These are the faces of 49 Merseyside criminals who were jailed during May

A former karate champion, members of a drug trafficking "trade society" and a man who killed his wife then went to Costa Coffee were among the Merseyside criminals jailed this month. Also locked up were a mum and son whose XL bully sunk its teeth into the head of an eight-year-old boy. Meanwhile, Liverpool Crown Court[1] heard that a grandad and a corrupt dock worker became embroiled in plots to smuggle nearly 400kg of cocaine into the UK from the Netherlands and Brazil.

Here are the faces of 49 criminals from our region who were imprisoned during May:

Robert Bennett and Peter McQuade

Robert Bennett

A grandad and a dock worker who became embroiled in plots to traffic nearly 400kg of cocaine into the UK from the Netherlands and Brazil have been jailed for nearly 40 years. Robert Bennett enlisted the services of employee Peter McQuade in order to facilitate the smuggling of millions of pounds of the class A drug through the Port of Liverpool.

He also boasted contacts with close links to suppliers in Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

Peter McQuade

Bennett admitted two counts of fraudulently evading the prohibition on the importation of cocaine. He was handed 19-and-a-half years. McQuade pleaded guilty to fraudulently evading the prohibition on the importation of cocaine, conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to possess criminal property.

He was locked up for 16 years and 10 months. Andrew Sherry

Karate champion and sensei Andrew Sherry, pictured here in 2008, has been convicted of sexually assaulting teenagers

A karate champion has been jailed for two years after being convicted of sexually assaulting teenagers. Andrew Sherry, a founder member of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), was found guilty of indecently assaulting one boy in the mid-1980s and of four counts of sexual assault on an older teenager in 2011 or 2012.

The 80-year-old, a ninth dan black belt, founded the Red Triangle karate club in Everton and achieved "prominence and standing" in the sport, before he retired in March 2022 after a police investigation was launched. Simon Kinsella

Simon Kinsella, 39, was sentenced to 16 months in prison

A dad who harassed a man for months by turning up at his house, chasing him in his car and sending threatening messages day and night has been jailed. Simon Kinsella chased Nathan Doyle in his car at high speed through red lights and on the wrong side of the road while the victim's partner and her young children were in the vehicle.

He would make phone calls and send threatening messages day and night as well as making him fearful of opening his own front door in case. Kinsella was jailed for 16 months for aggravated stalking and dangerous driving. Aaron Quinn

Aaron Quinn

A Facebook[4] romance soured after a man demanded GBP80 from his online partner while threatening that he would send intimate pictures of her "worldwide".

Aaron Quinn exchanged photos of his "lower half" with his victim before attempting to blackmail her for cash by claiming that he would post images she had shared with him on the internet. He tearfully begged a judge not to send him to jail, saying: "I can't do prison again." Quinn admitted blackmail, threatening to disclose private images and harassment.

He was imprisoned for 10 months. Christian Foster

Christian Foster, of Farrell Street, Fairfield & Howley

A man was caught red-handed with a bag of heroin and crack cocaine after plain clothes police spotted him "acting suspiciously". The officers noticed Christian Foster pulling a package out of his shirt after being approached by two other men.

He was then found in possession of a mobile phone, a small amount of cash and a bag containing drugs valued at approximately GBP790. Foster pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. He was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

James Burns

James Burns, of North Road, St Helens

An abusive boyfriend was caught selling "all night power lemo" after his battered girlfriend called the police. James Burns throttled his partner while shouting at her friend "you're gonna watch her get hurt". When officers went to arrest him later that day, they found cannabis in his possession while a search of his mobile phone revealed the dad-of-one had been sending "flare" messages advertising the sale of cannabis, ketamine and cocaine.

Burns pleaded guilty to intentional strangulation, criminal damage, and three counts of being concerned in the supply of drugs. He was jailed for three years. Jack Gilmartin

Jack Gilmartin, 23, has been jailed for 11 years

A "dangerous and violent" man has been jailed for 11 years for rape.

Jack Gilmartin was convicted of rape, harassment, assault occasioning ABH, intentional strangulation, and possession of controlled drugs. He was found guilty of the rape, having admitted the other offences. Patrick Symes

Patrick Robert Symes, 30 years, of Thursby Crescent, Kirkby, pleaded guilty to two burglaries which both happened on 27 February this year.

An inmate who was allowed out on day release in order to work a shift at Screwfix failed to return to prison after squatting for too long.

