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Locked up in August: Criminals jailed in Greater Manchester this month

Sep 4, 2021

Locked up in August: Criminals jailed in Greater Manchester this month Some of the criminal cases covered by MEN reporters over the last month 07:20, 4 SEP 2021 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 A thug who stabbed girlfriend in neck, shaved her hair, threw Xbox and iron at her and sprayed deodorant in her mouth following bust-up over Snoop Dogg song and a drug addict who stabbed and a m an who raped woman and sexually attacked her in 'appalling' abuse were just two of the criminals locked up in the region in August. Greater Manchester courts gave out hefty prison sentences for all manner of crimes this month. Other offenders put behind bars inclusude a 'poisonous drunk' who left ex-partner with 'very nasty' head injuries , a s hoplifter jailed for stealing £6 worth of cola and a couple who tried to 'score' crack brutally attacked and robbed a vulnerable man. An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works - so we make no apologies for devoting so much time to letting you know what happens in our courts. MEN reporters cover some of the most serious cases each week - and here is our round-up for July. Two men caught hiding a gun in a wheelie bin at mum's house Peter Locker and Cody Hurley (Image: GMP) Two men were caught hiding a handgun in a wheelie bin after a dodgy casino park exchange. Cody Hurley, 30, and Peter Locker, 38, had been messaging back and forth before Hurley went to pick up a hired blue BMW from Pendleton , Salford. He then drove to Grosvener casino and he parked next to a Vauxhall Astra where ‘white packages’ were exchanged, Minshull Street Crown Court heard. Both cars drove away separately, and the BMW drove to an address in Hull Square, where a woman came and opened up the back gate. Locker then alighted from the passenger seat, went into the back garden, and placed the white package inside the wheelie bin, before the BMW drove away. A search warrant was executed, and officers found a Retay 84FS 9mm handgun and 9mm modified cartridges inside a Tesco carrier bag. DNA taken from the gun identified Hurley, of Worsley , and another man. Following a further search at Locker’s address in Eccles , they found over 21 snap bags of cocaine and over a kilo of cannabis, as well as drug dealing paraphernalia and a drug debtors list. Read More Both Hurley and Locker pleaded guilty to conspiring to transfer a firearm and possession of ammunition without a certificate, and Locker pleaded guilty to further offences of possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs. Hurley, of Coniston Avenue, was jailed for seven years and six months, and Locker, of Talbot Street was handed eight years and three months behind bars. 'Poisonous drunk' who left ex-partner with 'very nasty' head injuries Natalie Lord, 44, was jailed for 27 months after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) (Image: GMP) A woman described by a judge as a 'poisonous drunk' was jailed for viciously attacking her ex-partner. Natalie Lord, 44, had stabbed her ex in the past before attacking him again in September 2019. Her victim suffered a 2cm laceration to his left temple and another head injury plus chest grazes, teeth marks on his chest and bruising to his hand. Lord, of Irlam Square in Salford, was jailed for 27 months at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting grievous bodily harm (GBH). Sentencing, Judge Hilary Manley said: "This was a sustained attack and you have absolutely no excuse for committing it. You have a history of becoming violent in drink and you know alcohol is a poison for you. "In September 2019 while subject to a suspended sentence order, you chose to drink again with predictable results. Read More "You are a poisonous drunk, and you chose to be around him again." Lord was also handed a restraining order for 10 years banning her from any contact with her victim. Lorry driver who bit, punched and throttled Metrolink staff A booze and drug-fuelled lorry driver carried out an 'appalling' attack on Metrolink staff. David Whittaker, 33, bit, punched, throttled and shouted homophobic abuse at three TravelSafe officers in St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre, a court heard. The incident on the evening of 5 June was sparked by the staff telling Whittaker, of Chapel Lane, Stretford, not to smoke on the platform. The staff restrained Whittaker, who had come at them with a glass bottle, before eventually allowing him to stand up - but he became aggressive and had to be restrained on the floor for a second time, Manchester Magistrates Court heard. At this point he grabbed the female TravelSafe officer around the throat and 'squeezed' leaving her 'struggling for breath', the court heard. Whittaker then punched the female officer and called her a "f***ing lesbian" just as police were arriving on the scene, having been called by members of the public, the court heard. Read More He was jailed for 20 weeks and ordered to pay £75 compensation to each of the victims. Drugs gang who masqueraded as workmen during lockdown so they could carry on dealing Top row, left to right: Ashley Haynes, Anthony Haynes, Joshua Harrison and Anthony Dexter; bottom row, left to right: Sebastian Haigh, Ryan Alty, Leon Mansley and Michael Newsham (Image: Lancashire Police) A drugs gang masqueraded as workmen during lockdown so they could carry on dealing. Eight men were jailed for their involvement