Cousins who murdered a dad and dismembered his body, storing it in four suitcases were among those jailed in our region last month.
Prison terms were also handed to a negligent doctor who killed a mum-of-three after carrying out a 'highly dangerous procedure' without her consent.
A young dad who inadvertently supplied undercover police officers with drugs on his first day 'on the job' in order to repay a debt to his dealer was also put behind bars.
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Jail sentences are handed out to the worst offenders each week and Manchester Evening News reporters are in court to cover the most serious cases.
Here are some of the criminals locked up in Greater Manchester last month
Idiot instigated argument in Manchester city centre and ended up getting stabbed in the neck
A convicted drug dealer was left with a 'nasty' stab wound to his neck after chasing a man through Manchester city centre. Mohsin Choudhry was jailed for four years in 2019 and had been out on licence for around six months when he drove to John Dalton Street in the early hours of January 16 2022.
The 26-year-old pulled up alongside a Volkswagen Golf in his Mercedes, close to the junction of Deansgate, and got into an argument with a passenger in the other car. During a sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court, prosecution barrister Ben Lawrence said: "The Crown doesn't know the background but it appears obvious that there was some existing ill feeling".
Choudhry got out of his Mercedes, along with two other men, and approached the Volkswagen. The passenger of the Volkswagen - the complainant in the case - then got out and Choudhry's group started to threaten him with physical violence.
Mr Lawrence told the court that CCTV showed Choudhry holding a "small object" in his right hand, but the footage was not clear enough to establish what it was. Choudhry and his two associates then walked towards the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and chased him when he started to back away.
The complainant eventually managed to flee and hide as Choudhry's group made their way back to the Mercedes. Mr Lawrence said that the man then approached the open driver's window of Choudhry's car and "put his hand through twice in quick succession" and caught Choudhry in the neck, causing a "nasty wound".
Choudhry then pushed the door open and kicked out at the other man, who tried to land another blow on Choudhry, before leaving the scene. Choudhry then got into the passenger seat and one of his associates drove him to Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Choudhry pleaded guilty to violent disorder but denied possession of a bladed article. The prosecution offered no evidence for the knife charge and was found not guilty as a result.
Choudhry, of Northumberland Crescent, Stretford, represented himself during the sentencing hearing. Jailing him for nine months, Judge Manley said: "You’re actually the person who sustained a serious injury. That was the risk that you ran when you behaved in that way."
Drug dealer with 'strong work ethic' jailed after stashing ammo at his mum's house
A drug dealer who stashed ammunition and drugs at his mum’s house has been jailed. Jake Burns, 21, was sentenced to two years and four months imprisonment at Manchester Crown Court this afternoon after pleading guilty to supplying class A drugs, and possession of ammunition.
The court heard how he began dealing drugs including heroin and crack cocaine to pay off debts from his own drug use. He was initially arrested in March 2022, and released on bail.
But just one month later, in an effort to repay the cost of the drugs lost during his first arrest, he was caught dealing again and arrested following a police chase from Plymouth Road, Longsight. When caught, police found several bags of white powder on him, as well as £34 in cash.
Prosecuting, Ms Kate Gaskell told the court that upon search of his house, where he lives with his mum, 11 bullets were also found alongside crack cocaine, and bulking agents. Defending, Mr Tom McKail said Burns was holding the ammunition for others, and that there was “no evidence of it being used”. He said Burns had a “strong work ethic” shown even when dealing, but was “at mercy” of others higher up than him.
Burns pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possessing crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, and ketamine, as well as possessing ammunition. He has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison.
Young dad who turned to dealing to pay off drugs debts was caught on first day after selling to undercover cops
A young dad has been jailed for three years after he inadvertently supplied undercover police officers with drugs in order to repay a debt to his dealer - the day before he decided to find a job to repay the money he owed. Jaden Bond, 22, cycled up to two undercover officers on July 21, 2021, after the pair had ordered “two whites and a dark” - crack cocaine and heroin, through the “James” drug supply phone line as part of an operation to crack down on drug dealing in Manchester City Centre.