Patrick Symes was said to have missed his curfew as he needed "some headspace" following a "disagreement". The convicted burglar then stayed at large for around three days, having developed an infection in his legs and been taken to hospital. Symes admitted being a temporarily released prisoner unlawfully at large.

Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse wearing a grey Montirex t-shirt, he was handed an additional two months behind bars. Theo Raphael

Theo Raphael, 18, of Picton Road, was sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates' Court today, Tuesday 7 May

A teenage sex offender preyed on a dog walker and a pensioner. Theo Raphael sexually assaulted the two victims in the space of just a week..

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted rape and two counts of sexual assault and was handed 18 months in prison and banned from entering Mystery Park in Wavertree[5] indefinitely. Barclay Redford

Barclay Redford appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 7 May

A serial offender's crime spree came to an end when he returned to the Co-op. Barclay Redford stole hundreds of pounds of goods from the store, then was arrested after returning to the same premises only days later.

He pleaded guilty to offences including burglary, theft and fraud and was jailed for three years and four months. Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

A burglar who smashed his way into a house and stole a dog claims he was on a "rescue mission". Keith Robinson took the puppy after allegedly being told that it had been abandoned after its owner had died.

However, he also helped himself to a television after breaking into the address. Robinson admitted burglary. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse wearing a grey Emporio Armani jumper, he was jailed for 18 months.

Jared Skeete

Jared Skeete

A thug who hurled lit fireworks at police during shocking scenes of disorder at the Suites Hotel was released from prison but began dealing drugs only days later. Jared Skeete had originally been locked up after brazenly sniffing ketamine in full view of officers and calling them "little sausages" as protests outside the Kirkby[6] site descended into violence. The lout - who was described as being "at the forefront" of the trouble - was told by a judge that he was "well on his way to ruining his life", having become embroiled within a county lines heroin and crack cocaine supply operation less than two weeks after he was freed from jail.

Skeete admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and possession of cannabis. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for three years. James Duggan

James Duggan

A murderer stole Pringles and bottles of alcohol from a carvery after a drinking binge.

James Duggan strangled Rebecca Ryle to death in Australia and left the teenager's half naked body in a field almost exactly 20 years ago. He was deported back to the UK in 2022 after emigrating from Liverpool as a child, but has now been hauled back before the courts in connection with a burglary at a pub. Duggan admitted burglary and breaching a suspended sentence order.

Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse wearing a grey Jack Wills jumper, he replied "thank you sir" after being jailed for three months. Thomas McNulty

Thomas McNulty

A former Morrisons store manager returned to his "old habits" and ended up in prison after raiding Bargain Booze armed with a knife. Thomas McNulty entered the off-licence brandishing the weapon and told a shopkeeper "don't be a hero".

But a courageous customer instead stepped into this have-a-go role as he wrestled the masked robber to the ground. McNulty admitted robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for three years.

Jon Chiocchi

Jon Chiocchi

A dad "let his anger and temper take control" after he was kicked out of a Marks and Spencer store and ended up in prison. Jon Chiocchi was confronted by security staff when he was seemingly caught in the act of shoplifting. But he responded by pulling a baseball bat from the boot of his car and threatening to stab his keys "into his skull" of the member of staff.

Chiocchi admitted using threatening behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He sat with his head in his hands and puffed out his cheeks as he was jailed for nine months. Phillip Lam

Phillip Lam

A drug importer known as "Weary Dog" kept cannabis stashed in his nan's house.

Phillip Lam plotted to smuggle hundreds of kilos of illicit substances into the UK with weekly shipments from Spain. He also stood to make profits in the region of GBP10,000 per week as the head of a "criminal business" which trafficked wholesale quantities of heroin and cocaine. Lam admitted conspiracy to evade the prohibition of the importation of cannabis, conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis and conspiracy to produce cannabis.

Appearing via video link to HMP Lindholme, he shook his head and put his face in his hands as he was jailed for 16 years and eight months. Daniel Shepherd

Daniel Shepherd

A drug trafficker who hid behind the EncroChat handle "Vain Crane" told a judge "I'm so sorry for what I've done" as he was locked up for more than a decade. Daniel Shepherd utilised the encrypted communications platform to trade wholesale quantities of heroin, cocaine and cannabis and was involved in the handling of nearly half a million pounds in dirty cash.

His device was then passed on to his younger brother following his arrest. Shepherd admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was jailed for 11-and-a-half years.