in the major conspiracy to supply drugs, including in Greater Manchester. The gang was able to continue dealing during the global Covid pandemic by dressing as workmen and using vans to evade ‘lockdown’ restrictions. The prosecutions are the result of Operation Collier - a large-scale investigation by Lancashire Police’s Serious Crime Team into the supply of wholesale quantities of cocaine and cannabis, as well as money laundering offences, LancsLive reports. The defendants pleaded guilty to supplying drugs in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Scotland and West Yorkshire between January 2020 and September 2020. Read More Police seized more than 20kg of cocaine and £250,000 in cash during the investigation. Enquiries indicated the organised crime group were involved in the estimated movement of more than 900kg of cocaine, with a street value of between £23m and £44m. Moss Side 'gangster' who told man he would 'stab him up' in pub knife rampage Natine Mousah, 38, from Tameside (Image: Greater Manchester Police) A man was jailed after threatening to stab a member of the public with a knife at a pub full of families and children in Sale , a court heard. Natine Mousah, who said he was part of the Moss Side Gooch gang, became aggressive at Jackson's Boat on a Sunday afternoon in June. Manchester Crown Court heard he was ushered out of the pub at around 3pm on June 27 after smashing two bottles of Prosecco. "I'm going to get you, you h**," he told the assistant manager. A regular at the pub who wanted to help, followed Mousah out of the building. The 38-year-old defendant then said he was part of the Moss Side gang, brought out a knife, and 'waved it side to side', the court heard. Mousah, from Burnage Lane, Manchester, then threatened to stab the regular. Read More The court heard that Mousah then returned to the pub but, when members of the public realised he had a knife, they helped staff tackle him to the ground. Mousah was sentenced to 12 monhs in custody for possessing a knife, six months concurrently for affray, and two months concurrently for a public order offence. An order was made for his knife to be forfeited and destroyed and he was also told to pay a victim surcharge. Ex-soldier who "saw things he shouldn’t have to see" Christopher Darcy (Image: GMP) A former soldier smashed a wine glass in a stranger’s face on New Year's Eve in an unprovoked attack. Christopher Darcy, 27, was out with his then-girlfriend and her mum in a pub in Mossley when Declan McLaughlin walked in and began speaking to another table. As Darcy’s girlfriend appeared to ‘slump’ onto the floor, he dealt with her as Mr McLaughlin walked over to them both. They both appeared to chat for less than a minute before Darcy swiped a wine glass from the table behind him and smashed it against Mr McLaughlin’s head. The pair then got into a violent melee which saw Darcy push Mr McLaughlin towards a bay window before being taken out of the room by other punters. Mr McLaughlin was left with a six centimetre cut to his cheek and a seven centimetre cut to his neck, Minshull Street Crown Court heard. Darcy, of Huddersfield, pleaded guilty on the day of his trial to an offence of wounding with intent. Read More The court heard he was discharged from serving in the armed forces in 2016. In mitigation, his defence lawyer Ben Williams told the court that from an early age he was left with ‘unresolved anger’ due to his life experiences. He said his client was had also active served in Afghanistan in the armed forced and ‘saw things he shouldn’t have to see’. Darcy, of Somerset Road, was jailed for three and a half years. Shoplifter jailed for stealing £6 worth of cola A shoplifter who stole four cans of cola while stood next to police officers in Tameside was handed a 14-week prison sentence. Simon Hawe, of no fixed abode, took the drinks worth a total of £6 from a petrol station on Manchester Road, Ashton-under-Lyne . Greater Manchester Police says that while in full view of staff and other customers, the 39-year-old crouched down next to an end aisle in the petrol station. He then placed four cans of cola in his coat pocket and attempted to make his way out of the store. But unfortunately for Hawe, the theft was witnessed by officers from GMP Tameside's Intelligence Development Unit, who were in the store at the time picking up refreshments. Read More Once at court, Hawe entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison. Drug dealer who attacked customer with a meat cleaver because he woke him up at 8am Joshua Hargreaves (Image: GMP) A ‘small-time’ drug dealer attacked a customer with a meat cleaver after he woke him at 8am asking for cannabis. Joshua Hargreaves, 29, had been asleep when the man began calling his phone. He then heard banging at his door, and told the man to ‘f*** off’, Manchester Crown Court heard. Later on, he sent a series of threatening texts to the man telling him: “Think you can bang on my door like that you f******** little scruff, watch what I do to you next time I see you.” That same evening he went up to a flat where he knew the man to be, and held a meat cleaver up to another man’s neck asking: “Where is the black man”. Read More As the other man approached him, Hargreaves, of Salford , punched him and struck him with the knife to the leg. Hargreaves pleaded guilty to two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon. He was jailed for 16 months. Paedophile who hid tablets with hundreds of indecent images of kids from cops Michael Kennerley has been