It has been a busy week in the courts in Hull.
And if you missed what has been happening, we have put together this round-up of some of the cases heard.
It includes a woman who has been charged with causing grevious bodily harm after a man was stabbed, and a brazen burglar who tiptoed around a woman’s bedroom and stole from her bedside table while she slept.
Also among those in court was a man who stabbed a drug-dealer in what he claims was self-defence. He has avoided a lengthy prison sentence after his victim declined to make a complaint.
Take a look below for details of who appeared in court and why.
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‘Panicked’ dealer who fled Hull court is punished for his role in drugs gang
A man who absconded from Hull Crown Court before being sentenced for his part in a drug-dealing conspiracy has finally been jailed.
Billy Griffin, 28, of Manchester, was one of an eight-strong county lines gang who admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin between October 2015 and October 2016.
Griffin and his sister Lauren Griffin, 25, were due to be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on Friday, December 14, but “panicked” and left the court precinct before their hearing.
The pair previously admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and were due to be sentenced for their role in the Grimsby arm of the operation.
Humberside Police later revealed the pair had been arrested and were in custody in Manchester. On Friday, December 21 Mr Griffin was sentenced to 28 days in prison for failing to attend court for the original sentencing hearing.
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He was finally sentenced for the conspiracy to supply drugs at Hull Crown Court on Monday, January 7 to four years and 10 months in prison. Hull Live reported on Monday how his sister was due to be sentenced the next day.
Detective Sergeant Steve Elliott, said: “The supply and misuse of of drugs by organised gangs – and the resulting criminal and antisocial behaviour – is a serious issue in towns and cities across the UK and our area is no exception.
“We know the harm it causes – often to the most vulnerable in our communities – and that’s why tackling this issue and prosecuting those involved is such a high priority for us.
“We have a really good understanding of organised crime groups, which are often at the head of the supply chain, and we work closely with neighbouring forces and the National Crime Agency to share vital information and intellifence.
“However, a lot of the information we need to carry out these kinds of operations comes from the public. You know when something is not right in your area and you’re really good at letting us know that’s happening.
“It’s by putting together the information you share with us with what our officers see and hear out on the streets, that we’re able to successfully target those who bring drugs into our communities to bring them to justice.”
Humberside Police have said that anyone concerned with any drug related crime in their area should speak to their local officer or 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Woman charged after man stabbed in Hessle home
A woman has been charged with causing grevious bodily harm after a man was stabbed.
The man was attacked at a property in Chestnut Avenue in Hessle on Saturday, January 5. He was treated in hospital for stab wounds but was not seriously hurt.
Jaqualine Deverell, 56, of Beaufort Close, west Hull, appeared at Hull Magistrates Court on Monday morning charged with wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm.
“It happened at a property on Chestnut Avenue on Saturday, January 5 around 9.30pm.
“A man was treated in hospital for stab wounds. His injuries were not serious.”
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Four captured ‘kicking and stamping’ on victims as mass brawl erupts outside Diva’s bar
Four men have been sentenced for taking part in a mass brawl outside a notorious Hull bar.
Adam Foster, Michael Dear, James Price and David Norris clashed with a rival group by the Anlaby Road establishment after a day of heavy drinking.
The quartet left their victims badly hurt in the attack, which saw them kick, punch and stamp on them in a vicious confrontation caught on CCTV.
All four appeared in Hull Crown Court on Monday to learn their fate with Foster, 33, given a 51-week jail sentence for his part in the fight, after admitting affray and breaching a suspended sentence.
His three co-defendants were let off with suspended sentences after also admitting affray.
The violence erupted in the early hours of October 7 after a woman named as Eve Morris stole £100 from Norris, 26, while they were in Diva’s.
CCTV footage then captured Foster Norris, Dear, 33, and Leeds horse trader Price, 33 – who was wearing green wellies – clashing with a rival group outside the bar, and appearing to get the upper hand.
Although Norris, of Sweet Dews Grove, east Hull, avoided an immediate prison sentence after also admitting affray, the court heard his job was now at risk after Miss Baggs, who also represented him, revealed he worked “perhaps somewhat ironically, assisting with the rehabilitation of offenders in Grimsby”.
