2019 is drawing to a close so it's time to look back over the year at Truro Crown Court and bring you the comprehensive list of all the criminals sent down at the court this year.

Resident judges Robert Linford and Simon Carr and other guest judges and recorders have dealt with crimes spanning the criminals spectrum, from a baby murder trial that was followed all around the country to the all-too-common tales of sickening sex monsters who have ruined lives for their own gratification, as well as everything else in between.



So here it is, it's taken a long time to put together but here is the list of all the criminals Cornwall Live has reported on who were jailed at Truro Crown Court this year.

Please note that Cornwall Live strives to cover every criminal sentencing at Truro Crown Court but it isn't always possible due to staffing issues and unexpected listings.

A sex offender who was spared jail for grooming a schoolgirl online breached the terms of his sentence by fleeing to The Philippines to meet a woman he met on the internet.

In March 2015 Mark Wyatt, 42, was given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, after he was caught in a sting operation while attempting to meet a 15-year-old girl he had groomed over the internet. Wyatt, then of Higher Tower Road, Newquay, had believed he was meeting teenager "Holly Stephens" at a hotel on January 19, 2015, but was instead confronted by an undercover police officer.

Wyatt had contacted a fake profile set up by the police and arranged to meet a girl he knew was under age, but on his way to meet her at a Premier Inn hotel miles away from his home, he was arrested by officers.

Wyatt returned to Truro Crown Court on January 4 to be sentenced for failing to comply with a sex offender programme and failing to attend appointments with the Probation Service.

Prosecuting, Ramsay Quaife said that until November 2016 the order had been going well until Wyatt disappeared causing police to issue and execute a warrant.

Defending Wyatt, Jason Beal said: “He started very well in response to the order and was attending the Thames Valley Sex Offenders’ Programme but then met an adult female on the internet and visited The Philippines.

“As a result of a falling out with her his return airline ticket was destroyed. He was detained in December 2017 and spent a year in a detention facility in Manila before he was eventually returned to this country and retained at the airport.

Sentencing Wyatt for the breach, Judge Simon Carr noted that he had spent a year in detention in the south east Asian country and some time in prison in the UK since his return.

Judge Carr said: “In 2015 you were convicted of a serious offence involving grooming. The court gave you the opportunity of a suspended sentence and appropriate treatment but you made the decision to go to The Philippines, one that cannot be justified.

“You failed to keep in touch with the Probation Service but paid a heavy price with your detention in The Philippines. It would be wrong not to acknowledge that you have now served much of this sentence.”

A judge described genital mutilation and snuff images downloaded by a north Cornwall publican as being “as extreme as any image of this sort can be”.

Jerome Dangar, 44, formerly of the King Arthur’s Arms in Tintagel, was caught with the sickening images after a police raid in November and one pathologist who examined them stated that there was a strong possibility that they weren’t staged and that some of the subjects died during the filming process.

Dangar appeared at Truro Crown Court on January 7 for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to nine counts of possession of extreme pornographic images.

Opening the case, Philip Lee explained that Dangar was first arrested on May 30 when his mobile phone was seized, before he was arrested for a second time after police swooped on the pub on November 2.

His device revealed 47 extreme pornographic images of which 14 were videos, all created between September 2017 and May 2018.

Mr Lee said: “The images portray life-threatening acts and genital mutilation. It is clear the defendant had a preoccupation with strangulation, stabbing, torture, drowning, asphyxiation and death.

“Internet searches showed searches for terms such as ‘snuff’ and ‘snuff wants to be stabbed’. There were images containing asphyxiation and hanging in which there was a real risk to the human subjects.

“The images indicate signs of death or near death and a pathologist who examined the scenes has said there was a risk of serious harm and even death to some of the subjects.”

The pathologist said that although it was impossible to tell, the evidence suggested that they weren’t staged.

During police interview Dangar admitted carrying out the searches but said he believed the genital mutilation and strangulation to be staged.

When asked why he downloaded the material, Dangar denied it was for sexual gratification saying that it was “intrigue”.

Mr Lee concluded by saying that it was possible the subjects were forced to take part and that the images were “the most extreme one could imagine”.

Sentencing Dangar, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were found with images of deliberate genital torture and mutilation involving a number of people. They contained acts such as strangulation and asphyxiation and were as extreme as any image of this sort can be.

“The pathologist examining them said that the mutilation and amputation scenes had all the hallmarks of a genuine scene. He thinks that at least three of the people being tortured were dead by the end.

“Both reports about you I’ve read are extremely concerned about the presentation you give. You still seek to minimise what you’ve done and every step of the way try to downplay the seriousness of your actions.

“I accept details of the offences have destroyed you both personally and professionally but you brought it on yourself.”

Judge Carr sentenced Dangar to 15 months in prison. Upon release he will be managed by a sexual risk order which will carefully monitor his internet usage.

It later emerged that Dangar was being investigated regarding the death of a young woman who died after an internet sex game went wrong. He was later found dead in prison.

A judge forced three people responsible for the theft and fleecing of a 95-year-old woman’s bank card to watch a video in which she describes wanting to kill herself as a result of their crimes.

Judge Robert Linford requested the pensioner’s victim impact video be played to Anthony Michael Harrison, Kirsty Ann Parr and Tristan James Chenoweth, who, between them, burgled her house as she slept and then spent and laundered the contents of her bank account.

The trio appeared at Truro Crown Court on January 8 and admitted their various roles in the criminal process.

At the hearing, Harrison, 40, who is currently incarcerated at HMP Dartmoor, pleaded guilty to two burglaries in Newquay. Chenoweth, 38, of Cusgarne Hall in St Austell, admitted handling stolen goods and fraud by false representation and Parr, 31, of Treffry Court in Newquay, held her hands up to a concealing criminal property charge.

The three appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday (January 9) for sentencing and prosecuting barrister Philip Lee said: “The 95-year-old burglary victim was at her home in Crantock Street on November 9, 2017, where she had lived for her whole life.

“Her home was burgled while she was asleep. She woke up at 3.15am and noticed something was out of place. She saw the front door open and then went and did some knitting, waiting for a carer to arrive.

“It was apparent there had been a break-in and there was a key safe on the floor with the key missing. There had been an untidy search and a purse containing cash, bank cards and family photos had been stolen from under her bed while she slept.

Mr Lee then described how it was apparent that one of the PIN numbers had been found and used to access her bank accounts.

He added: “A screwdriver was found on the floor with a DNA connection to Mr Harrison. Soon after, on November 10, two bank cards and a Post Office account were all used in local shops and at cash machines.

“There were ATM withdrawals of £1,100 in addition to £1,000 transferred from one account to the other and then £4,000 transferred into the Barclays account of Kirsty Parr.”

Mr Lee said that Chenoweth was responsible for taking one of the victim’s cards into Tesco and purchasing items worth £3 and getting £30 cashback.

Parr was caught on CCTV at the bank withdrawing £4,000 of the victim’s cash and Chenoweth identified at Tesco by the store’s camera system.

The court also heard how Harrison committed a second burglary a month later, also in Newquay, where he broke into a detached bungalow before leaving empty handed.

Judge Robert Linford then addressed the defendants and told them that it’s important they watched the victim impact video made by police so they could see the gravity of their crimes.

In the clip, the victim explained how she was born in the house but now feels “completely lost” and wishes she had a knife so she can kill herself.

She also stated that her life is no longer worth living and that the lockets had pictures of her ex-husband, sister and brother who was a pilot killed in the Second World War.

Harrison has 59 offences on his record including several for burglary, Chenoweth has 30 mainly for thefts and Parr one for drugs.

Representing Harrison, Chris Andrews said that he has limited mitigation apart from his early guilty plea.

He said: “I showed him the video (victim’s interview) this morning and he was appalled. I could see the colour drain out of his face and he wishes to express his sorrow and hopes an apology will be sent to the victim.

“On the day of the offence he was off his head on the drugs that have blighted his life. He has little recollection of events.”

Michael Gregson, mitigating for Chenoweth, said he has a longstanding drug habit and was at the time homeless and drug dependent.

Mr Gregson said Chenoweth was given the bank card by those who he knew through the drug trade. He was told to go and try it after it had been declined and hand over whatever he got from the transaction.

Mr Gregson said: “His benefit was limited and he didn’t know who the card had been stolen from.”

At this point in the proceedings Judge Linford interrupted and questioned how much Parr and Chenoweth knew about how the card was obtained.

Both of their legal representatives denied they had knowledge of the source of the card and Judge Linford ruled that there should be a separate hearing to determine whether they knew the card was stolen from an elderly victim.

He cast his doubts on Chenoweth and in particular Parr’s account and told them to return to the court at a future date, bailing them in the meantime.

He said: “The victim is 95 and lived on her own in the house she’d lived in for all of her 95 years.

“Overnight she was alone asleep in bed when you burgled her home. You took a purse containing bank cards and cash from beneath her bed as she slept as well as very precious jewellery and even ate a small amount of her food.

“Within a few hours her cards were used to fleece her account and the effects of the burglary have been profound. I forced you to watch her victim personal statement because just maybe seeing the consequences of your offending may cause a change in your life.”

Judge Linford jailed Harrison for four and a half years. Chenoweth and Parr were later spared custodial sentences.

A judge commended a burglar on the efforts he has made to turn his life around – but jailed him anyway.

Lawrence Hiscox, 32, of no fixed abode, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously admitting an attempted burglary, two burglaries, three counts of fraud and possessing a Class B drug.

Prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told Judge Robert Linford how all the offences took place over one night in Bude in October 2017.

Hiscox attempted to break into the first property in Victoria Street while the occupant slept, later being identified from DNA left at the point of entry.

Then Hiscox moved onto Downs View where he stole tools and keys from an outside shed after gaining entry via an insure lock.

He then committed a further offence in Downs View where he entered a property through a wooden window and stole two computers, a wallet and a guitar worth a combined £3,350.

Mr Lee said: “One victim learned of fraudulent use of his card and it was discovered that the card was used for three transactions in local shops. Each just below the £30 contactless threshold.

Hiscox was eventually arrested at his mum’s house in Bude and found with a small amount of cannabis.

Sentencing Hiscox, Judge Robert Linford said: “On one night in October 2017 you made your way around Bude burgling people’s properties. The evil of burglary is that once someone’s home is entered they never feel safe there again.

“Earlier today I sentenced a career burglar and made him watch a victim impact video so he could see the effects of his crime.

“You’ve never committed a burglary before and better never do it again. You’re not a man who enjoys good health and your life has been blighted by drink and drugs.

A drink driver killed his partner of 10 years after he lost control of his car and careered across a garage forecourt causing “a scene of devastation”.

Robert Monks, 39, and Kelly Pearce had been drinking at various pubs and at the Mevagissey Feast throughout the day on June 25, 2017, before being involved in the crash that killed Ms Pearce and damaged a total of 22 cars parked on the forecourt at Andrew Toms Car Sales.

Monks, who lives in Hewas Water, appeared at Truro Crown Court January 15 when he was due to stand trial for causing death by dangerous driving whilst over the drink drive limit.

After some negotiation, the prosecution and the defence agreed to accept the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving whilst over the drink drive limit, prosecution barrister Piers Norsworthy noting that both convictions would have attracted a similar sentence anyway.

Opening the case, Mr Norsworthy said that Ms Pearce was 40 at the time of her death but was due to turn 41 the following day.

He said: “Ms Pearce was the front seat passenger in the car when it left the road at Andrew Toms garage on the A390 road to Truro.

“The car left the road, crossed the verge, hit a traffic sign before colliding with cars on the forecourt. Members of the public and paramedics did what they could but Ms Pearce died at the scene.

“Earlier that day Mr Monks and Ms Pearce had visited a number of pubs and consumed alcohol. They left the Dolphin Inn in Grampound at 12:53pm before meeting friends for lunch at the Polgooth Inn.

“They left the Polgooth Inn at 2:15pm and were driven to the Mevagissey Feast. They arrived at 2:30pm and went to the Fountain Inn where they got a further drink.

“They returned from the Fountain Inn at 4:15pm and were driven back to the Polgooth Inn where Mr Monks had a Thatchers cider and a further round.

“They left the Polgooth Inn at 8:47pm with Mr Monks as the driver and Ms Pearce as the passenger and arrived at the Kingswood Bar & Restaurant where they had another drink.

“They were seen on CCTV leaving at 9:34pm and visited KFC in St Austell, ordering food and departing at about 9:38pm. The collision as reported just over five minutes later when residents rushed to the scene to assist.”

Mr Norsworthy described how a back calculation of the alcohol in Monks’ blood showed there to be 97 micrograms in 100 ml of blood, although he did say it could have been a lot higher than that. The legal limit is 80mcg.

He added: “Mr Monks would have been over the drink drive limit at the time of the collision and should have known his consumption of alcohol during the day and before the accident meant he was over the limit.”

A total of 22 cars were damaged at the forecourt and Monk’s Vauxhall Vectra was said to be “barely recognisable”.

His speed at the time of loss of control was calculated at 77mph in a 50mph limit and neither Monks nor Ms Pearce were found to be wearing a seatbelt.

Mr Norsworthy said: “Ms Pearce died of a significant head injury and three vehicles describe being overtaken by Mr Monks shortly before the collision. The drivers had even spoken to their passengers about the manner of his driving.

“There was no indication of Mr Monks putting the car’s lights on and it is common sense to conclude that excess speed and a consumption of alcohol caused him to lose control. There were no environmental or mechanical reasons that could have caused the crash.”

Sentencing Monks, Judge Simon Carr said: “On June 25, 2017, Kelly Pearce lost her life. She would have been 41 the next day.

“The effect on her family and friends is incalculable and they have to come to terms with an entirely pointless death that could have been avoided. Nothing this court can do will minimise the pain.

“It is clear you and Kelly Pearce, your partner, had been drinking steadily throughout the day. You were drinking at a number of different pubs and events.

“Most strikingly for me is that not only had you been drinking for many hours, your last act was to drink a pint of cider. You must have known you were over the limit and by some distance.

“You drove a relatively short distance but drove appallingly. Knowing you’d been drinking you reached speeds of over 70 miles per hour on roads that vary between a 50 and 60 limit.

“Three cars speak of being overtaken by you. Any sensible driver would have had their lights on but you did not. You drove very close behind other vehicle before overtaking.

“Photos show you lost control and ploughed through an area of verge before driving onto a garage forecourt. You damaged at least 22 vehicles and collided directly with 12. The pictures of your own car are truly chilling.

“Ms Pearce’s injuries were unsurvivable. I accept your suffered serious injuries yourself and lost your partner of 10 years but it was through your own decision.”

A Newquay-based drugs gang was sentenced for an operation which saw thousands of pounds worth of incredibly high purity cocaine trafficked into Cornwall.

Between them Jack Ozkan, Rhys Bryce and Laura Delemere transported and laundered large amounts of class A drugs and its proceeds, even stashing some of it on the top of a wardrobe in a house lived in by Delemere and her two young children.

Last summer Ozkan, 26, of Henver Road in Newquay, appeared at Truro Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Bryce and Delemere had been due to stand trial earlier this week but both entered guilty pleas at the last minute, sparing the need for a trial.

Bryce admitted identical counts to Ozkan, whereas Delemere pleaded guilty to two converting criminal property charges.

Opening the case, Philip Lee described how the incident that gave rise to the prosecution took place on May 4, 2017, at around 4:45pm when police stopped a Hyundai on the A30 at Victoria.

“Officers smelt cannabis and behind one the seats was a bag containing 276 grams of cannabis and 125 grams of high purity cocaine. They also found smaller amounts of cocaine and cannabis.

“Both were arrested and police found that the vehicle they were travelling in was a rental car rented in the name of Laura Delemere.

“Following the arrests officers searched [an address in] Church Street in St Columb, the address Laura Delmere lived in with her children. Rhys Bryce was the father of the two young children and he had also stayed in the property.

“A search found one bag on top of a dresser with 13 grams of cocaine in it, as well as £5,000 in cash and weighing scales.”

The cocaine in the car was judged to be of 96% purity worth more than £10,000 when sold on the street and the cocaine in the house 86%, with a potential value of £1,100.

Mr Lee said that the purity “indicated a proximity to the source of importation”. The cannabis was estimated to be worth £2,700.

Mr Lee added: “Three phones were seized from the car, one Ozkan admitted ownership of, that phone containing text messages showing he was involved in the supply of drugs.

“Both Delemere and Bryce refused to provide pin numbers for their phones and the hire car’s data showed it went to the West Midlands and back that day, what we say was a drugs run to obtain the drugs.

“Ms Delemere hired 30 vehicles in the two years before the arrests and Bryce’s bank accounts showed significant cash deposits. Delemere had four active bank accounts which showed cash deposits of over £8,000. There were multiple transfers between the accounts.”

Sentencing the trio, Judge Robert Linford said: “On May 4 a car driven by you Mr Ozkan was stopped on the A30. Mr Bryce was the front seat passenger.

“In the car was 125 grams of high purity cocaine and cannabis. When Mr Bryce and Ms Delemere’s home was searched 13 grams of cocaine of abnormally high purity was also discovered. An examination of your account Ms Delemere shows you were active in the laundering of money.

“Laura Delemere I reflect on your circumstances, your health problems and your military history but you knew full well what you were up to. Your refusal to provide your pin code almost tipped the balance.”

Delemere was given a one year prison sentence, suspended for two years and made subject of a four month, Thursday to Sunday 8pm to 6am curfew.

The trial of Marcin Kuc, 35, of Basset Street in Camborne, got underway at Truro Crown Court on January 21.

Polish national Kuc denied two counts of burglary but had at previous hearings admitted fraud charges relating to using the bank cards.

The prosecution alleged that Kuc entered two properties in Rosevean Avenue and Trenance Road in May and June of last year and took the cards. However after a period of deliberation a jury said they were unable to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that Kuc was responsible for entering the homes and found him not guilty of the burglaries.

The first victim, an elderly woman, didn’t cancel her card until the following day and in that time the defendant used it to withdraw cash and obtain goods at various stores in Camborne.

The first use of the card was at 3:14pm on that afternoon of the burglary when the defendant withdrew £500 in cash at Tesco.

Prosecution barrister Ed Bailey said: “At 6:47pm at the Arkwrights store close by he made a series of contactless payments for scratch cards. He then moved on to Tesco where, at 7pm, he made further use of the card with contactless payments. He obtained £100 in scratchcards before being arrested on June 9 and interviewed the following day.

 “Mr Kuc denied he was responsible for either of the burglaries. In relation to the Rosevean Avenue break-in Mr Kuc claimed he found the card on the ground. When it was put to him that CCTV showed him using the card in Tesco and he was asked how he worked out the PIN number he said he didn’t know before going on to say that maybe he 'probably guessed it'.

“When asked about the burglary on June 7 the defendant denied finding any bank cards that day. When questioned about CCTV footage 40 minutes after the burglary showing him using a Halifax card he said he must have found it somewhere.

“Mr Kuc has pleaded guilty to the fraudulent use of the stolen bank accounts but says he wasn’t responsible for the burglaries. He was in recent possession of the stolen items, lied during the court of his interview about finding the cards in the street and never said how he worked out the PIN to withdraw the cash.”

A violent drunk launched a Christmas Day assault last year during which he sliced the tip off a man’s finger with a broken plate and repeatedly struck a woman in a house full of children.

Ryan Leicester, 32, attacked the man and woman - whose names we’ve changed to Mr and Mrs Smith to protect the identities of their children who witnessed the ordeal - as they celebrated Christmas Day together in south east Cornwall.

Leicester appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breaching a restraining order at an earlier hearing at Truro Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecuting the case, Emma Cross, described how Leicester and his partner Danielle Bull visited the home of neighbours Mr and Mrs Smith for the festive celebration in December just gone.

Miss Cross said: “Mr and Mrs Smith were separated but still friends. Mr Smith and the children went to see Mrs Smith and Mr Leicester and Miss Bull were also invited.

“Lunch went well and all the adults had been drinking. Mr Leicester drank the most and was unsteady on his feet.

“At 4:45 in the afternoon the atmosphere changed. Mr Leicester was asleep on the sofa and when Miss Bull woke him up they began arguing.

“Mr Leicester got up and fell onto the seven-year-old child. The children were frightened and Mr Leicester and Miss Bull began to hit each other.