A hearing at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, on Monday July 25, heard that Bond, of Shawhill Walk, had been recruited as part of the supply chain to repay his debt to his dealer from his own drug use, and was making runs on a blue pushbike for one day before he decided to get a job to repay his debts instead.
The officers tested the wraps and found them to be crack cocaine and heroin, and Bond was circulated as a wanted person on police computers, until he was arrested for an unrelated matter on May 8 this year. He was also charged with a non-domestic burglary, after his fingerprint was found at the entrance of Pollen Bakery in Ancoats where three men forced their way in during the early hours of September 13, 2020, before taking an iphone, a macbook, petty cash, and a case of coke.
Neil Ronan, defending, accepted that Bond must go to prison but pleaded for leniency for his client as the offences are of “some vintage” and he was only involved in one day of dealing.
Recorder Cox sentenced Bond to three years and two months imprisonment for two counts of supplying Class A drugs, possession of Class A drugs, and a non-domestic burglary. The young dad will have to serve 19 months imprisonment, minus the time served since May 8, before he can be released on licence.
Dealer found in 'drugs workshop'... just SIX DAYS after release on bail following 100mph chase
A drug dealer was caught with lighters containing adverts for a 'drugs line' after a high speed police chase. Six days after being released on bail, Raja Shahid was found by police in a ‘drugs workshop’.
The 27-year-old had previously been spotted by officers in a stolen car and was encouraged to pull over. But he sped off at speeds of 100mph along Princess Road, jumping at least one red light before cops were forced to bring the chase to a halt by crashing into him, Manchester Crown Court heard.
A search of the car revealed a large number of snap bags of drugs including MDMA, cocaine and cannabis; debtors lists; £1,000 in cash and 40 cigarette lighters with a phone number attributable to a ‘drugs line’ that people could call to order substances.
He was released under investigation, then three weeks later on November 8 2019, officers spotted a stolen Black Saab on false number plates and attempted to pull the driver, Shahid, over. “A police pursuit ensued, with the defendant reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour on St Mary’s Road. He went through a red traffic light and got to speeds of 90 miles per hour on a road governed by a 30 limit,” prosecutor Gavin Howie told the court.
Two years later Shahid, of Burnage, appeared before the courts and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, and was kept on unconditional bail until his sentencing date. However, just six days after this, on January 17 this year, officers went to Ludgate Hill to arrest a man wanted on suspicion of assault.
In a 'safe house' there, they saw the defendant, and found skunk cannabis, ketamine, MDMA, scales, gloves and various packaging. They also found a block of cocaine weighing 110 grams, and multiple £10 deal bags of cannabis worth around £1,600.
When they searched Shahid they found he had cash notes between £1,500 and £2,000, as well as £500 in a rucksack nearby. Mitigating, David Bentley said that his client was acting as a ‘runner’ under the direction of someone else. He said Shahid began working at Pizza Hut in January this year, and said he was planning on becoming a teaching assistant in Dubai.
Shahid, of Kingsway, was jailed for seven years and four months and banned from driving for eight years and eight months, after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and dangerous driving.
Man killed friend with single punch after finding out he had fling with ex
A man killed his friend with a drunken punch after finding out he had a fling with his ex-girlfriend. Paul Brierley, 44, attacked Paul Ologbose, also known as ‘Bushy’, during a night out at the Higher Fold Sports and Social Club in Leigh.
The pair had both been drinking at the club, and were said to be ‘very drunk’ before the attack. Brierley, of Leigh, had earlier been in a confrontation with another friend about comments he made towards his young son in jest, which resulted in him punching them.
As they went outside, Brierley told his friend that he ‘should have told him’ about Mr Ologbose and his ex-partner, who were said to have had a fling in November 2021. His friend told him: “You knew about this for months, it’s finished now.”
Minutes later, Brierley walked over to Mr Ologbose, who was standing outside, and was seen on CCTV ‘bristling with anger’ as he confronted him. He then punched him with ‘considerable force’ to the face. Mr Ologbose collapsed, Manchester Crown Court heard.
After Mr Ologbose, 57, fell to the ground, Brierley could be seen making a ‘waving gesture’ to him, before arguing with a woman who confronted him and pushing her to the neck. Mr Ologbose was taken to hospital, and a scan of his brain showed he had suffered a fracture to the base of his skull and intracranial swelling and bleeding.