Amanda and Lewis Young

Amanda Young

A mum screamed "an XL bully has got my boy" as the dog sunk its teeth into her eight-year-old's head. The youngster had been visiting a friend who he wanted to play football with when he was attacked by mother and son Amanda and Lewis Young's pet Snoop, who had been allowed to roam free without a harness and unmuzzled in the communal area of a block of flats. The schoolboy screamed "help me, help" as he had his scalp ripped off, leaving his mum fearing he was going to die.

Lewis Young

Lewis Young admitted being the owner of a dog which caused injury while out of control in a public place.

He was jailed for two years. Amanda Young pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog which caused injury while out of control in a public place. She was locked up for 20 months.

Raymond Hawthorne

Raymond Hawthorne

A paedophile gave a boy Pot Noodles laced with drugs before sexually abusing him. Raymond Hawthorne subjected two children to sickening campaigns of assault and rape. He lavished one of the youngsters with expensive gifts, including trainers and a bike, as he exploited him for his own twisted desires.

Hawthorne was found guilty of two counts of rape, 10 charges of indecent assault and two offences of gross indecency with a child by a jury. He was jailed for 27 years, a term of which he must serve at least two thirds before becoming eligible for release, and handed an additional eight years on licence. Haydn Patterson

Haydn Patterson, of Barons Close in Widnes

A drug driver killed his best friend after a night in the pub.

Haydn Patterson lost control of his Mini Cooper and careered onto a grass embankment, where his car rolled onto its roof. His 41-year-old passenger Kevin Viles died in the crash, while the driver fled on foot. Patterson pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while over the drug drive limit for cocaine and cannabis.

He was jailed for nine years. Carlos Navarro

Prolific Power Ranger poacher, Carlos Navarro

A serial shoplifter has been banned from all Tesco[7], Sainsbury's and B&M stores in the city. Carlos Navarro admitted four counts of theft, including over one incident which saw him steal GBP100 of board games from Waterstones and another in which he helped himself to a Power Ranger and two wrestling figurines.

The 40-year-old was jailed for 18 months and given a four-year criminal behaviour order. Richard Cairns

Richard Cairns

A thug threatened to bite his girlfriend's nose off, eat it and "chop her up and put her in the bin". Richard Cairns subjected his partner to a brutal and prolonged assault before throwing her out into the street after stripping her naked.

He also repeatedly punched her in the face and throttled her while asking "why are you still alive?", before chillingly pondering: "What if I woke up to you this morning as a corpse?" Cairns admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentional strangulation. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for three years and four months.

Darren Duffy and Michael Heyes

Michael Heyes

A drug dealer boasted that his cocaine was "better than anyone's". Darren Duffy's exploits were brought to an end after the police raided his mum's house and discovered his "remarkable" graft phone. Officers also locked up an armed forces veteran who was sleeping on his sofa.

Darren Duffy

Duffy and Michael Heyes admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

They were jailed for three years each. Mark Smith

Mark Smith

A man burst into a social club, shouted "no one f***s with me" and doused a snooker table and a barmaid in petrol. Mark Smith drunkenly attempted to set fire to the premises after reacting angrily to a joke, but was thankfully overpowered by other customers.

He later told the police that he had "lost his head". Smith admitted attempted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered, assault by beating and criminal damage. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for four-and-a-half years - of which he must serve at least two thirds - and handed an additional three years on licence, as well as a lifelong restraining order.

David Whiteside

David Whiteside

A couple were caught with nearly half a million pounds worth of drugs after their car was pulled over on the motorway. Chloe Armstrong wept in the dock as her boyfriend David Whiteside was locked up over a haul of illicit class A substances worth nearly GBP350,000, which was discovered in a TK Maxx suitcase in their boot. However, she and her mum Lisa Armstrong walked free from court despite a further GBP130,000 of cocaine, heroin and cannabis resin being discovered when their home was raided.

Whiteside admitted possession of cocaine, heroin and cannabis resin with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for seven years. Chloe and Lisa Armstrong pleaded guilty to permitting premises to be used in the supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis resin.

They were handed 15 months and 13 months respectively, prison terms which were suspended for two years. Both were also told to complete rehabilitation activity requirements of up to 20 days and must serve four-month electronically monitored curfews from 8pm to 6am. Chloe Armstrong was seen wiping away tears i as the sentences were handed down.

Kaylum Weaver

Kaylum Weaver

The "youngest bus driver in the country" has been sent to a young offenders' institute. Kaylum Weaver brandished a steak knife during a row with his girlfriend and chillingly threatened "you're going tonight". A judge told him that "very serious consequences could have followed" after he armed himself and urged her to "drop the charges" against him in relation to an earlier incident.