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Prosecutor Stephen Welch described the “heavily built” Foster, of Novello Garth, west Hull, grabbing a man and pushing him to the ground. The victim got up and ran to some shutters, where he was thrown to the ground and attacked by the group and kicked, with Foster stamping on him with “some force”.
Norris kicked a man at least three times, and stamped on another at least three times. Price, who had been urinating against a wall, kicked a man on the ground twice, and started kicking the man Foster had pushed to the ground.
Although a man in a red T-shirt appeared to bear the brunt of the attack, he declined to make a complaint.
Dear, of Bankside Park, west Hull, and Price, of Cotley Springs Caravan Park, Morley, also both admitted affray for their roles in the attack, which happened at about 1.30am.
Mr Welch said Norris had been drinking gin since 2pm the previous day and could remember little of the incident. “He hadn’t a clue what had happened,” Mr Welch said. “When he woke up he had to think what he was doing in custody because he had no recollection of being arrested.”
Foster said he had gone to help his friend Norris, and told police: “I didn’t mean to stamp on him. It wasn’t intentional. I wouldn’t hurt someone while they were down.”
Price, who had been drinking lager and Jagerbombs, was “unable to remember anything from the previous night”. Price had also begun drinking at 2pm the previous day, having brought some horses to a horse fair.
Dear, who had been at Hull Fair and then been drinking in Hessle Road, was drinking vodka and “doesn’t normally drink much”.
Miss Baggs said of Foster: “He viewed the footage with his partner and his mother and was disgusted with his behaviour, as was his family.” She said Norris was “utterly dismayed” when he watched the footage.
She said Norris had confronted Eve Morris after she took the money and she “headbutted him, and some 20 minutes later, outside having a cigarette he was punched by one of her male friends”.
Timothy Jacobs, for Price, said an officer who viewed the footage described his involvement as “a couple of feeble boots” and said: “I would commend that description to the court.” Price was the only breadwinner in his family, he said.
Harold Bloomfield, for Dear, said he cared for his children and father, and said there were “perhaps far more positive aspects to this man’s background that perhaps, in my submission, outweigh the necessity for any custodial sentence to be immediate”.
Norris, Price and Dear all received 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and were each ordered to pay £250 costs. Price was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work; Dear was ordered to do 90 hours and have up to ten days rehabilitation; while Norris was ordered to do 75 hours and have up to 20 days rehabilitation.
Judge Tremberg told the four: “The incident reflects very badly on each of you. It occurred outside licensed premises in the small hours of the morning in the centre of Hull. Each of you were heavily in drink.
“I sentence you on the basis that none of you went out that night looking for trouble, and that none of you were responsible for starting the ugly incident itself. Furthermore, I bear in mind the incident was comparatively short-lived.
“However, once the public disorder had begun each of you played a material and unlawful part in it; not simply by the use of threatening behaviour but also by the use of unlawful violence, and each of shares responsibility for the overall incident, which was, in my judgement, serious public disoder.”
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Lying, ‘evil’ mum who couldn’t stop stealing from her boss must pay back £50k
A “shameful” thief who stole tens of thousands of pounds from the gun club where she worked has been ordered to pay nearly £50,000 compensation.
Joanne Coupland, 58, was jailed for 32 months last May for stealing “handfuls” of cash from Park Lodge Shooting Club in West Cowick, near Goole, over a 19-month period.
The receptionist, who was considered a friend by husband and wife owners Tom and Sharon Bayston, then tried to blame Mr Bayston.
Coupland admitted two counts of theft, but only to the total of £3,000, falsely claiming Mr Bayston had instructed her to put money aside to pay for a fly-tipping fine. One theft offence related to the £240 found on her when she was arrested.
Coupland was also sentenced for a guilty plea to fraud, after she failed to declare a previous conviction for theft in a job application to Marks & Spencer. That theft related to her stealing a wallet containing £1,000 in 2015.
She appeared back in Hull Crown Court on Monday via a videolink from HMP Askham Grange, near York, when it was agreed by prosecution and defence the total amount she gained from her criminal behaviour was £59,504.93.
Her available assets were £73,753.09 following the sale of property, prosecutor Stephen Robinson said. Recorder Felicity Davies made a confiscation order for the £59,504.93, and a compensation order requiring Coupland to pay £49,745.38 to the shooting club.
