These are the faces of 35 criminals locked up in May for crimes linked to Merseyside.
Among them are six murderers who brought tragedy to the streets of the region, from Kirkby to Speke.
Drugs gangs whose networks spread across the country, thieves and paedophiles also feature in this round-up of an emotional month in the courts.
“Evil” Culshaw murdered a vulnerable dad in a vicious attack.
The drunken thug stamped on six stone Ian Conning so hard he left footprints on his victim’s clothes.
The bully was this week jailed for life for the brutal assault in a Kirkby flat, where the pair were drinking with others.
When police arrived on Kelday Close it was Culshaw who led them into the flat, where Mr Conning’s body was laid at the entrance.
Culshaw claimed there had been an “accident” and he had found Mr Conning in that condition when he arrived at the flat.
Mr Conning was still alive and rushed to Aintree hospital.
He never woke from a coma and died on November 6, three days after life support had been withdrawn.
His wounds included a severe brain injury, a fractured skull and 13 fractured ribs.
The officers who attended the scene noted footwear marks – later found to match Culshaw’s – on the 47-year-old’s clothing.
Culshaw, of Rushey Hey Drive in Kirkby, admitted murder.
The 56-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years and 190 days.
King stole cash from a Subway restaurant but was arrested after a brave worker forced him off the road in her car.
The 38-year-old marched into a Subway in Tytherington Business Park, Macclesfield and headed straight for the safe.
He said “don’t” when challenged by staff, stole cash and pulled out a knife when a worker chased him outside.
King then ran towards a public pathway opposite Webbs Close, jumped on a mountain bike and rode off towards Tytherington Lane.
Undeterred, the shop worker returned to the Subway, got in her car and drove around looking for him.
She saw him cycling on Manchester Road and forced him off his bike on Marlborough Drive after driving towards him. He then tried to flee on foot but was found soon after hiding behind a tree in a wooded area by police.
Three days earlier, on March 3 last year, King had stolen cash from a Subway on Mill Street in Macclesfield, when he also said “don’t” when challenged by staff.
Appearing at Chester Crown Court on April 5, King pleaded guilty to robbery in relation to the incident at the Mill Street shop.
In relation to the incidents inside and outside the Subway outlet in Tytherington Business Park, he admitted charges of theft and possessing a knife in a public place.
As well as the offences in Macclesfield, he was sentenced for shoplifting, possessing a bladed weapon (a Stanley knife) in a public place and possessing an offensive weapon (a knuckleduster) in a public place in relation to an incident at The Co-operative Food store on Speke Road in Hunts Cross.
King, of Oak View in Speke, was jailed for five years.
Child rapist Jones kept his conviction secret when released from prison before molesting two more young boys.
The 51-year-old, from Wirral, raped a five-year-old boy in an appalling attack when he was aged 19 in 1986.
The twisted paedophile was sentenced to five years’ youth custody at Carlisle Crown Court in December that year.
But after he was released, Jones moved to Tranmere, where he started grooming a boy, aged 10, and his friend, 14.
Jones, now of Hayling Avenue, Portsmouth, originally denied 16 counts of indecent assault and was set to stand trial.
But the pervert, who also has two convictions for burglary, returned to court and pleaded guilty to all of the charges.
He was jailed for nine years.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how on December 12 the dad had intended to take his own life, but changed his mind at the last minute.
Instead, the 38-year-old, who had been drinking, went to Edge Lane McDonald’s armed with a knife and demanded money from a safe.
After that he told the petrified manager that she could make a claim for damages – and even offered to hit her so she could claim even more money.
Jailing Cunningham for five years today, Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said: “Your victim was threatened with a knife which left her absolutely terrified.”
Cunningham, of Wycliffe Road, Anfield, pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.
Teenager Kelbrick was said to have a “bright future” – but has now been locked up after being caught selling drugs in a city club.
The then 18-year-old was caught after being seen “hanging around the toilets” of the bar.
On his arrest Kelbrick, of Trispen Close, Halewood, volunteered to police that he had drugs on him and police found 10 wraps of cocaine weighing 3.1 grams, with a street value of between £124 to £310.
A single text message on his phone found by police also said ‘are you on the graft?’.
He provided ‘no comment’ on interview but pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Kelbrick, now 20, was sentenced to 28 months in a young offenders institute.
Fraudster Derbyshire diverted a deaf woman’s disability payments and wages into his own bank account.
The 29-year-old took advantage of his victim’s ‘vulnerability’ to take control of her finances over several years.