Weaver admitted making threats to kill, making threats with a bladed article, witness intimidation and stalking. He was locked up for 16 months and given a five-year restraining order. Karlos Escoffery, David Bradley and Dylan Adams

Karlos Escoffery

Tens of thousands of pounds in cash and luxury Rolex and Oris watches were seized as members of a drug trafficking "trade society" were arrested boarding a flight to Ibiza.

Karlos Escoffery, David Bradley and Dylan Adams were detained at the airport after being identified as the users of the EncroChat handles "Mucky Mouth", "Frosty Finger", "Wireless Dove" and "BusyMint". They were imprisoned for a combined total of 40 years.

Dylan Adams

Adams admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was locked up for 12 years.

Bradley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine cannabis and amphetamine and money laundering. He was handed 14 years and eight months.

David Bradley

Escoffery admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and money laundering. Appearing via video link to HMP Liverpool, he was jailed for 13 years and four months.

Kaylum Forrester

Kaylum Forrester, 34, of Liverpool Road, Huyton, was jailed on Monday 20 May at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading guilty to arranging/ facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, and making, possessing, and distributing indecent images of children.

A paedophile's sick haul of abuse images was uncovered after he was caught speaking online with someone he thought was a child. Kaylum Forrester admitted arranging a child sex offence and making, possessing, and distributing indecent images of children. He was jailed for six years.

Scott McGuffie

Scott McGuffie

A domestic abuser who sent an intimidate video of his ex to her new partner on WhatsApp ranted: "I'm sitting in a courtroom full of lies." Scott McGuffie subjecting his pregnant former girlfriend to a campaign of harassment following the breakdown of their relationship, including lurking outside her house in the dead of night and bombarding her with phone calls. A judge told him that he was "selfish and abusive by nature" and had an "instinct to resort to violence and intimidation"

McGuffie admitted disclosing private sexual images with intent to cause distress and breaching a non-molestation order. He was jailed for three years. Christy Hewitt

Christy Hewitt

A thug "promised" his girlfriend that he would never attack her again but ended up in prison after his words proved to be "hollow".

Christy Hewitt strangled his partner after she refused to have sex with him and boasted that he could "kill her with one punch". The dad-of-three also repeatedly stamped on his victim's head in another "unpleasant and gratuitous" assault. Hewitt admitted intentional strangulation, two counts of assault by beating, criminal damage and a public order offence.

Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for 30 months and given a 10-year restraining order. Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson

A convicted paedophile infiltrated a theatre group before developing an "obsession" with a child actor. Charles Thompson made a collage of pictures of the teenage girl after downloading the images from her Facebook[8] page and suggested that they play roles which would see them portraying a couple on stage, despite their 30-year age difference.

He also suggested that he "join her" in bed and admitted that his "new year's resolution to give her up" would be doomed to failure as he could not stop "daydreaming" about her. Thompson, who was supported by his wife in the public gallery, admitted two counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for two years.

Leo Meek

Leo Meek jailed for dangerous driving

A man who mowed down and killed a 15-year-old boy has been jailed again for leading police on a 100mph chase in a stolen car. Leo Meek was previously given a 40-month sentence for causing the death of schoolboy Jack Jones by dangerous driving in April 2021 while the teenager was out riding his bike. The 15-year-old from Moreton, Wirral[9], had been cycling the familiar route to his aunt's house after spending the evening watching a film with his little brother.

But, by last summer, Meek was back behind the wheel and stole a white BWM M135i before leading police on a reckless car chase through Cheshire. He was jailed for a further 22 months for dangerous driving and handling stolen goods. Stuart Robertson

Stuart Robertson

A grandad who killed his wife then went to Costa Coffee for a cup of tea has been jailed for six years.

Stuart Robertson strangled his partner Dawn to death aged 62 before placing a crucifix in her lifeless hands, taking a bus into St Helens[10] town centre and handing himself in to the police after "pausing for a cup of tea" at the coffee shop. He told a jury during his trial that he that he had attacked his spouse after "feeling a burning anger and rage" when she told him his son was not his. The 69-year-old was unanimously cleared of murder, but admitted the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Robertson nodded as he was handed his prison term, of which he must serve at least two thirds before becoming eligible for release on licence, and mouthed the words "thank you" as he was led down to the cells. John Woods

John Woods, of Orchard Lane, Ainsdale

A single punch outside a sports bar cracked a man's skull and left him needing hospital care for months. John Woods punched former friend John Barton outside the Champs pub in Ainsdale after the latter decided to gate crash a party.