Coupland, of Braithwaite Lane, Doncaster, will face a further 12 months in jail if she does not make the payments within 60 days.
Sentencing Coupland in May, Recorder Darren Preston told her: “You systematically, routinely and persistently stole from your employer. That is not only someone who considered themselves to be a friend, but someone who gave you a job when you were at a low point in your life.
“You abused that trust in a very grave way, avoiding transactions and simply by taking money from customers and not ringing it through the toll.”
The judge said she had made her position worse by “persistently and repeatedly lying about it; in the course of your interview, in the course of your defence case statement, in the course of the trial of issue.”
He said: “And worse than that, worse than the all the lies, you resorted to heaping blame on your victim, Mr Bayston, during the trial of issue, blaming him for your offence”.
The judge had heard a trial of issue in March to try to establish how much she had stolen. He found in the prosecution’s favour that it was just over £42,000, but accepted the true figure may never be known.
Coupland had been able to abuse her position by having “almost complete control” of the till, but was caught when Mr Bayston became suspicious and installed surveillance cameras.
‘She is evil’
He later branded her “evil, devious and underhand”. As well as financial loss, the couple also suffered emotional distress, being subject to “rumours” in the tight-knit community that they were exaggerating the case against Coupland.
The judge had been given letters from Coupland and her daughters, and positive references. But referring to one reference, which said the case was “blown far out of proportion by gossip”, the judge told Coupland: “Quite frankly, you would have been helped by that not being included in the bundle.
“It reflects very badly on its author, but I won’t hold it against you.”
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Man tries to escape Hull Crown Court by jumping over 30ft balcony – but gets serious injury
A defendant survived a 30ft fall onto a marble floor after jumping from a first-floor balcony in a courthouse in a bid to evade justice.
The man, who is in his 30s, was due to stand trial at Hull Crown Court on Monday facing allegations of robbery and assault with intent to commit robbery.
But he instead sparked a security alert by jumping over the dock in court three and out onto the first-floor concourse of the building in Lowgate, Old Town, just before 4.15pm.
A member of staff activated an alarm, and with a custody officer in pursuit, and a court security guard heading upstairs, the defendant leapt over the balcony onto the floor below, landing with what a witness described as a “giant popping” sound.
“I thought a cleaner had thrown a bag of rubbish over the side,” the witness said.
The man’s head narrowly missed the spiral marble staircase.
Police and two ambulance crews attended and the man was taken to hospital suffering what are believed to be hip, leg and ankle injuries. His ankle was described as “black”, misshapen and swollen by witnesses.
The incident is thought to be the second time in 20 years that someone has jumped over the balcony at the combined court centre. The previous jumper also survived.
A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: “[A man] attempted to flee court and in the process suffered a serious injury to his foot.
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‘Terrifying’ intruder tiptoed round woman’s bed while she slept
A brazen burglar tiptoed around a woman’s bedroom and stole from her bedside table while she slept.
Petronel Lascarache, 33, had already served prison sentences for burglary in his native Romania when he entered the victim’s home in Tyne Street, west Hull, in the early hours of November 4 after she forgot to lock a door.
During the seven minutes he was inside, Lascarache stole two packets of cigarettes and the woman’s mobile phone from her bedside table, while also taking £8 of “birthday money” in change from downstairs.
But the bungling thief left his fingerprint on a bottle of Disaronno, and was quickly identified and caught by police.
Adam Walker, prosecuting in Hull Crown Court on Tuesday, said it was a “terrifying experience for this lady, to have someone in her bedroom while she was asleep, one of the most severe aggravating features of the case”.
Referring to a victim statement, Mr Walker said of the woman, who was alone in the house: “She’s a lady who has fragile mental health in any event, and this has increased her level of anxiety. An offence of this nature will have terrified her for a long time to come.”
She said the total financial loss to her was £219.
The victim had CCTV on her house, which showed two men approach the house then walk past, but only Lascarache returned and entered it at 6.45am, and there was no suggestion the other man had played any part.
Lascarache, of Coltman Street, west Hull, admitted burglary. He had 14 previous offences on his record, of which 11 were theft or “kindred offences”. He had committed “many” burglaries in Romania, for which he was jailed, and had convictions for theft and common assault in the UK.