He bought a VW Golf as his victim began to experience growing money worries.
At one point the woman, in her 60s, faced losing her home.
In 2017 the woman’s colleagues became suspicious and contacted social services.
This resulted in a mutli-agency investigation into the missing cash, which led police to Derbyshire.
Derbyshire, of Oakfield Road, was found guilty of three counts of fraud and one count of theft after a trial.
He was jailed for 30 months.
Muat endlessly bullied his “vulnerable and simple” friend before battering him to death on a fishing trip in a Merseyside park.
He took his pal Peter Seeclear, who suffered from mental health difficulties, to Stadt Moers Park in Whiston.
But during that visit, last October, the 45-year-old flew into a rage and repeatedly beat him until he lay dying in his tent.
Muat, of Upper Parliament Street, was jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years after he was convicted after a trial of murdering the Toxteth man, who was also 45.
MARK PATTERSON and MATTHEW DUNCAN
A woman and her child were confined to a bedroom by these two men, who took over her home to run their drug dealing enterprise.
Cheshire Police said made the victims “live in fear” after forcing their way into the house to peddle cocaine and heroin.
A spokesman for the force said dealers Patterson, 29 and of Coniston Street, Everton and Duncan, 28 and of Warham Road, Anfield made the woman and her young daughter “live only in her bedroom”.
The pair used the rest of her home “to run their county lines business”.
Cheshire Police said Patterson and Duncan targeted the woman and her young daughter at their home “through manipulative and coercive behaviour which left them trapped.”
After doing so “they then used it as a place to sell, supply or store drugs” – a term known as cuckooing.
Patterson was sentenced at Chester Crown Court to three years and eight months for two counts of possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine.
Duncan was jailed for two years and three months for two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine.
Two teenagers involved in the murder of 18-year-old Eddie O’Rourke were jailed for a total of at least 23 years.
The young Runcorn man was knifed by love rival Ward after they had previously clashed over a girl.
Ward, convicted of murder, was handed a large “Pirates of the Caribbean” knife with a 12-inch blade by a 15-year-old, who was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter.
Ward, 18 and of Lockfield, was given a life term and will have to serve a minimum of 16 years before he can even be considered for parole.
The younger boy, who was handed seven years, will serve at least half his sentence, but could be released on licence to see out the remainder of his punishment back in the community.
He can not be named for legal reasons.
LEE LEATHERBARROW and SAMUEL ROBINSON
Thieves targeted London Road in Appleton, where house prices rise above £750,000, in October of last year.
They took an Audi RS5 that was parked outside the property before abandoning it 17 miles away in Lower Hall Street, St Helens.
Asking prices for flats on that road are often below the cost of the stolen Audi – which has a retail price of £63,500.
One month later police raided homes in St Helens as part of the investigation into the car theft.
Lee Leatherbarrow, 29 and of Moorwood Crescent, St Helens has now been jailed for three years, 10 months for conspiracy to commit burglary.
Samuel Robinson, 26 and of Duke Street, St Helens was jailed for two years for theft (of the Audi).
Manipulative and controlling Brettle murdered a mum-of-two in a frenzied knife attack before going on the run to try and escape police.
The 24-year-old stabbed girlfriend Samantha Gosney 19 times in an attack that a paramedic described as “pure butchery”.
The 29-year-old mum was left to die alone in a pool of blood on the floor of her St Helens flat while Brettle texted his mum saying: “Mum you need to ring me now. I’m going to jail.”
Adam Brettle was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 18 years and 19 days.
JERSEY DRUGS GANG
A key player in a major smuggling network was jailed for attempting to flood the lucrative Jersey drugs market with heroin and cannabis.
Alan Smitton ran two separate importation plots that sought to place control of the island’s drugs supply lines in the hands of crime bosses based on Merseyside.
Both operations were busted when police raids uncovered illicit substances said to be worth more than £900,000 at properties on the island.
Smitton, who now lives in Jersey but is from Liverpool, was linked to both conspiracies and the 47-year-old was jailed for 17 years at Jersey’s Royal Court.
Key figures in the gang network that supported his cannabis plot were also locked up on Thursday.
Among them were John O’Connor, David Arrowsmith and Neil Heskin.
O’Connor, originally from Wallasey, visited the tourist hotspot from his home on Merseyside to co-ordinate the storage and supply of drugs on the island.
The 61-year-old was jailed for seven years and six months.
Arrowsmith was based on the island and helped managed the plot on the ground.
