nakeesha Michl, prosecuting, said officers spotted the defendant acting suspiciously and followed his vehicle on a death-defying police chase along parts of Anlaby Road and 30mph roads on June 15 this year.
She said: “He followed the eastbound traffic but pulled onto the other side of the road performing a 180 degree turn.
“He was eventually stopped by the police where it was found the defendant had been running false plates on the vehicle and he was arrested.”
She added: “This was his 28th conviction for the same offence.”
Turner had been banned from the roads on January 4 earlier this year. He was caught again behind the wheel on March 30 after trying to forcefully break into a business in Holderness Road, east Hull.
Miss Michl added: “He was spotted on CCTV hiding in a bush and the vehicle was abandoned. When officers asked him about the offences, he replied no comment in interview.”
Charlotte Baines, defending, said Turner was “aware of his position and knew he would be facing custody” at the court hearing.
“The defendant knows with the offences in front of you today, he knows his fate,” she said. “His record is terrible but his guilty pleas speak for themselves.”
Turner, of Dee Street, off Hessle Road, Hull, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, three driving while disqualified offences, using force to gain entry to a premises, two charges of no insurance, using false plates and having no MOT certificate at an earlier hearing.
He had been jailed for 14 months in April 2018 for driving a vehicle while disqualified.
Turner was warned by Judge John Thackray, QC, about him facing longer, “draconian sentences” in the future if he continues his offending.
Jailing him for 30 months, the judge told him: “The laws I am faced with sentencing you for today with these summary offences would seem perhaps wholly inadequate and should perhaps be more in the death by dangerous driving category.
“You have come to court today with a catalogue of driving offences. It is only really good fortune that no one has been killed or seriously injured by your driving.
“You need to keep well away from motor vehicles. You went through red lights, and adopted a dreadful driving style speeding through 30mph zones at 60/70mph.
“You went on the wrong side of the road into head-on traffic and then performed a 180 degree hand brake turn. This is by far the worst number of driving offences this court has ever seen.”
Turner was banned from the roads from 73 months and will have to take an extended retest.
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‘Muslim Slayer’ told Hull mosque worshippers ‘you are going to be slaughtered’
A self-styled “Muslim Slayer” who targeted a Hull mosque with death threats has been jailed.
David Parnham, 36, sent a letter to Berkeley Street Mosque which contained a drawing of a sword with a swastika on it cutting someone’s head off, with the words “You are going to be slaughtered very soon”.
The letter, sent in February 2017 to the mosque, was part of Parnham’s two-year campaign of terror on Muslim communities.
He also wrote to prominent figures including the Queen and former prime ministers Theresa May and David Cameron as part of a two-year hate campaign, the Old Bailey heard.
The IT systems analyst also caused widespread fear and upset through “Punish A Muslim Day” letters, encouraging violence in the community, the court heard.
The White supremacist even tried to instil further alarm by posting fake white powder to the Queen in the hope it would be mistaken for anthrax with a note saying “The Clowns R coming 4 you”.
Members of the royal household were kept separate from other staff and became “anxious for their health” and the safety of colleagues, the court heard.
Parnham pleaded guilty to 15 offences relating to hundreds of letters written between June 2016 and June 2018.
The charges included encouraging murder, making hoaxes involving noxious substances and bombs, sending letters with intent to cause distress, and encouraging offences.
Judge Anthony Leonard, QC, said Parnham had been suffering from an autistic spectrum disorder but rejected the suggestion he was psychotic at the time of the offences.
He sentenced Parnham to 12 years and six months in custody to be served in hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to prison.
Judge Leonard told Parnham: “You have yet to appreciate the seriousness of what you have done and seem to want to return to the community at the earliest opportunity to live with your parents.”
Parnham’s failure to appreciate the harm he caused to the Muslim and wider community meant the risk of reoffending was greater, the judge said.
The court heard that Parnham’s activities first came to the attention of authorities in July 2016 when seven letters were intercepted at a Sheffield mail centre and found to contain harmless white powder.
A further 11 letters were identified as having been delivered.
A letter to Mr Cameron contained the wording “Allah is great”, while letters to MPs and mosques contained the wording “Paki Filth”.
In October 2016, more letters containing white powder said “The Clowns R coming 4 you” and were intended to reach the Queen and Mrs May.
In December 2016, Parnham sent a fan letter to Dylann Roof, the white supremacist gunman responsible for killing nine black church goers in Charleston, South Carolina.