jailed for 17 months (Image: GMP) A paedophile breached his sexual harm prevention order by hiding two tablets underneath his wardrobe - which contained more than 800 images of children. Under the terms of an order imposed upon Michael Kennerley, following a conviction of possessing indecent images in May 2019, the 34-year-old had to disclose his electronic devices to police. Upon searching his home in Hope Carr Road, Leigh , on June 15 2020, they found two devices that he had not informed the authorities about. After examining them, there were found to be 759 indecent images of children and a further 64 images categorised as 'prohibited'. During a sentencing hearing at Bolton Crown Court , Judge Tom Gilbart said that the images featured children aged between two and 15-years-old, with the majority being from the ages of four to 13. There were 258 images in the most serious category - A. 96 were category B and 405 were category C. Police officers also found a phone in the locker of Kennerley's workplace, which he failed to disclose to the sex offender management unit. Read More Jailing Kennerley for 17 months, Judge Gilbart said: "These were horrifying images, including moving images, of innocent children being abused for the sexual gratification of others. "This case would have had a different flavour if you were only being dealt with for the images but you quite flagrantly breached the prohibition order." Jealous thug who battered ex-partner leaving her feeling 'worthless' Sam Mountney (Image: GMP) A jealous thug battered his ex-partner after accusing her of speaking to other men - she was left feeling ‘worthless’ and ‘unable to trust another man’. Sam Mountney, who has previous convictions for domestic violence against women, began a relationship with the woman in January this year after they met online. However, he would regularly become jealous and paranoid, calling her and video-calling her to check she was home alone, Minshull Street Crown Cour t heard. Things came to a head in March when she visited him at his parents' house. Mountney, of Dukinfield, began accusing her of speaking to other men but as the woman got up to leave, he climbed on top of her and began strangling her. Read More Despite repeatedly trying to get up, Mountney, 28, pulled her back down and continued hitting her. After threatening to call the police, he called her a ‘f****** grass’ and punched her on the nose. Mountney pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 27 months. Car thief gang member who filmed himself in stolen Hyundai doing handbrake turns Elliot Foster (Image: GMP) A man who 'lost his head' was jailed for his part in a high-value car robbery gang which saw an Audi, BMW and limited edition Fiat stolen in a number of burglaries. Elliot Foster, 24, handled six stolen cars, believed to be worth around £84,000 in total, and advertised them for sale on social media. But Foster was caught out after police found photos of the stolen keys and a video of himself driving in one of the stolen cars. One of the videos Foster filmed featured him driving a stolen Hyundai with Lowndes on the roof. Lowndes, who was jailed six years and two months in December last year, was arrested for these offences but then escaped from police custody during a hospital visit. Lowndes wasn’t arrested until 10 days later, after appearing to taunt police in an Instagram video. Read More He has now been jailed for four years and nine months. Man who killed two pensioners in crash and left victim's wife in coma Simon Gornall A pensioner left in a coma after being hit by a car woke up to discover that her husband and close friend had been killed in the same crash. Keith Brown had been celebrating his 79th birthday in the Hare and Hounds pub, Billinge , along with his wife of 57 years, Ruth, and friend, David Culleton, 82, on December 20, 2019. But after the three of them left the pub at around 8pm and crossed Upholland Road, they were hit by a Ford Kuga, driven by Simon Gornall. Gornall, of Gauntley Gardens, was heard repeating at the scene: "I didn't see them, they just ran out in front of me." However, prosecution barrister, Hugh Barton, told Bolton Crown Court that an investigation concluded Gornall would have seen them from 150 metres away and would have had around 10 seconds to take evasive action. Read More He was jailed for 12 months for two counts of causing death by careless driving. The judge also banned Gornall from driving for three years and said that he will need to pass an extended re-test before getting his licence back. Pervert found with hundreds of vile child abuse images Jonathan Hargreaves was jailed for 18 months (Image: GMP) A man found with over 800 vile images of children claimed that he was using them to catch other paedophiles. Jonathan Hargreaves, 36, came to the attention of the police when they received numerous reports of an account linked to his address posting the photos and videos online. Get our free M.E.N. Court newsletter Manchester's courts are some of the busiest in the country with a vast array of cases heard every week. To keep up to date with how justice is being served across Greater Manchester subscribe to our free weekly M.E.N. Court News newsletter put together by our court reporters Andrew Bardsley and Amy Walker. How do I sign up? When you've made your choice, hit Save Changes button at the bottom. However, after attending at the house in Trafford which he shared with his mum and step-dad, he claimed he had ‘no idea’ why the police were there, Minshull Street