“Mr Smith unsuccessfully attempted to separate them and at that point Mr Leicester turned on the gas burners. When Mrs Smith tried to turn them off Mr Leicester turned and headbutted her before punching her in the face.

“Mr Smith came into the kitchen and pushed Mr Leicester, Mr Leicester then pinning Mrs Smith to the wall and landing further blows to her head and chest.

“Mr Smith pushed Mr Leicester to the floor and the defendant then got up and started throwing plates. Mr Leicester kept coming at Mr Smith and he then picked up a smashed plate and slashed down his hand.”

The injury resulted in a deep laceration to Mr Smith’s thumb, the top of it almost clean off leaving the bone exposed.

Miss Cross added that all of this took place with children present and that Mr Smith stuff suffers pain from the injury he sustained. Mrs Smith said in a victim person statement that her injuries have left her “judged” by members of the community and that she had to take a week off work as a result.

The children won’t go to sleep unless Mrs Smith is upstairs and they still talk about what happened on Christmas Day.

Regarding the restraining order breach, the court heard how Leicester had lived with Miss Bull for a year despite being barred from doing so by the court.

Sentencing Leicester, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were celebrating Christmas Day with your neighbours and got very drunk with young children present. What started as a minor agreement turned into violence.”

Judge Carr proceeded to rap Leicester for his history of violence and failure to adhere to court orders.

Leicester was jailed for a year and made subject of a restraining order preventing him from approaching Mr and Mrs Smith.

A paedophile reconnected with an old friend so that he could go on to film himself abusing her young daughter.

David Carroll, who had already served time for being in possession of indecent images of children, wormed his way back into the life of the old companion before going on to perform the sick act on the child.

Carroll from Pengegon Parc, Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing after previously admitting three counts of failing to comply with his notification requirements as a relevant offender, causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child, rape of a child under 13 and three counts of making indecent images of children.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee, said that Carroll was cautioned in 2011 for making indecent images of children and possessing prohibited images of children.

In March 2016 he was sentenced to two years in prison for similar offences and as a result subject to notification requirements on his release, as well as the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Mr Lee said: “Further concerns arose in September 2017 during a house visit by a monitoring officer. The defendant’s phone showed evidence of sexual communications with a child.

“In April 2018 there was a further visit following an allegation that the defendant was using a friend’s computer for the purposes of sexual communication with a child. When the police arrived the defendant appeared to be deleting material.

“An examination of his phone revealed not only indecent images of children but also photos of a child being abused by the user of the device taken in February 2018.

“The girl (aged under 10) being abused was the daughter of an old friend. The mother had been close with the defendant but they drifted apart.

“The defendant resumed contact with the mother after some time and told her that he went to jail for ‘computers and hacking’.

“He visited her on February 10 and stayed overnight. She had no idea of his convictions or the risk he posed to her children so he carried on visiting.”

Mr Lee then described how the defendant took 10 photos of himself abusing the child while she slept, adding “mercifully the child was asleep and unaware of what was happening”.

A victim personal statement from the mother detailed how she was physically sick when she learned what Carroll had done and has since carried a huge burden of guilt for not suspecting he had a sexual interest in children.

Sentencing Carroll, Judge Simon Carr said: “On March 11, 2016, you were sentenced to a term of prison for possession of child abuse images and extreme pornography.

“As a result there were restrictions on your behaviour and access to the internet. People checked your phone on a regular basis and on one occasion an officer was, I’m sure, horrified at the images he observed.

“You had been friends with the woman for many years but drifted apart before some time later the friendship restarted. I have no doubt a significant part of the reason was so you could have access to children.

“She was wholly unaware of your offending and the photos show an 18 minute assault on a child who appears to be asleep.

“You filmed all of this happening as you wanted to be able to relive what you had carried out. You flagrantly breached your notification requirements by staying in this woman’s house with her children.

“It is perfectly clear you have an entrenched sexual interest in children and this explains your befriending of the mother and the filming of the abuse you carried out.”

Judge Carr added that he had no hesitation to conclude that Carroll poses a significant risk to children and as a result passed an extended sentence of 19 years, consisting of 14 in custody and five on licence.

A paedophile who touched the genitals of a young girl told her he was “trying to make her feel nice” was sent to prison.

Daniel Reigate, 38, from Ruddlemoor in St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced on January 31 after previously pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

The charges relate to the touching of intimate parts of the girl’s naked body and the stroking of her thighs and breast.

Prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told a packed courtroom how the girl confided in family members saying that the defendant “touched her in places she didn’t like”.

Mr Lee added that the girl complained that Reigate touched her sexually saying that he “wanted her to feel nice”.

Reigate, who has no previous convictions, denied the allegations to police and in a victim personal statement the victim spoke of anxiety in the build-up of the scheduled trial fearing that she would have to give evidence.

Sentencing Reigate, Judge Robert Linford said: “You are a 38-year-old man with no previous convictions.

“On the day the case was listed for trial, to the immense relief of the victim, you finally summoned up the courage to plead guilty.

“Pleas of guilty in this sort of case are vanishingly rare but you essentially groomed her for your own sexual purposes.

“I’ve read the victim personal statement and it’s very clear your behaviour has had a profound effect on the victim. Had you admitted what you’d done from the outset she would have been saved much mental anguish.

“Your mitigation is your plea, albeit late, the fact you have no previous convictions and the remorse you’ve expressed which I regard as genuine.

“I’ve read a large number of references which speak enormously highly of you from people who are at a loss to explain why you behaved in this way.

A bungling burglar who left his ID and fingerprints at several crime scenes was jailed for five years after stealing nearly £15,000 of cash and jewellery from his victims, including charity monies from Cornwall ’s most popular rugby club.

Dad-of-one Matthew Adams, who last lived at the Freshstart housing project in St Austell, appeared before Truro Crown Court via video link from Exeter Prison, and pleaded guilty to seven burglary offences.

Adams, 39, formerly of Newquay, was only released from prison in September after serving two years of a four-year prison term for other offences.

After his release Adams stayed out of trouble for over two months as he made attempts to gain employment, but he began reoffending after using Class A drugs again.

Between November 22, 2018, and January 1, 2019, Adams committed a series of burglaries in locations across Cornwall.

In total he stole nearly £1,700 in cash and £12,850 worth of jewellery, as well as other items. The cost of repairing the damage he caused from breaking into the numerous premises exceeded £1,000.

Prosecuting, Philip Lee told the court how Adams’ first offence took place overnight sometime between November 22 and November 25 last year.

His target was the No.8 Hair And Beauty Lounge in St Austell, where he stole £17.50 in cash. Adams committed another overnight burglary in mid-December, stealing £130 in cash from Cornwall College St Austell’s beauty department.

A day or two later he returned to the St Austell college campus, again overnight, this time taking £30 in cash and an iPhone from a room.

For his fourth offence, Adams targeted the home of a family in Penzance during daytime, stealing jewellery worth £2,850, and Army service medals of significant sentimental value to the victim.

Adams’ next target was the headquarters of the Cornish Pirates rugby club in Penzance. He stole £1,200 in cash, which were the proceeds of a collection for the Cornwall Air Ambulance, and caused £800 worth of damage. Adams left a wallet behind at the scene which contained an ID card.

Adams then targeted another Penzance home in a daytime raid, again stealing jewellery, this time worth £10,000. He also took £300 in cash and another item worth £500.

The final offence saw him burgle a retired man in Penzance. Adams took several items such as watches and jewellery, including the man’s wedding ring.

He was arrested on January 13 and made full admissions to police in interview. He described having a serious addiction to heroin and crack cocaine and said any cash he stole was always spent on drugs. Adams asserted that he did not act alone during the course most of the burglaries.

The court heard that he has a lengthy criminal record, dating back to 1995, with 22 court appearances.

Sentencing Adams to five years in jail, Judge Robert Linford said it was a “tragedy” that Adams feels safer when inside.

"I am wholly prepared to accept that upon release you sought help for various problems you had, and you got none," Judge Linford said. “I am prepared to accept that you applied unsuccessfully for work and that you struggled with the amount of benefits you received.

“For a couple of months you kept the conditions of your licence. But then you embarked on a spate of offending which demonstrates that in fact you are a career burglar.

“The people whose homes you invaded will never forget what you did to them. They will never forget it. They will never feel safe in their home again.

“It is to your enormous credit that you cooperated as fully as you did with police. You also admitted offences which otherwise would have remained unprosecuted. At least these people know the burglar has been caught.

“You say to your advocate that you feel safer on the inside than on the outside and that is an enormous tragedy for you.”

A man was jailed after going on a rampage during a five-hour stand-off with police on top of an 11-storey tower block – before committing another offence while awaiting sentence.

Kevin Strefford, 32, previously of St Austell but now living in St Columb Minor, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to three charges .

Police were called shortly after 1pm on Monday, November 12, 2018, following reports of a man, Strefford, being seen on the roof of a block of flats in Bridge Road, St Austell.

The incident sparked a massive emergency response with police officers, fire crews and paramedics. Several roads in the area had to be closed.

Prosecuting, Philip Lee described how Strefford spent five hours on the roof of Park House, a 67-flat block managed by Ocean Housing.

Officers were shown to the 11th floor by the caretaker, and saw how the man on the roof, identified as Strefford, had smashed a door to gain entry to it.

When officers confronted Strefford, he said, “if you come up here I’ll jump off this roof and take you with me”.

He then struck the door frame, showering the officers and caretaker in glass, causing minor injuries.

He then shouted, “I’ll kill them if they come up”, and added, “look what I’ve had to do to get help”, before making repeated threats to jump off the building.

Strefford was seen dangling his legs over the edge of the roof, and shouted, “in five or ten or so seconds all this sh*t will be over”.

He threw objects off the roof, including large pieces of glass which landed in the car park of a nearby doctor’s surgery, causing it to close. Pieces of glass were also found in a children’s play area.

It was estimated that Strefford’s rampage caused £1,460 worth of damage, plus a further £1,000 in losses for the disruption of building work.

The incident prompted police to instruct residents to stay away from their homes while the situation was made safe. Negotiators spent the whole time trying to bring the man off of the roof. He finally came down shortly after 6pm.

He was later arrested and faced charges of affray and criminal damage. When interviewed, Strefford said he went onto the roof to “make a point that he needed help for his mental health”.

“I need to be admitted to Longreach [mental health unit] for treatment, not jailed,” he told officers.

Strefford denied intending to harm anybody, and said he couldn’t remember throwing things from the roof.

He was asked about a post he wrote on social media during the standoff, in which he said, “I'm on the news”.

Officers asked Strefford if he found the whole situation amusing. He replied: “A little bit yeah, everyone was messaging me and telling me to jump”.

Since 1999 Strefford has been in court 38 times for over 100 offences, many of which resulted in prison sentences.

Just a day later, he stole a rucksack from a train at St Austell, containing goods worth over £800. The matter was reported, and Strefford was recognised on CCTV.

During the sentencing hearing for the rooftop offences, Strefford pleaded guilty to an additional charge of theft.

Judge Simon Carr said that Strefford’s reoffending while awaiting sentencing for the rooftop saga left him with no choice but to jail him for ten months.

“I accept that all of this was some form of a cry for help," Judge Carr said. "But this was a serious event which was a risk to society in general.

“When you first came in front of me, I had the sense in looking at whether there was an alternative [to a prison sentence]. I took that unusual course. Your reaction to that opportunity has been at best mixed.

“You failed to attend a probation appointment and this court. In many ways what was even more of a worry, is that you were unable to stop offending.

“At the time when you were due for sentence for these matters you committed a deliberate theft. This puts the court in a nigh on impossible position.”

Strefford must serve half of his ten-month sentence. He will be on licence for a further 12 months upon release.

A "savage" stalker who repeatedly attacked his ex partner and pestered with illegal phone calls from prison was jailed and banned from going to St Austell.

Byron Grenfell has been jailed four times for attacks on the woman and was banned from any contact with her by a restraining order. He flouted the ban by sending her letters while he was in Exeter Prison and used illegally held mobile phones to call her and send stream of text messages.

He was arrested at the gates of the prison as he was released from the latest jail term last month, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Grenfell, aged 33, of Forth Scol, Illogan, near Redruth, admitted breaching a restraining order and was jailed for a year by Judge Peter Johnson, who extended the scope of the order to ban him from entering the woman's home town of St Austell.

He told him: "You have a long history of inflicting violence on your former partner. When in temper, you have assaulted her, sometimes in a savage way.

"You were sentenced in November but within a short time you breached the restraining order time after time. You subjected her to a barrage of calls, some unanswered, text messages and letters

"Some of the attempts to contact her were successful. These are serious matters and made more serious because you must have used an unauthorised phone while in Exeter Prison."

Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said the victim answered one call, which came from an untraceable number, and Grenfell told her he had fixed everything and they could get back together when he came out.

A drunk who turned up to court paralytic was jailed after a judge said releasing her would be setting her up to fail.

Melisa Geach, 35, of Park Gywn in St Stephen, appeared in Truro Crown Court 20 days after being sent to prison to sober up after she arrived at court unable to stand.

She was falling over in the court foyer before being helped into the dock where she sat staring into space.

Geach had been due to return to court one week later to be sentenced but the hearing was cancelled due to the snow that caused disruption across the south west.

Finally, on February 12, Geach returned to the court from HMP Eastwood Park to be sentenced for the original offences of affray, possession of a weapon and criminal damage.

Prosecuting the case, Neil Whittle said: “On September 5 at approximately 4.10pm the defendant showed up outside her auntie’s premises.

“The people inside heard a doorbell and banging on the door and one of the occupants saw her outside carrying a black handled kitchen knife with a large blade.

“She started kicking on the door with her feet, shouting, ‘I’m going to stab you, I’ve got a knife’.

“The defendant then put the knife through the letterbox and moved it around before stabbing the back of the door nine or 10 times.

The court heard how Geach continued stabbing the door. The victims said that had she gained access they were sure she would have attacked them.

In mitigation Judge Simon Carr was told of Geach’s difficulty with alcohol addiction but that she had the support of her family who were present in court.

Sentencing Geach, Judge Carr said: “I accept the challenges and difficulties you face for which I can only have sympathy.

“On the day in question you armed yourself with a knife and went to someone’s house. You forced the knife through the letterbox and stabbed the door. It must have been terrifying for everyone inside.

“The matter was put off for a probation report but you turned up so drunk you couldn’t stand. Letting you out now will be setting you up to fail but I do hope you can access the help you need when you are released.”

A Ministry of Defence police officer who was jailed for having sex with a 14-year-old girl from Cornwall has been branded a disgrace to his family and the organisation he was employed by.

On February 18 Cornwall Live reported how 38-year-old Peter Drummond was convicted by a jury at Truro Crown Court of three counts of sexual activity with a child.

Drummond made two separate brief trips to Cornwall from his home in West View Terrace, Three Mile Cross, Berkshire, in October and November 2017.

He tracked down the vulnerable victim’s address using the maps feature on popular app Snapchat and proceeded to have sex with her on both occasions. On his first visit he entered through an unlocked back gate and on the second he climbed in through the girl’s bedroom window while her step father was also in the house.

It took a jury just three hours to convict him of the three sexual activity with a child charges, however he was cleared of three counts of rape.

Drummond denied the charges throughout but did admit to having ‘consensual’ sex with the girl, saying that he had no reason to believe she was under the legal age of consent.

Drummond met the victim on a Kik internet chatroom before their conversations moved to Instagram, Skype and Snapchat.

Throughout the trial the court heard how Drummond’s DNA was found in the victim’s room and that he had made a £30 bank transfer into her account so that she could buy shoes. He was also clocked on his way to Cornwall by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

When police arrived to arrest Drummond he didn’t immediately come down to greet officers, time that he used to quickly reset his phone and erase its history.

A victim personal statement read to the court heard how the victim had to move schools because of bullying she received once the rumour had spread around her school.

The girl’s family is also said to have suffered as a consequence of Drummond’s offending, with her mum unable to work night shifts in order to be with her daughter and the her stepfather leaving the family as a result of the stress associated with the proceedings.

Sentencing Drummond, Judge Simon Carr said the circumstances are “as shocking as they are depressing”.

He said: “You were a 37-year-old man with a responsible job. You chose to socialise in a variety of chatrooms where you conceded in your evidence you were as likely to meet teenagers as adults.

“You met the victim, a 14-year-old girl, with significant psychological problems and she opened up to you that she was unhappy and had been self-harming.

“The action of any decent human being was to get her help or to try and contact her parents but you are not a decent human being. You exploited your position as you had found someone you could manipulate.

“You pretended to show care and have her interests at heart but the way you met her showed you were interested in her sexually.

“You drove five hours and went into her house when you knew her parents were not present. You were in her house for around one and a half hours. Once you’d had sex with her you didn’t comfort her, you left her and drove home to be with your family.

“One would have thought your moral compass would have said this must never happen again but you continued your communication with her and next time you visited you took a condom as sex was the only thing on your mind.

“You got in this time through the window because her stepfather was in the house. I suspect this was part of the thrill.

“The effect on the victim has been devastating. She has been bullied and forced to leave her school. The effect has not just been on her but her mother. Her stepfather had to come to terms with the fact he’d been present while you were with the victim and his relationship with the girl’s mother broke down.

“There was an element of planning and grooming and you knew she was underage, or at least would have soon from the beginning.”

He said: “Devon and Cornwall Police welcome the eight-year jail sentence for Peter Drummond in this complex and serious case.

“The young victim has conducted herself courageously throughout this enquiry and shown a tremendous strength of character whilst giving evidence at the trial to allow us to bring this dangerous and callous offender to justice. Whilst we hope that this verdict will allow her to find closure, this will be an ordeal that she will live with for a considerable time.

“She has been supported by specialist officers and her family throughout, and we would ask that her and her family are left in peace and to be given the space that will hopefully allow them to move forward from this sad episode.

“Peter Drummond is a disgrace to his family and the organisation he was employed by. He has refused to show any remorse for his premeditated actions and put his victim both through the ordeal of these attacks and forcing her to relive those painful memories in court.”

A violent thug who launched a terrifying assault after turning up at a man’s door armed with a mallet and samurai sword was jailed.

Andrew Hatrey, 36, of Callington, screamed at the victim and hit him so hard in the chest that he broke the head off the mallet.

Hatrey appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after previously pleading guilty to assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon.

Prosecuting the case, Felicity Payne told the court how the attack took place on December 22, 2018, at the victim’s top floor flat he shared with his partner.

Ms Payne said that the couple heard the buzzer and saw a woman so let her into the block and then opened the door to her.

However once the door was opened, the woman moved out the way leaving the defendant menacingly standing there.

Ms Payne said: “The defendant was known to the victim and the victim describes him as fairly dangerous and someone he tries to keep on the right side of. He has a reputation for violent offences.

“Mr Hatrey closed the door behind him and the victim could smell alcohol on his breath. He asked him if he’d been drinking and he said ‘yeah, been on the voddy’.”

Ms Payne described how Hatrey then pulled out a samurai sword with a one foot long blade and a mallet in his other hand.

She said: “His eyes were wild and he was screaming ‘have you got any money’ and ‘I’m fed up with people mugging me off’. When the victim told the defendant he had no money he said ‘you must have something’. The victim describes the defendant swinging the mallet and hitting him in the upper chest.”

Hatrey continued to strike out at the victim as well as moving towards him with the sword. It was a second blow with the mallet that caused it to break.

The victim and his partner have since relocated away from Callington through fear of Hatrey, who has a string of convictions for both violence and other offences.

Sentencing Hatrey, Judge Simon Carr said: “Whatever the reason is you got in a dispute with the complainant, seemingly over drugs.

“You deliberately armed yourself with a sword and a mallet and went to the victim’s house. When the door opened you carried out a sustained assault on him. The injuries were modest but not by intention.”

A burglar who made headlines when he pooed into an envelope he left in the house of one of his victims has appeared in court again, for raiding the same property twice in two days.

Matthew Morton, 33, formerly of Pensilva, was given a 20-month sentence at Truro Crown Court in September of last year in relation to a burglary in Liskeard during which he was caught red-handed.

Morton stole a number of items during the raid but bizarrely tried to blame the victims, saying they grabbed him, pulled him inside and put items in his pockets.