Dale Brook, mitigating, said it was an “opportunistic” burglary committed while Lascarache was drunk. “The fact he entered her bedroom is less than ideal,” Mr Brook said.
He said Lascarache had a wife and three children in Romania, who, apart from “state aid”, depended on the money he was able to send back to them from the £40 a day he earned working six days a week in a car wash.
Mr Brook said Lascarache, who held his tattooed hands together in the dock as if praying, was “sorry for committing this offence. He was visibly upset in the cells when we were discussing the case”.
Mr Brook told Recorder Felicity Davies: “Your honour, I accept this has to be a prison sentence and an immediate prison sentence.”
Jailing him for 16 months, the judge told Lascarache: “At that time of day there was a large and obvious risk that the householder would be in bed, especially since you didn’t come into contact with anyone downstairs.
“Despite that risk you went upstairs in the house and you went into the householder’s bedroom, and even though she was asleep in her bed you stole from her bedside table. That lady has been greatly upset, not surprisingly, by knowing that there was an intruder who came right up to the side of her bed to steal.
“She was already in fragile mental health and this offence has made that much worse. The court has heard that you were in drink, but you weren’t so affected that you were unable to go into her bedroom and out again with her property without waking her.”
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‘Confused’ man found on Hull flyover with blood on his hands
A man who stabbed a drug-dealer in what he claims was self-defence has avoided a lengthy prison sentence after his victim declined to make a complaint.
Noel Johnson, who gave his age as 53 but has a number of “alias dates of birth”, stabbed the man in the abdomen after being cornered by him and another man and attacked with a truncheon.
Johnson, who has a history of robbery, carrying weapons, and drugs offences, then fled the scene in Hessle Road on September 10 and dropped the bloodstained knife from a flyover into Carlton Street, west Hull, in an attempt to evade justice.
Jayne Bryan, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court the stabbing victim, 23-year-old Talent Ngoma, had given Johnson’s description to a resident, who passed it onto police.
A jogger then approached an officer who attended and said “a male fitting the description had approached him on the flyover and appeared confused and asked him for directions to the KC Stadium.
“CCTV located the defendant on the flyover in the Hessle Road area. He was seen on the cameras to discard what appeared to be a knife over the side of the flyover into an area of undergrowth in Carlton Street. It was recovered by officers”.
Miss Bryan said the 5ins folding knife “appeared to have blood-staining on the blade. The defendant was arrested shortly afterwards and it was apparent he had a cut to his head and blood on his hands. He was to say he was attacked, having had to run for his life”.
Johnson said his assailant “pulled out a truncheon and started attacking me”. But asked about possession of the knife he replied “no comment”.
Johnson’s barrister, David Godfrey, said he had been carrying a knife for some time after a previous assault.
Johnson said he had been hoping to buy cannabis for personal use but had been attacked.
Ngoma was taken to hospital, where a scan showed he had secreted drugs in an intimate part of his body. He was later jailed for three years for possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Johnson, of Clarendon Street, west Hull, admitted possession of a bladed article. He was also charged with wounding with intent, but was found not guilty of that offence after the prosecution offered no evidence as a result of Ngoma’s lack of co-operation.
Johnson had 58 previous offences on his record dating back to 1980 when he was convicted as a juvenile of criminal damage. Other convictions included possession of an offensive weapon, the possession and supply of controlled drugs, a four-year sentence for robbery and six months for burglary.
Mr Godfrey said Johnson suffered a head injury in the incident. Mr Godfrey said: “At 53 he also acknowledges to me today he’s getting far too old for this. He tells me he’s used his time in custody well. In the periods of time when he’s not been in trouble he’s been a painter and decorator, and he tells me that’s something he wants to go back to. He’s been in custody since September.”
Johnson was jailed for 15 months by Judge David Tremberg, who had also jailed Ngoma.
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Reckless reason why this drink driver took police on a dangerous high-speed chase
A banned driver was more than twice over the drink-driving limit when he tried to outrun police ”because he thought it would be fun”.
A marked patrol car signalled for Thomas Orrett to stop after seeing him driving a Vauxhall Zafira in Jenning Street, east Hull, at 2.30am with no lights on. But Orrett, 29, who had two passengers in the car, thought otherwise and sped off, with police in pursuit.