He told Roof: “I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes. Ever since you carried out what I’d call the ‘cleansing’ I’ve felt differently about what you’d call ‘racial awareness’.”
In February 2017, letters were sent to mosques and Islamic centres around the UK, including Berkeley Street Mosque, in which the author signed off the letter with “Muslim Slayer”.
A letter to Berkeley Street Mosque in Hull contained a drawing of a sword with a swastika on it cutting someone’s head off, with the words: “You are going to be slaughtered very soon.”
In 2018, the series of typed “Punish A Muslim Day” letters were sent to a large number of people, encouraging violence on April 3 2018 – Roof’s birthday.
Parnham, of St Andrew’s Close, Lincoln, was caught through DNA, handwriting and fingerprints on the letters.
Psychiatrists disagreed on whether he had been psychotic at the time he committed the offences.
Dr Martin Lock expressed concern that the defendant had attempted to “mislead” medical professionals and told the court Parnham felt “disgusted and ashamed” of what he had done but did not regard it as very “serious”.
Dr Paul Wallang said Parnham was suffering a psychotic illness and had felt “paranoia and suspciousness”, particularly towards religious groups and prominent individuals.
However, he conceded it was possible Parnham could have “pulled he wool” over the eyes of medical professionals dealing with his case.
Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said: “This case has affected a substantial number of victims and its impact has been felt across the country and overseas.
“Our investigation showed that Parnham acted alone and lacked both the ability and the means to carry out the threats he had made. Nevertheless, the abusive, racist and threatening language used in the letters was deeply concerning and created considerable distress which cannot be underestimated.
“This fear was not restricted to the hundreds of innocent victims who received a letter. Whole communities felt understandably vulnerable as coverage of the threats spread in the media and online.
“The safety of all our communities is paramount and we are committed to taking action against any behaviour which undermines their security, creates division or promotes fear.”
Jenny Hopkins, of the CPS, said: “David Parnham is a white supremacist with a particular hatred for Muslims.
“He launched a two-year terror campaign to create fear and social division between Muslims and non-Muslims.
“This successful prosecution means he is no longer a danger to the public and communities are safer with him in custody.”
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Hull drug addict Michael Hooper ‘showers’ police with heroin after biting into £2,500 bag
A drug addict who bit into a bag of heroin to destroy evidence while “laughing” at police has been put behind bars.
Michael Hooper, 33, was cycling to drop off a bag of heroin to a dealer who was being tailed by Humberside Police officers.
Spotting the officers, he tried to lose them on a BMX bicycle by cutting through narrow streets on the Bilton Grange estate on July 29 this year.
Hull Crown Court heard a police officer managed to grab him from out the car window but as he did, he bit into the 67g bag of drugs and showered the officer in heroin.
They found Hooper was carrying a large bag of heroin – worth £2,500 on the streets – and was charged with intent to supply.
Nigel Clive, prosecuting, said: “Police had information that a drug deal would take place and noticed a defendant approach another male while riding a bicycle.
“They told him to stop and a chase ensued. They caught up with him and as the officer lent out the car window, the defendant bit into the bag of what we now know was heroin and showered the officer in it.”
The defendant claimed it was a just a mere possession offence as he said he was forced and coerced into ferrying the drugs to another dealer from those “further up the chain”.
The class A drugs were given to be him “by a group of guys who moved into my flat for two weeks”.
Hooper said: “My mate came round to mine and brought some guys from London.
“I was off heroin but they offered me some which I had. I had it and thought it was free. But then they said I could clear the debt.
“It was about £30, maybe less. They said if I give it to this guy, then they will forget about the money they owed me. I just did it because I wanted them gone, the flat was trashed and probation services were coming to check on the flat.
“I just wanted them gone, I didn’t want them there.”
Hooper, of no fixed address, had been off drugs until the group descended on his home in July of this year.
He said he was clean of heroin but out on licence following a robbery and appeared in custody for the short sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
Hooper had indicated a plea of guilt to possessing class A drug, namely heroin, with intent to supply.
Charlotte Baines, mitigating, said the defendant had no wraps of the drug and was not street dealing.
“It was simply a passing over of the drugs,” she told the court. “This defendant, as you can see from his poor record, all his convictions revolve around drug possession and this would be his first offence for dealing. He is not a dealer.
“The drugs were not in wrap sizes or smaller quantities, this was a larger bag which he was simply passing over to someone else. He was frightened and pressured into doing it.”