Crown Court heard. Days later he voluntarily went back to the station and admitted he had uploaded the images in order to ‘find the people who shared them’ so he could report them to the police but he was ‘too scared to do that’. Following an examination of his phone, officers found a large amount of indecent images of children, including 374 category A images some of which involved babies. Read More And a judge told him it was 'evidently clear' he downloaded the images for his own gratification. Crazed machete thug who 'got the wrong address' smashed into women's flat Dale Bailey (Image: GMP) A judge told a thug who attacked two women with a machete that he should be 'utterly appalled' as he jailed him for eight years. Dale Bailey, 25, broke into a flat in Warwick Street, Leigh , at around 2am on October 19 2020. He then attacked flatmates Wendi Reynolds and Lisa Rigby with a machete, a court heard. Ms Reynolds' daughter Coram Kerr was so terrified that she climbed out of a window and fell onto a car below. She was briefly knocked unconscious. In a victim statement, Ms Rigby said: "I thought I was going to die". Read More A Louis Vuitton designer handbag, a mobile phone and tablet were also taken during the incident. Bailey pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and claimed that it was a failed attempt at collecting a drug debt, after getting the wrong address. Thug beat up his girlfriend, poured lager over her then stamped on her head Liam Cassidy A man who violently assaulted his girlfriend and poured lager over her as she lay on the floor has been jailed. Liam Cassidy, 30, had been drinking cider and taking cocaine with his girlfriend and two friends. But, after friends left, Cassidy accused his partner of flirting with the male friend and told her: "I am not f**king stupid you know." Manchester Crown Court how Cassidy's partner was sat at the end of the bed and he pushed her off so that she landed on her knees. He then grabbed her hair, punched her in the face connecting with her nose and called her a s**g. Cassidy dragged her to the flat as she was 'kicking and screaming' for someone to call the police after she tried to escape. Read More She got up from the floor on all fours and he kicked her between the legs, causing her to fall back on the floor and he put his hands around her neck for around five seconds. Cassidy, of Douglas Street, Swinton, then opened a can of lager and began drinking it before pouring some of it over his partner, who was still lying on the floor, before stamping several times on her ribs and head. He was jailed for 20 months. Courier for drugs gang which flooded UK with cocaine and heroin John Burkquest (Image: GMP) A courier who worked for a drugs gang which flooded the UK with cocaine and heroin has been jailed for 12 years. John Burkquest, 37, ferried drugs and cash on behalf of 'gangster' Ian Shepherd, the head of a nationwide drugs ring. Burkquest was involved in exchanges in Moston and outside the Lowry Hotel in Salford . By his own admission, Burkquest was involved in transporting ten kilos of drugs. He was stopped by police in Middlesbrough, and tried to hide heroin and cocaine in a patch of woodland. But police recovered it, seizing just under one kilo of heroin and 660g of cocaine. Burkquest was with his uncle Robert Curran, who later told police he was out to give his car a 'good run' because he travelled around fishing. Curran, 69, narrowly avoided jail. Read More Manchester Crown Court heard that the organised crime group, led by 44-year-old Shepherd, was based in Kirkby, Merseyside. Prosecutor Andy Scott said the gang was 'involved in the supply of both cocaine and heroin on a commercial scale throughout the United Kingdom'. Burkquest, of Broad Lane, Liverpool, and Shepherd, of Galstone Close, Liverpool, both admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin. Shepherd, who has also admitted firearms offences, is due to be sentenced next month. The judge said he was able to avoid sending Curran to jail, due to his limited role. Curran, of Burkin Road, Liverpool, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years. Man who said vile abuse on two boys was 'educational' A Manchester man who sexually abused two boys in the 1980s has been jailed. Ian Hulme , 72, of Ffordd Cae Glas, Rhuddlan, has been jailed for four years and two months, after pleading guilty to indecent assaults. Hulme's offending began in the early 1980s when he was living in Sale. Read More This abuse carried on for around three years. Thug who stabbed girlfriend in neck, shaved her hair, threw Xbox and iron at her and sprayed deodorant in her mouth following bust-up over Snoop Dogg song Stephen Turnock (Image: GMP) A knifeman stabbed his girlfriend in the neck while she lay half asleep in bed after they had argued about a Snoop Dogg song. After launching the 'appalling' attack on the mum in her own home, 40-year-old Stephen Turnock shaved some of her hair off, threw an iron and an Xbox at her and sprayed deodorant in her mouth. He had also repeatedly hit her in the face. She was able to escape, wearing only her dressing gown and covered in blood, having suffered two black eyes and a broken nose. Now Turnock, from Oldham, has been jailed for four years. Jailing Turnock, Recorder Ciaran Rankin told him: "You are remarkably lucky you are not facing more serious offences, looking at the injuries and the blood loss." Read More The couple had been together for 18 months, and Turnock moved into her home in January. Turnock, of Clyde