Adam Walker, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court Orrett turned right into Lime Street and then onto Cleveland Street, “narrowly avoiding a collision” as he headed into oncoming traffic.
Orrett “mounted the footpath” and turned left into Witham, going through a red light – the third such signal he would ignore during his brief flight from justice.
Orrett led the officers onto Holderness Road, driving at 50mph in a 30mph zone, and hit the back of a Ford Fiesta near McDonalds restaurant – “causing damage to both vehicles”.
Mr Walker said: “He did not stop and continued to drive dangerously after the collision.”
Orrett negotiated a roundabout onto Marfleet Avenue until the Zafira was brought to a halt by a police “stinger” in Hedon Road.
Orrett, of Groveland Avenue, Wallasey, had been banned from driving on August 23 last year after an accumulation of penalty points, but claimed not to know.
Mr Walker said he displayed a “somewhat strange attitude” in police interview. The prosecutor said: “He said he failed to stop because he thought it would be fun and he got a rush out of the chase.”
Orrett later admitted dangerous driving, drink-driving, driving while disqualified, twice failing to stop, and using a vehicle without insurance.
Recorder Felicity Davies called it a “somewhat worrying case” as Orrett had no previous convictions.
Jayne Bryan, mitigating, said it was “an appalling piece of driving” but was “completely out of character”. She said: “He wasn’t actually aware of that disqualification, having been disqualified by the magistrates’ court under totting provisions. He should have made more inquiries, so that’s nobody’s fault but his own.”
Orrett was “extremely remorseful”, Miss Bryan said, and “took, quite honestly, leave of his senses” in acting the way he had.
He was the registered carer for his 83 year-old grandmother, who has a number of health difficulties, and also has custody of his four-year-old son, Miss Bryan said.
Miss Bryan said if he was jailed immediately, the main impact would be on those he cared for.
“I will suspend the sentence,” the judge said.
Sentencing Orrett to six months in jail, suspended for 18 months, the judge told him: “It is worrying that you told the police when you were interviewed that you did not stop because you thought it would be fun to have a chase, which rather undermines what you told the probation officer, which was that you panicked.
“However, because of your [guilty] plea, your previous good character, and your caring responsibilities, I’m going to suspend the sentence of imprisonment that might otherwise have been appropriate.”
Orrett was banned from driving for two years, must attend a drink-impaired drivers scheme, do 200 hours of unpaid work, and pay £100 costs at £5 a week.
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Thug robber locks man in toilet of Star pub and demands ‘money, money money!’
An opportunistic burglar turned into a violent robber because he was “frustrated” at not being able to break into a pub till.
Grzegorz Warchol, 25, was walking home from his girlfriend’s in the early hours when he saw the beer garden gates at The Star in Carr Lane, city centre, were open and wandered in.
He then found a rear door unlocked and walked into the pub, where he found a spanner and tried unsuccessfully to break into the till and gaming machines.
A tenant living above the pub came home from a night out at 7am and was confronted by Warchol, still holding the spanner, who shouted “Money! Money! Money!”, Hull Crown Court heard.
Warchol pushed the man then punched him to the back of the head before punching him a second time behind the left ear. He then “bundled” his victim into the toilets, shouted the same demands for money, and was given £65 “to avoid further physical violence”.
When he was arrested walking along Spring Bank in west Hull a month later, Warchol, who is originally from Poland, landed himself in further trouble by saying: “I have drugs in pocket.”
Police then recovered plastic bags containing cannabis and amphetamine, as well as a knuckle duster.
Had knuckle duster to ‘scare’ people
Prosecutor Richard Davies said that in police interview Warchol said he had found the drugs in a nightclub, had no intention of handing them in, and planned to sell them to a drug dealer. Of the knuckle duster, Warchol said he “carried it to frighten people. He knew it was illegal. He never would have hit anyone with it”.
Warchol, of Dibsdane, Orchard Park, admitted burglary, two offences of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply, and possession of an offensive weapon. He denied robbery but was convicted by a jury of that offence on what a judge called “the clearest of overwhelming evidence” after a four-day trial.