It was during this raid that Morton decided to poo in an envelope, an act that was described in court as "particularly unpleasant".

Despite being a serving prisoner Morton returned to Truro Crown Court on February 19 to be sentenced for four burglaries that pre-date the one for which he was sentenced in September.

Prosecuting barrister Felicity Payne told the court how the offences Morton was being sentenced for took place on May 22 of last year and then August 14, 16 and 18, all in the Liskeard area.

She said: “The offences all took place without the defendant having to force entry and were all carried out while the occupants were at work. On each occasion he removed various objects and managed to leave undetected.

“On May 22 the defendant removed a panel of glass next to the backdoor and took items including a PS4 (PlayStation games console), games and cash. He left by unlocking the front door from the inside and was later identified by DNA left on a table.

“On August 14 a couple returned from work and noticed various items removed and a backdoor unlocked.

“Various items were missing, including a jewellery box, a gold locket and chain and a camera with an SD (memory) card containing pictures that hadn’t been backed up. The defendant’s DNA was located on the door above the cat flap. It appeared he got the key for the backdoor through the cat flap.

“The defendant then returned to the same premises two days later after the occupants failed to spot their spare keys had been taken. They came from work to again find that various other items had been stolen.

“On August 18 a home owner left his front door unlocked while he walked his dog and returned to find that his safe containing items such as his passport had been stolen. Fortunately the defendant was stopped and detained at a neighbouring property in the process of another burglary and the safe was recovered.”Sentencing Morton for the second time in six months, Judge Simon Carr noted aggravating features including Morton’s poor record, the targeting of a home for a second time and the theft of sentimental items.

He was sentenced to 21 months in prison to take into account the existing sentence for which he is serving time.

An alcoholic with a tendency for stabbing people during drunken arguments was jailed for a third time after attacking her partner who she met on the dating website Plenty of Fish after a boozy row.

Margaret Parsons, 53, had been released on licence from a previous sentence when she attacked her partner on Christmas Eve with a kitchen knife.

Parsons, of Clifden Road in St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on February 21 after admitting a wounding charge.

Prosecuting barrister Ed Bailey told the court how the defendant was a tenant at a top floor flat and had been in a relationship with the victim, a 61-year-old Sri Lankan man, for five months after meeting him on the dating website Plenty of Fish.

Mr Bailey said: “Shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve police attended her address after an emergency call made by her son. Two PCs found the defendant, her son and the victim there with the defendant standing in the kitchen staring down the corridor looking dazed. Her face, hands and hair were covered in blood.

“The victim was lying on the sofa and had sustained serious wounds to his hands and head. He was drifting in and out of consciousness, drowsy and confused. The defendant initially resisted being cuffed and tried to struggle free before being tasered.

“An ambulance arrived and the victim was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, on the way officers noting a clump of the defendant’s hair in one of his hands."

Parsons told officers that the victim bit her and had tried to stab her himself before she wrestled the knife off of him and attacked him.

Parsons said that on December 23 she and the victim had gone to her son’s house nearby where they drank alcohol. It was at about 9pm when they returned home that they had started to argue over the volume of music on the television.

During the altercation Parsons stabbed the victim to the head, face and hands before he was able to call her son who arrived and disarmed her.

The victim suffered multiple lacerations and during her formal police interview Parsons said that her partner was also a heavy drinker and that he had put a knife to her face, bit her and pulled her hair “which hurt a lot”.

The court was told details of Parson’s previous offending whereby, in 2014, she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stabbing her then husband, telling police he fell on the knife whilst cutting potatoes.

Then, in May 2016, she was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for unlawful wounding which took place at her flat in Tuckingmill.

Parsons stabbed another woman in a drunken argument, the victim waking to find her pouring bleach into her wounds.

Defending Parsons, Rupert Taylor said that her life has been “blighted with alcohol” and that she had been doing well after being released on licence before “falling off the wagon”.

He said: “Her family are very worried and in custody, where there is no alcohol she is very polite, respectful and keen to get home to see her grandchildren. She didn’t set out to do this, the victim was a drinker too and this was a dreadful end to a pleasant day.”

Sentencing Parsons, Judge Simon Carr said: “The circumstances are depressingly familiar, in particular regarding you. On the day in question you’d been drinking to excess with your partner, you were both alcoholics.

“A minor verbal argument about the volume of the music escalated and it would seem the complainant started the matter. What he did was pick up a knife and started stabbing you in a way intended to annoy you rather than harm you. More worryingly he hit you.

“There is no doubt you lost your temper and in the struggle that ensued you gained control of the knife and stabbed him a number of times. When taken by paramedics he had a clump of your hair in his hand.

“While there was provocation nothing could justify what you did and it is your previous convictions that make sentencing difficult. You were doing well with probation and had been released on licence.”

A husband and wife were jailed for a total of 39 years for the systematic sexual abuse of four of their children and one of their friends.

The pair sat together on February 25 in the dock at Truro Crown Court separated by dock officers and in front of a packed public gallery to learn their sentences in relation to a case that has sent shockwaves throughout Cornwall.

The defendants were during the wife’s trial described as “sexually deviant individuals with no moral compass who joined together to abuse these children”.

The victims in the disturbing case were the husband’s son and the wife’s three daughters, as well as a friend of one of the girls. The male victim was forced to have sex with his stepmother from the age of 11 and also abused by his biological father. The females were routinely groped and the youngest daughter encouraged to masturbate and shown how to use a vibrator by her own mother.

Last week, the female defendant in her fifties, who Cornwall Live will refer to as Mrs Y to protect the identity of the victims, was convicted by a jury of three indecent assaults on a male, three counts of sexual activity with a child, four offering to supply Class B drugs charges and engaging in a sexual act in the presence of a child. She admitted two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity mid-way through her trial.

Her husband, in his late 40s and who will be called Mr X, had already admitted six counts of sexual activity with a child, three sexual assaults on a female under 13, four assaults of a female child under 13, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, two sexual assaults by penetration, offering to supply class B drugs and the sexual assault of a male under 16.

Opening the case against both defendants, Heather Hope said that the matters came to light when Mr X’s son reported that he’d been sexually abused by his father and stepmother.

It was when he contacted Mrs Y’s daughters that they too disclosed abuse, sending their lives “into turmoil”.

Miss Hope detailed how the families came together in the early 2000s and that the male victim (Mr X’s son) recalls being groomed by being taken to nudist beaches and being made to feel being naked around two adults and touching each other was normal family behaviour.

Miss Hope said: “The victim would jump on the bed of his father and step mother and they would encourage him to get in, saying to him it was all perfectly normal and it was other families who weren’t normal.

“He was encouraged to touch Mrs Y’s body under the pretence of education. There came a situation when he was aroused and at the age of 11 she had sex with him and took his virginity.

“Mr X was in bed at the same time and his role was one of active encouragement for his own sexual gratification. The sexual intercourse became regular and the involvement of Mr X went from encouragement to participation.

“As the male victim got older he was introduced to drugs that were freely available in the family home. He was given cannabis and that led to him being provided with amphetamine, resulting in serious addiction later in life."

Miss Hope went onto detail how Mr X would often join in on the abuse, masturbating or performing oral sex on his own biological son.

Mr X also fondled the breasts of his wife’s daughter when she was about 12, then passing it off as a joke and again, normal family behaviour.

Another daughter was also touched in the same way and the youngest daughter was abused by Mr X when he sexually touched her as he put her to bed when she was aged under 10 years of age. He said she was his favourite.

Miss Hope said that the girl also suffered abuse at the hands of her mother who taught her to masturbate to help her sleep and showed her how to use a vibrator. The same victim also went into her mum and step dad’s room on one occasion and they began to have full sex in front of her. They hadn’t been engaging in sexual activity when she entered the room.”

The final part of the abuse outlined to the court by Miss Hope related to a friend of one of the daughters.

Miss Hope said: “Mrs Y said her daughter was away but invited her over anyway. Both defendants drove over and picked her up and the suggestion was that that evening they’d watch a film.

“The film was on TV in the bedroom and they all sat on the bed watching the film. While watching it they (the defendants) smoked cannabis and Mr X offered some to her and she accepted.

“Halfway through the film Mrs Y fell asleep or passed out and Mr X started touching the girl’s leg. She didn’t know what to do and was scared because nobody knew where she was.

“She turned herself away however he continued kissing and biting the back of her neck. He put his arm around her and touched her breast and it was then she made her excuses and left the bedroom.

“She was so sick and dizzy from the cannabis she had to lie on the floor. The following morning the defendants told her she had to go home and as she got out of the car one of them, she couldn’t remember who, told her she probably shouldn’t speak about what happened.”

Miss Hope said the whole family had been torn apart from what took place and that none of Mrs Y’s daughters refer to her as their mother anymore.

Sentencing Mr X and Mrs Y, Judge Simon Carr described the case as “systemic sexual abuse of children in their care”.

Judge Carr said that the male victim was a quiet, pleasant and gentle young man who was groomed deliberately and encouraged to spend time around the house naked and get into bed with his parents.

Judge Carr said: “Adult pornography was put on the TV and you (the defendants) sat him down in front of it as if you were a family watching evening TV.

“He was supplied with drugs which were used to control and manipulate him. He said he didn’t really understand what was going on.”

Judge Carr added that he was first made to have sex with his stepmother aged 11 and the abuse lasted for three years.

“Mr X you were present during this which normalised what was going on and you watched him for your own sexual gratification before going on to abuse him yourself.”

The youngest daughter was said to have been taught touching and sexualised behaviour was normal, abuse that also went on for a number of years.

Judge Carr said: “Psychologically what has damaged her most was the abuse by her mother. She remembers you all on the bed and you two having full sex in front of her for your own sexual gratification. It has destroyed her ability to trust others.

“Regarding Mrs Y’s other daughters you (Mr X) took every chance you could to fondle their breasts and Mrs Y you did nothing to stop it.

“The male victim had the strength to go to the police and he has contemplated suicide. Both physically and psychologically his life has been ruined and he was introduced to a drug addiction which blighted his life.

“When the youngest daughter heard he had gone to the police and was being called a liar by Mrs Y she knew she had to speak out. She couldn’t stand aside and let his claims be doubted. The distress caused to her was painfully clear when she talked about these events and the abuse has affected most aspects of her adult life.

“Mrs Y you have denied the offences throughout and showed no remorse or insight into the harm you’ve caused.”

Because of his guilty pleas Judge Carr sentenced Mr X to 18 years in prison, of which he must serve at least half and Mrs Y 21 years. They will both sign the sex offenders' register for life.

A fresh faced youngster landed a lengthy prison sentence after a judge refused to take kindly to his mini crime wave.

A week prior Cornwall Live reported how Ryan Nettle was told to expect a prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to a number offences which included the theft of three cars.

Nettle, aged 20  at the time, from Eglos Road in Shortlanesend appeared at Truro Crown Court on February 26 to be sentenced for the crimes he committed in Penzance when just a teenager.

The first charge to which he pleaded guilty to related to a burglary in St Francis Street in Penzance between June 30 and July 3 last year when he stole keys, tobacco and filters.

Nettle also held his hands up to the theft of a coat, a driving licence and a spare wheel, as well as a burglary at St Michael's Street in July last year when he stole a car and a set of house keys.

Around the same time period Nettle admitted he burgled a house in Gulval stealing a charity box, a Samsung phone and an Amazon fire.

The fourth and final burglary to which he pleaded guilty involved the theft of some car keys, a HP laptop, vodka and tobacco.

Nettle also entered guilty pleas to three counts of aggravated vehicle taking, stealing a Vauxhall motor vehicle to which he subsequently caused damage, an Audi A4 and a VW Golf.

Addressing Nettle during his sentencing hearing, Judge Simon Carr sentenced him to three years in a young offenders’ institute. He will also be banned from driving for two years upon release.

A man who admitted having sex with his underage half-sister was tearful in court as he was sent to jail.

Truro Crown Court heard the pair have the same mother, who was often at home with her husband while they had sex in one of the bedrooms. The girl was aged under 16 at the time while the man was in his early 20s.

The girl involved cannot be identified by law which means Cornwall Live has been unable to identify the man, due to the nature of their family connection.

On the day of his trial, the man pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a family member and two counts of sexual touching, including sex and oral sex, with a child. He appeared at court to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Philip Lee said the man was living elsewhere in England but moved to Cornwall to his mother’s home when a relationship ended and he found himself homeless.

He said the girl’s mother was pleased at first that her daughter was getting to know her half-brother, but remained completely unaware they had begun having sex.

She only found out afterwards when safeguarding staff at a school contacted her to say her daughter had sent a text message to a friend talking about the relationship.

Mr Lee said she said in the message: “Me and this guy have been getting intimate. He treats me like I mean everything to him and other times he calls me a slag. We’ve been doing it since September. I feel like such a slut.”

He said the pair first had sex while they were watching a film in his bedroom. Mr Lee said: “She described she was scared and didn’t know how to react.”

He said she cried afterwards but the pair continued to have sex at various times over the next months.

In a diary, he said the girl wrote afterwards: “I don’t understand how I keep going back. I just felt he was the only one there for me."

Another time, she wrote: “There were so many times I went to my room and cried because I felt it was my fault. I felt suffocated and sad because it was breaking me.”

He said the girl told police afterwards: “I think I realise it was really wrong and I was scared and didn’t know what to do so I told my friend and she helped and told the school.”

Mr Lee said the man was arrested and made no comment, but later went back to police of his own accord and made partial admissions. He told the officers that the girl had initiated the sex and threatened to accuse him of rape if he stopped.

However, Mr Lee said evidence showed the girl had suffered severe psychological and emotional trauma as a result of the abuse.

The judge, recorder John Trevaskis, said he acknowledged the man’s remorse and said the disparity in ages was not as significant as in other similar cases.

However he said the man had begun a relationship which was “wholly inappropriate”. He said: “I have read the documents in this case and they leave me in now doubt that the impact of these offences on her has been very significant.”

He said to the defendant: “You are still a young man of no previous convictions. You have a history of drug abuse and it’s possible the use of such drugs may have contributed to what you did. I recognise your past life has been difficult but that’s no excuse for what you did. It’s clear you need help to address your sexual behaviour and drug abuse.”

The man was sentenced to two terms of 52 months in prison, with another 32 months and 21 months in prison for the other offences, to run concurrently. It means that he will serve a total of four and half years in jail. 

The man will also remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, with restrictions including contact with anyone aged under 16.

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A paranoid schizophrenic who held a knife to the throat and stomach of a 76-year-old shop assistant whilst yelling homophobic abuse did so in the midst of a psychotic episode a court heard.

Jason Deacon walked into Lucille Ladner’s general store in Penzance, just across the road from his flat, on September 8 of last year and threatened Lucille Ladner with a kitchen knife, telling her he was going to kill her homosexual son.

Deacon had become convinced that he was under threat from the LGBT community, causing him to carry out the terrifying episode.

Deacon, 45, of Trevean Gardens, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting affray and carrying a bladed article.

Prosecuting the case, Joss Ticehurst, said that Ms Ladner and her son ran the convenience shop in Penzance and at around midday on September 8 Deacon entered the building.

He said: “The defendant walked in and was shouting ‘where’s that queer’, ‘I want to kill that queer’.

“The defendant produced a six inch kitchen knife and placed it against the victim’s throat. She tried to lean back and avoid the tip of the knife but he moved closer.

“She says she was pleading with the defendant to calm down and it was then he placed the knife onto her stomach and said ‘it wouldn’t take much to go through’.

During his police interview Deacon told officers his girlfriend was attacked by homosexual men and he was carrying the knife because he was scared.

Sentencing Deacon, Judge Simon Carr said he was under no illusions about the state of his mental health at the time of the offence.

Judge Carr said: “This was a truly terrifying event whereby you entered a small convenience shop run by a woman of 76 with a knife and went on to threaten her by placing the knife on her neck and chest. She thought she was going to die.

“I’ve had the benefit of two psychiatric reports that confirm your diagnosis as a paranoid schizophrenic. You are now 45 and were diagnosed in your mid 20s.

“I have no doubt you committed these offences whilst very ill and as a result of a paranoid delusion of which you have no control.

“You were paranoid about Christianity and the threats of the LBGT community and although the beliefs were delusional, they would have been very real to you. That doesn’t mitigate the victim’s terror however.

“I’m glad to see that as a result of your treatment your condition has improved but you still have some way to go.

“Despite two decades of diagnosis you have no real history of violence and I accept that this is an isolated incident. If you ever think about not taking your medication then think about the elderly woman in a store with a knife to her throat. You must take your medication for the rest of your life.”

Judge Carr made Deacon subject of a hospital order, whereby he must continue to be incarcerated and treated at a mental hospital until deemed fit by professionals to return to society.

Ms Ladner spoke to Cornwall Live shortly after the incident and revealed that she was back at her till by 4pm as she didn’t want to let anybody down.

A child rapist was sent back to prison after he was caught living in a house with a young girl with whom he had shared a bed.

Michael Parnell was sentenced to 16 years in prison back in 2006 for a catalogue of offences including seven counts of raping a girl under 13, raping a girl under 16, raping a woman over 16, indecent assault and attempted rape.

Parnell was released in 2016 but was back in the dock at Truro Crown Court on March 6 where he admitted breaching his release conditions.

Parnell, now 46, went to live with a girlfriend near Helston between November 23, 2018, and February 11 this year, failing to disclose to her his convictions.  The pair were later joined by the woman's two children.

He admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements as a sex offender and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Prosecuting barrister Brian Fitzherbert told the court how Parnell was required to notify police of any change of address and also not allowed to stay at any address containing a child.

He was discovered at the address when police officers carried out a child welfare check. Parnell told officers that there weren’t any children present even though children’s toys and clothing could be spotted inside.

Mr Fitzherbert said: “Mr Parnell formed a relationship with the woman but she had no idea about his previous convictions.

“They met in October 2018 and began the relationship. He left his address and moved into her father’s home. They were they joined by her daughter and son.

“The defendant would sometimes sleep in a bed with his girlfriend and her daughter when the daughter couldn’t sleep. The daughter said she didn’t like Mike as he was always peeping at her while she was in her room.

“Sometimes the mum would go downstairs and leave them in the room together. On one occasion he offered her money for a favour but it was never made clear what the favour was.”

After being detected Parnell disappeared for a month before being found in a static caravan in early February.

Sentencing Parnell, Recorder John Trevaskis said that he was fully aware of his obligations as a sex offender and that he should have removed himself from the household as soon as the children arrived.

Recorder Trevaskis also addressed the consequences of the offending, reiterated that the woman’s children had been taken away from her as a result.

A man who squandered a second chance from a court after an argument with his ex-girlfriend’s new partner was sent to prison.

The 30-year-old had been handed a deferred prison sentence in February, but Truro Crown Court heard the man approached the new partner just five days after the court hearing.

Although he denied using violence against the man, it meant he was in breach of the deferred sentence for even approaching the couple.

Lee Michael Toms, of Lower Lux Street, Liskeard, had previously pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court to possessing a knife, a baseball bat, assault by beating using the bat, and causing harassment via text messages.

On February 12 at the crown court, Judge Robert Linford sentenced Toms to 15 months in prison but deferred the sentence pending certain conditions, to give him a second chance.

However, Toms found himself back in front of Judge Linford on March 8. He had admitted the breach but denied the new allegation of seeking revenge by using violence.

Judge Linford said to Toms: “I tried very hard to avoid having to pass on you a sentence of imprisonment for these series of serious offences. So what I did, in an effort to keep the peace between you and your ex-partner, was defer sentence on that with a number of conditions. I warned you that if you breached those conditions you would go to prison for 15 months.”

Accordingly, Toms was sent to jail for two periods of five months, four months and one month, for each of the offences, to run consecutively – a total of 15 months.

In light of these prison terms and given that any new possible sentence would run alongside them, the prosecution offered no evidence on the new allegation of taking revenge.

A homeless robber who brazenly dashed into a shop, barged staff out of the way and snatched £40,000 of jewellery was jailed.

The 37-year-old raided the Little Jems jewellery shop in Penzance town centre during the day on August 14 last year.

Daniel Michael Casson, of no fixed address, appeared at Truro Crown Court on March 8 for sentence, after he had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and theft.