He had worked up from hostel accommodation after coming out of prison on licence for robbery and managed to get himself a flat.
Appearing from custody, after the remainder of his robbery sentence would keep him behind bars until May 2020, Hooper sobbed as he gave evidence during the short Newton hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
However, Judge John Thackray, QC, was quick to dismiss his evidence he had only just been a frightened foot soldier.
Jailing him for four years, Judge Thackray said: “I don’t believe for a second that you were just coerced into running errands for people higher up the chain. Indeed, I don’t quite believe the evidence I have heard from you.
“Police told you to stop, but you decided to ride off and loop around, trying to lose them.
“They describe you as wheeling away and laughing. When they did get hold of you, you tried to destroy evidence by biting into a bag of heroin which showered yourself, the police car and the police officer in drugs.”
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Savage thug beats woman unconscious then throws her in cold shower as horrified child looks on
A violent thug “ferociously” punched, kicked and slapped his girlfriend before dragging her into a cold shower in front of a terrified child.
Nikita Bogdanovs, 24, of Wellstead Street, off Hessle Road, unleashed the savage attack on his girlfriend after an argument erupted while they were drinking.
The beating was so bad, the woman was left unconscious, with a perforated ear drum and bruises all over her face and arms. As he poured freezing, cold water on her from the shower, the helpless victim complained she could not breathe.
But, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing at Hull Magistrates Court, Bogdanovs told the court “we will deal with this on our own” – something Judge John Thackray QC said was particularly worrying.
He told Bogdanovs: “You will not Mr Bogdanovs, the court will deal with it whatever the wishes of the victim.”
The court heard a child was in the same house where the attack happened.
When the woman regained consciousness, she told Bogdanovs to leave. He did, only to return a short time later when he damaged the house as he tried to get back inside to “attack again”.
Describing the beating as “ferocious” and “sustained”, Judge Thackray jailed Bogdanovs for ten months.
He told him: “You made a number of comments during evidence which reveal a disturbing attitude to domestic violence – firstly you thought your offending was not as serious because it was in a domestic context but it is more serious because of the vulnerability of the victim being a lone woman with a level of trust involved.
“The court is not sentencing on the behalf of the complainant, the court is sentencing on the behalf of the wider public.”
The judge said Bogdanovs had a higher responsibility of blame and culpability due to the “sustained attack” and it being in front of a child.
He said: “There is a higher culpability because of the kicking, and the use of water causing distress to your victim when she was struggling to breathe.
“Your case is aggravated by the fact you were in drink and a child was present.”
He added: “I don’t accept that you can be released into the community on a suspended sentence in any event and the only appropriate punishment can be achieved with a custodial sentence.
“You will spend half of your sentence in custody and will then be released on licence.”
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‘Nightmare’ man, 70, finally jailed for making neighbours’ lives hell
A “nightmare neighbour” has been jailed after a man said he threatened to throw a brick through his window.
Frank Garnett, 70, was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, at the end of last month, after he pleaded guilty to harassment and racial aggravation.
Just one week after being sentenced, however, Garnett appeared back in Hull Magistrates’ Court and has now been committed to prison for 18 weeks for breaching a restraining order and a public order offence.
Neil Howling, who lives above Garnett in a council-owned flat in Burdale Close, off Staveley Road, was granted a restraining order against him after Garnett threw a hammer through his front windows.
However, on Thursday, September 5, Garnett threatened to throw a brick through the window, too.
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“He’s been up shouting all night, and then this morning he was stood in the street with this brick in his hand threatening to throw it at me”, said Mr Howling, who has lived in Burdale Close for five years.
“He’s been antagonising the other neighbours, and he’s not allowed to contact them.
“I knew this would happen when he was allowed to come back and live here.”
During a hearing on August 27, when Garnett was given the original suspended sentence, he was also slapped with restraining orders against three neighbours and ordered to pay £200 for the criminal damage of Mr Howling’s window.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of racial aggravation and two counts of causing harassment, alarm, distress contrary to the Public Order Act of 1986, after he hung signs saying “die you n*****”, “black n***** b*****”, “evil dragon” and “sea witch” on his neighbours’ washing lines.
Mr Howling said: “Since he was given the restraining orders he has been back living here threatening to cut a dog’s throat and shouting abuse at people, as well as standing outside our windows with his bum out.”
During his appearance at Hull Magistrates’ Court on September 6, Garnett pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a restraining order and a public order offence.