The robbery and burglary took place on September 5, 2017. Warchol had seven previous offences on his record, including possession of class B drugs, handling stolen goods, burglary and theft.
Warchol showed no emotion when the verdict was returned. Jailing him for four-and-a-half years, Judge Graham Robinson told him: “Mr Warchol, you have been convicted on the clearest of overwhelming evidence of a serious offence of robbery. You fall to be sentenced for a variety of offences.
“You sought to brazen this matter out at a full trial in front of the jury, undoubtedly thinking you could pull the wool over their eyes, but they saw through you.”
Describing the robbery, the judge said: “Undoubtedly frustrated by your failure to have managed to steal anything from the public house you then, it seems to me, saw your chance.”
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The trainee teacher and his twisted plan to win back his ex
A student teacher from Beverley has been jailed after admitting trying to set fire to his ex-girlfriends home on several occasions.
Conor Egan, 20, was sentenced to six years detention for pushing a flaming wheelie bin against his former partner’s front door, in a desperate attempt to try to win her back.
He started two separate fires at the property in Lorne Street, Chester, where she lived with her flatmates, in the hope that she would seek comfort in him, not knowing he was the man behind the sinister attacks.
However, after being identified by witnesses, Egan was sentenced to six years detention and slapped with a restraining order, according to the Mirror.
Sentencing, Judge Steven Everett said the case must be dealt with “extremely severely” as arson could easily lead to death.
He told Egan: “This could have caused so much devastation to property as well, of course, as the real risk of life being lost.
“Fire is such a difficult thing to control once it takes hold and that is why sentences for arson are substantial.
“It gives me no pleasure to see a young man throw his life away as you have. Only time will tell if you can rebuild it when you are released.”
Prosecutor Maria Masselis said the defendant and the woman had begun a relationship in October 2017.
However, it became “increasingly on/off” after Christmas despite Egan’s attempts to make it more serious.
On the evening of May 25 last year, the woman was on a night out and did not return home until 3am the next morning.
Unaware of this, Egan, who no previous convictions, had twice gone to her student property to set a wheelie bin on fire.
On the first occasion, one of her housemates had been woken at around 1am to see flames three feet high coming from the bin that was placed two metres from the house.
The fire service was called to extinguish it – but two hours later they were back as Egan had set the bin on fire again and pushed it against the front door.
Flames were said to be “creeping up the building” leaving housemates scared about why they were being targeted.
Police were called and firefighters blocked the letter box to prevent anyone posting flaming material into the property.
Just three days later, on May 29, the woman and her housemates were woken by the smoke alarm at 4am.
A bin had once again been pushed against the front door and set alight.
They also heard a crackling sound from the rear of the house and discovered a burning bin bag outside the back door. Firefighters were called to extinguish the flames.
Suspicions were raised about Egan’s involvement, but when his former partner called him he assured her he was not behind the fires.
However, witnesses had seen a man leaving the scene and police officers found clothes at his address that matched the description.
They also checked his phone and discovered he was “active” at the time of the fires rather than asleep, as he had claimed.
He was arrested on May 29 and denied any involvement but later pleaded guilty to two counts of arson and two of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
The court heard Egan has now been thrown off his course at the University of Chester and will not be able to pursue his chosen career as a primary school teacher.
Peter Barnett, defending, told the court it was a “sad case” of a young man who was 19 at the time of the offence.
He said: “He clearly acted out of a lack of maturity, unable to accept the end of a relationship.
“This was not a revenge attack; it was to gain her affections.”
Ex-cleaner turns up armed with knife and ‘terrorises’ women in shocking robbery
A man has been jailed for more than seven years for a terrifying armed robbery at a building society where he used to work as a cleaner.
Heroin addict Mark Mattocks, 44, armed himself with a carving knife to “terrorise” two female members of staff at a Skipton Building Society into handing over £1,850.
Although he had tried to mask his face and changed his clothes shortly after the robbery on April 4 last year, Mattocks was soon arrested, despite having already spent just over £30 of his ill-gotten gains on beer and heroin.
He denied robbery and possession of a bladed article but was convicted by a jury of both offences on Friday after a four-day trial at Hull Crown Court. Mattocks – who had a staggering 201 previous offences on his record – had earlier admitted possessing two other knives and possessing heroin.