Street, Oldham, who has previous convictions including for affray and violent disorder, admitted wounding with intent. Man who strangled ex-girlfriend then threatened to kill her and her son Graham Hammond (Image: GMP) A man strangled his ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her and her son - he asked her: “You want to see how wicked I can be"? Graham Hammond, 45, had been with his partner for three years, but was jealous, abusive and violent after just six months of being together. On one occasion he came home drunk and on drugs from a night out, and accused her of ‘thinking she was better than him’, Manchester Crown Court heard. He then headbutted her and threw her into a cast iron fireplace, which then fell on top of her. Read More Months later he attacked her again, strangling her to the point she passed out. He told her: “OK, you want to see me be a real bad man? You want to see how wicked I can be?” Hammond, of Salford , pleaded guilty to offences of assault by beating, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threat to kill. He was jailed for 30 months. Hammond, of Lime Close, was jailed for two-and-a-half years, of which he will serve half in prison, less the time spent on remand. Drunk burglar who was wrestled to the ground after breaking into family home - and lost his t-shirt in the process Aaron Murray (Image: GMP) A drunk burglar who broke into a family home through the kitchen window was wrestled to the ground - and lost his t-shirt in the process. The couple, who were downstairs, became aware of a noise in the kitchen at 2am in July last year. When the father went to investigate, he saw 31-year-old Aaron Murray sitting in the driver’s seat of his Mercedes alongside another man, Manchester Crown Court heard. The other man ran off, but Murray and the dad broke into a scuffle in which he lost his coat and t-shirt. Read More Murray, of Openshaw , pleaded guilty to an offence of burglary and was jailed for 18 months. Prosecutor Rachel Faux said that on July 15 of last year at around 2.20am, a couple were in the living room when they were alerted to a noise in the kitchen. The other burglar made off in a black VW Golf which was waiting nearby, with another man and two women. The key fob to the Mercedes had been stolen as well as the house keys, the prosecutor said. Woman who tried to 'score' crack brutally attacked and robbed a vulnerable man Jade Belshaw, 31, was jailed for three years at Bolton Crown Court (Image: Greater Manchester Police) A couple trying to score crack cocaine punched and robbed a vulnerable man in a 'targeted and prolonged' attack. The victim, who requires the use of a walking stick, was mugged by Jade Belshaw and Dean Braham as he walked along a dark path in Wigan . After leaving him with a cut to the head and a swollen eye, they stole his keys and £60 in cash. Bolton Crown Court heard the trio had been involved in a 'dispute' prior to the attack in November of last year. Prosecutor Clare Thomas said the victim and a friend were walking along a path in the Scholes area when they were approached by Belshaw, Braham and another woman. Braham, 35, asked the victim if he 'had a quid', but he told them he had no change and continued walking. As he did so, the court heard he was punched in the back of the head by Belshaw. After the victim fell to the ground, Belshaw, 31, continued to punch him while Braham joined in. CCTV of the attack was shown to the court and appeared to show the victim being pinned up against a fence as he was attacked. After the attack had ended, the victim realised his keys and £60 in cash were missing. He was also left with a cut to the back of his head and a swollen eye, explained Ms Thomas. Belshaw, of Warrington Lane, Wigan, pleaded guilty to a single charge robbery at an earlier hearing. Braham, of Ratcliffe Street, Wigan, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Read More Sentencing the pair, Judge Recorder Ciaran Rankin described the attack as a 'targeted and prolonged' one. The judge jailed Belshaw for three years, while Braham was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and a drug rehabilitation requirement. Paedophile, 56, who sexually assaulted boy in toilet block (Image: Cheshire Police) A paedophile who sexually abused a young boy in a toilet block from the age of eight has been jailed. Martin Mee, 56, admitted carrying out the 'truly horrific' abuse during the 1990s. The offences only came to light in October last year when his victim bravely came forward to report it. Now police say they have put a 'dangerous man' behind bars. Mee, of Hatchmere Close, Timperley, pleaded guilty to two counts of gross indecency of a boy under 14 and three counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 14. Read More He was jailed for eight years at Chester Crown Court on Monday 16 August. He was also handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the victim in any way. Man who punched ex and hurled pint pot in her face during drunken bust-up John Duckworth (Image: GMP) John Duckworth's relationship with the woman was 'peppered' with violence. One morning in December last year, the woman went to see the 37-year-old at his dad’s house. When she got there, she realised he had been drinking, Manchester Crown Court heard. The pair started to argue. Duckworth called the woman a 'sl**' and punched her in the face. She punched him back to 'get away from him', before he picked up an empty pint glass and launched it at her. The woman was left with a deep wound, from her