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Jealous woman made ex pay her £30,000 for baby she never had
A jealous mum has been jailed after blackmailing her ex-partner into handing over £30,000 to pay for their newborn son – who didn’t exist.
Chelsea Roberts, 26, said she would tell her ex-partner’s new girlfriend and parents about their “on/off relationship” and love child if he didn’t fork out thousands of pounds for the “child” they had together.
But Hull Crown Court heard Roberts had lied about the pregnancy and told the ex their fictitious son, who she named Jax, was poorly in hospital, put up for adoption and then later died.
When picture requests were denied, the man began to get suspicious but in a bid to make Roberts go away, he continued to hand over cash and take out loans.
The court also heard Roberts had threatened to go to the police and claim he raped her unless he sent her more money.
‘Money he saved since he was 17’
Prosecutor Richard Thompson said the complainant and the defendant had ended a previous pregnancy, but Roberts had initially wanted £650 for a second abortion after claiming to be pregnant again.
He told the court on Friday: “The complainant says that in that time he put on three stone with comfort eating.
“He said that he did not want to wake up to his phone being bombarded with a serious of texts and missed calls.
“He now has a son with his new partner and feels devastated that the money should be spent on his actual son who he has now.
“It was money that he had saved up since he was aged 17 and could have gone towards a deposit for a house.
“It later transpired there was actually no baby at all and the complainant has described the entire situation and period of time, which was just a little over a year, as the worst of his life.”
The court heard the blackmail victim’s partner had received “weird” messages alerting the complainant to Roberts’ intentions that she would carry out the threats.
Roberts and the man had cut ties in summer 2016, which, the court heard, had caused her to “feel upset, jealous and rejected”.
She was soon caught in a “tissue of lies”, according to defence barristers.
Following the course of the blackmail, she had even claimed the child had died due to birthing complications after being handed over to new adoptive parents.
But this was just a tale of fantasy, the court heard on Friday morning.
Wanted money for ‘funeral’
Roberts had wanted thousands of pounds for the fictional child’s funeral and then promised the victim he would get the money back.
She had even written out cheques to the complainant, but told him not to cash then otherwise they would bounce.
Charlotte Baines, defending, told the court Roberts had a series of mental health problems and the court proceedings had worsened her mental well-being.
She said: “She has two children with another child on the way.
“She is pregnant now and it is a high risk birth with complications with pre-eclampsia.
“The defendant is thoroughly disgusted and ashamed with what she has done.
“She said this was only time she could get away with this and took the opportunity, saying that the money was too good and got used to it being an easy way to get money.”
‘A very nasty offence’
Roberts, of Wingfield Road, east Hull, pleaded guilty to a single charge of blackmail at an earlier hearing.
Judge John Thackray, QC, said he had thought long and hard leaving the defendant’s children without a mother, but her offending was described “the ugliest in the criminal justice system”.
Jailing Roberts for four months, Judge Thackray told her: “It was not just the simple financial impact to the complainant, but the misery and trauma.
“In summer 2016, your relationship with the complainant was fading and he had a new partner.
“You then told him you were pregnant and he was the father of that child and made threats that you would tell his parents and his new partner.
“You also made a false rape allegation unless money was had.
“I am sentencing you as a single parent, but a case of blackmail is one of the ugliest offences in the criminals justice system.
“It is, in reality, a crime met by the public with loathing and contempt.
“It is a very nasty offence and a very serious view of it has to be taken.”
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Notorious baby-faced thug sucker-punched man celebrating all clear from cancer
A notorious baby-faced criminal is back behind bars for sucker-punching a man celebrating given the all clear from cancer – and then stealing his wallet.
Ryan Miller, 19, had worked with a friend to follow the victim like a predator along Paragon Street on August 1 this year.
Hull Crown Court was shown CCTV of Miller slinking past a section of scaffolding and landing a “heavy blow with force” into the face of the victim, and while he was floored, he stole his wallet.
The court heard that Miller was found hiding under the bed at a nearby address after he ran away from the scene.
“Police officers were led to the door of an address with a lot of occupants inside and the defendant Miller was found hiding under a bed,” said prosecutor Stephen Brook.
Mr Brook said the man who he attacked was out with friends and colleagues celebrating in Hull city centre after passing his law degree and getting the all clear from a cancer diagnosis.
The prosecutor told the court: “He [the victim] had obviously drank a lot of alcohol and more than usual because he was celebrating. He was celebrating because he had got the all clear from cancer and passing his law degree.
