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Ruthless raiders, repulsive rapists and violent thugs among the criminals to be locked up in September 2021 All these criminals were handed prison sentences when they came before judges at Newcastle Crown Court Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Horrifying details of terrifying crimes were laid bare before crown court judges in September. Among the criminals to learn their fate at Newcastle Crown Court were vile rapists who left their victims traumatised, and ruthless raiders who targeted homes and businesses for their own gain. Here are the criminals locked up in September 2021. Daniel McKeith Daniel McKeith (Image: Northumbria Police) A dad was "lucky to have survived" after being stabbed by Daniel McKeith as he tried to stop a fight. The victim suffered a punctured lung and sliced bowel which required emergency life-saving surgery. And he continues to suffer after the horrific attack in South Shields earlier this year. Now McKeith has been jailed for 43 months. Newcastle Crown Court heard that McKeith brandished a blade after a row about a party that was being held in a flat above in the early hours of April 3. After remonstrating with the partygoers on South Frederick Street in South Shields, the dispute between him and two men turned violent – before McKeith pulled out a knife and stabbed a third male who had bravely run over to break up the fight. McKeith initially denied he had used a knife and claimed he had been set upon by a group of men. But the 37-year-old, previously of South Frederick Street, South Shields, but now of Condercum Road, Newcastle , pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon when he appeared at court. Ionathan Marin Ionathan Marin, who admitted conspiracy to rob (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This member of a Romanian gang of robbers who left staff and customers in mobile phone shops terrified in high value smash and grab raids has been jailed. Shops across the North East and other parts of the north of England were targeted in a series of attacks spanning more than a year which netted devices worth more than £150,000. Groups of up to eight criminals at a time entered stores and stole phones and tablets which were on display. While many of the gang have since evaded justice by failing to turn up to court or going back to Romania, two of them were caught. Now Ionathan Marin has been sent to a young offenders institution for two years and nine months while Ionathan Stefan was give a two year three month youth rehabilitation order, supervision and 200 hours unpaid work. Ionathan Marin was involved in around 30 of the offences while Ionathan Stefan took part in four of them. The court heard Marin, now 19, entered the UK in April 2018 and his offending began immediately. He has 14 previous convictions. He is currently already serving a 54 month prison sentence for offences including robbery, committed at Curry's in Leeds after he was released under investigation. His new sentence will run consecutively to that. Stefan, now 18, was just 15 and 16 at the time of the offending. Marin, of no fixed address and Stefan, of Bayswater Row, Harehills, Leeds, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob. Roy Morrison (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This van driver, who already had a conviction for injuring a pedestrian, is back behind bars for leading police on a dangerous chase. Roy Morrison was locked up in 2014 after his van hit a woman as she crossed the road in County Durham, shattering her knee. Despite being banned from the roads and having no insurance, he was spotted behind the wheel of a van on the A1 around 2am on December 3 last year, doing around 90mph, heading south. As police followed him off the dual carriageway towards Birtley, Gateshead, the van slowed almost to a stop before something appeared to be thrown from it. Morrison then made off and something else was thrown from the passenger side, Newcastle Crown Court heard. The van then reached 70mph in a 30mph zone, straying into the opposite lane, sped through a red light at 70mph and raced over speed humps before Morrison made a run for it but was chased down. In a separate offence, Morrison bit a police officer’s shin after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly in the Bigg Market, Newcastle, on June 6 this year. Morrison, 27, who lives in a caravan on Drum Lane, Birtley, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and assaulting an emergency worker. He was jailed for 10 months and banned from driving for two years upon his release. James Wall, Robert Wall and John Croft Golf club burglars (from L) John Croft, James Wall and Robert Wall These smash and grab burglars have been jailed after leaving three North East golf clubs thousands of pounds out of pocket. Clubs in Northumberland and Durham were targeted last year by thieves Robert Wall, James Wall and John Croft who had their sights set on a high value haul, say police. The trio exploited the Covid lockdown and made their first move on April 2, when they reversed a vehicle into the doors of the club at exclusive Close House in the early hours of the morning, before ransacking the premises and taking around £16,000 of stock. Then, three days later the thugs struck again. This time breaking into Chester-le-Street Golf Club using a hammer. A haul of trophies, including the Hermitage Cup which dates back to 1912 was stolen, leaving the club owners devastated. The burglars then tried their luck a third and final time on April 22 when they smashed through a gate and then reversed a truck through the front of the golf shop at Ponteland Golf club. Once inside they took £20,000 of equipment before fleeing the scene. But the trio are now behind bars after appearing at Newcastle Crown Court. Robert Wall, 32, of Stamforham Road, Newcastle admitted conspiracy to burgle in relation to one of the raids and two offences of handling stolen goods. He was jailed for two years. John Croft, of no fixed abode, admitted conspiracy to burgle and dangerous driving after ramming a van into a police car, injuring an officer. He also admitted blackmail, possessing an offensive weapon and affray. He was jailed for a total of seven years and ten months. While James Wall, of Cornhill, East Denton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and was jailed for 43 months. Jamie Brown Fast food raider Jamie Brown left female staff at the businesses he targeted terrified. Brown entered fast food takeaways in Wallsend and Newcastle looking to steal cash from the soft targets, a court heard. The powerfully-built 32-year-old serial offender, from Walker, who already had 264 convictions on his record, carried out both raids on February 28 this year. Liam O’Brien, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “Both offences involved him deliberately targeting fast food takeaways and restaurants at a time when, in the public facing areas, there was simply a single lone female member of staff and no customers. “The defendant is a large, bulky, powerfully-built man and the ladies were young, small, slightly-built females. “He has deliberately targeted these forms of establishments because he thought they were soft targets with young female members of staff.” The first offence happened at Subway, in Wallsend. Around 4.50pm, Brown asked the employee for some free food but was told she did not have the authority to do so. He then returned an hour later while she was mopping up. Mr O’Brien said: “She assumed he had come back to buy a sandwich but he was intending to steal. “He approached her with his hood up, with a mask on, no doubt intimidating her significantly. He