Prosecutor Philip Lee said it was 11am when Casson burst into the Little Jems shop in Market Jew Street. Working there at the time were two women, shop owner Jamie Wright and assistant Catherine Kleskey.

He said Casson jumped over the counter and started grabbing jewellery on a display. When Ms Kleskey went to stop him, he pushed her away, causing her to fall against the wall where she suffered a graze and bruising.

Mr Lee added that the two women fled and tried to lock Casson in the shop. He overpowered them and ran off through the town centre with £40,000 of stock.

He said CCTV later revealed Casson had stolen a camping mat from Millets shortly before, but had discarded it in Bread Street.

He said both women had been shaken in the incident and Mrs Wright was now nervous and afraid in the shop. Ms Kleskey was so traumatised that she quit her job after a retail career of 36 years.

The court heard Casson had previous convictions for robbery and blackmail and had served time in prison.

Judge Robert Linford said to Casson: “The effect on the shop owner and the shop assistant are well set out in the victim personal impact statements. The shop owner is now on guard and nervous in their own business. Ms Kleskey has suffered significantly as a consequence of your behaviour. You terrified her out of her wits and her work.”

He added that he acknowledged Casson’s mental state at the time and the fact that he had helped police recover some of the stolen items.

A tattoo artist repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the face while telling her that she was “going to die tonight”.

Stephen Tree, 31, launched the ferocious attack in the early hours of New Year’s Day after he and his partner had argued after going out for a meal.

Physically imposing and heavily tattooed Tree, of Roselyon Crescent in St Blazey, appeared at Truro Crown Court on March 13, where he entered guilty pleas to charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and making threats to kill.

Prosecution barrister Jason Beal told the court how the complainant and the defendant had been in a relationship for about five months leading up to the incident but had separated briefly after Tree put his hands around her throat.

He described how they got back together and arranged to go for a meal on New Year’s Eve but had begun arguing over trivial matters when they arrived home.

Mr Beal said: “The complainant thought she’d deflect the defendant’s increasing anger by going to bed.

“He followed her upstairs and tried to provoke her by filming her. He told her he’d had sex with another woman while they’d been separated and then lunged at her in a way she describes as him ‘going crazy’.

“While holding her he repeatedly punched her in the face and then grabbed and squeezed her throat. He told her she was going to die tonight and that she should apologise to him.

“He continued to apply pressure to her throat but she managed to escape his grip but he caught her again and continued the struggle. She was so scared that she urinated and defecated herself.

“She tried to get downstairs and out of the front door but fell down and landed awkwardly on her leg. The complainant then crawled onto the driveway looking for help.”

Mr Beal added that Tree then left the scene, saying he was going to kill himself, before returning and being arrested by police.

The victim spent a total of seven days in hospital receiving treatment for a fractured cheek, a broken heel and extreme bruising, swelling and cuts to her face.

It is estimated that the victim’s injuries will take three years to completely heal and she is currently unable to drive or work. She describes in her victim impact statement feeling nervous and vulnerable and having to move back in with her mother.

Sentencing Tree, Judge Simon Carr said: “You had been in a relationship for about five months. It had ceased as a result of your violence but resumed.

“On New Year’s Eve you’d been drinking heavily and some form of verbal dispute started and continued when you returned home.

“The victim tried to disuse the situation by going up to bed but you wouldn’t let it rest. You followed her and launched a sustained and brutal assault.

“You punched her to the face repeatedly and grabbed her throat and applied pressure, telling her she was going to die.

“She staggered down onto the stairs where you attacked her again. She suffered very serious injuries including a broken heel and those who have suffered such an injury know only how painful and uncomfortable it is.

“She is so frightened by what happened that she can no longer face living in a house that she is entitled to call home.”

The victim sat in court visibly distressed throughout. She arrived on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

Two men were jailed for a spate of burglaries worth around £40,000 at houses and building sites across west Cornwall.

The pair in a van targeted homes in Truro, Carbis Bay, Hayle, Praze-en-Beeble, Redruth and Mawnan Smith – they even broke into the sites of Helston Community College and Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives.

Truro Crown Court heard they left people fearful and deeply upset at the loss of sentimental items as well as caused numerous tradesmen lost work after their tools were taken.

The pair were eventually caught after neighbours saw torches at night and tipped off police during a burglary. A hunt by a police dog revealed the two men hiding in a hedge in nearby fields.

Appearing at court on Friday were Jason Mark Roberts, 39, of Gunnards House, Back Lane West, Redruth, and Jordan Daniel Vandersluys, 24, of Rosscommon, Green Lane, Redruth. They pleaded guilty to several charges of burglary or domestic and non-domestic properties and handling stolen goods.

Philip Lee, prosecuting, said the charges represented a wider set off burglaries in late November and early December of last year. He said upwards of £40,000 worth of items were stolen at night although police had found around £20,000 of the missing items. Most of these were stashed in a shed at Vandersluys’ house while the remainder were found in Roberts’ van.

Mr Lee police examined the men’s computers and found they had often searched for the prices of items stolen when they returned from a burglary.

The offences included the theft of £2,000 of tools from houses under construction at Tehidy, near Redruth. He said the pair sent each other text messages beforehand, one of which from Roberts said: “You want to go to Tolvaddon or Tehidy? Stay local. I’ll drive.”

On another occasion, £10,000 of items were stolen late at night from a house in Falmouth Road, Truro, including jewellery and antiques. That night, Mr Lee said one of the men sent a text message to his girlfriend which said: “Justin Truro waiting for a few lights to go off. Then going to load up. Love you loads.”

In early December, Mr Lee added, the pair stole a paint sprayer worth £2,500 from a chalet under construction in the grounds of the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives. It was later found in Vandersluys’ shed.

Just days later, the pair stole heavy tools worth £2,200 from a padlocked container on the grounds of Helston Community College, where a new school building is currently under construction.

Then on December 4, the court heard the pair entered a second home in Hayle, stealing a TV, surfboards and an oil painting worth £5,200, and they forced entry into another home where they took a 15-year-old’s Xbox games’ console.

They also targeted a building under construction in Praze-an-Beeble, near Camborne, and Vandersluys admitted additional burglaries from two houses in Carbis Bay.

Mr Lee said their crime spree came to an end when neighbours saw torches at night at a property at Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth. The neighbours called the police and a hunt using a police dog revealed the two men hiding in a hedge in nearby fields.

Motorists watched in horror as a drug addict swerved across a busy road, crashing head-on into a car coming the other way and causing catastrophic injuries.

She had already narrowly avoided two other collisions before smashing into the front of a car at Callington.

Rachelle Hands, 35, at the time of no fixed address and now living in Bath Street, Plymouth, appeared at Truro Crown Court.

Philip Lee, prosecuting, said the crash happened back on September 1, 2017. He said Hands had been driving a green Vauxhall Lupo on the A388 from Launceston towards Callington.

It was around 5pm, he said, when Hands veered across the central reservation on a straight stretch of road – straight into the path of a Renault Clio coming the other way.

He said the Clio driver had no time to brake and suffered injuries to his back and ankle. His wife in the passenger seat suffered broken ribs while a 28-year-old woman in the rear of the Clio, who was not wearing a seat belt, was flung violently forward, breaking both her legs in several places.

Mr Lee said tests taken nearly six hours later revealed Hands had 560 micrograms of a chemical from broken down cocaine in her blood. The legal limit for driving under the influence of drugs is 50 micrograms.

He said the woman seriously injured was still in pain and receiving physiotherapy for her broken legs.

Judge Simon Carr said the matter was too serious and only an immediate custodial sentence would suffice. He also pointed to how Hands had been stopped by police while under the influence of drugs, some 15 months after the car crash.

A man labelled by a judge as a “dangerous and violent thug” was jailed for two and a half years after punching his girlfriend so hard he fractured her eye socket.

Ross Gormal, 35, from Ranelagh Road in St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on March 22 after being convicted by a jury in December of one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm on the woman in January 2017.

The court heard that Gormal and the now 29-year-old woman met on a dating site in 2016, before starting a relationship.

Their volatile relationship was on/off and characterised by frequent arguments. They lived at different addresses but Gormal would go to visit her flat in St Blazey, where she lived with her two children.

Ed Bailey, for the prosecution, told the court that on the night of the incident in January 2017, Gormal and the victim were playing cards and drinking together in her home, before a heated argument ensued in the kitchen.

Gormal grabbed the victim by the hair and then punched her. The punch landed squarely on her left eye, with the impact causing her to fall to the floor.

Gormal walked out of the front door while the victim “crawled” to her bedroom, where she was violently sick.

The next morning she staggered to the home of a neighbour, who she had never met before, in an attempt to get help.

The victim was taken to hospital, and an x-ray revealed she had fractured her eye socket, requiring surgery.

In a victim impact statement, she said: “After it happened I stayed with my mum. I was too frightened to go out in the first few months in case I bumped into him or any of his friends. I had no social life and cut myself off.

“My confidence went out of the window. For six months I had double vision, I couldn’t see properly and spent most of the time with one eye shut, so I was able to focus.

“When I sat in court and heard what was said I felt sick at the incident, which has changed me as a person. I have terrible trust issues and these have moved into new relationships. Thankfully my new partner is brilliant and very patient with me. I’m not the same person, and my mum worries about me all the time.

Sentencing Gormal to two and a half years in prison, Judge Robert Linford said: “You have an appalling record for using violence.

“Your supervision report makes encouraging reading, but it was prepared before your conviction for this offence. The full report concludes that you are a danger to members of the public.

“This offence was committed two years ago, your conviction however in the meantime [in May 2018 for threatening violence] shows that you are not the changed man that you report to be, but the same violent thug you have been for a long time.

“I conclude that you do indeed pose a significant risk [to people]. In short you are a dangerous individual, partly when you are drunk or challenged by partners or others unfortunate enough to encounter you in that state.”

Gormal must also engage in an intensive alcohol treatment programme, aimed at eliminating his use of violence.

A restraining order was also imposed, banning Gormal from contacting the victim directly or indirectly or visiting her home for ten years.

A judge remarked with great sadness that the potential of 22-month-old Eve Leatherland will never be fulfilled after her mother and her partner were sentenced for their roles in her death.

On Friday March 29 at Truro Crown Court Thomas Curd, 31, from Watford and Abigail Leatherland, 26, formerly of Liskeard, were sent to prison a day after they were convicted by a jury.

Curd was found to have murdered Eve and her mother Leatherland convicted of causing or allowing a child to die.

Eve died in October 2017 after she was poisoned with codeine by Curd. Prior to her death she was subjected to at least three ferocious beatings by Curd in which he fractured her ribs and skull as well as lacerating her liver.

Some of the injuries were then repeated, resulting in identical fractures that halted the healing process.

During the trial Leatherland claimed that she was unaware that Curd was hurting her child and put her apparently condition down to a viral infection.

The jury ruled that although Leatherland didn’t cause any of the injuries or administer the codeine, she must have been at least partially aware of what was going on.

Both Curd and Leatherland failed to seek medical help for Eve and by the time 999 was called, Eve was already dead.

Thomas Curd, you have been found guilty after a trial of the murder of Eve Leatherland, a young child aged 22 Months on 5 October 2017.

Abigail Leatherland, You were Eve’s mother. You have been found guilty after a trial of the offence of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Paramedics were concerned, however, that something was amiss, the child seemed to have been dead for some time, there were signs of rigor mortis. Nevertheless she was rushed by air ambulance to Derriford as efforts to save her continued. But it was to no avail and she was certified dead shortly after arrival.

At hospital the nurses started to have concerns about the appearance of the child and the behaviour of the parents. There were bruises to the child’s body and blood in one of her eyes.

However it was not until a skeletal survey of the body was carried out, and thereafter a post-mortem, that the full extent of the injuries were discovered: Eve had a total of 12 fractures and -refractures of her ribs, her skull had been fractured and re-fractured and some blunt force trauma to her tummy had pushed her liver and other internal organs of her abdomen against her spine, lacerating her liver, her right adrenal gland, tearing her mesentery and causing a number of haemorrhages to her bowel.

There were a large number of bruises and other marks to her head, face and body. Many more, as the paediatrician was to observe, than could possibly be consistent with normal bumps and scrapes that a toddler might pick up, even a toddler with a boisterous older brother, as Eve had.

But in addition to all of these injuries, and what was in fact given as the main cause of death, Eve was found to have been poisoned by a large dose of codeine, given in the hours before her death. As to the time of her death, the signs of rigor mortis which the paramedics had found suggested that Eve had died between 7 and 9am that morning, some 3 3⁄4 hrs before the ambulance was called.

An investigation of the state of healing of the injuries at the time of death suggested that there had been at least three separate assaults on Eve, the first at 3-6 days before death another a day or two after the first and the last just hours before she died. The evidence of hair analysis, taken together with evidence of Eve’s presentation during her last week of life, suggested that she had been given codeine more than once.

There were only two adults in the house with Eve in the week before her death. The injuries, as the paediatrician advised at trial, would have been excruciatingly painful to Eve. Anyone who has had even one broken rib knows how painful it is just to breathe or lie down. Eve had 6 broken ribs, and they were re-broken over the site of the first later in the week.

Likewise the fracture to the back of her head. The codeine must have been given to her to mask the pain and to quieten her distress.

Eve Leatherland was a healthy young child in the summer of 2017. She had an older brother then aged three rising four. They were living together with their mother, Abigail Leatherland, then aged 25, in a small two-bed house in Liskeard. Abigail Leatherland had moved there with her children in April 2017 to be with her then partner whose house it was.

However that relationship ended and he moved out in June transferring the tenancy to her. His evidence, with which Abigail Leatherland agreed, was that Eve could be clingy with her mother and did not like being left. She could be difficult to settle to sleep as a result, sometimes screaming for hours. Any parent of a small child will know what that can be like.

The health visitor who visited the young family new to the area saw nothing to concern her in Abigail Leatherland’s care of her children. Nor had there been anything to trouble her in the HV notes from Mansfield where they had previously been living. Photos at trial showed the children with their mother happy and healthy at the beach and at home at that time.

But then things changed. In July Thomas Curd made contact with AL out of the blue on social media and they began to exchange messages. Thomas Curd, then aged 30 was living in Watford with his grandparents.

At the time he was in a relationship with another young woman. Unhappily, however, Abigail Leatherland appears to have caught his eye.

In August Thomas Curd visited Abigail Leatherland and her children in Liskeard. Things progressed very quickly after that.

From 4th September he was living with them full time in Liskeard save for a week-long trip back to Watford from 23-30 Sept to collect all his belongings and move it in.

It became clear at trial that Thomas Curd was a regular user of co-codamol in tablets containing the highest concentration of codeine, available only on prescription. He would take a supply of them with him wherever he went; in Cornwall he got his grandfather to obtain them on prescription and send them to him; he said at trial that GP had refused to prescribe them for him, hence the need to get them via his grandfather.

The evidence of the toxicologists at trial was that codeine is never given to children under 12 as it is dangerous. It is an opiate-based drug whose side effects include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and lethargy. Toxic side-effects are respiratory depression ie slowed breathing and heart rate and reduced blood pressure which can all lead to coma and death.

It seems likely, based on the evidence of how Eve was in the week of 18 September that Thomas Curd had started to give her some of his co-codamol, perhaps to settle her or to take the edge off her clinginess. Or, of more concern, she may have been given it to mask the pain of squeezing or gripping incidents causing bruises but no more at that stage.

There are messages sent by Abigail Leatherland to her mother at that time remarking on bruises which Eve had, putting them down to her brother’s boisterousness. In any event Eve was clearly not well in the week before Thomas Curd left on 23 September.

She was pale and tired and, according to messages sent by Abigail Leatherland to her mother, she was repeatedly being sick. AL took her daughter to the GP on 20 September where the doctor found a slightly raised temperature and diagnosed an unspecified virus.

It was a bizarre feature of Thomas Curd’s behaviour in the family that he took photos and videos of Eve when she was obviously unwell. He would send these to Abigail Leatherland even when Abigail Leatherland was in the house.

Thus there are photos and a video of Eve looking drowsy, lethargic, unwell in the week before Thomas Curd went back to Watford.

In the week that he was away Eve’s condition improved markedly. She became bright and responsive once more, her appetite returned, photos and videos taken by her mother show her as a normal happy little girl running about and bouncing on a bed.

But shortly after Thomas Curd’s return late on Saturday 30 September Eve went rapidly downhill. By the Monday she was lethargic and sleepy, vomiting and clearly very unwell. Photos and videos taken by

Thomas Curd and sent to Abigail Leatherland show her in a very poor state on the Monday and Tuesday of that week. By this time Eve’s ribs and skull had been fractured for the first time and her internal organs damaged by a punch or kick to her stomach.

It seems that Thomas Curd was having most contact with Eve that week, despite Abigail Leatherland being in the house. Thomas Curd was in the house the whole time, Abigail Leatherland for all but twice a day for 45 minutes or so to take or pick up her son from nursery. She said that she wanted Thomas Curd to be part of the family and was happy that he seemed to want that too.

At all events it was Thomas Curd who put Eve to bed on the Wednesday night, her last night, and Thomas Curd who got up to her when she cried in the night. It must have been on one of those occasions that her head was hit against something, or with something, fracturing it, and the last fatal dose of codeine given.

Apart from the grave injuries and the codeine poisoning inflicted, as the jury found, by Thomas Curd, Eve had clearly been very seriously neglected by her mother in that last week when she was obviously so unwell: her pillow, with a halo of stains that were found to be blood, left by the washing machine, unwashed for several days.

Her bedding taken off the bed on the Monday or Tuesday, still unwashed by the time of her death. Her cot, with several slats broken by some unknown force, had been dismantled and put out into the garden the previous week.

So Eve, in her very poorly state, was left to lie on a stained and dirty mattress with no covers every day and night that week until her death. Abigail Leatherland’s explanation was that she, Abigail Leatherland, had herself been tired and ill. On her account at trial she was staying late in bed, not seeing her daughter much, leaving Eve to her new partner, getting up only to take her son to nursery.

Yet as the evidence showed, she spent a great deal of time on her phone, Facebook, sending messages, exchanging intimate messages with Thomas Curd whilst Eve was lying on her mattress, alone.

The jury by their verdict found that Abigail Leatherland’s conduct amounted to causing or allowing her daughter to die. I am entirely satisfied, having heard the evidence, that AL was not involved in inflicting any of the injuries to Eve, or of giving her any codeine. But as events were to prove, there was clearly a very grave risk of serious injury to Eve at the hands of Thomas Curd. I am in no doubt that Abigail Leatherland was not actively aware of that risk; had she been, then I believe she would have acted on it, as she told us in evidence.

But whether she was so desperate to build a happy, two-parent family, or so taken up with her new relationship and moving Thomas Curd into her life, for whatever reason Abigail Leatherland fatally ignored the signs that her daughter was getting very unwell indeed under the “care” of Thomas Curd. The jury were satisfied on the evidence that in that small house, together as they all were for long hours, Abigail Leatherland ought to have been

Aware of the risk to her daughter at the hands of her new partner, and that she could reasonably have acted so as to protect Eve from him.

Any untimely death is a tragedy; it is particularly wretched when an innocent child dies: their childhood and their life still ahead of them, all that potential unrealised.

I would like to commend all the families who have attended. This has been a great grief for them; their dignity and restraint in court must at times have been very hard to maintain.

I would also like to commend the police for their systematic, painstaking and calm approach to what must have been a very difficult and at times distressing investigation: in particular the officer in the case DC Richard Gimblett, also DC Charlie Roper and DI Steve Hambly.

The law prescribes that the only sentence for murder is one of life imprisonment. I am also required to specify the minimum term which you must serve. It is important to realise that the minimum term is just that: it is the term which you will be required to serve in prison before the Parole Board will consider you for release.

Schedule 21 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 sets out the approach I must adopt when setting the minimum term. The applicable starting point set out in Schedule 21 is 15 years but this is not necessarily the end point. In setting the minimum term which you must serve I have to consider and balance out the various aggravating and mitigating features which apply in your case.

Eve’s youth and vulnerability – at your mercy, in the house you shared with her mother, are both seriously aggravating features. Living with, having shared responsibility for, a toddler is on any ordinary understanding a relationship involving very serious trust on the part of the adult.