He died later that day. Brierley pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was on Wednesday (July 13) jailed for six years and eight months.
'A nightmare that for us will never end' - Couple were killed in horrific crash as drug dealer fled cops
A husband and wife were mown down and killed by a convicted drug dealer fleeing from police in a high speed chase. Stephen and Geraldine Birtles had been out for a meal before they were hit by 24-year-old Abdisalan Ali, who was driving at twice the speed limit in a BMW.
Ali was being tracked by police on the M60, reaching speeds of 90mph, before officers began a near two mile chase through the streets which ended in Didsbury. Mr and Mrs Birtles, aged 71 and 64, were hit by Ali as he sped through the junction of Kingsway and Wilmslow Road at about 60mph.
Mrs Birtles died at the scene, while her husband passed away 12 days later having never regained consciousness, Manchester Crown Court heard. Ali didn't stop at the scene and the BMW was found abandoned. He was arrested after police discovered a drinks bottle in the car containing his DNA. Now Ali, from Whalley Range, has been jailed for eight years and eight months.
A judge admitted the sentence 'may appear less than it ought to be' given the seriousness of the crime. But Judge Alan Conrad QC said he was 'bound' by the 14 year maximum sentence in force at the time of the fatal collision, which happened just after midnight on Sunday, February 20.
The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving has since been increased to life. Ali did not have insurance to drive the BMW, and was also awaiting sentence after being caught driving while uninsured about six months earlier.
He first came to the attention of an unmarked police car on the M60 after driving at high speed. Ali, of Gerry Wheale Square, Whalley Range, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and two counts of causing death while uninsured. He is expected to serve two-thirds of his sentence before being released.
Knifeman and gun-toting pal caught with bag full of weapons and bullets in the street
Two men have been jailed for more than 10 years after they were found with a bag full of guns and ammunition. Tyrese Walker, 21, and John Dobson, 55, posed a 'real threat to endanger life', police say, as they were both sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday (July 14).
Around 2.05pm on August 27 last year police were called to reports of armed men on Ingelton Avenue and Cleveland Road in Manchester. Officers spotted Walker leaving a nearby premises and detained him.
Police then searched the premises and found a holdall bag containing three guns and a large amount of ammunition leading to Walker's arrest. An investigation of CCTV in the area captured Dobson passing the bag to Walker before they both ran along a street, Walker holding a handgun and Dobson wielding a knife.
Walker and Dobson's DNA were later found on two of the guns. Walker, of Peakdale Avenue, Crumpsall and John Dobson of Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, were jailed for six years and five years with two months respectively for two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and a further count of possessing a firearm without certificate and possessing prohibited ammunition without certificate.
Murderers who dismembered dad and stuffed him into suitcases jailed
The family of a dad who was murdered before being brutally dismembered have told of the 'pure hell' they have endured. Ashley Walsh's family cheered and applauded in court as his killers were told they must both serve at least 28 years in jail after being convicted of murder.
Aaron Evitt, 34, repeatedly attacked Ashley with a hammer, before Evitt's cousin Gerard McGlacken, 45, 'chopped up' his body. The pair then transported his body parts to a local park in four suitcases.
The killing apparently followed claims by Ashley, 34, that he'd slept with Evitt's ex. Manchester Crown Court heard that Ashley, from Failsworth, was murdered on the night of January 7.
His family spent an agonising nine days searching for him until Evitt finally revealed where Ashley's remains were. "Ashley Walsh was aged 34 when he was callously and brutally killed," Mr Justice Goose said before he jailed Evitt and McGlacken for life.
"In 102 areas of injury were included multiple wounds to his head and face caused by repeated hammer blows, and to his body by a number of deep stab wounds to the chest. After he was murdered his head was removed and his body dismembered."
The trio had been drinking together at McGlacken's flat in Collyhurst. After Ashley allegedly claimed he'd slept with Evitt's ex, Evitt began attacking him with a hammer.