made his way behind the counter and demanded she open the till. “He rummaged around in his pocket and that caused her some concern as she didn’t know what he might have on him.” The woman said the key to the till was elsewhere so she couldn’t open it, then ran from the shop. He followed her but there were two people passing by and Brown was deterred and left. Around two hours later, Brown carried out a similar offence at the Shijo takeaway, at the Haymarket, in Newcastle city centre. The victim took a bag of takings and ran to an area where she knew she would be safe. Brown stole the tips jar and a computer tablet before leaving. He was found by police a short distance away in the bus station. Brown, of Canterbury Street, Walker, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and was jailed for two years. Shaun Dixon Shaun Dixon and Newcastle Crown Court Would-be burglar Shaun Dixon roamed the streets of Ashington “trying doors” while wearing a Freddy Krueger mask. Dixon tried car and house door handles at various properties in a small area of the Northumberland town on June 7 this year, Newcastle Crown Court heard. The 35-year-old was also in possession of a Stanley knife while walking around “disguised” as the fictional serial killer. Dixon, who was homeless at the time, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to burglary, attempted burglary, possession of a bladed article and attempting to steal from a motor vehicle. Paul Hunter Paedophile Paul Hunter left his young victim traumatised. Hunter abused the girl when she was under 10 and was also found to have downloaded indecent images of children on his phone, Newcastle Crown Court heard. The 31-year-old, of Marshall Wallace Road, South Shields , was convicted of orally raping and sexually assaulting the girl on one occasion and was cleared of other offences after a trial. He was jailed for eleven years, with an extended licence period of a further five years. David Kirsop David Kirsop, jailed for arson (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Arsonist David Kirsop set fire to his mother's flat while a neighbour was in bed upstairs. Mentally unwell Kirsop used petrol to torch the home around midnight. Newcastle Crown Court heard the neighbour was alerted by a stranger who told him to get out and he managed to bring the flames under control. When Kirsop was arrested, he had soot on his face and said he had "ran from people trying to kill him and squirted them with petrol" and had fought for his life. He added that he was in fear of people in the house who had come to get him. Kirsop, 34, of Surrey Road, Hebburn , who has 62 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered, was jailed for two years. Christopher Carey Christopher Carey has been jailed for four years for a string of sexual offences This pervert, who had a history of downloading indecent images of children was caught in a police sting talking to who he believed were four children online. Christopher Carey was already subject to a sexual offences prevention order to try to control his urges after twice being caught with child abuse images. But that didn’t stop him chatting to who he believed to be girls aged 12 and 13 on social media. Newcastle Crown Court heard he sent “12-year-old Emma” graphic sexual messages and an image of himself. Fortunately, all of the girls were actually undercover police officers running decoy profiles to try to catch paedophiles. Carey, 43, of Elmfield Court, Bedlington, Northumberland, who admitted attempting to incite a child into sexual activity, four counts of attempting to communicate sexually with children and breaching his sexual offences prevention order, has been jailed for four years. As well as the four-year prison sentence, Carey was told he will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. The court heard he was convicted of possessing indecent images of children in 2003 and got a community order. He was jailed for 12 months in 2014 at Norwich Crown Court for six counts of making indecent images of children and given the sexual harm prevention order. Conna Hardy Conna Hardy, who stabbed his gran in the hand with a fork (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Conna Hardy left his gran with a fork deeply embedded in her hand after stabbing her during a dinnertime row. Hardy had a history of abusing his gran and had called her a “slave b***h” and thrown a plate at her the day before the attack. As Hardy and other members of the family were eating dinner at the victim’s home in Whitley Bay, he took a piece of food out of his mouth and put it on his teenage sister’s plate, Newcastle Crown Court was told. His gran put it back on his plate but then Hardy put it back on his sister’s plate and a row blew up. The court heard the 19-year-old then made a concerted effort to stab his gran in the palm with a fork and eventually succeeded. Hardy, of Cliffe Court, Whitley Bay, pleaded guilty to wounding. He was locked him up for 15 months and given an indefinite restraining order. Jess Wraith Jess Wraith, jailed for putting his ex in fear and breaching a non molestation order (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Bully Jess Wraith bombarded his terrified former partner with 99 unwanted calls in an hour and left her young child crying by ringing her ipad to issue threats. Wraith's relationship with the woman had turned sour and he ended up assaulting her and she got a non molestation order last March forbidding him from harassing or pestering her. In June, he liked a Facebook post on her profile, then his friend contacted her asking if he should get back in touch, Newcastle Crown Court heard. She said no but he called her the following day to apologise and she became convinced he had changed and agreed to meet him. However, over time, she came to feel she had made a mistake and he became frustrated at her refusal to meet up. Matters became heated and she told him she didn't want him to contact her any more, the court heard. After repeating that request on August 25 last year, he phoned her 70 times between 10pm and 1.30am one night from a withheld number. She answered some of them and recorded them and he threatened to go to her home so she contacted the police. The following day he bombarded her with a further 99 calls in about an hour from a withheld number. On September 3, she was contacted by a friend of his passing on a message that he still loved her. The next day, Wraith rang her six times, trying to resume the relationship. There were a further ten calls from him to her, including one when the police were with her taking a statement. Wraith was arrested and bailed with conditions not to contact her but still he persisted with harassing her. Richard Holland, prosecuting, said: "She continued to get 15 to 30 withheld calls a day in early May 2021. "Believing it to be him, she decided to change her mobile phone number and was relieved to do so. "But on May 18 her five-year-old daughter said someone was trying to call her on her ipad. "She answered it in the company of the child and the child's dad and the defendant taunted both of them as they asked who was calling on their daughter's ipad." He threatened to stab the child's dad and said he knew where his ex lived despite the fact she had moved. Wraith, 33, of Clive Place, Byker, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to breaching a non molestation order and putting a person in fear of violence and was jailed for 27 months. Mary Egan Mary Egan, jailed for her part in a shooting conspiracy (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Shooting plot mother Mary Egan has joined her daughters and former partner behind bars for her part