Like Smitton, he is originally from Merseyside. The 57-year-old was jailed for four years and six months.
The 39-year-old was locked up for seven years and six months.
COUNTY LINES DRUGS GANG
The masterminds of a heroin and cocaine trafficking gang who ferried Class A hauls from Liverpool to Wales were jailed for a total of almost 35 years.
Operation Banjo, launched by Merseyside Police, led to secret surveillance of the serious organised crime group between January to August in 2018.
It was a “county lines” type operation, prosecutor Ben Jones said, with the drugs sourced on Merseyside before being distributed through to lower-level street dealers, mostly in Swansea.
Paul Hickman, 36 and of Barchester Drive, Aigburth, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, consecutive to a five years and three month term for he was handed for a firearms offence last year.
Joseph Jones, 29 and of Aldwark Road, Dovecot, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to eight years behind bars.
Luke Donoghue, 22, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and previously received three years in prison at Swansea Crown Court.
Wayne Fanning, 47, of Prospect Vale, Tuebrook, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine and previously received six years imprisonment at Swansea Crown Court.
Paul Kinsey, 60, of St Clears Place, Penlan, Swansea, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to Supply Class A controlled drugs and was previously sentenced to five years and 10 months in custody.
The Formby nan sunk her teeth into the left middle finger of her victim – who had stepped in to stop a brawl.
The attack fractured the finger, leaving the tip hanging off and the bone on show.
While under investigation for that, the 47-year-old then attempted to pass cannabis to her prisoner son while in a jail visiting room.
Edwards, of Lonsdale Road, was jailed for 18 months after she pleaded guilty to Section 20 Grievous Bodily Harm, just before she was due to face trial, and admitted passing a prohibited item into prison.
Redmond knocked on the doors of the vulnerable asking for sponsorship money.
Claiming to be taking part in a charity football match he visited supported accommodation in south Liverpool, asking for donations.
In reality he was using the cash to fund his cocaine habit.
Liverpool Crown Court heard his victims included several women in their 90s – one a 95-year-old with dementia.
He snatched the purses of at least two women, one of whom said she had been left shaken and questioning her trust of others as a consequence.
Despite being in her 90s one victim jumped in her car and actually hunted for the 28-year-old.
Redmond, of no fixed abode but from the Gateacre area, admitted a host of offences that included fraud by false representation, theft and burglary.
A total of 63 similar offences were also taken into consideration. From those alone he raised just under £200.
A psychiatric report stating Redmond is a paranoid schizophrenic was presented to the court and Redmond was given an indefinite hospital order, meaning he will be detained at a hospital facility.
BRANDON REGAN’S KILLERS
The car’s driver Jack Butterworth, 22, rammed him off the road, sending the 17-year-old flying over the handlebars into the street.
Jones, 24, got out and knifed the teen four times, while his backup, Lewis Gibbons, 26, wielded an axe and a meat cleaver.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Brandon fled and climbed into the back garden of a home in Critchley Road, where he collapsed.
Jones and Gibbons were convicted of murder, while Butterworth was cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter, after a trial.
When Jones, of no fixed abode but from Netherley, was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years, he grinned at the grieving family and said: “I’ll take that all day”.
As Gibbons, of Holland Road, Halewood, was sent down, after being jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years, he smirked and showed his middle finger to stunned onlookers.
Butterworth, of Finsbury Park, Widnes, was jailed for 13 years.
Marr threatened two pregnant women and their children claiming he would mutilate, burn and shoot them.
When arrested the 33-year-old, previously convicted of threatening to petrol bomb an ex-girlfriend’s house, confessed to police but said he wouldn’t have carried out the threats and just wanted to scare his victims.
Marr, of no fixed address but formerly of Edge Lane, Fairfield, admitted two counts of stalking.
The judge, Recorder Michael Murray, made two indefinite restraining orders preventing Marr from contacting either victim.
Recorder Murray said Marr’s actions, including threatening to “mutilate” Miss Daley, were those of a “very jealous” man and jailed him for 20 months.
The Litherland man, of Longfield Road, was jailed for two and a half years.
He admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, one of encouraging the commission by another of the offence of distributing indecent images of a child, and one of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
DRUGS GANG BUSTED BY OPERATION SEAFORD
A gang that peddled large amounts of cocaine and cannabis throughout Liverpool, Wirral and Wales was jailed for a total of almost 30 years.
Operation Seaford was the code name for police’s prosecution of Class A and Class B dealers to supply and produce hauls of the illegal substances.