You wilfully, fatally failed Eve over and over in that last week of her life when you repeatedly assaulted her and then dosed her with codeine. Whilst I accept that the assaults were spontaneous, the administration of codeine, which on the evidence I am quite satisfied you were responsible for, must have involved some premeditation.

A further aggravating feature is the physical and mental suffering which Eve must have experienced in those last four days of her life. Even with the codeine her injuries would have been unbearably painful and, as the evidence shows, the effect of codeine does not last.

For much of that time she was in her bedroom, drugged, alone, on that dirty mattress with no bedding. It was a bleak, disorientating and comfortless way for that little girl to die.

Having heard the evidence, I am satisfied that you did not intend to kill Eve. I believe that your shock when paramedics attended, and afterwards when you were told of his death, were genuine, indicating that you did not expect Eve to die and had not intended that she should, either from the assaults or from the codeine.

You are now aged 31. You have one very different offence a long time ago which I regard as irrelevant, accordingly you are to be treated as a man of previous good character. There is no other mitigation advanced on your behalf.

Taking all this into account the minimum term in your case will be one of 20 years in custody, including the time you have spent on remand. That is the equivalent of a 40-year determinate sentence. I shall specify the time you have spent in custody on remand but if that proves to be inaccurate it can be amended administratively.

Stand up please. For the murder of Eve Leatherland the sentence is life imprisonment. You will serve a minimum term of 20 years, less the period of 204 days you have spent on remand. After that it will be for the Parole Board to determine whether and if so when you should be released. If and when you are released you will remain on licence, liable to recall if you commit any further offences or breach the terms of that licence, for the rest of your life.

You are now aged 27. You did not cause your daughter’s death, but on the jury’s verdict you allowed it to happen.

As to culpability, I cannot find that yours was a momentary or brief lapse in judgment, or a low level of neglect. I have concluded that your culpability here is in category B. There were multiple incidents of serious cruelty inflicted by Thomas Curd on Eve, and the injuries which she sustained must have required very significant force – doctors compared it to a fall from a first or second floor window or a road traffic accident.

You did not take any steps to protect or care for Eve, but that is because, as I have already said, you were not actively aware of the grave risk to Eve. Your culpability lies in the fact that you ought to have been aware, which in my view is medium rather than high.

Eve’s suffering was prolonged but I decline to find that you tried to blame your son, and although at least the last assault on Eve by Thomas Curd must have taken place in the bedroom shared with her brother it was in the middle of the night when he would have been asleep.

In mitigation I take into account that up to that week you cared for your children well. They were happy and healthy with you, as the photographs show. At 27 you have no previous convictions or cautions of any kind. I have also borne well in mind what your counsel has said about your remorse.

I have no doubt that your greatest punishment is an awareness that you failed your daughter when she needed you and that had you protected her, she would still be here.

You will serve half that time and I direct that half the time spent on qualifying curfew, that is to say half of 196 days, being 98 days, be taken into account. The time spent on remand will be taken into account automatically. You will then be released on licence. If you commit any further offences during the time on licence or breach any of the licence conditions you may be returned to serve out the rest of the time.

A “pain in the backside” who has amassed nearly 150 convictions to fund a £200 a day drug habit was jailed.

Daniel Blakeman, 33, has routinely targeted shops in the St Austell area, stealing everything from meat to pharmacy supplies, goods often totalling thousands of pounds in value.

He appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence via video-link from HMP Exeter on April 3 after pleading guilty to a raft of charges 24 hours earlier.

In total Blakeman admitted seven theft charges, assaulting a shop worker and resisting a PC in the execution of his duty.

Detailing the latest set of offending, prosecuting barrister Philip Lee said that on February 11 Blakeman targeted the Co-Op store in Par Green stealing meat and phone accessories worth more than £300.

During the theft Blakeman was spotted by team leader Julia Green who challenged him and when she did so Blakeman called her “a stupid b*tch”, grabbed her by the shoulder and pushed her backwards. Ms Green was uninjured but shocked by the altercation.

The following day Blakeman stole various foods from Spar in St Austell, worth £180 and then on February 14 put whiskey valued at £86 into his basket and walked out of Asda in the town without paying.

Mr Lee described how on February 15 Blakeman helped himself to £215 worth of meat from Co-Op in St Stephen, the third time he’d stole from the property in three weeks.

That day he stole more than £600 worth of fragrances and gift boxes from Superdrug by loading his coat and backpacks with goods.

The next day Blakeman pinched £199 worth of groceries from McColl’s before, on February 26, stealing medical supplies from Day Lewis pharmacy. When challenged he told an employee, “you shouldn’t care, it’s not your shop”. Staff were said to be worried and on edge as a result of Blakeman’s crimes.

The final episode in the sequence of offending took place on March 2 when a police officer seeking Blakeman saw him driving so pulled in front of him. Blakeman then escaped on foot before being apprehended. He kicked out at the officer and was found with a handful of used needles in his pocket.

When interviewed, Blakeman told police that he had a £100 to £200 a day heroin and crack cocaine habit.

Mr Lee said: “The spree of offending presents an escalation in previous offending showing some degree of aggression when challenged to avoid being detained.”

Judge Simon Carr described Blakeman as “a pain in the backside who nobody ever wants to come into contact with”.

The court then heard how Blakeman has a lengthy criminal record, having been convicted of 136 separate crimes.

Sentencing Blakeman, Judge Carr described how previous attempts to tackle Blakeman’s addiction and to keep him out of trouble have all failed, at a cost.

Judge Carr jailed Blakeman for eight months and made him subject of a criminal prevention order, a list of five or six of shops that are Blakeman’s regular criminal targets. Blakeman was told if he enters the shops he’ll be sentenced to five or six years in prison for each breach.

A couple were sentenced for their roles in what was described in court as “a sophisticated drug dealing operation” worth in excess of £40,000.

Ryan Walsh, 27, and 24-year-old Amber Bruce between them used high-tech equipment to produce and then sell drugs before depositing large amounts of cash into their bank accounts.

Appearing at Truro Crown Court on April 3, Walsh of Ennors Road in Newquay and Bruce, of Hawke Close in the town, entered guilty pleas to a number of offences.

Walsh admitted possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply, producing a Class B drug and converting criminal property.

Sat alongside her lover in the dock, Bruce pleaded guilty to permitting a premises to be used for the production of a Class B drug and two counts of converting criminal property.

Addressing Judge Simon Carr, prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told the court how in August 2017 police executed a warrant at a property occupied by both defendants in St Columb Major and Bruce’s four-year-old daughter.

Mr Lee said: “Police found a variety of drugs including 58 grams of flowering head cannabis and dealer's lists with 18 names on it and the various amounts owed. Officers came to the conclusion that some £14,000-£15,000 was owed to the compiler of the list.

“Also seized was a mobile phone that Walsh admitted was his and on it there were a number of contacts including names on the dealer’s lists and texts illustrating dealing.”

Self-sealed bags were also found. Mr Lee then described how Bruce was a tenant at another address in St Columb Major. When police searched that property they found it effectively unfurnished and not lived in.

Documentation for Bruce was found there however, as well as a large cannabis grow tent and a cocaine press, a sophisticated hydraulic press that allows dealers to replicate the appearance of high purity cocaine so that it commands a higher price.

From the second address police seized several large plants and 200 grams of plant cuttings. There was space for further plants to be grown with a potential yield of £2,000 to £6,000.

Following the raids police investigated the finances of Walsh who according to HMRC had no declared income since 2012.

Mr Lee said: “His account investigator saw there had been cash deposits of approximately £18,000 since 2016 and a number of third party transfers. It was a significant amount of money, a total of around £28,000.

“Bruce had a legitimate income of tax credits but also cash deposits from 2015 onwards, as well as third party transfers.”

In the months following the execution of the warrant in August 2017, Bruce received further cash deposits of £13,700 and third party transfers worth £4,000.

During interviews Walsh made full admissions, whereas Bruce told officers that she had suspicions her partner was dealing in drugs but thought the income came from roofing work.

Bruce has no previous convictions but Walsh was sent to prison by Judge Carr for two years in 2015 for almost identical offending.

Sentencing Bruce and Walsh, Judge Carr said that that it was “a sophisticated drug dealing operation” in which Walsh was the prime mover.

He said: “You (Walsh) formed a relationship with Miss Bruce who had a young child and she moved in with you leaving her premises empty which you then used for drug dealing.

“Lots of items were found and of most concern is the cocaine press. They are rarely seen and very expensive and indicate a level of sophistication not usually seen by street dealers.

“Your bank accounts showed significant amounts of money and I have no doubt there was more. In 2015 I passed a sentence (on Walsh) less than normal as I thought the shock might be enough to be a deterrent. It wasn’t.

“Miss Bruce you were involved in laundering the money and allowing your accounts to be used. Even one look at your account shows tens of thousands of pounds moving through.

“That would have been serious enough but you had the shock of an arrest and your reaction was nothing short of extraordinary.

“Immediately after you used an account again to receive a significant amount of money. The shock of arrest did nothing to stop your involvement.

“You (Bruce) are of previous good character and at the time had a four-year-old dependant on you for care. Eight weeks ago you gave birth to a son and this case has taken an inordinate amount of time to get to court showing that all elements of the criminal justice system are woefully underfunded.”

Judge Carr added that in Bruce’s case he found it a very difficult sentencing exercise but to imprison her would “have a disruptive effect on the lives of two completely innocent young people”.

A judge dismissed a man’s claim that he "accidentally" glassed his partner as “palpably absurd”.

Drunk Jordan Hawken, 26, said that he blindly tossed his pint glass in anger after an argument with his girlfriend on a night out in Mevagissey on December 8 last year and that he didn’t know she was standing nearby.

Hawken, of Ranelagh Road in St Austell , appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on April 4 after previously admitting wounding without intent and possession of a Class A drug.

Prosecuting the case, Holly Rust said that on the night in question the defendant and his partner were out in the port and had argued during the evening.

Ms Rust said: “They were both standing outside in the smoking area and whilst standing behind some trees the defendant threw a full glass of lager which struck the victim in the head causing a seven inch injury to her forehead.

“Police attended and arrested Mr Hawken and a search of him found five bags of cocaine with a street value of £100. In interview he said that one of the wraps was for him and the others for his friends.”

Both the defendant and victim are still in a relationship and Judge Simon Carr described an “unpleasant injury that will lead to permanent scarring”.

It was stated that after an argument he threw the glass in frustration and at the time of the incident Hawken couldn’t even see the victim, in no way intending to hit her with it.

However, the argument didn’t wash with Judge Carr who said: “You just don’t have an argument with someone with whom you’re in a relationship and throw a full pint glass and then by pure chance the glass happens to hit the person you’ve had the argument with. It’s palpably absurd.”

Sentencing Hawken, Judge Carr ignored pleas for a suspended sentence and said: “You were in a relationship with the victim and there are suggestions that on occasions it had been tumultuous.

“You had been drinking and taking cocaine and there was a minor sort of disagreement of which couples have every day. Your reaction was to throw a full pint glass which struck her in the head. It caused a very serious injury that has led to permanent facial scarring.

“I accept that from the moment you did it until today you have expressed genuine remorse. You are lightly convicted, in full time employment and you and then defendant have been working on your relationship.

“That said, this was an extremely unpleasant assault carried out in drink and even with the mitigating factors, can only attract an immediate custodial sentence.”

A nightmare neighbour who spat at and then took a knife to the home of a woman after a row over noise was jailed.

Ian Mellor, 36, also grappled with a police officer during his mini-crime wave in February and March of this year while he was living in Bodmin.

Mellor, who has since moved to Lanchard Rise in Liskeard, appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after previously admitting carrying a knife or bladed article in public, being in possession of an air weapon, obstructing a PC and assault.

Prosecuting the case, Holly Rust said how the defendant and victim had been living in a block of flats in Bodmin and on February 26 the victim was doing housework and could hear a great deal of noise upstairs.

She then went outside to collect her washing and the defendant leaned out of his window calling her a whore. Mellor proceeded to spit from his window with his phlegm landing in the victim’s hair.

Ms Rust said: “There was a further incident a few days later on March 1 when after 3pm the police received a call from the victim who said the defendant had kicked at her door with a knife in his sock.

“She didn’t see the knife but when the defendant went around the corner he lifted his trouser leg, the knife being spotted by the defendant’s partner.”

A police officer and dog arrived at the scene and Mellor ignored officer PC Walters’ command to not walk away.

Mellor was carrying the knife and an air rifle at the time and a struggle then ensued before PC Walters was able to put Mellor in a headlock as the dog bit his leg.

Sentencing Mellor, Judge Simon Carr described the incidents as “a series of very worrying interactions between you and your neighbour who lived in the same flats.”

Judge Carr said: “As not uncommon in blocks of flats a disagreement arose as to noise. There are ways you deal with these problems and ways you don’t.

“On the first occasion you got into an argument over noise and you spat, the spit landing in the victim’s hair which was particularly unpleasant. Shortly after matters escalated and you went to the property and knocked loudly on the door. As you walked away her partner could see a knife in your sock.

“I don’t have to lecture you about the dangers of knife crime but people who arm themselves with knives can expect nothing but custody.”

Judge Carr did however accept that Mellor didn’t have the air weapon on him when he went to his neighbour’s property.

A woman was sentenced to life imprisonment after she was convicted of murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him forcefully in the chest.

Lindsey Ann Gabriel, 31, was this afternoon convicted of one count of murder after a trial that lasted over a week.

After less than four hours of deliberations the jury at Truro Crown Court returned to convict her of the charge.

On September 28 of last year Mr Field, of Truro, had suffered a single stab wound that penetrated his ribs and went into his heart. He died later that night.

Field was found by passersby lying collapsed on the pavement outside Gabriel’s house in Bugle, near St Austell.

A blood-stained kitchen knife used to stab Mr Field was later found by police stuffed down a drain to the side of a suspect’s property, Gabriel insisting throughout her trial that Mr Field burst into her home and stabbed himself and that she had no idea how the knife, from a set in her kitchen, got into the drain.

During prosecuting barrister Jo Martin QC’s opening she told the jury how the defendant and victim had been in an on/off relationship and how, on the day Mr Field died, Gabriel sent furious text messages in which she told him he “didn’t know what she was capable of”.

She also told a friend that he had been playing away, adding "who does he think I am Snow White or Batman? I’m Lindsey f*cking Gabriel". The messages started when Gabriel logged into James Field’s Facebook account and discovered he had added a number of women as friends.

Gabriel proceeded to vandalise Mr Field's car that was parked on her drive, smashing it, wrapping it in wrapping paper and daubing words such as 'cheat' and 'player' before arranging for it to be towed away.

Sentencing Gabriel, who showed only minor flashes of emotion, Judge The Honourable Mrs Justice Juliet May said: “Shortly before 8pm on September 28 police were called to Bugle where a man lay gravely injured.

“The man was James Field and jury was satisfied that it was Lindsey Gabriel who stabbed him. Lindsey Gabriel and James Field had been in a relationship for five months and by all accounts the relationship was tempestuous and they regularly split and then got back together.

“James Field was a recovering addict whereas Lindsey Gabriel had a variable temper and underlying issues with mental health.

“Throughout the day Lindsey Gabriel sent James Field a torrent of abuse. A flavour of the messages was one that said ‘I’m an animal, bring it on big boy, you’ve met your match’.

“Not content with the messages Lindsey Gabriel stayed home from college and destroyed James Field’s car, getting her 13-year-old son to help wrap it in wrapping paper.”

Mrs Justice May said that Gabriel’s messages and destroying of the car led to Mr Field turning up at her home and kicking his way in through the bottom panel of the door.

She added: “What happened was captured on a 999 call in which James Field can be heard asking ‘where is my car’ and Lindsey Gabriel screaming ‘get out of my house’ a number of times. James Field can then be heard saying ‘I’m going’.

“In the next minute Lindsey Gabriel must have stabbed James Field. The blood trace suggests he was stood in the hallway before staggering up the path and collapsing on the pavement. Death was inevitable because of the speed and volume of the blood loss.

“Police arrived and officers recovered a kitchen knife from the drain outside. It had James Field’s blood on it and had been hidden some time between the stabbing and the police’s arrival.

“Lindsey Gabriel went outside and shouted at people who had stopped to help that James Field had a knife and was dangerous. This was plainly untrue. Lindsey Gabriel had been by some margin the most aggressive and picked up the knife and responded by stabbing James Field in the chest.

“James Field had demons but in the last two years had tried and was succeeding in tackling them, also reconnected with his family.”

Mrs Justice May then added that Gabriel was on bail for two assault occasioning actual bodily harm charges at the time of the murder. One of which was when she attacked a taxi driver who tried to intervene in a row between Gabriel and her ex-partner.

She said: “I am satisfied you acted on spur of the moment and I accept had it been a planned attack, you wouldn’t have made the 999 call.

“Lindsey Gabriel’s actions throughout the day were intended as leading to just the sort of confrontation that led to James Field coming to the house.”

Mrs Justice May then asked Gabriel to stand and handed her a life sentence of which she must serve at least 14 years before she is eligible for parole. Even if she is released she will remain on licence for the rest of her life.

Following the case, detective inspector Stephen Hambley, said: “We welcome today’s verdict and recognise the challenge faced by the jury, when one considers that Lindsey Gabriel was unable or unwilling to help around the full circumstances of James Field’s death.

“The taking of someone’s life in such circumstances will always be exhaustively investigated by Police, and Mr. Field’s death should not have occurred. Whilst he attended Lindsey Gabriel’s home following some hours of dispute and tension with her, the jury clearly consider that there was no justification as to the level of force used by Miss Gabriel.

“The families of both have been present in court throughout trial, this must have been very difficult for them, but they have conducted themselves with dignity.”

The family of Mr Field, said: “We would like to thank the police for their continued help and support throughout this investigation as we as the court counsel. We would also like the thank the members of public who came to the aid of James and attempted to help him at the scene.

A pensioner was stamped to death in the street outside her house by her mentally ill partner in the midst of a psychotic episode.

Brian Downie, 69, attacked Lesley Davies, 81, in Pembroke Close in Par on July 19 last year after he became convinced she was trying to poison his food and water.

Downie appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from Langdon Psychiatric Unit in Dawlish for sentence on April 5 after previously admitting a manslaughter charge.

Prosecuting the case, Simon Laws, QC, described how Ms Davis was a fit and active 81-year-old who was a keen walker.

In either 2013 or 2014 she formed a relationship with Downie who she had met online and Mr Laws described that they were happy and there was never any suspicion of violence prior to Mr Davies’ death.

Mr Laws said: “The night before a couple were walking back from a party to their home in Pembroke Close when they saw the defendant who seemed agitated. He stopped them and asked if they were going to give him a lift. When he was asked to where by the two people, who were strangers, he said, ‘you know damn well where I am going’.

“The following day Mr Downie was clearly unwell. He phoned his son in Plymouth and by the end of the call he was speaking as if his son was a salesman saying he didn’t know who he worked for and that he shouldn’t call again.

“At 13:19 the defendant made a call to his son Daniel and said he wanted the police called and that they should be armed. Daniel was alarmed so phoned the police and set off to Par.”

Daniel arrived just as the air ambulance departed with Ms Davies, Downie then himself calling 999 but hanging up because he thought he wasn’t speaking to genuine emergency service personnel.

At about 2pm neighbours saw Downie, who cried throughout the hearing, chasing Ms Davies up the street.

Mr Laws added: “The defendant caught up with Ms Davies and pushed her over on a grass verge, then beginning to stamp on her face in what were described as full force, vicious stamps.”

A neighbour then pleaded with Downie to stop to no avail, then exchanging blows with him. The neighbour then left to call the police as Downie continued to stamp on the victim.

The neighbour returned and struck Downie with a piece of wood and restrained him until police arrived.

Officers reported that Downie was “muddled and not right” saying “Lesley I love you” and “this is a movie and this will make them stand up and notice I need help”.

Mr Laws said: “During a psychiatric assessment it became clear that Mr Downie believed his partner was conspiring against him and poisoning his food and water. He thought the neighbours were also in on the conspiracy.

“He said that he wasn’t in a police station but in somewhere made to look like a police station.”