He showed no emotion at the guilty verdicts and had been on licence at the time, the court heard.
After the verdicts were delivered, prosecutor Phillip Evans said the raid at the premises in Wellington Road, Bridlington, left both victims “feeling vulnerable, anxious, and unable to sleep”. One had sought medical attention, and the women were also “wondering whether of not it’s the sort of job they feel comfortable doing”.
Jayne Bryan, for Mattocks, said he became addicted to class A drugs while serving a previous prison sentence in 1995, and he had “struggled to rid himself of that ever since”.
A total of 83 of Mattocks’s previous offences were for acquisitive crime, but he also had convictions for carrying an offensive weapon – a noxious gas – violence, burglary and supplying heroin; the latter leading to his then longest jail term of five years.
Jailing him for seven-and-a-half years on Friday, Judge David Tremberg told Mattocks, of Harrington Road: “Even by the dismal standards of your previous offending, knifepoint robbery represents an extremely unwelcome departure and an escalation in your criminal behaviour.
“You robbed a building society where many years earlier you had done some casual work as a cleaner, therefore you had some idea of the layout and the rather relaxed level of security at those premises. This was therefore a targeted offence. There was an element of planning about it.
“You armed yourself with a carving knife with a nine-inch blade, you tried your best to mask your face and brought a change of clothes. You brandished the knife to each female member of staff behind the counter, causing each to hand over bank notes in their cash drawers.
“You then made off and changed your clothes. By dint of some good fortune, and good old-fashioned police work, you were arrested within half an hour of the offence, in possession of some of the money and two wraps of heroin and two further bladed articles.
“The notion of an active class A drug user with a propensity for violence and acquisitive crime is wholly incompatible with public order and good public safety.
“It is clear, in my judgement, your possession of such weapons engaged the risk of further serious disorder. I am satisfied, therefore, a consecutive sentence is called for in such matters to deter you from such offending.
“Your behaviour was designed to intimidate, to terrorise your victims into parting with the money and you succeeded. Unsurprisingly, you caused your victims significant emotional distress.”
Street drinkers flaunt their love in front of heartbroken woman – then things turn even nastier
A woman was stabbed, left permanently scarred, and had clumps of her hair pulled out when the “love of her life” and his new partner attacked her.
The victim was drinking alcohol on a bench in Princes Avenue near Pearson Park when Lee McManus, 44, and his new girlfriend, Charmaine Coulson, 32, approached her one Saturday afternoon.
Laura Marshall, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court the couple “began to kiss each other in front of her. She interpreted that as an attempt to wind her up and make her jealous about the relationship”.
The woman responded by saying: “Why are you even here? Why don’t you go away?” But Coulson replied: “I’m from Hull. I can go whereever I want. You should go.”
The victim “didn’t want trouble” and left to buy more alcohol, returning five minutes later “hoping they had left”.
She walked across the road then came back and McManus “told her not to mouth off about him”. The woman stood up, asked McManus to leave and said: “Just go and live your lives.” But Coulson, who was behind McManus, began shouting and referring to McManus as “her bloke”.
Without any provocation, Coulson then began to attack the woman, who retaliated to defend herself. McManus tried to separate the women and protect Coulson, grabbing his former partner by her hair. Clumps of the victim’s hair were later found at the scene and placed in evidence bags.
But worse was to follow for the victim, as Coulson produced a pair of nail scissors and began stabbing her.
Miss Marshall said: “She describes being punched multiple times in the head and face and felt her nose crack. Coulson began to assault her again with a sharp object. She felt like she was being stabbed with something sharp. It appeared to be a pair of nail scissors.”
As McManus and his new love left, Coulson shouted: “That’s what happens every time I see you. I’ll stab you up.” The victim briefly bled from her wounds and was attended by paramedics.
The woman had been in an “on-off” relationship with McManus for 10 years until the summer of 2017, and described him as “the love of her life”, Miss Marshall said.
She was left with a 20cm scar on her left hip, and scars on her left cheek and near her ear. She said: “They are a horrible reminder of what happened to me.”
The woman said she no longer felt safe leaving home, and had been called a “grass” by McManus’s friends for reporting the incident to police.
She later said in a victim statement: “The whole situation is causing me a lot of grief and harassment. I just want to get on with my life and do not want the aggravation of all this.