The judge said Evitt had lied when during the trial he'd claimed to have acted in self defence. At trial, Evitt claimed he then 'blacked out' after attacking Ashley, and only awoke to learn that McGlacken had dismembered him.
"I reject your evidence that you fell asleep and did not know of or see what McGlacken was doing," the judge told Evitt. "This was a small flat and the process took a considerable time.
"You both jointly murdered Ashley Walsh and you jointly needed to dispose of the body." The pair then spent days cleaning up the flat, using bleach and painting over blood stained walls.
Evitt lied to Ashley's family, claiming he'd vanished and had 'got off with a girl'. Ashley's whereabouts remained unknown until January 16, when Evitt told police his remains had been stored at Sand Hills park in Collyhurst.
Suspicions had been raised after Ashley's dog Duke was seen roaming alone in Boggart Hole Clough. Evitt, of Brentnor Road, Moston, and McGlacken, of Kintore Walk, Collyhurst were both convicted of murder after a trial.
They had previously pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful burial. Both were jailed for life and will have to serve a minimum of 28 years before they can be considered for release.
Mum caught on CCTV throwing tennis balls full of drugs into Forest Bank prison
A mum was caught on CCTV throwing tennis balls containing drugs and lollipops into Forest Bank prison. Amanda Baker, 36, was spotted by staff days earlier throwing other packages over the wall into the exercise yard.
The packages contained cannabis, tobacco, cigarette papers and sweets. When she was finally stopped in July 2020 by prison officers she tried to walk away, but began to cry and claimed her ex-partner, Kasim Ahmed, who was serving five years in HMP Forest Bank, had forced her to do it.
Philip Hall, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court that on June 24 2020, Baker was seen approaching the perimeter wall before throwing four to five parcels into the exercise yard. Within the parcels were socks, as well as 45 grams of cannabis with an estimated value of £4,500.
She left the scene before she was able to be identified. The next day, June 26, she returned and was caught on CCTV throwing further packages over the wall. They contained cannabis, tobacco and cigarette papers. Then on July 4, she came back for the third time where she threw 10 tennis balls over the wall with a dog ball thrower.
Following analysis of her phone, messages recovered showed that she had spoken to Ahmed who asked her to throw the items over. Mr Hall added that messages from Ahmed were ‘angry and emotionally abusive’.
She was said to have 23 previous convictions for 43 offences including violence and criminal damage. Baker, of Walshaw Road, Bury, pleaded guilty to offences of bringing list A and B articles into prison and was jailed for 16 months.
Man who had sick 'obsession' with a young child jailed for child sex offences
A man who had a sick 'obsession' with a child has been jailed for a string of sexual offences. Police were tipped off about the 'unhealthy' behaviour of Jonathan Roberts, 30, who was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court.
The court heard how the offences occurred while Roberts visited an address where the young victim lived. After a short period of time, police received a report relating to concerns over Roberts' fixation with the child.
It triggered an in-depth investigation by detectives in Tameside, which led to Roberts' arrest in November 2021. A subsequent search of his mobile phone also identified an indecent image of a child.
Roberts, of no fixed abode, was charged with one count of attempt rape of a child, two counts of sexual activity in front of a child, one count of sexual assault of a child and one count of possession of indecent images. He pleaded guilty to the offences and has been jailed for more than three-and-a-half years.
Negligent doctor who killed mum-of-three
Hospital bosses apologised to the heartbroken family of a mum-of-three killed by a negligent doctor. Shahida Parveen died after attending the Royal Oldham hospital for a 'routine' bone marrow biopsy.
Three years earlier, Dr Isyaka Mamman had left a 64-year-old man permanently disabled after carrying out the same procedure.
Mrs Parveen, 48, died after Dr Mamman pressed on with a 'highly dangerous procedure' without her consent. She had been referred to the doctor, aged 81 at the time, for a biopsy to confirm a potential medical diagnosis.
Her husband frantically 'begged' him to stop and his wife 'screamed' in pain during the procedure. After failing to gain a sample via the 'conventional' approach from the hip bone, Dr Mamman, now 85, instead tried via the sternum. When he inserted the biopsy needle, he missed the sternum and caused a fatal puncture wound to the pericardium, which encloses the heart.