During the attack Ms Davies, a former teacher, suffered catastrophic injuries including a bleed on the brain, a displaced brain and fractures to the eye sockets, jaw, nose and spine. When arrested Downie had blood all over his shoes.

The court heard from two psychiatric experts who agreed that Downie was suffering from a form of dementia that resulted in episodes of psychosis.

The experts stated that the best place for Downie was Langdon where he could be medicated and monitored to prevent any further violent episodes.

Sentencing Downie, Mrs Justice Juliet May agreed that the most appropriate sentence is one of a hospital order meaning Downie could remain at Langdon.

She said: “On July 19 Brian Downie aged 69 killed his partner partner aged 81 on the road outside her home. Witnesses report him chasing her down the street, pushing her over and stamping on her.

“Although taken to hospital and treated Ms Davies did not regain consciousness and life support was turned off on August 8. As a result two sons have lost their remaining parent and no sentence I can impose can bring her back.

Mrs Justice May concluded that she was in no doubt that Downie, who had served in the Royal Navy and worked as a taxi driver prior to retirement, was suffering from a psychotic episode at the time of the attack.

She added: “The violent symptoms are well controlled with medication and the emphasis must be on treatment and not punishment.”

There is a chance Downie may eventually be transferred to a lower security ward if his condition improves, but doctors said that if he displays any worrying signs he would be recalled instantly.

A masked robber held up a village convenience store at knife-point just hours after he had visited the premises as a customer.

Twenty-year-old Dillon Berryman targeted Beacon Stores near Camborne on January 31, thrusting a knife just inches from shop owner Marisa Wells and her 16-year-old daughter.

Berryman, of Fordh Lacey in Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on April 5 after previously entering guilty pleas to attempted robbery and possession of a knife or bladed article.

Prosecuting the case, Brian Fitzherbert described how at the time of the attack Mrs Wells and her daughter were sorting out wages and paperwork when the defendant entered the shop with a hood up and covering his face.

The assembled courtroom was then showed chilling CCTV footage from the incident in which Berryman can be seen gesturing with the knife at Mrs Wells and her daughter.

Remarkably Mrs Wells, who suffers with Parkinson’s disease, fought Berryman off with a laptop case.

The car was tracked and the driver, another man, arrested, however a passenger gave Berryman’s name and he was then traced. He made full admissions during his police interview.

In her victim impact statement read to the court, Mrs Wells says the incident has left her uncomfortable being in the shop on her own and uneasy about people with hoods.

She added that she “wanted to disappear” and that she is now jumpy. The robbery has also exacerbated her Parkinson’s disease.

Sentencing Berryman, Judge Simon Carr said: “You are still only 20 and although lightly convicted you became involved in the use of drugs and built up a debt. You chose a solution to this debt of carrying out a robbery.

“You targeted a small convenience store you never, put your hood up and wore a disguise. The footage shows you putting a knife inches from the owner and her 16-year-old daughter.

“Mrs Wells in particular showed incredible character in standing up to you. The effect on Mrs Wells and her daughter has been graphically laid out. Mrs Wells suffers from Parkinson’s and the condition is affected by stress and as a result of what you did she has seen her condition deteriorate.”

He commended the courage shown by Mrs Wells and her daughter and sentenced Berryman to four years in a young offenders' institute.

A mother and daughter were jailed for their roles in a six figure letting agency fraud which left 40 victims out of pocket, including a vulnerable elderly woman who lost £30,000.

Angela Colleen Treneer, 72, of Cogos Park, Mylor Bridge near Falmouth, and Elizabeth Ann Treneer, 38, from Chapel Meadow in Perranwell Station, both appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday.

Angela Colleen, known as Colleen, previously pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by abuse of position, while daughter Elizabeth Ann, known as Ann, admitted two counts of participating in a fraudulent business and a third count of perverting the course of justice.

More than 20 people, including victims and their families, were present at the court for the sentencing hearing.

While Ann kept her head down and sobbed throughout, her mother was on occasion smirking and muttering to herself, much to the chagrin of the victims in attendance.

Alexander Greenwood, for the prosecution, told the court how the pair had run the Truro-based letting agency Premier Property Management for many years.

The business specialised in arranging tenants, maintaining properties, collecting and retaining tenants’ deposits, receiving rental income and arranging the maintenance of the properties they managed.

It was started in 1992 and initially run by Colleen, but as the years passed her daughter became more involved.

In 2007, the business became a partnership between the two of them, and although no formal partnership agreement was ever provided, monies were shared.

Prosecutor Mr Greenwood told the court that between them, it is estimated that the Treneers defrauded clients of £266,000 by pocketing rent money and rental deposits.

“Vulnerable tenants did not have rental income paid to landlords, deposits were unlawfully retained from at least 40 landlord and tenant victims,” Mr Greenwood said. “Money was used to maintain Ann and Colleen’s lifestyles.

“Monies which should have been used to pay the assorted creditors were transferred from designated business accounts into the defendant’s personal bank accounts and spent by them.

“In order to maintain the merry go round, funds from one property and landlord would be used to pay another.”

Mr Greenwood added that tenant’s deposits were supposed to be safeguarded by being paid into a ring fenced account, but this was rarely done.

“When challenged about the absence of payments, repeated false representations were made over many years falsely blaming accountancy problems, computer system failures, banking problems or other reasons.

“As the years went on the deceit became second nature as landlords and tenants were fobbed off and went unpaid.”

In December 2016, after anomalies arose and numerous complaints were made, a Cornwall Council trading standards officer commenced an investigation into the business.

Mr Greenwood said the pair were “robbing Peter to pay Paul, defrauding their clients of thousands of pounds of rental income and deposits they were obliged to keep safe, filtering away finds to bolster their incomes and lying in almost every aspect of the business dealings to hide their crimes”.

Ann was “at the heart of the lies and deceit, spinning a web of lies to protect her lavish lifestyle, characterised by foreign holidays”, Mr Greenwood said, while Colleen abused her position as she “owed a duty to the landlord and tenant clients”.

He added that Colleen was aware that monies were not being paid into designated accounts and that vulnerable landlords were not being paid.

In interview, the pair sought to minimise their liability by denying that Colleen was involved in the business.

Ann manufactured a document in which it was claimed that her mother retired in 2015. She pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by the manufacture and subsequent claim that the document was genuine.

Colleen’s benefit was put at £110,000, and Judge Robert Linford previously said that her role “couldn’t be described as peripheral or “limited”.

Judge Linford sentenced Ann to three years and four months in prison, and Colleen was jailed for one year and eight months. Both must serve half before they are eligible for release.

“This was a fraud which had the effect of exploiting some of the more vulnerable in society," the judge told them. "You did so over a protracted period of time and did so in order to line your own pockets.

“It was dishonesty on an industrial scale from both of you. Both landlords and tenants were fobbed off with excuses and lied with rent not paid and deposits not returned.

“You exploited especially vulnerable people including an 80 plus lady with whom you Angela were acquainted.

“There were others that knew you and trusted and they were each repaid in that trust by you committing fraud against them.

Judge Linford added: “When the game was up, you both lied and lied in an attempt to squirm out of responsibility, to put investigators off the scent. You twisted, squirmed, lied and put the blame on others.

“Elizabeth, you played a leading role in this. You had a good lifestyle paid for by those from who you stole. You took holidays when tenants were worrying about being made homeless and landlords worrying where rental incomes were.

“Elizabeth, you have expressed desire on your part to someday repay what you have taken, and I am sure those expressions of hope are genuinely felt by you.”

Rodney Matthews, now 62 and of Grenville Gardens in Troon, targeted the then 14-year-old, who was confused about his sexuality, in the late 1990s when he slid a note to him asking if he “wanted some fun”.

Matthews proceeded to masturbate in front of the victim before eventually raping him at his groundfloor flat in Roskear, Camborne.

Matthews had been on trial at Truro Crown Court this week charged with rape and indecent assault but due to a court order Cornwall Live has been unable to report the proceedings until now.

Opening the case for the third time on Tuesday, prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told the court that the events took place in Hayle and Camborne in around 1998 when Matthews was in his 40s.

Mr Lee said: “The complainant was being bullied in school and one of the ways he coped was getting involved in the Hayle Town Library. He would go after the school and the library is located next to a car-park and the public toilets are at the far end of the car-park.

“Aged 14 he had a series of encounters with a man in his 40s who he described as having gingery hair and a moustache.

“He’d noticed the man sat in the car and the man got out and followed him. On the third occasion the complainant went to the toilet again and the defendant entered the cubicle next to him. He passed a note underneath saying ‘do you want some fun?’

“Young, naïve and curious about his own sexuality he allowed the defendant to enter the cubicle and the defendant proceeded to masturbate and ejaculate in front of him. He told him he liked people to watch him.

“On another occasion he met the defendant in the toilet who told the boy they should go somewhere more quiet. He felt he could trust the man and he drove him to 12 Roskear in Camborne and entered the hallway into the groundfloor.”

Mr Lee then detailed how the defendant took the victim to his property and again masturbated in front of the complainant and asked him to perform oral sex on him, before also performing it on the victim himself.

Matthews then anally raped the boy against his wishes before leaving him to find his own way home in pain, bleeding and with no money.

The victim, upset, ashamed and blaming himself for what happened kept it to himself for years until, in 2013, he saw a man who he believed to be his rapist at a pub in Hayle.

On reflection, he thought the man was too young to have been Matthews but the flashbacks were enough to get him to contact the police. He was taken to Camborne to point out the property where the rape happened, but officers were not able to identify a suspect.

However, in 2016 when the victim was walking through Hayle, he saw Matthews again coming out of the Hayle Town Band building.

He then went on Facebook and identified Matthews from town band pictures before informing the police and subsequently picking Matthews out of an ID parade.

Although Matthews claimed he had been wrongly identified, Mr Lee said it was “an unusual compelling circumstance” that the man the victim saw in the street in Hayle had resided in the Roskear property he had identified some years earlier and that it simply could not be a coincidence.

A Penzance man, who told police he hated Catholics, was jailed after twice trying to set fire to a church is his hometown.

Paul Ratcliffe, 45, of Morrab Place, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday having previously admitted two counts of arson.

The court heard how Ratcliffe targeted St Mary the Virgin Church in Penzance ’s Chapel Street on two occasions in late November and early December last year, causing damage worth nearly £36,000.

Julia Cox, for the prosecution, explained the circumstances of Ratcliffe’s first attack on the Grade II listed building in the early hours of November 24.

“Having left the church secure earlier that evening, Reverend Sian Yates received a call from a neighbour at 4.15am reporting that a fire alarm was sounding,” Ms Cox said.

“She attended the church and the west door, a Georgian wooden door, had been set on fire and burnt through. It was the door to the main tower of the church.

"Had the fire not been put out it would have caught the tower which would have acted as a chimney, risking burning the entire church down.”

The incident was captured on CCTV, which showed a figure later identified as Ratcliffe loading a wheelie bin, pushing it to the door and setting it on fire with a lighter, before stepping back and watching it burn.

In the early hours of December 4, Reverend Yates received another call from the same neighbour, informing her that there had been another fire at the church.

This time the fire was at a smaller door. But it caused damage to the church kitchen area, as well as a room directly above.

The source of the fire on this occasion was a water butt, which had been loaded with rubbish and set alight before being positioned next to the door.

When police attended the second fire, they found Ratcliffe leaning on a gravestone wearing the same clothing described in the CCTV footage of the first incident.

“The defendant tried to portray to police that he knew nothing about the fire,” Ms Cox said. “He told police that he had been drinking all day and was drunk.

“When he was arrested he became aggressive, and when handcuffed he said he would go nuts if the handcuffs weren’t removed.

“He was emotional on the trip to custody and became aggressive. He was making comments saying he hated all Catholics and saying they are all paedophiles. He said ‘I’m not normally that vindictive’.”

After initially denying his involvement, Ratcliffe was shown CCTV footage and admitted he was the man behind the attacks.

While claiming to have no issue with the church, Ratcliffe did tell police that he “hated Catholics”. But he denied that this was the motivation behind the arson attack, instead blaming it on alcohol and medication to treat his PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

In a victim impact statement, Reverend Yates explained how the incidents had “significantly" affected the lives of many people.

She added that the timing of the attacks, shortly before Christmas, meant dealing with the consequences became even more challenging.

Sentencing Ratcliffe to two and a half years in prison, Judge Simon Carr told him: “Both fires were serious, both resulted in smoke entering premises nearby. The combined damage, not just to irreplaceable items, was over £35,000.

“You had an appalling childhood for which nobody could have anything but sympathy for you, and as a result you suffer from PTSD and personality disorder. But you made the situation worse by heavy drinking and drug use.

“I accept you have no memory of the fires but you set them deliberately. You then stood and watched as the church burnt, and the fact you did it twice is an aggravating feature.”

A man who viewed his step daughter as “a sexual object” who he could abuse as and when he saw fit was given a lengthy prison sentence.

A jury at Truro Crown Court had heard how the man, now aged 40, believed he was in a relationship with the girl, starting when she was 13 years old.

The man had been on trial faced with 16 charges of sexual activity with a child, and three charges of voyeurism.

After a prolonged period of deliberation, the jury returned to deliver a majority guilty verdict to all of the counts.

Opening the trial, Heather Hope, prosecuting, said that by the time the abuse began, the man had been living with his partner and her children for over five years.

Addressing the jury, Ms Hope said: "They spent a lot of time together, they were really close, watching films on the sofa, and he was the father figure in her life. He used those activities to be able to sexually abuse her.

“She would start staying up increasingly late, usually on a Friday and Saturday. He would sit downstairs with [her] and watch films together while mum was upstairs in the bedroom watching TV.

“The first time something happened was when she and the defendant were sitting on the sofa watching a film, and she describes lying with her head on his lap, and she remembers him drinking.

“He started putting his hand down her trousers, which progressed to him touching her bottom and then vagina.

“She didn’t really understand what he was doing or why he was doing it, he feel asleep with his hand down her trousers. That was just after her thirteenth birthday.”

Ms Hope added that the next day, the defendant asked the girl not to tell her mum about what had happened, reasoning that her mum “would get angry”.

The girl said that her stepfather first forced her to have sex a few days later, when the family went on a holiday.

 “After this she was scared and confused by what had happened, she asked him, and describes him looking happy as he told her,” Ms Hope said.

“She felt horrible and it wasn’t something she wanted to do. After this, they would have sex regularly. Usually with him under the influence, he wouldn’t say anything, he would just grab her and have sex with her.

“As time moved on, he started to tell her that he loved her, and he thought he was having a relationship with her.

“She was scared, confused by what was going on and didn’t know what to do, she didn’t want to make him angry by pushing him away.

“Because he was able to exert control over her, she was just a child who loved him, he was able to carry on doing this to her over the next few years.”

As well as sex, the jury was told that the man would touch her sexually, make her perform oral sex and on some occasions have anal sex with her.

The prosecution told of how on one occasion, the mother nearly caught her partner putting his fingers into her daughter’s vagina when the pair were playing Xbox.

The woman was very much dependant on her partner, Ms Hope said, both financially and because he looked after her children.

Ms Hope added: “He would use every opportunity that he could, he wouldn’t care if there were other people in the house.

“Some nights when she (the victim) went to bed, the defendant would go up with her and climb into bed with her, and have sex with her or touch her.”

On other occasions the man would go into the bathroom while the girl was in the shower and masturbate while watching her, before grabbing her as she came out of the shower.

“She didn’t want to say anything to cause a fuss, she was afraid what would happen if her mum found out,” Ms Hope said. “She was aware of his role in the family, and thought it would destroy all of that and her mum if she said anything.

A victim impact statement read to the court described how the abuse is never far from the victim’s thoughts and that she has had to have counselling to help with anger and distress.

Ms Hope said: “Even people she loves, she pushes away. Having sexual or physical contact with her boyfriend is very difficult. She is nervous around men and groups of males make her feel extremely uncomfortable."

Sentencing the defendant, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were convicted by a jury of the long-term and systemic abuse of your step daughter.

“One only has to remember the victim’s police interview to get an insight of the damage you’ve caused.

“The victim’s mum suffered from anxiety and depression and dealt with them by going to bed with a drink to watch soap operas. This gave you the opportunity to groom her and when you began by touching her she was confused about what was happening to her.

“The particular factor that makes this offence so severe is that she loved you and had never had a father figure before. She worshipped you and you exploited her by over the years having vaginal, anal and oral sex with her.

“She was simply a sexual object for you to use as and when you saw fit. The effects described have devastated her and will be with her for the rest of her life.”

Judge Carr added how the abuse had torn the family apart and caused the victim to become distant to her mother.

Judge Carr went on to thank both legal teams and everyone in court for how they’d conducted themselves throughout a difficult trial before jailing the defendant for 14 years.

A burglar responsible for a £19,000 raid was jailed despite a judge hearing about how he had previously been kidnapped at gunpoint.

Marcus Willmoth, 24, broke into a home in St Issey on February 7 and helped himself to various electrical items, high value jewellery and sentimental jewellery.

Willmoth, of Soldon Place in Padstow, appeared at Truro Crown Court on April 25 after previously admitting a burglary charge.

Prosecuting barrister John-Paul Fitzgibbon told the court how, on the day in question, the victim and her husband left their home locked up and went out at 9.30am.

Mr Fitzgibbon said: “They returned at around 2pm and found a camera lens on the lawn and when they entered the property noticed a smashed door to the rear. A number of items were strewn across the floor and the house had been ransacked.”

Mr Fitzgibbon added that the victims noticed a number of electrical items as well as the jewellery were missing, a haul later valued at £19,500.

Police attended the scene along with specialist scenes of crime officers who found blood matching Willmoth’s on a box in the kitchen.

When arrested Willmoth was found in possession of a number of the stolen items including some bluetooth speakers.

In a personal impact statement read to the court the victim described feeling violated in her own home. She added that among the items stolen was a watch she had worked overtime for a year to save for and an item of jewellery given to her by an orphan in Romania during her time helping the poor there. Some of the stolen property hasn’t been recovered.

Sentencing Willmoth, Judge Simon Carr said: “On the day in question you smashed your way into a premises and proceeded to ransack the property. The damage went above and beyond what can be caused by a burglary and you stole some £19,000 worth of goods.

“You stole items including jewellery of enormous sentimental value and at the time police caught you many of the items of sentimental value had been disposed of.”

Judge Carr then noted that Willmoth had been given a previous non-custodial sentence for a burglary, also carried out in relation to his drug addiction.

The value of the burglary, the sentimental value of the items and the effect it has had on the family were all reasons why Judge Carr said an immediate custodial sentence was the only option.

A judge conceded that a man found wandering the streets armed with a snooker ball in a sock would find prison difficult – but then jailed him anyway.

Christopher Curtis, 31, from Uglow Close in Camborne, told police initially that he had found the weapon - known as a cosh - on a wall outside the town's Aldi.

Curtis appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously admitting being in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place on February 10.

Prosecuting the case, Ed Bailey told the court how at 1.50am police were called to Trelowarren Street, Camborne, following reports of a domestic incident.

When arrested and questioned by police Curtis said he was out of his mind in drink and that he’d found the weapon on the wall.

He added that he didn’t know why he had it but didn’t think he wanted to harm anyone else as he only usually harms himself.

Mr Bailey then revealed that at the time of the offence Curtis had been recently conditionally discharged for another weapon offence.

It was heard that last April the defendant was seen shouting near his home, waving a metal bar above his head. He was also said to have approached a man shouting “I’ll f*cking do you” before being arrested.

Sentencing Curtis, Judge Simon Carr said that circumstances surrounding the case were “extremely worrying”.

He said: “The weapon you were found with after drinking heavily was a snooker ball in a sock, a weapon that was deliberately constructed.

“This weapon is extremely dangerous because of the velocity that can be generated by swinging it and any blow could be devastating.

“Even more worrying is that you were seven months into a conditional discharge for waving a metal bar and threatening people. On two occasions in a short space of time you decided to go onto the street with a weapon. I accept you will find prison a very difficult experience.”

A young heroin addict was jailed after going on a burglary spree, which included forcing his way into a family home during the middle of the night before struggling with a father in his children’s playroom.

Jordan Palmer, 22, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on April 30 having previously pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.

Palmer, who was homeless at the time of his arrest but previously lived in Falmouth, also asked the judge to take a further eight burglary offences into consideration.