“To be attacked with a pair of nail scissors in broad daylight in all honesty is outrageous. I feel frightened and extremely worried about what might happen in future if they see me.”
Coulson, now of Capel Court, Stroud, Gloucestershire, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which happened on September 16, 2017. She had 47 previous offences on her record, including robbery and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
McManus, of Suffolk Street, west Hull, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the basis that he had originally been trying to stop the violence and did not know Coulson had or would use nail scissors, which was accepted by prosecutors. He had committed 86 previous offences, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, battery, and wounding.
Dale Brook, for McManus, said he had long battled “serious addiction to drugs” but had managed to find stable accommodation for the first time in “a long time” following release from his last prison sentence.
Charlotte Baines, for Coulson, said she her life had been “blighted” by long-term drug addiction. “The defendant has moved away from this area and it is her intention to remain out of the area,” she said.
Judge Graham Robinson told McManus he had been “flaunting” his relationship in front of his former partner, which was “a particularly childish thing to do”.
He was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to have six months of drug rehabilitation and up to 15 days rehabilitation.
Coulson, who had spent nine months on remand, as well as 45 days on a qualifying electronically monitored curfew, was sentenced to two years supervision, must have six months of drug rehabilitation, and up to 30 days rehabilitation.
Jaguar driver causes ten minutes of mayhem to ‘show off to his mates’
A licensed and insured driver could not explain why he led police on a high-speed chase that left his Jaguar car wrecked in the middle of a roundabout near Hull Prison.
Alex Wilson, 21, rammed a pursuing police car into a crash barrier and smashed into the back of a heavy goods vehicle during the three-mile chase through east Hull on August 23 last year.
By the end of the pursuit, which came after he flattened a sign on the roundabout, he was driving on the wheel rims and obscured by the smoke coming from his blue Jaguar Sovereign.
Wilson, who had no previous convictions, then briefly fled on foot before he was arrested, Hull Crown Court heard. Stephen Welch, prosecuting, said he told the arresting officers, who had skilfully and carefully pursued him: “It’s my car. I’m fully comprehensive. I just got scared. I was driving it, yeah.”
Charlotte Baines, mitigating, called the driving – which was captured on the dashcam of a police car – “reckless” and “idiotic”.
But she told Recorder Mark McKone: “He can’t really explain what happened, other than he panicked. He was scared and he reacted entirely inappropriately.”
Mr Welch said police had decided to stop the P-registered car at 9.45am and a patrol car was dispatched, which found it ten minutes later in Holderness Road heading away from the city centre.
The car, which had three passengers in it, was in traffic and officers positioned theirs to stop it, but Wilson “swerved” around it and sped off, initially doing 50mph in a 30mph zone.
Wilson then headed up Preston Road, driving aggressively while overtaking and undertaking other vehicles. He shot across a pedestrian crossing a woman was using and reached 70mph in that 30mph zone. He was also “tailgating” other cars to force them out of the way and then headed onto Southcoates Lane.
After going through a number of red lights, Wilson drove onto Hedon Road, where he rammed the police car into the central reservation, damaging both vehicles. An officer could be heard on the police radio saying “Rammed us! Rammed us! He’s rammed us!”
Wilson also drove into the back of a lorry to force his way onto King George Dock before coming back onto Hedon Road which the rear bumper missing, the tyres stripped from the wheels and smoke coming from the tyre rims. One officer then says: “We are backing off, giving a bit of space.”
Wilson, of Ormonde Avenue, west Hull, admitted dangerous driving. Miss Baines said his most powerful pieces of mitigation were his guilty plea and lack of previous offending. She said Wilson had previously suffered mental health problems as a result of drug-taking but had been clean for two years. The driving showed a “lack of consequential thinking and immaturity” she said.
The judge said the only explanation for Wilson’s behaviour was he was either “showing off to his friends or getting some sort of excitement from a police chase”.
Wilson received a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was placed under a four-month curfew between the hours of 7pm and 5am, and must have up to 15 days rehabilitation.
The judge told him: “Every year the lives of parents are devastated when people like you kill their children, because they are passengers in a motor car being driven dangerously, or because people are run over. It was extremely fortunate that nobody was seriously injured.”
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