in conspiracy to blast a teenager with a shotgun. Five people were jailed last year for the revenge attack in Newcastle’s West End as two gun-toting families clashed following a falling-out over a woman. When Leon Haq was sent to prison, he trusted Kenneth Thompson to look after his girlfriend, Adele Bell, until he was released. However Thompson and Miss Bell grew close and ended up in a relationship, which contributed to ill-feeling between the two men. As tensions soared, Thompson punched the head of the Tams family, Thomas Tams, and carried out a drive-by shooting on his daughter’s car. Leon Haq, along with Barry Lynn, Thomas Tams and his daughters, Kerry and Charlotte Tams, were convicted last year of plotting to carry out a revenge shooting. Egan, of Hawthorn Walk, Newcastle, had to shield during the trial of the others last year but has now been convicted of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. She was jailed for four and a half years. Newcastle Crown Court heard Haq and Lynn were driven to a location in the West End of Newcastle by Kerry Tams, where the two men got out and opened fire with a shotgun, hitting Thompson’s 18-year-old son, Kane Thompson, in the knee. It was after the shooting that Egan played a “significant role” involving a mysterious trip to Gateshead. Sentencing the 48-year-old, Judge Julie Clemitson said: “As soon as the shooting took place, a call was made from the car as they left the scene of the shooting to Charlotte Tams’s phone. “As a result, you set off immediately in your car to go to Swalwell, where I can only assume you met up with them and that some agreement was made for you to go on some mission through to Gateshead. “The jury rejected your account that you were going to Gateshead to pick up your daughter, and while that journey has not been satisfactorily explained, it’s clear it was part of this conspiracy. “You were on some mission to do some job to clear up after the shooting. It was necessary to burn out your car afterwards to hide the evidence. Whatever it was, it was a significant part of the overall plan you were responsible for.” It was in the early hours of August 6, 2019 that Kenneth Thompson was in a car that drove onto Gloucester Way, Elswick, and fired at least five bullets at a car belonging to a different daughter of Thomas Tams. Thompson previously pleaded guilty to offences in relation to the shooting of the Dacia Duster and was jailed for six years. The weapon he used and ammunition was found at the bottom of the River Tyne. A few hours after that shooting, Thompson’s son, 18-year-old Kane, was shot in revenge. The court heard prosecutors could not say Kane was deliberately shot and Haq and Lynn were cleared of wounding with intent. Haq, 39, of Eastbourne Avenue, Walker; Lynn, 40, of no fixed address; Thomas Tams, 60, of Union Quay, North Shields; Kerry Tams, 26, of Silvermere Drive, Ryton, Gateshead; and Charlotte Tams, 20, of Hawthorn Walk, Newcastle, were locked up last November for a total of more than 34 years. Haq and Lynn pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent and wounding while Haq also admitted two counts of threats to kill – towards Adele Bell and Thompson. Head of the family Thomas Tams, who killed his own brother in the 1990s and was jailed for three years for manslaughter, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, as were his daughters, Kerry and Charlotte. Haq was jailed for 10 years, Lynn got nine years, Thomas Tams six-and a half years, Kerry Tams six years and Charlotte Tams three years. Karl Glendenning Karl Glendenning, jailed for having a machete, affray and assaulting an emergency worker (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Armed Karl Glendenning left a taxi driver terrified after pulling out a large machete just weeks after being released from prison for having a gun. On August 16 a taxi driver picked him and a woman up to take them to a pub in Kenton, Newcastle. Rachel Glover, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “The taxi driver noticed a police vehicle was following them and had its blue lights on. “He went to stop the car but the defendant shouted ‘don’t stop, drive faster.’ “At this point he heard a banging sound and saw the defendant had a machete and was banging it against the plastic screen in the taxi. He felt extremely frightened and felt threatened that he might be injured.” Glendenning got out of the taxi brandishing the machete and waved it towards the officers, striking the taxi. He backwards headbutted a PC, hitting him in the chest, as he was arrested. Glendenning, 24 and of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article, affray and assaulting an emergency worker and was jailed for 22 months. Michael Rayner Michael Rayner, who attempted to murder his partner in North Shields (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Navy sailor Michael Rayner tried to murder his partner by slicing her neck open just hours after being released from psychiatric hospital against the wishes of his victim. Rayner had been held in a secure unit for a short time after his mental health deteriorated and he started hearing voices in his head. The 36-year-old was released on September 18 last year despite the repeated protestations of his partner that he was too mentally unwell. Within hours, he had pinned her down on their bed and cut her neck open, slicing through her windpipe and missing major blood vessels by millimetres. As she lay there with an open gash to her throat, he then pinched her nose and put his hand over her mouth and only the hole he had cut in her windpipe enabled her to breathe. The 57-year-old victim and Rayner's parents blame the decision to release him for the near fatal attack and an investigation has been launched. Now Rayner, who is suffering from schizophrenia but is responding well to treatment at St Nicholas' Hospital, in Gosforth , Newcastle , has been sentenced to 16 years plus an extended licence period of a further three years, although he will be held in a secure hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to prison. He was found guilty of attempted murder after a trial. David Burn This heroin dealer peddled the deadly drug to associates to bankroll his own habit. Addict David Burn sold the class A drug to a small number of people and was selective about his customers, a court heard. When police went to his home on Alnwick Road, South Shields, on March 16 2018, they found 11 foil wraps of heroin, weighing a total of 2.47g, in a Kinder Egg in his tracksuit bottoms. Newcastle Crown Court heard officers also found 58 diazepam tablets, a small amount of cannabis and some cash. Barry Robson, prosecuting, said: “The phone was analysed and showed evidence of buying and selling drugs within a small group. “He pleads guilty on the basis he was dependent on heroin and on occasions he would supply close associates also dependent on heroin on an ad hoc basis to fund his own habit. “He was very selective who he supplied drugs to and only had a small number of customers.” Burn, 38, now of Ryton Court, South Shields, pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply and possessing diazepam and cannabis. He also admitted failing to surrender to bail and was jailed for a total of 32 months. The court heard he has 78 previous convictions, including possessing drugs, but none for dealing. The court heard he turned to drugs after his dad was murdered in 2006 and his brother died. Aaron Stephenson, Diane Wright, Philip Stephenson, McKenzie Stephenson, Wesley Stephenson Philip Stephenson and Aaron Stephenson (top L-R) with Mckenzie Stephenson and Wesley Stephenson (bottom L-R) (Image: Northumbria Police) These dealers sold