Prosecuting barrister Ed Bailey told the court how Palmer’s offending began on January 10 this year, when he was captured on CCTV stuffing a jacket worth £90 up his top in Sessions Surf & Skate Shop in Falmouth.

Whilst on bail for that offence, Palmer went on to commit nine burglaries over the course of the next four weeks.

The most serious offence occurred in Penryn on February 9. A couple were asleep in their home when they heard floorboards creaking upstairs at around 1.30am.

The man, to be identified only as Mr Mackay, walked upstairs and saw that lights were on in the lounge and a playroom.

Mr Bailey said: “Mr Mackay pushed the play room door open and found this defendant hiding behind it.

“Mr Mackay recognised this defendant since they own a shop in Penryn and he had suspected this suspect had shoplifted from his store in the past.

“He asked the defendant what on Earth he was doing, and the defendant became violent and a scuffle ensued on the floor during which Mr Mackay managed to get the defendant in a headlock and shouted out to his wife to call the police.”

“During the course of the struggle Mr Mackay told the defendant that his children were asleep in the house. The defendant replied that he thought the house was empty, that he was homeless and had nothing.

“After five minutes Mr Mackay released the defendant from the headlock. He told the defendant that he was going to end up dead if he carried on this way. The defendant replied, ‘I don’t care, I’ve done 11 this week’.”

Palmer was then escorted outside by Mr Mackay and arrested by police. Whilst being arrested and cautioned for burglary he told police that he was trying to find somewhere to sleep.

The victim later discovered that £40 in cash, which was intended to be a birthday gift for his child, had gone missing.

Mr Mackay said in a victim impact statement: “As I look back on it I find it incredibly shocking and upsetting. The thoughts of ‘what if’ are horrible because two nights before my children were sleeping in that room.

The court heard about the other occasions Palmer burgled properties in Penryn and Falmouth, stealing hundreds of pounds in cash and electrical items.

On January 29, Palmer broke into a home in Penryn and stole goods worth £1,282, including a TV, brand new boiler, gas hob, clothes and other items.

The victim found an unsmoked cigarette on a bed, which was sent off for analysis and contained Palmer’s DNA.

Two days later Palmer went to the property once more, and when the owner arrived he was unable to get inside and saw that lights were on.

He called police, and when two officers arrived Palmer opened the door to them. There was a struggle before Palmer was arrested.

Sentencing Palmer to 21 months in jail, Judge Simon Carr told him: “You were arrested for shoplifting and you were bailed, and you reacted by committing your first burglary, which in many ways was the most serious burglary.

“There were three children present, you confronted the father and there was a struggle. He held onto you and police were called and you were arrested. You denied burglary and said you were looking for somewhere to sleep.

“You were then bailed again and committed further burglaries, some eight in total. Your offending only came to an end when yet again you were caught red handed.

“I accept these offences were committed as a result of an addiction to heroin, and one can only have some sympathy for you for that.

“But I note in an Addaction reported that you were prescribed methadone, and you were topping that up with street heroin.

A 41-year-old man who robbed a booze shop in his own town while armed with a pistol was jailed for nearly nine years.  

Nathan Hughes, of Bishop Close, Wheal Harmony, Redruth, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on May 2, having previously pleaded guilty to a total of nine offences.

Father-of-two Hughes admitted a robbery charge relating to October 24, 2018, when he stole £500 in cash from Redruth Off-Licence on Fore Street.

He also admitted being in possession of an imitation firearm when the incident happened, namely a blank firing pistol.

Hughes was also sentenced for seven other counts; attempting to convert an imitation firearm into a usable weapon, three counts of possessing an imitation firearm including a fully functioning submachine gun, possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate, possession of a Class A drug (heroin) and production of a Class B drug (cannabis).

Hughes denied a second charge of attempting to convert an imitation firearm into a usable weapon, which will remain on file.

Prosecuting barrister Adrian Chaplin described to the court the events that unfolded on the night Hughes robbed the Redruth booze shop.

At around 7.45pm Alex Rogers was working alone in the shop when the front door opened and a man later identified as Hughes entered wearing a hooded coat.

As Mr Rogers looked up he saw Hughes holding a black handgun in his right hand. Hughes asked for money from the till and reached over and took £500 in cash.

Hughes made threats to slice Mr Rogers, pointing the gun in his face before making off with the cash.

A week after the incident police raided Hughes’ property as part of a national operation that saw at least 61 firearms seized and ten people arrested in raids coordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

They were targeting individuals believed to have bought prohibited Flobert or blank-firing weapons online from sellers in eastern Europe.

During the raid at Hughes’ home officers found three imitation firearms, a fully functioning submachine gun and two blank firing pistols, one of which was used during the robbery.

In police interview Hughes denied robbery but admitted an interest in guns, claiming he wasn’t aware those in his possession were illegal. He accepted the drugs offences.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Rogers said he had the misfortune of being at the receiving end of another armed robbery in the same shop just six months earlier.

“This made me want to quit my job and leave Redruth for good,” he said. “I was waking up having flashbacks and nightmares and couldn’t face going to work.

“I felt like a target and vulnerable. My job options are limited in Redruth and I feel a sense of loyalty to my boss.  

“He (Hughes) pointed a gun at my face. He made me believe I might die, that’s not something I can just forget and move on from.”

Prior to passing sentence there was some confusion over certain aspects of law, and Judge Linford apologised to Hughes for the delay.

“I am sorry Mr Hughes, this should not be happening when you are sitting in the dock and worrying about your future,” Judge Linford told him.

After some deliberation between the barristers, Judge Robert Linford returned to sentence Hughes to a total of eight years and nine months in prison.

He told Hughes: “You pointed an imitation gun directly at his (the victim) face, and at that point he thought he was going to die.

“You were in possession of a number of weapons, including a submachine gun which was capable of being fired. No ammunition was found that could have armed that weapon, but this is a very serious offence.

“I’ve read a letter you have written to me and read your pre-sentence report, which is testament to the efforts you are making on remand to turn your life around.

“Your background is not your fault, I was moved by the letter you have written. You are quite clearly an intelligent and articulate man and you have expressed remorse for what you have done, and you offered this expression of remorse to Mr Rogers.”

A man was jailed after storming into a doctor’s surgery and throwing a bottle of urine around a treatment room, causing the practice to close for a month.

Boat designer Richard Wills, who lives in a boatyard in Millbrook, near Torpoint, was convicted by jury of causing a public nuisance, criminal damage and common assault following a short trial .

Prosecuting barrister Hollie Gilbery told the court how Wills’ actions caused damage to a bed, chair and medical equipment, while his aggressive language towards surgery receptionist Charlotte Pidgen formed the common assault charge.

The surgery had to close for a month for deep cleaning and for extra security to be installed, causing mass disruption to staff and the community.

“At about 8.30am on June 15 Mr Wills went to Millbrook Surgery where Miss Pidgen was working as a receptionist and Dr Lawrence Barnes was treating,” Ms Gilbery said.

“Miss Pidgen was sitting on the reception desk and in the middle of a call when Mr Wills walked in and walked past Miss Pidgen’s desk and let himself into the nurses’ treatment room.

“Miss Pidgen followed Mr Wills in to see what he was doing, and Mr Wills produced from a plastic bag a plastic [bottle] containing liquid, he removed the liquid from the bottle and [threw it] around the room, over the bed, chair and furniture in that room.

“Miss Pidgen was concerned and asked him what he was doing. Mr Wills said, ‘You want to f**k with me’, and Miss Pidgen called to Dr Barnes to come and help.”

Miss Gilbery added that Wills then walked out of the surgery, while Dr Barnes tried to catch up with him once the pair were outside.

Wills was arrested and interviewed by police on October 1, 2018, and provided no comment in that interview.

Miss Pidgen was the first witness called by the prosecution. She testified that she recognised Wills, as she had met him on one occasion a few months earlier.

After the jury delivered its verdict, the court also heard that the surgery had refused to register Wills as a patient due to his behaviour.  

Miss Pidgen added: “He walked straight through the door towards where the nurses’ rooms are. He took a white bottle out which was full of liquid, quite a big bottle. I asked what he was doing,

“He started to pour the liquid that was in the bottle all over the bed, the floor and the chair. I asked him what he was doing. I said, ‘you can’t do this’. [He then said] ‘You wanna f*** with me’?”

Miss Pidgen added that was “scared”, and that she “genuinely believed at that point it was petrol because of the way he was throwing it”.

She then shouted for the GP who was in the neighbouring room, Dr Lawrence Barnes, who advised her to call the police.

Miss Pidgen added that Wills then put the empty bottle back in the plastic bag before leaving the surgery, while Dr Barnes followed him outside.

Dr Barnes said he had previously had an hour-long encounter with Wills, and that he also recognised him.

In a statement, the surgery owner confirmed that the practice had to close for four weeks, resulting in the cancellation of nearly 1,500 various appointments.

The surgery was closed to enable the treatment room to be deep cleaned, while extra security measures including CCTV were also installed.

Judge Simon Carr considered a number of sentencing possibilities, including a suspended sentence, but decided prison was the only appropriate sentence.

Explaining to Wills why he had jailed him for six months, Judge Carr said: “That is because of your continuing lack of responsibility or insight into what you did, the level of harm caused and the effect on others.

“For whatever reason, over a number of years, you have had difficulty with and challenged a number of bodies, most notably in this case the NHS.

“You perceived their recording of your symptoms and treatment to be inadequate and have been in conflict with them.

“It’s not unheard of for people to have difficulties, disputes are common, but what isn’t is your way of dealing with it.

“You have a clear tendency to confront problems with abuse, aggression, inappropriate comments and occasionally threats. That is how you choose to deal with people you disagree with.

“The surgery declined to register you as a patient, as they are entitled to do. You saw that as some sort of slight.

“You clearly planned to cause as much upset as you could. You picked that substance for one reason only, to cause maximum offence.

Judge Carr added: “That surgery, in a relatively remote area, had to close for a month. Sick, vulnerable and elderly patients had their appointments delayed.

“You are of impeccable character and you have genuine physical disabilities. You are an intelligent and articulate man.

“But I have no doubt that the courts must protect those in the NHS, those who provide an essential service in the community and elsewhere.”

A restraining order was also imposed, banning Wills from going to or contacting the surgery and its staff.

A 29-year-old who was jailed for possessing pre-teen sex images said he was suffering from a pornography addiction.

Barnes pleaded guilty to possessing 546 indecent images of children, of making 20 indecent images and of distributing 3 indecent images in the form of videos. According to the law, the charge of ‘making’ an indecent image could mean deliberately downloading or saving them to a computer.

Philip Lee, prosecuting, said Barnes was given a prison sentence of eight months, suspended for two years, in October of 2016 for similar offences.

He said: “Following information received, police attended his home address – this then a year later – and seized a computer and two phones. He told officers at the time: ‘I’ve been silly’. It was apparent from his phone he was still searching for inappropriate material.”

He said the charge of distributing indecent images referred to three videos, depicting children aged between 10 and 15, which were sent to another person via WhatsApp.

When asked why the case had taken a year and a half to come to court, Mr Lee said there had been a delay in examining the devices due to police workloads. A third device was also seized for examination in October last year.

“A search of the web history on that device showed a persistent interest in so-called pre-teen sex imagery,” he added.

Judge Robert Linford slammed the delay, saying to Barnes: “It is wholly unacceptable you were not initiated on that programme. When a judge directs that a defendant attends such a programme, the judge expects his order to be completed swiftly and not left for over a year.

“The effect of that has been, although you had a suspended sentence hanging over you, that you did not have that programme to help you with what your counsel has called an addiction. However, you did not need a course to tell you that what you were doing was wrong, and seriously wrong.”

Barnes was jailed for six months for possessing the images, six months for making the images and 16 months for distributing them, all to run concurrently.

The suspended sentence was also activated for two-months, to run consecutively, bringing the total prison sentence to 18 months in custody.

A pair of drug dealers were banged up for several years after one of them was caught red-handed crossing into Cornwall in a taxi with £27,000 of heroin and crack cocaine in the boot.

Thomas Halford, 29, and Reece Jackson, 28, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing having previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to supply the class A drugs.

Brian Fitzherbert, for the prosecution, told the court how on October 30, 2017, Halford had taken a taxi journey around Plymouth which the driver thought was suspicious.

He asked to stop at different addresses, including one linked to class A drug activity, before booking a journey to a caravan site in Looe.

Halford was in the back of the taxi, in possession of three mobile phones and a wrap of drugs. He told officers he was in the area on holiday.

Police found a series of bags in the boot, containing five sets of digital scales and two coffee jars full of heroin and crack cocaine.

They seized 123 grams of heroin, worth just under £13,000, and 143 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of £14,340.

Halford was arrested, while Jackson was later arrested in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. The court heard how Jackson, carrying £300 in cash in his socks, climbed out of a window in an attempt to evade officers.

Mobile phones seized linked both Halford and Jackson to class A drug supply. They offered no comment in police interview, but later admitted street dealing together.

The pair, both of Winsford, Cheshire, have several previous convictions; Halford has appeared in court 20 times for 47 offences, which include class A drug supply.

Jackson has been in court on 15 occasions for 22 offences. At the time of his arrest he was unlawfully at large, having been sentenced to 54 months in prison in his absence just a few weeks earlier, also for heroin and crack supply.

Judge Simon Carr sentenced Halford to four years in jail, while Jackson received a six-year sentence.

A model spoke of her anguish after she was sexually assaulted by a photographer at a bogus photo shoot on a secluded beach.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was touched on her bare bottom by David John Parnall after changing into stockings and suspenders at his request.

In a statement she described “18 months of hell” awaiting the court case. She said the ordeal had left her sleepless, crying, suffering from anxiety and unable to leave her house.

Parnall, 31, of Chegwyns, Foxhole, St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on May 7.

He had previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault, perverting the course of justice, breaching a sexual harm prevention order and failing to notify the police of a change of his circumstances.

At first he had denied the charges against him but changed his plea on the day he was due to stand trial. The case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report but Parnall said on Tuesday that he wanted to change his pleas again – denying he was guilty.

He said his barrister Barry White had forced him to plead guilty after telling him he had no hope of being cleared at the trial.

Mr White said Parnall was acting against his professional judgement and so he had no choice but to withdraw from the proceedings, leaving Parnall to represent himself.

Parnall applied to the court to change his pleas but Judge Robert Linford refused the request. Judge Linford said Mr White had acted properly in his role as a barrister in giving legal advice and added that pleas can only be changed in rare circumstances. He directed that the court proceed to sentencing.

Outlining the facts of the case, Julia Cox, prosecuting, said Parnall contacted a part-time model on September 24, 2017, on Facebook using the alias Zak Vain, which he used as his name throughout his dealings with the woman.

He offered to pay her £250 for the photography session. She said it emerged afterwards that he had contacted other women using the same false name and the alias Oliver Twist.

The next day, on September 25, they met at a café in St Austell and travelled in her car to a remote beach near Par to begin a series of shoots.

Ms Cox said Parnall had been convicted by a jury in 2014 of voyeurism and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order. That order included that Parnall tell any model of his convictions and that another adult be present at the shoot.

She added that at times during the six-hour shoot Parnall was jovial and at other moments he became angry with the woman.

“The defendant began talking of her undertaking pornographic and adult work. This caused her alarm,” Ms Cox said. “The defendant was acting like it was a glamour shoot, rearranging her clothing or underwear. She felt scared and was extremely concerned about what was going to happen.”

She said they walked back to her car at Par and Parnall became angry, saying that she was not comfortable and suggested a second shoot at another secluded beach in Carlyon Bay.

“He came over to her when she was putting them on and put his hand on her bottom over her thong,” she said.

Parnall was heard to say: ‘Oh yeah, that’s much better. You’re looking more comfortable’, Ms Cox added.

“He pushed his body against hers so much so that she could feel his erection through his trousers against her bare bottom. When he moved his hand away he cupped her bare bottom.”

Ms Cox said the woman ran away and the pair drove back to St Austell where she demanded her £250. She said Parnall said he had transferred it to her but he had not done so. The woman then called the police but Parnall left before they arrived.

When police turned up at his home address later, Parnall had gone to work at a hotel on the Isles of Scilly for two weeks without notifying them of his change of address.

Ms Cox said Parnall later submitted to the court a bogus modelling consent form, which claimed the woman had known of her previous court convictions.

However a police investigation revealed the document had been created on his computer two days before his first appearance at court. For this he was charged with perverting the course of justice.

Speaking to Parnall, Judge Linford said: “She had no idea of your previous convictions. Had she had, there is no way she would have gone anywhere with you.

“The photo shoot, which I regard as a complete pretext, was for photographing her for a modelling shoot. That was not your position at all. Your position was to manhandle her in the way described. The consequences of your behaviour for her are profound.”

For sexual assault, Parnall was jailed for 16 months, for breaching his court order 8 months, and for breaching his previous order 1 month, each to run concurrently.

For perverting the course of justice, he was jailed for six months, to run consecutively, bringing the total time in prison to 22 months.

A serial burglar was jailed for the fourth time after ransacking the home of a woman undergoing major heart surgery.

A court heard how the woman and her husband went away for the weekend ahead of her hospital treatment - only to return and find their Newquay home had been trashed.

The burglar also left behind a half-drunk carton of milk and DNA samples led police to arrest the 28-year-old.

Appearing at Truro Crown Court by a video link from Exeter Prison on Tuesday was Thomas Bernard Guest, of Luke House, St Columb Minor, Newquay. He pleaded guilty to the burglary in Chester Road, Newquay, on March 9.

Jason Beal, prosecuting, said the couple were upset to find their house had been burgled and it had taken to time for them to feel safe in their own home.

He said police traced Guest using DNA left behind on a half-drunk carton of milk. Guest was well known to the police having been jailed for 18 months in 2013 for burglary.

Mr Beal said Guest was jailed again for 15 months in 2016 for two more burglaries. He also asked at the time for 19 other similar offences to be taken into account, he added.

Then in May 2017, Guest was jailed again for burglary – this time for 876 days or nearly two and half years. The court heard the latest offence was committed shortly after his early release from prison.

James Paul Wesley Pearson, 48, of Mullion Cove, commandeered the van in Mullion on December 12 last year before eventually dumping it outside the Royal Mail sorting office in Helston.

Pearson had been due to stand trial but pleaded guilty to affray, assaulting a police officer, taking a vehicle without consent and driving with no insurance.

Pearson, who appeared in the dock at Truro Crown Court last week, approached the van whilst the driver was parked in Mullion sorting letters and repeated orders to hand it over.

When the driver caught sight of a shiny silver article he got out. Pearson then drove van to Helston where he was violent on arrest, kicking a police officer in the face.

Cornwall Live previously reported the version of events of the Royal Mail manager James MacDonald who chased the van back to Helston.

As James was heading down onto the Lizard to check on his shocked member of staff from whom Pearson took the van, he was stunned to see the stolen red van coming in the opposite direction.

Swinging his car around in the road, James chased the offender back towards Helston while he called 999.

James, 29, said: “I got the call from my post officer around 3pm that someone had stolen his van. I jumped in my car to drive down there.

“There’s only really one road out of there and I saw the guy in the van coming in the opposite direction. I swung round and chased him. I was in my private car. It’s a black BMW so he might have thought it was an unmarked police car.

“He was swerving and overtaking. He must have realised he’d been seen. I am on the phone to 999 giving them street names.”

“He pulled into the Budgens’ car park and we locked eyes,” he added. “He then drove away again.”

James was surprised to discover that the offender headed next to Helston's Royal Mail delivery office, where he dumped the van in the car park at the rear of the building.

"He was blocked in. I think he tried to do a runner but the police arrived at that point and jumped on him,” added James.

“I must say that the vehicle was recovered with all its contents. At the end of the day, it’s people’s Christmas presents. I didn’t want any to go missing.”

After hearing from both the prosecution and the defence, Judge Simon Carr jailed Pearson for a total of nine months and banned him from driving for six months. He was also made him subject of a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim for five years.

A would-be armed robber pulled a knife on a man at a cash machine after casually engaging him in conversation.

Rory Lake brandished the blade at the ATM at Lloyd’s Bank on Fore Street in Bodmin but ultimately received a less severe sentence than could have been expected because he had previously helped put away a drug dealer who stabbed him.