After being turfed out, he was followed onto the street by a group of guests including his ex-boss Woods - who left him unconscious on the ground and with a bleed on the brain. He was jailed for 14 months. Jamie Worrall

Jamie Worrall, 36, of Randon Grove, St Helens, was found guilty of burglary

A man broke into a woman's house and stole medication.

Jamie Worrall was found guilty of burglary. He was jailed for four years and handed a 10-year restraining order. David Hampson

David Hampson

A paedophile's house was trashed and daubed with graffiti after his activities on Facebook[11] were revealed.

Using his pink iPhone, David Hampson exchanged a series of vile messages with an account he believed belonged to a 13-year-old. He was jailed on his 60th birthday on Friday over the lurid conversations. Hampson admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child.

Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was imprisoned for two years. Kyle Vaughan

Kyle Vaughan

A thug downed a bottle of Jack Daniel's before repeatedly hitting his dog in the face in front of shocked kids and families in the park. Kyle Vaughan allegedly threatened to "set his dog on children" after being confronted over his vile behaviour.

He then turned his attentions to police officers who were called to the scene, punching one several times and attempting to gouge the eyes of another. Vaughan admitted affray, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for a year.

Paul Green

Paul Green

A man has been jailed for entering the Range. Paul Green is subject to a court order banning him from the shop, as well as every branch of Lidl, Tesco[12] and Asda[13] in Merseyside. He also made a bid to steal items including a pair of hair straighteners, but was thwarted by eagle eyed employees.

Green admitted breaching a criminal behaviour order and theft. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was locked up for 16 months. Michael Collins

Michael Collins

A robber called a shopper a "nonce" and stole his beer after attacking him in Bootle[14] Strand.

Michael Collins subjected his victim to a "quite shocking and totally unprovoked" assault inside the shopping centre, leaving him "badly shaken up". He then flipped a table over during a disturbance at a medical centre. Collins admitted robbery and criminal damage.

Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for three years and handed a five-year restraining order. Colin Agnew

Colin Agnew

A thug stabbed a member of a motorcycle gang who had confronted him over "filthy messages" he had been sending to the biker's girlfriend. Colin Agnew was accosted on his own doorstep the furious boyfriend, who had procured his address from a man in the pub known as Piston Pete.

He responded by knifing his love rival in the stomach, leaving him in intensive care and needing to have part of his bowel removed. Agnew was found guilty of wounding with intent. He was jailed for six years and handed an indefinite restraining order.

Kelly Lane

Kelly Lane

A grandma put her head in her hands as she was jailed for glassing a woman in Wetherspoons. Kelly Lane "lost control" and attacked her innocent victim after drunkenly picking a fight with her during a night in the pub. She was said to have been spared "potentially horrendous injuries" only by her spectacles.

The 39-year-old admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a count of criminal damage in relation to Ms Radford's glasses. Lane appeared stunned and put her head in her hands in the dock as she was handed an immediate imprisonment of one year and a seven-year restraining order. Damien Doyle

Damien Doyle

A bus driver sexually assaulted a teenager who had fallen asleep on the last service home.

Damien Doyle offered the girl a lift when she was left stranded at the depot late at night with no money. But he instead seized on the opportunity by locking her in his car and exploiting her after remarking: "I bet you get really horny when you're drunk." Doyle was found guilty of one count of sexual assault by a jury.

He was jailed for two years and told to sign the sex offenders' register for 10 years. David Dunbavin

David Dunbavin, of Alwain Green, Speke

A police community support officer who was called to reports of nuisance scrambler bikers on a bridle path was mowed down by one of the "arrogant" yobs. David Dunbavin crashed into Steven Lambe on a path in Alderwood, near Speke[15].

The PCSO was among two groups of officers called to the woods following complaints about scrambler bikes. He said he saw Dunbavin "appear from nowhere" about 30 to 40 feet away and realised the bike was coming towards him, but was unable to avoid it on the narrow bridleway and was hit and thrown into the air. He suffered a fractured right leg and ligament damage to his knee as well as abrasions to his face and chest.

Dunbavin pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving without insurance and a licence and failing to report an accident. He was Jailed for 26 months. Sonia Munro

Sonia Munro

A woman stabbed her boyfriend after becoming "annoyed" by a dream in which she had been shot.

Sonia Munro knifed her partner in the chest during a drunken argument, then claimed that he had told her to do so. He was fortunately only left with "superficial" injuries following the attack. Munro admitted wounded without intent.

Appearing via video link to HMP Styal, she was jailed for 10 months and handed a three-year restraining order.

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