Darius Saidi-Bidokhti was the controlling mind of the plot and channelled his profits into property which was itself used to cultivate cannabis, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
The married 33-year-old, from Birkenhead, played a “significant” role in the distribution of cocaine, buying wholesale amounts from accomplice Neil McDonald and transporting them across the Merseyside/Welsh border.
McDonald played the most serious role, the judge said, supplying wholesale amounts to Saidi-Bidokhti and having clear links to the original source of the drugs.
The 38-year-old, from West Derby, was handed the longest sentence, with a jail term of seven years and nine months.
Tomas Morozovas, 41, was an “enthusiastic participant” in the Class B conspiracy, taking part in two separate cannabis plant productions, one of them clearly a nursery for further farms of the drug.
The Wirral man was jailed for four years.
Luke Francis, 22, from Toxteth, was an associate of McDonald, and occupied Flat 7 Atrium Apartments, in Liverpool city centre, which was set up as a drugs safe house.
He was jailed for five years.
Day burned down part of a school after becoming wrongly fixated on the idea it was a “playground for paedophiles.” embarked upon a determined Facebook and personal campaign against the school – The University of Chester Academy in Northwich, Cheshire.
Many of those clips were filmed outside the school, some under the cover of darkness, alleging that the school was harbouring a “paedophile ring.”
Day – described by prosecutors as a “driven man” – even turned up at two open events at the school for prospective pupils and their parents.
At the February 2018 height of his campaign, Day, from Runcorn, climbed up on the roof of the school and lit up to 20 fires, including 17 to the roof, systematically removing tiles and piercing the felt before pouring petrol inside and lighting it.
Day, of Saltash Close, Brookvale, Runcorn, was found guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered, arson and two counts of stalking of staff at the school.
He was sent to prison for 15 years, with a five-year extended licence.
A top judge rejected Ellard’s brazen claim that he burgled a nursing home using a golf club “on impulse”.
He suggested he targeted the staff room at Boscobel Care Home in Southport after spotting an open window.
The 24-year-old confessed to using a golf club to hook out a handbag belonging to support worker Blessing Agarry.
Ellard, of Argo Road, Waterloo, then spent nearly £100 on his victim’s bank card, before it was reported as stolen.
But he tried to persuade Judge David Aubrey, QC, that he didn’t plan to burgle the residential home, some time after 1am.
Ellard, appearing via video link from HMP Berwyn, pleaded guilty to burglary and four counts of fraud.
He also asked for two other offences – handling stolen goods and another burglary – to be taken into consideration.
The court heard the dad-of-one has 17 previous convictions for 40 offences, including a series of robberies and shoplifting.
He was jailed for two years and eight months in December for a spate of crimes including a home burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.
Judge Aubrey added a further eight months to that sentence.
Farris, who once fired a submachine gun towards police, has now been jailed for dealing cocaine.
He was locked up for eight years in 2004 after admitting possessing the gun with intent to resist arrest.
However, police discovered he was cutting up and selling drugs when they raided his home at 9.20am on October 20 last year.
He admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply, plus possession of buprenorphine and dimenthyltryptamine.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, today said he could only impose a custodial sentence and jailed Thomas, 36, for two years.
Nightmare neighbour Hill set fire to his own 15 storey tower block in an attempt to “kill flies”.
Hill, who lived in Denecliff in Stockbridge Village, already had a suspended sentence hanging over him for trying to chop down a telegraph pole with a three foot long axe because birds on its wires were disturbing his sleep.
After the fire, which had the potential to seriously injure or even kill his neighbours, Hill claimed that he had been troubled by flies and had ignited a rubbish bag in the bin store after watching a TV programme which claimed smoke could be used to kill them.
Hill, 48, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless whether life was endangered and criminal damage and Judge Aubrey said “it was not only reckless it was intentional with potentially catastrophic consequences.”
Judge Aubrey sentenced him to 42 months for the arson offence and two criminal damage charges and ordered that the six month suspended sentence for damaging the telegraph pole was activated to run consecutively.
JAMIE RED HANLEY
Hanley was caught with a lethal Mac 10 machine pistol and a handgun.
The 33-year-old tried to make off from police on an electric bike after they tried to stop him on Old Mill Lane in Wavertree.
When police caught up with him they found he had a Mac 10 machine pistol and a Smith and Wesson handgun.
Hanley, of Lorenzo Drive in Norris Green, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and two counts of possession of ammunition.
He was jailed for six years.
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