lip to her chin, which needed 80 to 90 stitches. She was also left with injuries to her eyelid and eye. Read More Related Articles He's now been jailed for five-and-a-half years. Prosecutor Daniel Lister earlier told the court the couple had been in a relationship for three years. They broke up following rows a number of times. Duckworth would apologise and they would get back together. Duckworth has 24 previous convictions for 53 offences, including three assaults and harassment against former partners. Duckworth, of Wrenbury Drive, was made the subject of a restraining order to run indefinitely. Man who raped woman and sexually attacked her in 'appalling' abuse Ajmal Afuq has been jailed for eight years (Image: GMP) A man has been jailed for eight years after raping and sexually assaulting a woman in Tameside . Ajmal Afuq, 45, was found guilty of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault after a week-long trial. Afuq was sentenced on Thursday (August 19) to eight years for one count of rape, two and a half years for one count of sexual assault, and 12 months for one count of sexual assault. He will serve the three sentences concurrently. Read More Anyone affected by this case can contact police online, if able, via www.gmp.police.uk , or call 101. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Banned driver who was caught speeding in dad’s Audi before smashing into a tree Jordan Farrell (Image: GMP) A banned driver was caught speeding in his dad’s Audi before smashing into a tree. Jordan Farrell, 22, panicked when he was spotted driving the car by patrolling officers in Salford , and immediately turned a sharp left. Officers followed him in a short pursuit where he went through multiple junctions and red lights, and did double the speed limit in residential areas, Manchester Crown Court heard. The chase came to an end when he attempted to turn right but lost control of the car, and crashed into a tree. He was arrested and put in the back of the police car, but after nearby residents let him go, he fled and tried to get a group of men to ‘grab’ one of the officers. Read More Related Articles However, his request was ignored, and he was detained. Farrell, of Eccles , pleaded guilty to offences of dangerous driving, failing to stop, using a vehicle without insurance, driving whilst disqualified and obstructing a police officer. Farrell, of Westwood Crescent, was jailed for 12 months and disqualified from driving for two years. Man pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt loses £200k and gets jailed for three years Michael Sherwood from Warrington, jailed for three years after being stopped by police for not wearing a seat belt. Cops found £20,000 in cash in his car and later seized a huge stash of cannabis A man who was pulled over by police for not wearing a seatbelt has been jailed for more than three years. Officers spotted Michael Sherwood driving without a belt on Hilden roundabout in Warrington. After stopping his car on Lysander Drive on July 24, Sherwood admitted that he was in possession of a small amount of cannabis. But when officers searched his car they found more than £20,000 worth of cash a further stash of cannabis and a number of mobile phones. Sherwood was arrested at the scene and three further searches were carried out at addresses linked to him, resulting in the recovery a large quantity of packed cannabis, another £20,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia. Read More Related Articles Sherwood was subsequently charged with possession with intent to supply class B drugs and money laundering. The 50-year-old, of Vulcan Close, Warrington, pleaded guilty to both offences. He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court where he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison. Drug and drink driver who smashed into two cars yawns in court - before getting told off by judge Lawrence Ward (Image: Facebook/Lawrence Ward) A judge slammed a dangerous driver for yawning in the dock, before jailing him for causing a crash under the influence of drugs and alcohol - while already banned. Lawrence Ward had been speeding along Mancunian Way in his Ford Mondeo in the early hours of March 16, 2020. As the 26-year-old approached Great Ancoats Street, he lost control of his car on the wet road and smashed head-on into a coach filled with passengers and a Maserati. Dashcam footage played by prosecution barrister Rachel Faux at Manchester Crown Court showed Ward's car flip into the air at the point of impact and he was taken to hospital with damage to some of his organs and internal bleeding. The drivers of the Maserati and coach estimated that Ward had been driving between 70 and 90mph at the time of the collision, but they had seen him coming and braked. Read More Related Articles Ward had 138mg of alcohol in 100ml of his breath - around one-and-a-half times the drink drive limit. He also had cocaine in his system. As Alexandra Sutton defended Ward, he yawned in the dock. Ward was jailed for eight months, disqualified from driving for two years and four months, and will have to take an extended retest. Convicted killer who beat up girlfriend on train home from Blackpool and said he would 'murder her' Convicted killer Anthony Ellis has been jailed for assaulting his girlfriend (Image: GMP) A convicted killer subjected his girlfriend to a prolonged assault, before telling her that ‘next time’ he would murder her. On June 19 2021, around a year after his licence period came to an end, Ellis went to