drugs diluted with a cancer-causing cutting agent. The family-based crime gang, made up of grandparents and grandchildren, flooded the North East with class A drugs. Now the five relatives, including Aaron Stephenson, who mocked police after going on the run to Spain, have finally got their comeuppance. Aaron was a key linchpin in a conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine, MDMA and oxycodone. He was at the head of the lucrative empire along with his grandparents Diane Wright and Philip Stephenson. It was after they were all convicted last year and granted bail while pre-sentence reports were compiled before sentence, which was due to take place last August, that Aaron Stephenson fled, Newcastle Crown Court heard. Aaron qas arrested in Spain in February and later extradited. As a result of his actions, the sentencing hearing was delayed for 13 months. Police had raided a house in Ashington, Northumberland, where Aaron was, in April 2017 and found cocaine, MDMA, more than £8,000 cash, a debtors list, phones showing he was involved in drugs supply and other drug dealing paraphernalia. Then on February 14 2018, a number of properties occupied by the Stephenson family were raided. Aaron was arrested at an address in Widdrington and had 2,888 diazepam tablets, ammonia and a large amount of cash. Police also found phenacetin, a cancer-causing drug which was being used as a cutting agent despite the known dangers it poses. On the same day, Wright and Philip Stephenson’s house on Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin, was also raided. The court heard the couple, who have been together 40 years, had nearly £29,000 in cash in their home. They also had half a bin bag of paracetamol, which was used to cut or bulk the drugs. Police also found a blank firing imitation firearm and shotgun cartridges were found hidden in a carriage clock. There was no evidence about who owned the weapon. A small folded piece of paper in Wright’s phone case contained a list of cutting agents, including phenacetin which had written next to it “a known carcinogenic, has same shimmer” – a reference to it having a similar appearance to cocaine. Aaron was arrested for a third time in April 2018 and “burner phones” showed he was still involved in supplying drugs. Wright and Philip Stephenson, despite having their assets frozen, paid a £3,000 cash deposit on a motorboat at Amble marina. McKenzie Stephenson, who was involved in supplying drugs including cocaine, heroin and MDMA, boasted about his life as a teenage drug dealer, the court heard. Diane Wright, 62, of Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin and Philip Stephenson, 68, of Storey Crescent Newbiggin, were found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possessing criminal property – in Wright’s case a Fairline motorboat, Nissan Navara and £22,854 and in Philip Stephenson’s case the cash. Wright was jailed for 11 years and Philip Stephenson for six-and-a-half years. Aaron Stephenson, 28, of Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin, was also found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply diazepam and possessing criminal property – more than £25,000 cash, an Audi Quattro and a Ford Fiesta. He was jailed for 13 years. McKenzie Stephenson, 23, of Mowbray Terrace, Choppington, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs – cocaine, heroin, MDMA and oxycodone. He was jailed for five years and two months. Wesley Stephenson, 25, of Storey Crescent, Newbiggin, was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of Class A and C drugs - oxycodone and buprenorphine. He was sentenced to two years suspended for 18 months with a six-month curfew. Liam Cronin This sex attacker laughed at his screaming victim's distress as he tried to rape her. Liam Cronin's victim started to scream and cry during a shocking attack in the summer of 2017. A court heard his response to her terror was to "laugh at her". Prosecutor Vince Ward told Newcastle Crown Court the victim managed to struggle and stop Cronin raping her but added: "Their struggle continued until she screamed and started to cry. "His response to that was to laugh at her so she screamed louder and eventually he stopped and apologised." The court heard Cronin carried out a sex act on himself after the failed attack. Cronin, 33, of Trafalgar Road, Sulgrave, Washington , pleaded guilty to attempted rape on the day he was due to face trial. He was jailed for four-and-a-half years. Sophie Watson Sophie Watson, jailed for wounding with intent (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Sophie Watson left a woman acting as a peacemaker outside a pub permanently disfigured when she bit off part of her ear. Amy Bruce, who survived the Manchester Arena bombing, was having a quiet drink with friends when they had the misfortune to encounter drunken Watson. Miss Bruce and Elizabeth Brown decided to leave the pub in Winlaton, Gateshead, following a disturbance and were waiting for a friend to come out from the toilet when Watson became paranoid they were laughing at her. Newcastle Crown Court heard Watson, intoxicated on alcohol and cannabis, marched over to them and dragged Miss Brown by her hair, swinging her around and to the ground before punching her. Others, including Miss Bruce, sought to intervene to stop the attack and Watson latched onto Miss Bruce’s ear and bit a small portion off. Not content with that, she then challenged bystanders and went on to spit on the face of a female police officer after being arrested. Watson,who was 19 at the time but is 21 now, of Red Barns, Newcastle, was jailed for three years after she was convicted by a jury of wounding with intent, assault by beating and affray. She also pleaded guilty to assaulting the police officer and possessing cannabis. Adam McLaughlin Adam McLaughlin, jailed for burglary (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This burglar ruined a teenager's birthday treat of a driving lesson on the day he turned 17 by stealing his family's car. Adam McLaughlin smashed a porch window at the victims' home and stole keys to a £17,000 Ford Fiesta in the early hours of February 14 2019. Newcastle Crown Court heard a teenager, who lived at the three bedroom semi in Blyth , Northumberland , with his mum and dad, whose wedding anniversary was the next day, turned 17 two days later. His parents had a provisional licence ready for him so he could have his first lesson on his birthday, which had to be cancelled. His mum was left so frightened after the raid that her husband had to change his job, at a £15,000 per year loss, so he could be at home with her at night. McLaughlin, 30, of River View, North Shields , who has a criminal record, admitted burglary, theft and failing to attend an earlier hearing. He was jailed for 44 months. Cameron Healer Cameron Healer was caught with a pepper spray disguised as lipstick on April Fool's Day. The driver was stopped by police in the early hours and immediately confessed to having the prohibited weapon, Newcastle Crown Court heard. He pleaded guilty to possessing it on the basis his friend had left it behind after being a passenger in the vehicle. Healer, 21, of Broadsheath Terrace, Sunderland , was facing a mandatory five year prison sentence for having what is classed as a disguised firearm. But a judge decided there were exceptional circumstances which meant the minimum term need not be applied and he was locked up for two years. Anthony Johnson Anthony Johnson, jailed for attacking police while carrying a machete (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Armed thug Anthony Johnson put a police officer in a headlock and bit him after being spotted carrying a