“He says he didn’t know too much about the incident and he just remembers walking home and then being in a police car.
“He says following the incident, he is fearful of coming into the town centre in the future. He has had to get his parents to pick him up from work because he works in the area.”
Miller, previously of Pickering View, west Hull, had pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing at the same court on September 3.
He was out on licence at the time of a the offence and a three year sentence was dealt to him for a burglary conviction last year.
Miller has 19 convictions for 69 offences on his record.
Charlotte Baines, defending, said that Miller had an “unhealthy, and very long” criminal record.
She said: “He is getting a job within the prison set-up and is taking Maths and English classes. He knows that he will receive a custodial sentence and is remorseful for what he has done.
“The reason for what he did, he says, on the evening of the offence he had an argument with his girlfriend and had taken Valium.
“He know this is no excuse, but when he sobered up, he realised what he did was wrong. He says he wasn’t thinking straight and when he sobered up – he was frank about what he had done.
Miller’s lengthy record began as a 16-year-old after he was banned from Boothferry Estate for two years under a criminal behaviour order (CBO).
He made the life of the family a misery on the estate for six months, including throwing eggs at their windows and bricks at their car.
‘The court has given you enough chances’
Judge John Thackray, QC, jailed him for four years and four months.
The judge told him: “It is difficult to envisage a record much worse than yours given your age. The court has given you enough chances.
“That’s rehabilitation requirements, weapon possession, conditional discharges, and charges of dishonesty.
“You have breached court orders, burglary of a dwelling, and assault by occasioning actual bodily harm in 2016 and 2017.
“You were seen on CCTV approaching the scaffolding obviously planning to rob the complainant. You struck him with a single blow.
“I don’t have to remind these courts that this single blow on someone who is intoxicated can easily bring fatal consequences and homicide charges that follow.
“You were not concerned by the man’s injuries, but instead took out his wallet.”
He will spend his time in custody at a young offender’s unit, the judge added.
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Vicious thug bites man’s ear off in horror attack in Hull’s ATIK club
A thug has been jailed after he bit off 30 per cent of a soldier’s ear off in an unprovoked city centre nightclub attack.
Antoni Mercer, 28, gripped the victim, but while the pair embraced, chomped at his ear and ripped away the flesh during the 3am scuffle.
Hull Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the gruesome attack, which happened in a matter of seconds at the ATIK nightclub in Dagger Lane on November 29 last year.
The court heard that the attack happened so quickly that victim only knew about the injury when he was told by his friend that his “ear was missing”.
Prosecutor Stephen Robinson told the court: “As the court can see from the CCTV footage the complainant goes over to speak to the defendant.
“As he is tall, he bends down to speak to the defendant and he is bitten on the ear and he falls to the floor.
“As a result of this [injuries], the victim can no longer wear headphones, struggles to wear a helmet, which obviously, being a soldier this is important and has trouble sleeping. It is particularly painful to him on cold days.”
The court heard that despite attempts to reattach the piece of ear, surgeons could not perform the operation and the victim was left with a “permanent disfigurement”.
The victim had been for a meal with friends while undergoing his Army training at the Leconfield base.
He wanted to speak with Mercer after he “believed there was a problem brewing”, the court was told.
The attack was described as vicious and Mercer had “no justification” in the actions he took which left a “profound effect” on his soldier victim.
The victim said in a statement: “Every time I am in a restaurant or a public place I think that people are looking at me. I have trouble sleeping and the area of the top of my right ear is still painful to touch.”
Mercer, of Staveley Road, who pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm just six weeks before the trial, had past convictions for violence.
He punched and stamped on a man in 2012 and head-butted a policeman. He also has a battery conviction.
Richard Thompson, defending, said Mercer was remorseful for his actions and hoped that he would make a small amends with a large compensation contribution.
Jailing him for 40 months, Judge John Thackray, QC, told him: “Before the victim came over to you, there was no justification in the attack
“He is missing 30 per cent of the external part of his ear because of what you did. The offence which you caused had a profound effect on him.
“The only way I can deal with this is an immediate custodial sentence.”
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Man calls 999 then points fake gun at paramedics who arrive to help him
A man who called 999 pulled a fake gun on the paramedics who arrived at his door to help him.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service attended the home of Keith Sewell, 36, on June 12 after he called them asking for help.
Paramedics who attended Sewell’s home in Axminster Close, Bransholme , were left “terrified” and ran from the scene after he told them “bad things will happen” before pointing a gun at them, which turned out to be a blank firing pistol.