Mrs Justice Yip said Mrs Parveen, a mum-of-three, had been 'badly let down', and that it was 'hard to understand' why the doctor had not retired following two previous incidents in which his conduct had been called into question. "It is difficult to see why the Trust did not do more, and why you were allowed to continue to work without any measures being taken to address your competence or to support you," the judge told Dr Mamman.
Dr Mamman, of Cumberland Drive, Royton, has now been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.
Man who threatened to blow up police station three times
An 'angry' man who threatened to blow up a police station has been jailed. On one occasion, Luke Nuttall, 29, said he would walk into Ashton police station in Tameside wearing a 'suicide vest' just hours after leaving court for another matter.
It was one of three calls made to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) staff and officers in which Nuttall, from Stockport, threatened to blow up the station in the space of six months. The first happened on January 5 this year, Manchester Magistrates' Court heard.
He told a GMP call handler he was going to blow up Ashton-under-Lyne police station, telling her: "It's not a joke, I am going to do it." He then put the phone down, Hannah Forsyth, prosecuting said.
He was arrested two weeks later, but just a fortnight after that, on February 2, he made another call to PC in which he said: "I have got a bomb." Nuttall said he was going to 'blow the place to smithereens'. He also said he would reduce it would 'be in ruins', adding: "It's not a hoax."
Nuttall, of Rupert Street, North Reddish, pleaded guilty to one charge of a making a bomb hoax; and two charges of sending a letter, communication or article to convey a threatening message. District Judge Bernard Begley said there was 'no justification' for suspending the sentence and jailed him for 32 weeks.
Nuttall was also ordered to pay the two officers and the member of police civilian staff each £50 in compensation upon his release.
Man with 'extreme' right wing, homophobic and racist views who had 'step by step instructions on how to make home explosives'
A man with extreme views was found with 'step-by-step instructions on how to make home explosives' and a banned 'push dagger'. Scott Mason, 36, has been jailed following a counter-terror probe. He is said by cops to harbour far right, racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views.
Mason, of Rainhill in Merseyside, has been locked up for three years after pleading guilty to four offences - including being in possession of information likely to be useful to a terrorist. Manchester Crown Court heard on Thursday (July 7) that Mason was first brought to the attention of authorities following a report of a domestic assault in October 2021, which led to him being arrested by Cheshire Constabulary.
An investigation by the Counter Terrorism Policing North West (CTPNW) team was then launched. The investigation found a document on his phone containing step-by-step instructions on producing home explosives and well as extreme pornographic images.
Phone records also revealed messages showing he had attempted to intimidate witnesses of the original domestic assault.
The court was told Mason was further arrested under the Terrorism Act on October 15, 2021 after officers from CTPNW and Merseyside Police executed a search warrant at his home. A prohibited 'push dagger' was seized.
Mason was charged with the possession of information of a kind likely to be useful to a terrorist, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000; possession of extreme pornography; perverting the course of justice via witness intimidation; and possession of an offensive weapon. He entered a guilty plea to the terrorism offence in November 2021 and in January 2022 he pleaded guilty to the weapons offence, for which he received a sentence of three months at the magistrates' court. The matter was then listed for trial before Mason pleaded guilty to the outstanding charges in April.
His Honour Judge Alan Conrad QC sentenced Mason to three years. He told Mason he would have faced four-and-a-half years had he not pleaded guilty at an early stage.
Drug addict forced terrified grand to give him £20 a day for heroin and crack
A drug addict who forced his terrified grandmother to give him £20 a day for drugs left her losing weight and scared to go out. Scott Armstrong, 33, was living with his grandma when he began financially controlling her, demanding cash from her daily to fund his heroin and crack cocaine addiction.
The abuse got gradually worse, to the point that her daughter, Armstrong’s mother, noted that she was losing weight and stopped going out as she wanted to avoid him, Manchester Crown Court heard.
If she didn’t give him the cash he would throw furniture around the house, verbally abuse her and at one stage attacked her and ‘dragged her round like a dog’. The woman said she felt like she was in a ‘living hell’ and was left feeling 'suicidal'.
Pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to engaging in controlling behaviour and failing to attend court, Armstrong was jailed for 46 weeks and handed a restraining order.
'Vile monster' threatened to kill ex-partner during 'reign of terror'
A "vile monster" subjected his ex-partner to a "reign of terror", breaking into her home to beat her up and threatening to kill her.
Shane Costello-Collins, from Wythenshawe, started his campaign of hatred against his former partner when he turned up at her workplace on September 4 last year.
Anna Chestnutt, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court the 26-year-old had arrived at his ex-partner's workplace at around 9pm, and was already intoxicated when he started shouting at her, after she asked him to stop spitting on the ground.
He spat at her chest, and shouted racial slurs at her. He then threatened to kill her, before saying: "I'm going to slice you and leave you with marks". When she tried to leave, he threw beer over her before spitting in her face.
Recorder Harris sentenced Costello-Collins, of Greatfield Road, to 18 months imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, assault by beating, a section 39 assault, two counts of racially aggravated harassment, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, and breach of a suspended sentence. Costello-Collins will serve a month and a half longer in prison before he can be released on license.
Former town mayor attacked and robbed in his own house after vile thief followed him home on the bus
An elderly former mayor was followed from a bank to his home by a robber, who then forced his way inside the house to attack the 82-year-old victim and steal his wallet. Noel Spencer, who used to be the ceremonial mayor of Bolton, first spotted Muhammed Tehseen while he was depositing a cheque at the Bolton town centre branch of Royal Bank of Scotland on the morning of February 7.
He noticed Tehseen was following him and tried to shake off the 31-year-old by going into Poundland and Morrisons. However Tehseen kept stalking his victim and even sat behind him on a bus back to his Farnworth home.
When Mr Spencer opened his front door, vile Tehseen pushed him inside, through the living room and then onto the bed where he punched him several times, kicked him to the floor and stole his wallet.
Within 15 minutes, he used Mr Spencer's card at a local newsagents, prosecution barrister Andrew MacKintosh told Bolton Crown Court. Tehseen, of Eustace Street, Great Lever, was caught after Mr Spencer's son got CCTV from the store and circulated it on WhatsApp, where a number of people replied to name Tehseen as the culprit.
He was arrested and found in possession of Mr Spencer's card, as well as a small amount of cannabis. The Honorary Recorder of Bolton Judge Martin Walsh jailed Tehseen for five years and three months. He said: "This was a serious offence of robbery, which was targeted against a vulnerable victim."
Mum of playboy drugs boss jailed after Manchester Airport arrest
The mother of a playboy drugs boss was jailed for laundering the proceeds of his crimes. Fatemah Sheibani, 75, was arrested by Greater Manchester Police as she stepped off a plane from Turkey at Manchester Airport, the force has revealed.
Her son, Aram Sheibani, now 41, was jailed for 37 years in June last year. Sheibani, who a court heard enjoyed an extraordinary lavish lifestyle funded by crime, was involved in a high-level cocaine conspiracy for almost a decade before he was brought to justice.
He amassed a £5m property empire, stayed in luxury accommodation, travelled around the world and drove top of the range cars such as a Bentley and a Porsche. Police found he had more than £1m in cash - and had also shelled out for cosmetic surgery including veneers, hair transplants and a nose job.
Aram Sheibani, from Bowden, Trafford, was found guilty of a series of charges including obtaining a money transfer by deception; possession of criminal property; converting criminal property; fraud; forgery; conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and possession of a controlled drug of class A, together with perverting the course of justice.
Now his mother has joined him behind bars. Fatemah Sheibani was sentenced by a judge at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court to 10 months after an investigation led by GMP's Money Laundering Team, the force said. She pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud and money laundering.
Drunken sex pest asked stranger for a kiss before groping her just days after being released from jail
A drunken sex pest who asked a stranger for a kiss before groping her committed the 'disgusting' crime just days after being released from jail. Andrew Sawdyke, who was previously locked up after following a terrified schoolgirl, has been caged again after he pestered a woman leaving work in Manchester city centre before sexually assaulting her.
Before being handed more jail time, Sawdyke, 33, vowed to reform himself and work to change his behaviour while in prison. But, Judge Anthony Cross QC refused to believe the him.