machete. Police officers on patrol in the West End of Newcastle spotted Johnson with what appeared to be a large knife concealed in his jacket. A court heard he was approached around 5.20pm on September 27 last year and asked what was in his coat. Penny Hall, prosecuting, said: “He was immediately aggressive and grabbed and pushed a PC by the throat. He then lunged at another officer and put him in a headlock.” Johnson was taken to the ground by the officers but still had the second PC in a headlock and he was struggling to breathe. Miss Hall said: “He was concerned he would use the knife he believed he had in his jacket. “While in that position he shouted to the others ‘Get it out of my jacket’. “The officer grabbed his face to try to get compliance and he then bit his middle finger.Throughout the struggle the defendant was aggressive and made threats to spit at the PC." Johnson, of Sidney Grove, Fenham, Newcastle, who has 24 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, possessing a bladed article and possessing a strip of diazepam tablets and was jailed for 10 months. John Luke John Luke, jailed for attacking his girlfriend (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This cowardly thug took out his frustration at being attacked by a man he accused of flirting with his partner by beating her black and blue in a disgraceful attack. John Luke became jealous at perceived flirting between his friend and girlfriend and ended up getting assaulted by the other man. After he left, he launched a sustained onslaught against the woman, repeatedly punching and slapping her in the face, leaving her with two black eyes and a missing or cracked tooth and hitting her with a bottle. Newcastle Crown Court heard the attack happened on June 5 this year. Luke, 36, of Front Street, Bedlington, who has 138 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 18 months and given a restraining order. Paul Reay Paul Reay, jailed for breaching a restraining order (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Paul Reay has repeatedly flouted a restraining order banning him from contacting the mother of his child. The 23-year-old, of Brandon Gardens, Beacon Lough, Gateshead, was given a suspended sentence for breaching the order just a month before the latest offences. Despite this, he contacted the woman’s family and boyfriend, leaving them in fear. Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman has already moved house once and is afraid to let the little girl play out in the garden in case Reay turns up. The restraining order was made in August 2018. Contact via a third party is allowed with his daughter, but on August 16 a message was sent from Reay’s partner’s social media account to his ex’s partner’s account which included encouragement to “get your bird told”, the court was told. Two days later a message was sent from the same account to the woman’s mother saying “There will be hell on real soon, the s*** is going to hit the fan and it won’t be nice” and indicating retribution if he was not able to see his daughter. A message was also sent to the woman’s aunt threatening to damage gym equipment because his daughter was visible on footage uploaded to an internet health hub page. He told her to get in touch with his ex’s mother and made comments about access to his daughter. On August 27 he sent a message to his ex’s partner’s mother saying: “I’m coming today. Watch what happens to your son.” The court heard Reay has 34 previous convictions, including several breaches of the order, threatening behaviour and violence. He was given an eight-week suspended sentence a month before the latest offence for breaching the restraining order. For the latest breaches he was jailed for 12 months and the eight week suspended sentences was activated consecutively. Karl Ellison Karl Ellison, Newcastle City Council supevisor jailed for fraud (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This scheming council supervisor stole £97,000 of equipment and sold it it to bankroll his cocaine habit. Karl Ellison had been employed by Newcastle City Council for more than 25 years and was a highly-trusted store warehouse boss with access to the local authority’s funds. But in a shocking abuse of his position, he ordered high value items from suppliers, collected them himself then sold them on and pocketed the proceeds. Now Ellison, 53, of Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, has been locked up for 27 months at Newcastle Crown Court for fraud between January 2020 and March this year. The total amount of fraudulent transactions was £97,354. The court heard Ellison has two previous convictions but nothing since the 1980s. Roy Morrison (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This van driver, with a conviction for injuring a pedestrian, is back behind bars for leading police on a dangerous chase. Roy Morrison was locked up in 2014 after his van hit a woman as she crossed the road in County Durham, shattering her knee. Despite being banned from the roads and having no insurance, he was spotted behind the wheel of a van on the A1 around 2am on December 3 last year, doing around 90mph, heading south. As police followed him off the dual carriageway towards Birtley, Gateshead, the van slowed almost to a stop before something appeared to be thrown from it. Morrison then made off and something else was thrown from the passenger side. The van then reached 70mph in a 30 zone, straying into the opposite lane, sped through a red light at 70mph and raced over speed humps before Morrison made a run for it but was chased down. In a separate offence, Morrison bit a police officer’s shin after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly in the Bigg Market, Newcastle, on June 6 this year. Morrison, 27, who lives in a caravan on Drum Lane, Birtley, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and assaulting an emergency worker. He was jailed for 10 months and banned from driving for two years upon his release. Suzanne Innes Suzanne Innes, jailed for shoplifting (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Prolific shoplifter Suzanne Innes whose latest theft spree netted her £2,000 of make-up, toiletries and candles has been jailed. Time and time again, Innes has stolen from shops and flouted court orders aimed at rehabilitating her. A court heard she has 64 previous offences on her record, including more than 50 convictions for theft. But despite being on two suspended prison sentences, she shoplifted a further six times. Now a judge has said she has run out of chances and locked her up at Newcastle Crown Court . Innes, 35, of Ashfield House, Millfield, Sunderland, admitted six counts of shoplifting and was jailed for 30 weeks. Scott Steanson and Liam Smith Scott Steanson admitted eight counts of blackmail and one of assault (Image: Northumbria Police) Bully Scott Steanson blackmailed and brutally attacked his vulnerable neighbour. Steanson preyed on the victim for months, helping himself to his money, food and even forcing him to pawn his television to extract more cash out of him. A court heard he repeatedly threatened to attack the vulnerable man if he didn’t do as he was told before punching him and biting his ear in a terrifying attack. The callous thug was locked up at Newcastle Crown Court for eight counts of blackmail and one of assault, while accomplice Liam Smith was also jailed for assault. Liam Smith (Image: Northumbria Police) The victim, who is in his 50s and from Gateshead, said in a statement read to the court: “I’ve been bullied and intimidated by Scott Steanson for a year now. I’ve been afraid to report it because I know what he is capable of. He has assaulted me, stolen money from