Hull Crown Court heard on Friday, September 6, that Sewell made a call to emergency services 12 days prior to the incident saying he had a gun and hoped armed officers would come and shoot him.
He appeared before the court to be sentenced for possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.
Prosecuting barrister Stephen Welch told the court that paramedics were called Sewell’s after he made a 999 call seeking help.
When Sewell answered the door, paramedics noticed he had fresh lacerations to his arms and told him that they came to help him.
“They tried to approach him,” said Mr Welch. “But he told them ‘if you come closer bad things will happen’.
“They were concerned because he was putting his hands behind his back and thought that he could potentially have a knife.
“She [the complainant] noted that he was speaking very quietly and slow and formed the impression he might have been intoxicated.
“Then very quickly without warning he pulled out a handgun, cocked it and said ‘look!”
Both paramedics rushed back to the ambulance and called the police, believing that the gun was real. It turned out to be a blank firing pistol.
In a victim impact statement, one of the paramedics said that she was left “shocked and shaken” by the incident.
“Her heart was beating fast,” said Mr Welch. “She was unsure about the make but her colleague said it could have been a glock.
“She doesn’t expect to come to work and have a gun put in front of her.”
Sewell was arrested by police and explained in his interview that he didn’t pull out the gun but accepted that it may have been visible.
Sewell had notable previous convictions, including possession of a bladed article in 2004, but Mr Welch told Judge John Thackray QC that it was worth noting these offences were many years ago.
Defence barrister Stephen Robinson said: “Since then, he had been able to stay on an even keel. He worked regularly which was a positive effect in this defendant’s life.
“Things were going relatively well but unfortunately in this particular instance the defendant’s behaviour returned to a previous pattern.
“He was discharged from his job a few days before the incident. He was concerned about his finances and accommodation. There was a deterioration in his mental health and he was self-harming.
“Your honour will have noted the paramedics noticed fresh marks on his arms and there was reference to a phone call about him getting himself hurt when he dialled emergency services on that occasion.
Twelve days prior to the incident, Sewell called the ambulance service telling them that he had a gun and was hoping that armed officers would come and shoot him.
Mr Robinson told the court that Sewell had secured himself work as a cleaner which showed signs that he was making progress to get back on track.
He added: “There are problems with the defendant’s mental health. He suffers from emotionally unstable personality traits.
“The events of the offending can be understood in that context and that puts him at increased risk of substance misuse. That increases the mental health problems. It is very much a harsh circle and one that led to this offending.
“He is genuinely remorseful and is appalled by his behaviour.”
Judge Thackray QC sentenced Sewell to six months in prison, saying: “They intended to help you and your response was to produce a handgun, which she thought was a real gun. She was understandably terrified.
“Paramedics and other emergency service workers shall receive the protection of the courts.”
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Royal Marine punched man so hard he needed metal plates to fix his face
A Royal Marine punched a man so hard he was left needing metal plates to fix his face.
Nathan Brown, 22, hit the victim with two blows in the “completely unprovoked” attack outside The Beaver pub in Beverley in the early hours of July 24.
Hull Crown Court heard the victim was left with a badly broken jaw and could not eat solid food for weeks after the assault.
Stephen Welch, prosecuting, said: “From the CCTV the court has seen the defendant goes into the doorway of the pub before randomly attacking the complainant who is stood near a bus stop with his friends.”
The court heard the victim had an operation for two metal plates to be inserted and his jaw had been wired up.
“He still has trouble sleeping and is still unsure of why he was punched by the defendant.” Mr Welch said.
Steven Garth, defending, said that the defendant realised his actions were “wholly wrong” and would be happy to pay any compensation in full.
Mr Garth added: “He is completely and utterly ashamed of what he has done.”
Brown, of Midway Drive, Truro, Cornwall, was convicted of grievous bodily harm on July 24 this year at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.
He was of previous good character before the offence, the court was told.
Judge John Thackray, QC, ordered Brown to pay £2,000 in compensation and undertake a 24 month community order, which involved 300 hours of unpaid work and a 10 day rehabilitation order.
The judge told Brown: “You should be thoroughly ashamed of what you did. It’s behaviour like this that stops people heading out into town centres and city centres late at night.
“I think the officers in the case said that you punched the victim with such ferocity that you had a badly swollen hand.
“You may think that this sentence is draconian, but this is what happens behave in this manner.”
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