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Murderers, evil rapists, gangland thugs and bent cops were all jailed last year. Murderers, evil rapists, gangland thugs, twisted paedophiles and even bent cops were among the criminals linked to Merseyside jailed in Liverpool Crown Court heard many of the cases, involving everything from killer drivers and international drug traffickers to wicked fraudsters who inflicted misery with their shocking scams.
Often victims showed tremendous bravery in facing their tormentors in court, including by giving evidence in trials to ensure justice was done. Police officers spent months and, in some cases, years working tirelessly to bring these callous criminals to justice for their horrific crimes.
And even when the coronavirus crisis hit, the hard work of court staff, judges and lawyers alike meant the wheels of justice kept turning, with the ECHO's two dedicated court reporters covering cases throughout. Chief bridesmaid-to-be Helen Dove ruined her supposed best friend's wedding with a string of elaborate lies. The bizarre and cruel con left a judge scratching his head as it appeared to have no reasonable motive whatsoever. Dove, of Prescot Road in St Helens, convinced Kimberley Baker to apply for a job within the children's services department at Warrington council. The fraudster created 15 fake colleagues to trick Ms Baker into believing she had been hired for her dream job.
The pair met at a stable complex in Rainford in the summer of and Dove learned of Ms Baker's work dream. She pretended she worked for the council as an adoption worker, showed her fake ID and convinced her to quit her job at BT. The scheme left her devastated, paranoid and she was forced to cancel her wedding due to the financial impact. Abdulla Ahmed claimed demons commanded him to stab a former friend in the neck in a Toxteth street. Ahmed, of Devonshire Road, Toxteth, who admitted manslaughter, was found not guilty of murder after a trial.
He was found guilty of wounding with intent after knifing his brother, Awale Ahmed, 24, earlier that same day. Prosecutors argued Ahmed had "beef" with Mr Mohamoud and sent a text saying: "You watch when I catch you. But defence lawyers told a jury Ahmed had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after "hearing voices". The Somalian-born killer inflicted "two deep stab wounds" to his brother's left arm at their shared flat, at around 11am. He then took a knife and killed Mr Mohamoud when they met up a few minutes' walk from his home, at 1.
The victim's grieving parents said they will never again set foot in the street where the "gentle giant" was killed. Ahmed had undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, exacerbated by drinking, and had been using cannabis and the drug khat that day. The year-old sent "chilling threats" when pulled up over a tweet regarding ex-Wavertree MP Luciana Berger. Mr Thorp reported the tweet to the company, which imports goods from the Middle East, before informing Twitter Support. Gibbs, from Kensington, admitted two counts of sending a malicious communication and two counts of making threats to kill.
His six convictions for 12 offences include nine cases of harassment and one of threats to kill. Drink driver Adam Kershaw crushed a St Helens man to death in his 7. The year-old ploughed a crudely-converted truck into a Peugeot carrying Joseph Keane and Paterson man moving to san mobile sex girlfriend Alyssa Henderson.
Three times over the limit, und and uninsured, he was on the wrong side of the road when he effectively "drove over" his victim at 55mph. Kershaw had earlier smashed into a stone bridge and narrowly avoided a collision with a coach containing 60 schoolchildren during a mile ram. Trainee Paterson man moving to san mobile sex Mr Keane, 28, who was celebrating his birthday, had visited Ingleton Falls in Yorkshire, before the tragedy on the A Kershaw was travelling to Beat-Herder Festival in Lancashire, on July 13,after spending the night drinking and taking ketamine.
Hitting the bridge left a door to the rear of the van hanging open, but he ignored his passengers' pleas to stop and "didn't seem to care" before the crash. The dad-of-two, of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, did nothing to help at the scene and didn't speak to Miss Henderson, who was "covered in blood and hysterical with grief". Kershaw, who had convictions for drink driving and speeding, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and possessing ecstasy and ketamine.
They pocketed housing benefit and other benefits for nine years but, at the same time, the family went on flashy holidays to America, Dubai and Portugal. The couple lived in a plush home on St Mary's Road in Huyton, which was protected by security gates.
On the driveway was a convoy of vehicles including a Jaguar, a Mercedes, a Range Rover and a Transit van with a trailer. Suspicious fraud investigators for the Department for Work and Pensions eventually snared the couple after visiting the four bedroom pad.