my bank account and I just want to be left alone and for Scott Steanson to stop bullying me.” The court heard Steanson began targeting the victim in February last year after moving in near him in Gateshead. The court heard that as well as making him withdraw money from the bank to hand over, he demanded his bank card and pin number and made him sell his television for £50. The total amount handed over on eight occasion was more than £2,000. On January 8 both Steanson and Smith went to the man’s flat and assaulted him. Steanson grabbed and punched his face and bit his ear and Smith also punched him. Steanson, 33, pleaded guilty to eight counts of blackmail and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for four years and ten months. Smith, 28, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was locked up for 15 months but may be released soon due to time spent on remand. Alan Leggett Alan Leggett, jailed for being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control and assault (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This dog owner's pet repeatedly bit a passer-by while out of control. Alan Leggett’s “Staffy-type dog” set upon Mark Wilkinson after they clashed. Mr Wilkinson suffered bites to his leg, thumb, wrist, elbow, ankle and lip. Leggett admitted being in charge of a dog while it was dangerously out of control and assaulting Mr Wilkinson and his mother. The offences placed him in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed in 2018 for the fourth time and he has now been jailed for a total of seven months. Newcastle Crown Court heard at around 6pm on November 13 2019 that Mr Wilkinson came across Leggett near his home in Ashington. Leggett had a Jack Russell on a lead but the Staffy-type dog was not restrained. He accused Mr Wilkinson of sneaking up behind him and asked if he was trying to rob him. Kate Barnes, prosecuting, said: “The defendant shoved the complainant and a Staffy-type dog began to bite Mr Wilkinson.” Leggett entered a basis of plea which said he was approached from behind and “believed he may be about to be attacked.” He accepted pushing and pulling Mr Wilkinson’s mother. The court heard Leggett, 36, of Alexandra Road, Ashington, has 57 previous convictions, including for wounding with intent, assaults and public disorder. Sam Brown Thug Sam Brown headbutted one police officer and kicked his colleague in the head. Officers were called out to a disturbance at Sam Brown’s mother’s home and found her upset, with furniture strewn about. As Brown was being arrested, he lunged at a PC, headbutting him in the face. Brown was taken to the floor, where he continued to struggle and another officer arrived on the scene, in Hexham, Northumberland, to help, Newcastle Crown Court heard. Brown’s brother then turned up, “appeared visibly irate”, and was tasered. One of the officers then felt a forceful blow to his head. Brown was brought under control with the help of a third officer. Both injured officers required hospital treatment, with one suffering a soft tissue injury to his face and shoulder and grazed knees. The other had concussion, bruising, a deep cut to his shin and cuts and bruises to his legs. Brown, 27, of Priestpopple, Hexham, who has 59 previous convictions, admitted two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and was jailed for six months. Connor Dodds and Dwayne Dodds Dwayne Dodds, jailed for offences including burglary in Morpeth (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Burgling brothers Connor and Dwayne Dodds left a vulnerable couple traumatised after breaking in and stealing their car and mobility scooter. The Dodds' intruded into the bungalow in Morpeth, Northumberland, in the early hours and stole items including house and car keys. The man in the house had a broken leg at the time and was reliant on a mobility scooter which was inside a car which the pair stole. Connor Dodds, jailed for offences including burglary in Morpeth (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) A court heard he and his wife, who was registered disabled after suffering a stroke and heart attack, were left shaken up by the ordeal. The Dodds', whose mother was friends with the female victim, had visited them on May 20 trying to sell a vacuum cleaner so would have been aware of their vulnerability, Newcastle Crown Court heard. They then returned to break in and the man was woken around 5am the following morning by a noise. Using crutches, he went to investigate and found various items were out of place and a wallet, purse, watch, vouchers and keys to both family cars and the bungalow had been stolen. At that point both vehicles were still outside as the burglars were at a nearby cashpoint trying to withdraw money using bank cards stolen in the raid. But while the man rang the police, his SsangYong car, containing the scooter, was stolen. It was later spotted driving erratically in Hexham. When the police turned up, the Dodds brothers fled but the scooter was missing. Connor Dodds, who was put on a tagged curfew, went on to break into two cars in separate offences while on bail. Connor Dodds, 25, who has more than 40 previous convictions, and Dwayne Dodds, 37, who has 50 previous convictions, both of Jobling Crescent, Morpeth, pleaded guilty to burglary, fraud, taking without consent and theft. Connor Dodds also admitted two counts of theft from a motor vehicle. Both were jailed for three years. Daniel Barnes Daniel Barnes, who admitted wounding with intent (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) A pub peacemaker was brutally stabbed by a cowardly thug Daniel Barnes as he tried to prevent trouble when banter turned nasty. There was a good-natured exchange between a group of men and an older man, who said one of them had an effeminate voice and questioned his gender. While most of the group took it in good humour, Barnes took exception and began shouting aggressively and threatening violence and was joined by a pal. Paul Mutch, who was in the pub, was concerned and asked them to stop threatening the much older man. Newcastle Crown Court heard he stood between the men and the older man and his daughter to act as a peacemaker and protect them. CCTV shows a man in an orange jacket, who was in Barnes' group, punch Mr Mutch hard in the face and others then join in the violence on him, although not Barnes at that stage. Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, said the initial attack came to an end but then Barnes approached Mr Mutch and said either "you are going to get cut up" or "put up". The footage shows him pull a long knife out of his pocket and Mr Mutch punches him in self-defence and appears to get the better of him. But witnesses saw Barnes raise the knife into the air and bring it down quickly in a slicing motion, connecting with his face, then stab him in the side. Mr Mutch was left with stab wounds to his chest, shoulder, forearm and hand - which left him unable to move his ring and little finger on his left hand. He needed surgery, the muscle in his hand and wrist was partly divided and the tendons and nerves were cut, the wound to his forearm was down to the bone, which was visible, and he had to have a chest drain. Barnes, 34, who has 45 previous convictions, including for violence, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possessing a bladed article and was jailed for five years. George Dixon George Dixon, jailed for assaulting his partner (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Violent brute George Dixon choked his partner and warned “I’m going to kill you - die, die, die” after she asked whether he had cheated on her. Dixon had already been convicted of battery against the woman during their volatile relationship when he subjected her to a more serious attack. A court heard they were at home in South Shields on December 18 last year when a row broke out. Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “She said they began arguing due to her asking him whether he had cheated on her. “He became aggressive, argumentative and it became violent. They were both in the sitting room of her address and he threw his phone towards her, which struck her on the head. “She tried to contact her mother using her own phone which he snatched from her grasp then threw it towards her, striking her on the side.” They ended up in the kitchen, where the violence escalated. Three times, he put his hands around he neck and began to choke her, saying: “I’m going to kill you - die, die, die.” The court heard she was unable to breathe and had a panic attack. He then repeated the threats to kill her and struck her head on a central heating boiler. She was left with reddening to her neck and face. The court heard he then told her to go and get cigarettes or he would kill her. She left, as if to go to the shop, but instead called the police. Dixon, 36, of Hepscott Avenue, Hartlepool, who has five previous convictions, including for battery against the same woman last October, when he pushed her, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was jailed for 12 months and given a five-year restraining order. Shaun Devlin Shaun Devlin, jailed for having indecent images and breaching a sexual harm prevention order (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Shaun Devlin was caught with illegal images for a second time while on a court order for doing the same thing. Devlin had been given a chance to address his vile urges in 2018, when he was given a community order for making child abuse images. But when police went to do a risk assessment at his home a year later, he was found to have done it again. He had breached his sexual harm prevention order by having a phone which he had not declared, deleting history on it and failing to hand it over to police. When officers found it, they discovered it contained further child abuse images, featuring children as young as four. The 52-year-old car worker, of Harehills Tower, Kenton , Newcastle , has was locked up for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child and breaching his sexual harm prevention order. Alex Balmer Alex Balmer, jailed for threatening and assaulting his mum (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Vile Alex Balmer spat at his mother after warning her “blood will be squirting from your jugular” and she would end up in a morgue. Balmer sent threatening and abusive messages to his 62-year-old mother until she agreed to pick him up. A court heard he then smashed a glass panel in her door after she refused to buy alcohol and hand over her phone when they got back. During a shocking stand-off, the 26-year-old, who cut himself on the broken glass, wiped blood on her car, then pushed her with both hands as she tried to calm him down. Prosecutor Neil Pallister told Newcastle Crown Court: “He kept licking the cut on his arm and while he had blood in his mouth he spat at his mother.” Balmer, of no fixed address, was arrested and bailed in June, with conditions he must not go back to his mother’s home in Sunderland. But the following day he turned up there drunk and made threats in an attempt to get her to drop the charges. The court heard Balmer dragged a finger across his neck in a gesture “as if he was going to slit his mother’s throat”. Balmer, who was arrested again when the police arrived, has previous convictions for violence, drugs and damage. He pleaded guilty to sending malicious communications, criminal damage, threats to cause criminal damage, assault by beating and witness intimidation and was jailed for a total of 36 weeks. Liam McCluskey Liam McCluskey, who hit a man in the head with a hammer (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Armed thug Liam McCluskey hit a man in the head with a hammer after warning “I will bray your skull in”. After a chance meeting with the victim in Gateshead, he pulled the tool from his waistband and lashed out. Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim was left with two cuts to his head, which were bleeding, a cut to his side and a graze to his forearm. The court heard McCluskey was also verbally abusive to police when they arrived and kicked out at one officer when he was taken into custody. The 40-year-old told police in interview he went out with the hammer after his “mother had p***** him off”. McCluskey said he had had “previous altercations” with the man he attacked and had “went for him” because he was agitated and having a “mental health episode”. McCluskey, of Angus Road, Teams, Gateshead, who has convictions for 36 previous offences, admitted assault, assault on an emergency worker and possessing an offensive weapon and was jailed for 13 months. Anthony Morris Anthony Morris, jailed for causing serious injury by dangerous driving to a nine-year-old girl in North Shields (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) A nine-year-old girl was left with bleeding on the brain when a motorbike menace mounted the pavement and smashed into her. Anthony Morris was above the limit for cannabis, riding a bike too powerful for his provisional licence and had no insurance when he knocked the child over as she walked with her mum in North Shields. He failed to negotiate a junction due to his speed and impairment and mounted a grass verge and path, hitting the girl. The youngster was thrown off her feet and screamed in pain after hitting the ground and sustaining serious injuries. Newcastle Crown Court heard she suffered the brain bleed, collapsed lungs, a broken rib and various abrasions and has been left deeply traumatised. Morris, formerly of Hylton Street, North Shields but latterly of Tynemouth Road, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug-driving and was jailed for two years with a five-year driving ban. John Todd John Todd, jailed for burlgary (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) A shocked burglary victim helped snare the culprit by taking his photograph as he climbed out of her home. John Todd, who has broken into people’s homes time and time again since the 1980s, had smashed the bedroom window of a vulnerable teenager to force entry when she was out with her mother. A court heard he ransacked the Newcastle flat and was still inside when they got home. As the 48-year-old clambered out of the smashed window, the terrified mum had the presence of mind to take his picture on her phone, which led to his arrest as police recognised the serial offender, who has 107 previous convictions. Newcastle Crown Court heard the widowed mum and her 17-year-old daughter, who has autism, went to work and school on May 13 this year and returned together later that night to find the burglary in progress. Their suspicions were first aroused when they saw plants spread across the garden path, along with a bag. Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: “She could see her daughter’s bedroom window was fully smashed with glass on the ground outside. “She became very frightened, believing someone was inside and a few seconds later she heard a man’s voice coming from inside her flat.” The woman shouted for him to get out and ten seconds later, Todd climbed out of the broken window and made some excuse about being known to her neighbour. She took his photograph and called 999 before entering her home to find it had been ransacked, with belongings thrown around. Some 18 items, worth more than £5,000, had been stolen, including a £3,000 mountain bike – which was later recovered, a drone, a computer and a camera. Todd was living at a hostel on Graingerville North at the time, close to the victim, in the West End of Newcastle. The court heard Todd has around 30 convictions for burglaries and attempted burglaries, from 1989, throughout the 90s and in 2005, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2019 and 2020. He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 876 days – the three year minimum sentence for “three strike burglars” minus 20% discount for his guilty plea. Stuart Wise Stuart Wise (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Serial pervert Stuart Wise has been caught with a sick stash of child abuse images for the third time. Wise already had previous convictions for having indecent images when police caught him twice more on different occasions. Now the 40-year-old, who has also previously breached his sexual harm prevention order, has been locked up for 19 months at Newcastle Crown Court. Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, said Wise was given a seven-month suspended sentence in May 2018 for having hundreds of indecent images. Then in November 2020 he got another suspended sentence for breaching his sexual harm prevention order by having a laptop and phone which he had not declared to police. The court heard that in August 2019 police went to his then-home in South Shields and found more indecent images on various devices. There were 25 of the most serious type, category A, 29 category B and 171 category C and also prohibited images. Officers went to his then-home on Cedar Road, Hebburn, in July last year and found a further 59 category A images, 53 category B and 220 category C. Wise pleaded guilty to six offences of making indecent images and two of possessing prohibited images. He was also in breach of one of the previous suspended sentences. As well as the prison sentence, he was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. Stephen King and Ian Howard Stephen King and Ian Howard were given a prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court (Image: Northumbria Police) These men left a dad in “excruciating pain” after covering him in a chemical and causing burns to his head and body. Stephen King and Ian Howard were accused of pouring or spraying a liquid over the victim at a house in Percy Main, North Tyneside, in March 2019. Doctors concluded it had been an alkaline substance and there had also been an attempt to light the victim’s hair, a court heard. The victim, who suffered burns to his head, chest and arms, said it felt like he was on fire. The defendants, who had been drinking and had taken drugs that evening, pleaded guilty to an offence of grievous bodily harm at Newcastle Crown Court. Prosecutor Ben Campbell said the victim had known Howard, 30, of St Mark’s Court, Percy Main, for around 13 years and King, 31, of Cragside Avenue, North Shields, for around a month. On March 14, 2019, the victim saw King at the Metro station in Percy Main. King noted a bracelet he was wearing and asked if the man would sell it to him. The request was refused as the victim said the bracelet belonged to his son. The conversation ended on positive terms, the court heard, and an arrangement was made for the men to meet up later that day for a drink. After 8pm, they went out drinking and “alcohol and cocaine were consumed”. The victim felt his “recollection began to fail” and he wondered if he had been spiked, said Mr Campbell. He ended up at an address in Percy Main, where both King and Howard were present, and passed out on the sofa. “His next recollection was waking up in excruciating pain,” said the prosecutor. “He felt that he was burning. His mouth and throat were burning and closing up, like he was set on fire and something had been poured on his face.” The victim began shouting and panicking but he managed to make his way to a relative’s house, where an ambulance was called and he was then taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Medics found he had burns to his head, chest and face, as well as irritation to his eyes. It was believed the injuries were caused by an “alkaline substance”. King and Howard were both sentenced to two years and seven months in prison. A five-year restraining order was also made prohibiting the men from contacting the victim. Brad Low Brad Low, who has been jailed for GBH (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Two brothers broke a man’s arm by attacking him with punches, kicks and stamps inside his own home. Brad and Gary Low, the former on licence from prison, forced their way into the victim’s Walker home after a short-lived grudge turned violent. The pair then set about punching, kicking and stamping on the man as he lay on the ground before warning him “watch what happens” as they left. Newcastle Crown Court was told that the victim was taken to hospital, where it was found he’d suffered numerous bruises to his head and face. Brad Low, 23, of Burnhills Gardens, in Ryton, Gateshead, was locked up for 10 months and his brother Gary, 36, of the same address, was given a 14-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after they both pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent. Peter Curry Peter Curry, who has been jailed for GBH and theft (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Violent thief Peter Curry broke into a man’s home and attacked him in his bed during a terrifying night-time raid. Curry repeatedly struck the traumatised victim on the head with an “implement”, leaving him with cuts and bruises and a broken finger. The 22-year-old thug then made off with the man’s TV, aftershave, ring, wallet and Christmas presents, Newcastle Crown Court was told. Curry’s associate, Courtney Lockhart, then provided her car for the him to use as a getaway and helped with the removal of the stolen goods. Curry was later captured on CCTV returning to his Gateshead flat with the stolen television, but not before he had handed over the victim’s bank card to Lockhart, who went on to use it on two occasions. Dad-of-one Curry, of Split Crow Road, in Deckham, Gateshead, has now been jailed for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm without intent and theft. Lockhart, 23, of Woodbine Street, Gateshead, was given an 18-month community order after admitting two counts of fraud and one of handling stolen goods. Robert Fairweather Robert Fairweather, who has been jailed for child sex offences (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) This pervert has been locked up after attempting to rape a young boy and indecently assaulting a girl. Vile Robert Fairweather targeted the two children between 1998 and 2004 in houses in Sunderland. The 36-year-old first abused the young schoolgirl on a number of occasions before telling her not to tell anyone, Newcastle Crown Court was told. During another depraved incident, the pervert, who himself was under 18 at the time, got his young victim to touch him inappropriately, prosecutors said. The terrified child kept Fairweather’s sordid secret for years and, in the meantime, he went on to abuse a young boy. The court heard that Fairweather, who was by then in his early 20s, attempted to rape the schoolboy at a house in Sunderland sometime between 2003 and 2004. Now, the sexual predator, of Roseberry Villas, in Chester-le-Street, has been jailed for seven years after the two brave victims finally revealed what he did to them. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting a child under 14, one of gross indecency with a child under 14 and one of attempted rape of a child under 13. However, he was convicted of the offences by a jury during a trial.