Blackpool with his partner. They went drinking at Brannigans, having recently rekindled their relationship, prosecution barrister David James told Manchester Crown Court . After taking a phone call about her dog mistakenly eating some tablets, the victim got upset and Ellis, 34, became abusive - spitting in her face while standing outside the bar. The woman ended up on the pavement but Mr James told the court that she does not remember what exactly happened. Some women then intervened. While on the train home, Ellis started acting aggressively towards members of the public but after failing to get a reaction, he punched the woman in the head ‘several times’. Read More Related Articles They missed their stop at Wigan and upon leaving the train at Salford Crescent station, Ellis was caught on CCTV punching the victim a number of times, causing bruising to her jaw and ear. Ellis, of Chesham Road, Bury , then fled the scene and in a ‘volley of offensives’ text message to the victim, the court heard that he said: “Next time I will murder you, you f****** w****”. He was found by police at a house in Stockport six days later. The judge, Recorder Matthew Maher, imposed a total sentence of four years, including at least two years in custody. Recorder Maher also imposed a restraining order, banning Ellis from contacting the victim for five years. Paedophile hunters catch 'humiliated' 59-year-old man who wanted to meet girl, 14, for sex in Piccadilly Gardens David Barnes (Image: GMP) Paedophile hunters snared a man in Piccadilly Gardens after he planned to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex. David Barnes, 59, was 'humiliated' when he arrived, having expected to be met by the 'girl' he had groomed online. But the girl was actually an adult from a paedophile hunter group. At Piccadilly Gardens he was instead approached by a member of the 'Predators Exposed Sting Team'. Police officers also attended and Barnes was arrested. Barnes, from Bury, had sexualised chats with the girl online, and said he would 'take her virginity'. A judge accepted it was an 'aberration' for Barnes, but said it was 'very serious' offence and jailed him for 16 months. Read More Related Articles Barnes, of of Glenboro Avenue, Bury, represented himself at the hearing. He pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, and attempting to meet a child following grooming. He must sign the sex offender's register for 10 years, and a sexual harm prevention order was imposed for the same period. Teenage thug randomly attacked ten boys on their way to school Rian Power (Image: GMP) A teenage thug randomly attacked ten schoolboys after a relative told him that he was being bullied. Rian Power, 19, left one of his victims, who were all pupils of Wardle Academy in Rochdale, with a broken nose. They were making their way to the high school when the shocking spree occurred, on Friday, December 11 last year. Power accused some of them of bullying, while attacking others without saying a word. After punching one victim, Power told him, referencing his relative: "You see that boy there...don’t disrespect him." Read More Related Articles Drink and drug fuelled Power had been drinking cider, and taking cocaine and cannabis the night before. A judge said his relative's allegation likely brought back 'traumatic' memories of when Power had been bullied himself. "All of your victims were schoolboys, simply going about their business, going to school that morning," Judge Paul Lawton told him. "What he did say to you plainly triggered your subsequent conduct. "You know full well just how wrong what you were doing was, not least because of your own experiences." Power was jailed for 16 months, after admitting affray, two counts of section 47 assault, and eight counts of battery. But he is expected to be released shortly, after already having served half of that sentence in custody while on remand. Gunman who opened fire at 'Mr Ibiza' funeral chased and attacked by mourners Mohammed Umar (Image: Greater Manchester Police) A gunman who fired shots at the funeral of 'Mr Ibiza' Clive Pinnock was chased down and attacked with a bottle and a knife, a court has heard. Mohammed Umar, 24, was jailed for six years and three months at Manchester Crown Court today after admitting firearms offences. The court heard that despite coronavirus rules banning large gatherings, a crowd of up to 300 people were in attendance. Following the funeral, a large number of people remained in Gorton cemetery for what became an 'impromptu wake' with music being played from a PA system and lots of people 'drinking and socialising', the court heard. Read More Related Articles Prosecutor Charlotte Crangle said "Local residents had contacted police to report the behaviour and to complain about the breaches of Covid regulations. "However at around 6.45pm a male was seen to enter the cemetery, he produced a handgun and began to fire shots towards a group of males. "He was chased out of the cemetery by the males and assaulted." No one was injured in the shooting but Umar was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries. It is believed he was attacked with both a bottle and a knife, the court heard. Umar was jailed for six years and three months for possession of a firearm and four years for possession of ammunition. Man seduced by prospect of 'easy money' but gets reality check as he's locked up A dealer seduced by the prospect of 'easy money' has had a 'reality check' after being locked up. Jamie Upton had about £9,000 worth of drugs