Ellis and Lucas, who illegally claimed the benefits between andwere living together as husband and wife, it was discovered. Ellis admitted two counts of making a dishonest representation to obtain benefit and three counts of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances. Knife-wielding Aiden Bennett attacked and tried to rob a dad walking home from a newsagents.
The year-old confronted Mark Bruffell shortly after The pair fought and fell to the ground, but Bennett had a second knife and later pursued the victim to his home. An innocent year-old boy was attacked by year-old James Milligan wielding a broom handle and threatening to "bite his face off".
The victim was assaulted on the first day he had left home for two months and was left feeling paranoid and suffering from flashbacks. Milligan, who was angry after receiving threats from a mutual friend during a day of drinking, armed himself with a broom handle. He went to a property in Florence Road, Seacombe on several occasions on May 5when threats were exchanged. Milligan threatened to set the flat on fire and began swearing at the vulnerable schoolboy, who had arrived on the scene by chance. The dad-of-two threatened to "bite his face off" and the boy backed into the house, where Milligan hit him over the head with the broom handle, causing a six-inch gash.
Sick paedophile Paul Lawrence who was ly jailed for grooming and molesting a young victim was later convicted of raping her. The year-old was caught with a schoolgirl inwearing just a dressing gown with a condom in the pocket, after months of grooming and sexual abuse. Lawrence, originally from Birkdale, was jailed for six years and nine months after admitting a string of sexual offences with. On January 3,the vile abuser was convicted again after the victim came forward and accused him of raping her.
Lawrence admitted two counts of rape and was handed seven years and nine months in jail, consecutive to his existing prison sentence. A naked cocaine-fuelled yob threatened to shoot his ex-partner and open fire on police during a violent siege. Christopher Noon26, flew into a jealous rage during a meeting with Amy Naylor, the mum of his two children, at her flat, kicking her in the head and body. The coward - who also bit Miss Naylor's lip and spat on her - refused to let the victim leave her home in Nutgrove Road, Thatto Heath. When police arrived, at I have a gun and will shoot you.
You're getting blasted. Got a strap lad. Noon threatened to shoot Miss Naylor, before armed police used a distraction device and stormed the flat to rescue the victim. He admitted false imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm, affray and breach of a restraining order. Scott Cowley hacked three women's computer webcams so he could secretly film them undressing and having sex. The pervert, 27, from St Helensused "Trojan" software to spy on his unsuspecting victims over a two-year period. But he was rumbled because he had bought the "malicious" malware programme using his own PayPal and was identified by the Regional Cyber Crime Unit.
Police seized his laptop when they raided his home on November 25,before arresting him at his workplace in Kirkby. They discovered folders named after each victim containing pictures and videos of the women undressing and one having sex.
Cowley, of Bedford Street, who has no convictions, admitted three counts of computer misuse and three counts of voyeurism. Lee Devereux was spared jail after choking his partner but turned up drunk for a 'Building Better Relationships' course.
The jealous woman beater held his knee on the throat of his girlfriend Lisa Ellis and asked: "Are you ready to die? Paterson man moving to san mobile sex punched, kicked and strangled the victim when she tried to flee his Anfield home during a "frightening" ordeal.
Devereux, 37, of Vallance Road, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm over the harrowing March 22, attack. Liverpool's courts are some of the busiest in the UK, with a huge variety of cases being heard each week. To get a behind the scenes look at how they work and the moments that don't make our stories, subscribe to our free weekly Echo Court Files newsletter, written by court reporters Neil Docking and Lauren Wise. But he walked free after defence lawyers said he had served the equivalent of a nine-month jail sentence on remand.
Devereux was handed 21 months in jail, suspended for two years, plus various courses, when sentenced on July 12, However, he behaved unacceptably at a probation centre on July 18, turned up drunk on October 16, then skipped appointments on November 18 and December Wayne Poulton smashed a family's car windscreen with a baseball bat showering three young children in glass. Harrowing dashcam footage captured the moment he went berserk with a weapon hidden in his boot.
The parents of the youngsters - aged six, seven and 10 - pleaded with the yob, telling him: "There's kids in the car. His erratic driving in a Volkswagen Golf led to a confrontation in New Brighton at around 5pm on May 27, The children - two boys and a girl - were left covered in glass, but fortunately didn't suffer any cuts in the incident.
Poulton admitted three counts of common assault, criminal damage, threatening behaviour and possessing an offensive weapon. Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said the children were so frightened they became "hysterical" during their "terrible ordeal". Poulton, formerly of Markfield Road, Bootleburst into tears as he was jailed for 12 months.
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