"I do not accept the promises that you make to abide by the law," the judge said, describing the vows as 'generally worthless'. "The probation report makes that perfectly plain. You are, they say, 'unwilling to co-operate and comply with restrictive conditions'. You do not understand quite how your behaviour effects the emotional well being of the women whose privacy you violate. You have been given chance, after chance, after chance, yet you fail to respond."
Noting his sentencing powers are constrained by guidelines, the judge added: "In my view the sentence ought to be longer but it can't be." Sawdyke, from Sale, was jailed for two years and four months.
Speeding motorcyclist who killed friend with dangerous manoeuvre then left him to die
A motorcyclist captured on CCTV racing his friend has been jailed for a 'shocking' manoeuvre which killed his pal during lockdown. Cambell Kennedy, then 23, and his friend Kyle Hempenstall, 28, had been using the roads like 'their own private race track' as they rode their powerful Yamaha R1 machines, a court was told.
Kennedy, who had earlier pulled a wheelie and given another driver the 'w***er hand gesture', led his friend between a Transit van and an HGV on the M62 when he suddenly hit the brakes and beckoned Kyle to follow, prompting the van to brake sharply and swerve towards the lorry.
Kyle's handlebar clipped the van as the gap narrowed. He lost control and his bike smashed into a highways maintenance digger. The father of one, who worked as a joiner, died of catastrophic injuries at the scene. Kennedy continued to speed away, turned around at the next junction and passed the scene of the crash he had just caused as he fled back to his home in Stockport.
The crash happened between junctions 12 for Eccles and 11 for Birchwood as the pair sped away from Manchester at 1pm on Wednesday May 27, 2020, when traffic was 'light' due to the national lockdown in place at the time, prosecutor Rob Hall told Manchester Crown Court.
The court heard Cambell had earlier told Kyle's father: "If I ever get into trouble, I'm off mate and I'm not stopping for the f***ing police." A police accident collision investigator found that Kennedy had averaged between 79mph and 88mph while Kyle averaged 83mph to 92mph before the crash, despite a 50mph speed limit on the M62 due to roadworks.
Alaric Bassano, defending, said his client had been of 'previous good character' and had 'expressed his remorse'. He said: "I appreciate some listening to that may consider them hollow words but the defendant is truly sorry for his conduct."
Cambell, 25, of Old Chapel Street in Edgeley, Stockport, who has no previous convictions, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while uninsured. He will be released on licence half way through the sentence. When released, he will be banned from the roads for seven years. A charge of perverting the course of justice was ordered to 'lie on file'.
Greedy care home boss snatched thousands from dementia suffering residents
A shameless care home boss who stole thousands of pounds meant for elderly residents was unmasked as a thief by junior staff after they had to use their own paltry pay packets to buy toiletries and clothing for victims. Greedy manager Joanne Whalen, 51, is feared to have pocketed up to £25,000 over a three year period at the expense of frail and confused older people - many of whom had dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons Disease.
The mother of three was only found out after a care assistant on the minimum wage confided in a director at the Firs Hall Care Home in Failsworth near Oldham. Along with fellow junior colleagues, she said she had been using their own money to buy bath products, clothing and cigarettes for the residents as they noticed they were going without.
It emerged one man paid £21,966 pounds in cash to Whalen, of Droylsden Road, Manchester, over the course of a year in the mistaken belief it was for his elderly father's care fees. He then received legal letters wrongly warning him he was in arrears and that bailiffs had been summoned to reclaim goods from his home.
He was only able to prove he had paid as he had kept receipts from the money he handed over. At Minshull Street Crown Court, Whalen of Newton Heath, Manchester was branded 'despicable' by a judge who jailed her for 18 months after she admitted theft and fraud by abuse of position.
The court heard the thefts began in 2017 after Whalen racked up £45,000 worth of debt through mortgage arrears, council tax bills, credit cards and purchases from catalogues. In mitigation her lawyer Andrew Marsh said: ''She understands she engaged in dishonest behaviour over a period of time when she was in a position of trust. The seriousness cannot be understated and she does not seek to hide from that."
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