including heroin, cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and amphetamine stashed in various parts of his home, as well as a rifle and bullets. Read More Related Articles He had also been posting on a messaging app 'adopted by criminals' after the authorities cracked the Encrochat network. Now Upton, 23, is starting a three year and nine month prison sentence after police raided his home in Newton Heath. Strangeways lag had his jaw broken after prisoner made 'dead nan' comment A prisoner in Strangeways had his jaw broken by another lag who made a bizarre comment about his 'dead nan'. Samuel Jones, 26, punched the man twice 'very hard', bursting his nose and leaving him on a liquid diet. The prisoner, a wing cleaner at the jail, had been hearing Jones make comments previously but had been ignored him. But Jones suddenly began attacking him, punching him to the face. He hit back in self defence, but Jones got him in a headlock before prison staff intervened and restrained him. Read More Related Articles The unprovoked attack followed a bizarre comment Jones made about the victim's 'dead nan'. Manchester Crown Court heard the pair didn't know each other, and there was 'no evidence or suggestion' that his grandmother had passed away. Jones had been suffering from auditory hallucinations, and believed that his victim shaking his cell hatch was a 'sinister act' and that he meant him harm, the court was told. Jones, who was serving a 10 year sentence for wounding with intent, had another eight months added to his spell in jail. Man smashed partner's face in a mirror after she drank some of his cider Andrew Allen (Image: GMP) A woman feared for her life after her violent partner punched her, hit her head into a mirror and squeezed her neck after a petty row over cider. Andrew Allen, 41, has been locked up for 16 months following the terrifying attack in Oldham last month. His former partner escaped through a kitchen window to get away from him. She was left with a 'horribly swollen face' and had bruises to her neck. Her four hour ordeal was flared by an argument after she had drunk some of Allen's cider, at about 8pm on July 28. Allen, who had been in an 'on-off' relationship with the woman for about 15 years, then made 'hurtful comments' about her previous relationships and told her 'you like it when men hit you, so why can't I?" He grabbed her by the hair, then hit her head against a mirror in the bathroom. Read More Related Articles He said she had 'five minutes to get back in the bedroom'. Prosecutors said the woman believed Allen was going to kill her, and said she'd 'never seen him so angry'. Allen then put his hand around her throat and squeezed, leaving her struggling to breathe. He then punched her to the face several times. To distract him, she told Allen she'd heard someone at the door. The doors were locked so she had to escape through a kitchen window, and went to a friend's house to get help. Allen, of Rydal Walk, Oldham, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. A restraining order was also passed. Care home worker jailed for stealing cash from 94-year-old resident Dylan Gallagher (Image: Supplied) A care home worker wept in court as he was jailed for stealing cash from a 94-year-old resident. Dylan Gallagher, 28, brazenly swiped an envelope containing £560 from his victim's handbag as she watched him in her bedroom, a court heard. His victim, who had no family, was left feeling 'upset' and no longer able to trust people after the incident, the court was told. She died in May this year without seeing Gallagher brought to justice. Read More Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard how he had two previous convictions for four offences, all of dishonesty, and including one committed in a different care home. In 2018, Gallagher was given a community order after being convicted of theft from a fellow care home employee, the court heard. Judge Tina Landale said that this attempt to rehabilitate Gallagher 'obviously did not work'. "Appropriate punishment can only be matched by custody," she said, and sent Gallagher to prison for eight months. The decision prompted gasps and cries of 'No please!' from Gallagher's supporters in the public gallery. Gallagher also wept and blew kisses as he was led down to the cells. Abusive boyfriend who left country to avoid justice is jailed five years later An abusive boyfriend fled the country to avoid being brought to justice and was not arrested again until five years after his crimes. John Valliday, who has a history of violence and firearms offences in his native Northern Ireland , lived in Rochdale with his long-term partner in July 2016. During a three-day period, the 59-year-old subjected the woman to a torrent of abuse, prosecution barrister Duncan Wilcock told Minshull Street Crown Court . Read More

Michael Sherwood Investments

1 Investments

Michael Sherwood has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in Credit Benchmark as part of their Series B - II on October 10, 2018.

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New?

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10/18/2018

Series B - II

Credit Benchmark

$7M

Yes

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Date

10/18/2018

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Series B - II

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Credit Benchmark

Amount

$7M

New?

Yes

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2

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