Lake, 31, of no fixed abode, had been due to stand trial at Truro Crown Court but on the morning of his trial pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery, a plea accepted by the crown.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee told the court how the victim went out at around midnight on October 26, 2017, to withdraw money as his benefit payment was due to enter his account at that time.

Mr Lee said: “While waiting to withdraw money the victim was approached by the defendant, who was a stranger to him, wearing a high-vis jacket.

“The victim and his friend noticed that the defendant had a swollen eye and cuts. He said he’d been in a fight and engaged in conversation in an apparently friendly way.

“As the victim went to withdraw money the defendant leaned over with a knife and held it towards him. The victim tried to push his hand away and cut his hand, eventually managing to pull away from the defendant.”

Mr Lee then described how the complainant’s friend saw the knife and dragged Lake away but as he did he fell backwards and broke his elbow.

The police were then alerted and Lake was spotted walking towards the cash machine at nearby Sainsbury’s. He was also said to have been seen earlier in the night walking around with a large knife handle perturbing from the back of his trousers.

Mr Lee then outlined how the “vulnerable” victim had a pre-existing illness which was exacerbating by the attempted robbery, leaving him unable to go out in the dark for three months. He has since moved from Bodmin as a result of what happened.

Sentencing Lake, Judge Simon Carr said: “The victim and his friend went to the cash point to withdraw money and you engaged them in conversation, either drunk or pretending to be drunk.

“When the victim stepped forward you produced a knife. I accept you didn’t intend to injury either man but what happened was a consequence of your actions.

“You have a poor record, mostly associated with your addiction to heroin, but I have to consider the assistance you provided with another matter.

"You were stabbed by a drug dealer and had the courage to give evidence against someone who received a substantial prison sentence. That said what happened to you cannot excuse or minimise what you did.”

A man who armed himself with a knuckle duster for self-defence after internet rumours spread about his involvement with young people was jailed.

Andrew Opie, 29, was also found by police in possession of a lock knife at a disused playground in Falmouth.

Opie told officers that he purchased the knuckle duster for his own protection and that he had the knife as he had been cutting carpet that morning, forgetting he had it on him.

Opie appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously being convicted of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Prosecuting the case, John-Paul Fitzgibbon described how on March 21 at 8.30am Detective Constable Shorton was on a mobile patrol in Falmouth when he noticed three individuals - Opie and two friends.

Mr Fitzgibbon said: “DC Shorton wanted to carry out a search and Mr Opie immediately informed the police that he had a knuckle duster. He produced it from his sock and handed it over.

“A lock knife was also found in his left trouser pocket and he said he’d been cutting carpets at a friend’s house.”

In police interview Opie accepted he had the knuckle duster, claiming he had it to defend himself and didn’t realise he had it with him at the time.

The court then heard the offence put Opie in breach of a suspended sentence for having a dangerous dog.

Following an exchange between defence barrister Piers Norsworthy and Judge Simon Carr regarding the classification of a knuckle duster as a weapon, Mr Norsworthy said: “The defendant is a male well-known in the locality and much has been said about his contact with young people which resulted in these threats.

“He has had people trying to get into his boot and drive at him while he’s been on the road. On May 5 he was involved in an incident which resulted in his being cut to the hand by someone carrying a knife. He was under a very real risk at the time.

“He is a troubled young man and has mental health difficulties. He is a vulnerable character and wishes to return to his employment in the motor trade once he is on top of his issues.”

Sentencing him, Judge Simon Carr said that even though Opie feared attack it could not justify him carrying a weapon designed for nothing other than causing serious injury.

He added that despite Opie’s difficulties, those who carry weapons in breach of a suspended sentence “can expect nothing but custody”.

A bitter ex who tracked down and continually harassed a former partner before threatening to firebomb her house, was sent to prison.

Simon Robinson, 32, persistently defied court punishments and a restraining order by turning up unannounced at the home of his terrified ex-girlfriend in Cawsands in south east Cornwall.

Robinson, of Ringmore Way in Plymouth, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously pleading guilty to two breaches of a restraining order and threatening to cause criminal damage.

Prosecuting barrister Ed Bailey described how the victim, now aged 38, had been in a relationship with Robinson for one and a half years, the two having a child together.

The victim ended the relationship in spring of last year due to Robinson’s violent and abusive behaviour.

Mr Bailey detailed how on one occasion the defendant attended the victim’s property at 5am and damaged a garden wall and gate for which he received a community order.

Then, two months later, Robinson was back in court after throwing a rock wrapped in a towel through the victim’s window in an attempt to gain access to the property.

He was made subject of a restraining order but breached it the following day regardless by turning up at the victim’s property and attempting to speak to her.

Mr Bailey said: “Towards the end of February the victim moved out of Plymouth to Cawsands in an effort to distance herself from the defendant.

“At 7pm on February 27 the victim was expecting a visit from her mum and heard a tapping at the front door. She went to the door expecting to see her mum but was startled to see the defendant under the influence of alcohol and she suspected, drugs.

“He forced his way in and sat on the sofa and the victim put her daughter to bed. She could see a sports bag on the floor with cans of lager in.”

The victim’s parents then arrived and were approached by Robinson who was raising his fists, abusive and shouting threats. Mr Bailey added that he threatened to burn her house down and petrol bomb her car.

Robinson escaped before police arrived but returned to the property nine days later, the victim finding him sat outside when she returned from letting her dog out. He said to her “hello stranger, I think we need to talk”.

Fortunately the victim has the presence of mind to lock him in the house before police arrived and arrested Robinson.

In her victim personal statement the woman described Robinson as “a very dangerous individual” who knocked her teeth out, causing her physical and psychological injuries.

She recalled being terrified, constantly living in fear and not knowing what the defendant was capable of.

Sentencing Robinson, Judge Simon Carr said that he was given repeated chances for a string of offending and that his behaviour would have been terrifying for the victim.

He added that the victim impact personal statement made it perfectly clear that Robinson’s actions made the victim’s life hell.

A 21-year-old learner driver recently released from prison led police on a high-speed pursuit narrowly avoiding other cars.

Officers chased after his stolen Fiat Punto outside of St Austell until it was forced to stop with a burst tyre several miles later.

He pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent which resulted in dangerous driving and damage, driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

Michael Brown, prosecuting, said Fox was working at a woman’s home in St Austell on April 23. She owned a Fiat Punto and left the keys in her kitchen.

He said she left the house but when she returned at 7pm she was stunned to see her car being reversed out of the drive.

He said Fox drove down an unclassified road at speeds of around 50mph to 60mph. He then turned on to A3058 Newquay road and accelerated up to 70mph in a 40mph zone.

Mr Brown said the Punto overtook a car while traffic was coming in the opposite direction, causing the oncoming vehicles to swerve.

The pursuit ended when the Punto ran over a grass verge and burst its tyre. Mr Brown said police were able to stop the car and Fox was arrested.

The court heard Fox has been jailed for 13 months in June last year and had been released on licence when he committed this offence.

Fox was recalled to prison to serve his remaining time and handed a new eight-month prison sentence. He was also banned from driving for 16 months.

A man who abused two young girls in a case described as “an appalling breach of trust” showed no remorse as he was sent to prison.

The elderly pervert had been convicted by a jury of abusing two young girls more than three decades apart.

Barry Crowley, 75, of Ludgvan near Penzance , appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on May 24 at the end of the trial.

He was convicted of four counts of indecent assault, indecency with a child, three sexual assaults of a child under 13 and causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard Crowley touched both girls in their vaginal area as well as getting them to masturbate him. The abuse took place decades apart.

The first victim told the court how she remembered four occasions in the 1970s when she was touched sexually by Crowley.

He touched her inappropriately under her clothes before later performing another sex act on her and placing her hand on his penis and masturbating him. Some of the abuse took place in the lorry he would drive for work.

Deni Matthews, representing Crowley, said his client was in good health but, as he was already 75 years old, it was probable that he would serve the remaining years of his healthy life in jail.

He said that notwithstanding the effect on his victims, his behaviour had also had profound consequences for his own family and himself

Judge Robert Linford outlined the proven facts of the case and said Crowley’s victims had suffered for years as a result of his abuse.

He said the first victim had suffered feelings of depression, self-loathing and guilt throughout her life.

He said to Crowley: “For years and decades your savage abuse of trust has haunted this girl. You have never uttered a word of remorse for what you have done.”

He said the woman was “frankly fobbed off by Derbyshire Constabulary” when the abuse was first reported in the 1980s. Judge Linford added that it was only the work of Devon and Cornwall Police more recently that led to the prosecution.

He said the second victim also suffered similar effects, including feelings of isolation, self-loathing and betrayal.

Judge Linford added to Crowley: “This case demonstrates how sexual abuse destroys the lives not just of the poor individuals abused but of the wider family around them. This was your doing.”

He added that the jury had seen through Crowley’s “ludicrous defence” and found him guilty of all counts.

In the case of the first girl, Crowley was sentenced to four years in prison on each count and 15 months for indecency, to run concurrently. Crowley was handed four month prison sentences for each of the counts relating to the second girl.

Judge Linford ordered that each set of charges run consecutively, meaning Crowley was jailed for a total of eight years.

Speaking after the case ended, a spokeswoman for the NSPCC said: “Crowley clearly thought he had got away with the abuse he inflicted on his first victim, going on to target another young girl decades later to fulfil his own sexual desires involving minors.

“Thanks to the bravery of his victims speaking out about what he subjected them to, Crowley is now behind bars and unable to strike again.”

Anyone who is concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or nspcc.org.uk. Children and young people can call Childline on 0800 1111 or get help online via www.childline.org.uk.

David Lewis, 43, made contact on Facebook with two ‘girls’ aged 12 and 13 before going onto bombard them with sick messages and explicit pictures.

The profiles were actually fake and part of a sting operation by paedophile hunter Izzy Hunter, who then passed the evidence onto Devon and Cornwall Police .

Lewis, formerly of The Coastline Housing Homeless Centre on Basset Road in Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter.

Lewis appeared to be sentenced after admitting two attempted sexual communications with a child charges, twice attempting to cause a child to look at images of sexual activity and two counts of attempting to invite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecuting the case, Heather Hope said that Lewis had served a prison sentence for another sexual offence before being released in 2010.

She said: “On December 14 the defendant sent a Facebook friend request to a female who said she was aged 12. The profile was a decoy run by a lady called Lizzy Hunter who is a self-confessed paedophile hunter.

“The profile set up under the name Brooke accepted the request and she and the defendant started chatting. He asked her age and she replied that she was 12. He said he was 42 and was a chef and he started asking her about family and personal life.

“The defendant told Brooke not to tell anyone and to delete all the messages, explaining how she could. The conversations became increasingly sexually explicit and Mr Lewis asked if she knew what sex was. She said no and he sent her a photo of two adults and said that’s what your mum did, before sending her a photo of an erect penis.”

Miss Hope described that Brooke told Lewis her mum and her partner were away at the weekend and it was then that Lewis offered to come and stay. He sent her a clip of two people having sex and said he’d teach her.

Lewis then called Brooke and in a conversation lasting four and a half minutes when he could be heard masturbating he told her to place her hands in her knickers and masturbate herself. He tried to persuade her and told her it’s normal and he’d done it with 12-year-olds before.

Miss Hope said: “He told her to meet him on Friday and to wear a short skirt and no knickers. She said she didn’t want to have sex but the defendant told her he was going to do it anyway before sending her a graphic description of what he wanted to do sexually. When she said no he became angry and told her to do what she was told.”

Miss Hope added that Lewis offered to book a hotel and told Brooke he’d had sex with a 12-year-old before.

The meeting was set to take place on December 21 2018 but the defendant failed to turn up. Ms Hunter was so troubled by the conversation she travelled to Cornwall and confronted Lewis live on Facebook, Lewis saying ‘lock me up’.

One month later a profile was added to Facebook under the name Megan which was once again actually Izzy Hunter.

Miss Hope said: “The defendant sent a friend request to Megan and engaged in innocent messages. He asked how old she was, she replied she was 13.

“He said he was 43 and the conversation took a similar path to the one with Brooke. It went on for a few days with the defendant asking her for personal information and information about her mother. He said he wanted to take her mum out.

“He asked for a picture, told her she was pretty and took a photo of himself in bed. He said they should meet and he could 'sort it'.”

Miss Hope stated that Lewis tried to get to Megan through her mother before sending her a pornographic video and picture of his erect penis, suggesting what he wanted to do to her.

Despite a visit from a police officer Lewis continued to message Megan and asked her for a picture of her genitals. He told her to Google videos about sex and on February 14 suggested they met for sex, saying it was ‘nothing to be scared of’ and he’d be gentle.

Sentencing Lewis, Judge Robert Linford said: “You are 43 and were released from prison in 2010 following a conviction for a sexual offence.

“In December 2018 you embarked on a course of conduct using social media putting you in contact with a child under the age of 13.

“She was much older and pretending to be a child to trap people who have this interest. You sent a series of explicit images and messages and arranged to meet although you didn’t turn up.

“You were caught, interviewed and bailed but when on bail returned to this behaviour. You were then trapped by the same person pretending to be 13 before carrying out a similar course of conduct.

“It has to be remembered that you fall to be sentenced not for contact offences and that you didn’t actually meet a child. You have a terribly sad background and have made attempts to overcome your difficulties but on occasions fate has dealt you a rough hand. That however is no excuse.”

A paedophile who was caught with “the most appalling” child abuse collection including a video of an eight-year-old girl being raped whilst wearing a mask has said that he “just wants to be normal”.

Darren Tripconey, 46, had been caught accessing child abuse images before and even used a neighbour’s wi-fi to try to bypass an order attempting to curtail his behaviour.

Tripconey, of Green Parc Road in Hayle, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on May 23 after admitting possessing Category A indecent images of children, possessing Category B indecent images of children, possessing Category C indecent images of children, distributing Category C images and breaching a Sexual Offending Prevention Order.

Prosecuting barrister Deni Matthews told the court that police visited Tripconey’s home in November 2017 after intelligence led them to his neighbours’ address.

When officers arrived they were informed that Tripconey lived next door and that he had previously asked to access their wi-fi. A search was carried out at Tripconey’s home and officers seized a tablet, notepad and a phone, Tripconey telling them “it’s me, I’ve lapsed again”.

A search of the devices revealed a collection of child abuse pictures and videos spanning all three categories.

Officers sent the equipment away to be examined before returning to the premises in April 2019 and confiscating a USB stick plugged into Tripconey’s TV which was found to contain one Category C image.

Mr Matthews explained how enquiries revealed that Tripconey had been using his Xbox games console to access the internet since 2010, putting him in breach of the the terms of a Sexual Offending Prevention Order.

Subsequent enquiries showed that Tripconey had an online chat with someone of similar perversions to whom he sent a number of photographs.

The court heard how some of the footage showed the anal and oral rape of children as young as six, in one clip a child could be seen vomiting during the ordeal.

Sentencing Tripconey, Judge Robert Linford said: “You were made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order in 2009 and very soon after set about breaking it. You have an appalling record for accessing, downloading and now distributing this material and you are an ingrained pervert.”

Judge Linford went on to recite graphic details of the plight of one of the victims in the video, a girl of eight forcibly raped whilst wearing a mask.

He added: “That was not something invented on the internet or a computer generated image. This is a real girl being savaged by some pervert to give sexual gratification to people like you. These are appalling images.

“You have not learned from a suspended sentence and previous efforts to rehabilitate you. Because of people like you young people are being abused – anally and orally raped.”

A paedophile drug dealer told police officers “if you’re taking my laptop I’m going to prison” seconds before they seized the device containing thousands of sick child abuse images.

Edward Trezise’s laptop was found to have more than 5,000 disturbing images and videos and rather than try and escape a custodial sentence, Trezise actually asked to be sent to prison.

Trezise, 29, of Rocklands Place in Callington, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting an array of charges. He pleaded guilty to three possession of indecent photographs of children charges, two assaults, possessing a prohibited image, possessing extreme pornography and possessing with intent to supply class C drugs.

Prosecuting the case Philip Lee described how on March 9 police were called to Trezise’s address following reports that a woman had been threatened by a knife.

Mr Lee said: "The defendant went to his door armed with a knife. He was arrested and his room was searched.

“Police found various containers and tablets and two of the containers were marked Xanax and diazepam.”

Mr Lee added: “Texts showed evidence of selling to various customers and Trezise later admitted he’d supplied five or ten friends, making enough to fund his own habit.

“Police seized his laptop and he commented to officers, ‘if you’re taking my laptop I’m going to prison’.

“The defendant said that he was addicted to Xanax and admitted viewing child pornography and masturbating to it. He did add that he didn’t look at children in the street in the same way.

“The images were all found readily available to the user of the laptop. There were thousands of them, ages ranging from two to four through to 13 to 14. Predominately the victims were children aged eight to 10.”

Moving on to the assaults, Mr Lee described how they took place in April of this year when Trezise punched a man to the head and spat in the face of another who tried to restrain him.

Sentencing Trezise, Recorder Malcolm Gibney said: “From what I hear your life has effectively gone off the rails and the assaults are indicative of how the spiral has continued.

“Police were called to an incident involving you and whilst at the premises police seized your computer and to your credit you acknowledged if there was to be an investigation you’d be going to prison.

“Of grave concern is that there were thousands of images of children. I accept you were getting sexual gratification but at no stage were you seeking to access young children or distribute what you had downloaded.

“As a result of people downloading this type of material this crime occurs. You are feeding an industry and that cannot be tolerated.”

Three cogs in a drug-dealing machine that brought narcotics from Liverpool to be packaged and sold in Cornwall appeared in court to be sentenced.

Local addicts Nathan Richie, 26, and Natasha McCulloch, 37, were persuaded to help sell the drugs in exchange for free or cheaper drugs for themselves.

Co-accused Anthony Barker, 20, was brought down from Liverpool to take part in exchange for writing off a debt he had run up through his own habit.

Richie, of Harvey’s Way in Hayle and McCulloch, from Brewery Drive in St Austell, both appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced.

Richie previously admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and McCulloch two identical charges as well as being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Barker, from Liverpool, failed to attend the sentencing hearing meaning that he had skipped court for a second time. Judge Simon Carr sentenced him in his absence.

Opening the case, Adrian Chaplin described how police attended McCulloch’s address at Cooperage House on March 14, 2017, and seized a phone that showed that both Richie and McCulloch were involved in the supply of heroin and cocaine.

Officers also found ketamine, £650 in cash and a CS gas canister. A third man identified in court as Mr Evans, who has since absconded, was also present at the address.

Both McCulloch and Richie were interviewed and bailed and on November 7, 2017, police executed a further raid at the address and found McCulloch, Barker and Evans.

In the living room they found £1,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, wraps of cocaine worth more than £900 and heroin valued at £1,900. More heroin and cocaine was found in McCulloch’s bedroom, McCulloch later telling police that ‘scousers had taken over’ and that she was scared and had no choice.

Mr Chaplin said the case has all the hallmarks of county lines drug dealing, a practice that sees drug kingpins move in to the homes of vulnerable local addicts to set-up a drug dealing base.

He said: “She has admitted her involvement and done everything she can possibly do to put drugs behind her and get back to a productive life.”

Robin Smith, representing Richie said that his involvement stopped following the first raid and that there is “tangible evidence of motivation from him to stop offending”.

Mitigating for the absent Barker, Michael Brown described how his client has no previous convictions and failed to show as he didn’t have the financial means to travel to Cornwall.

Mr Brown said that Barker turned to drugs following the death of his father and sister and as a result ran up a debt to dealers, which he was told could be cleared if he went to Cornwall and helped transport, package and sell the drugs.

Sentencing the trio, Judge Simon Carr said that McCulloch and Richie came into contact with dealers as a result of their addiction and that their fears of violence must have been predicted when they entered the murky drugs world.

Judge Carr said to Richie and McCulloch: “There is clear phone evidence that you were both directly involved in the trade.”

Moving onto Barker he added: “He is essentially a man of good character who lived in Liverpool and was the source of the drugs being brought down. This is the second occasion he has failed to attend and each time the excuse is a lack of funds.”

Highlighting the immense progress McCulloch has made Judge Carr gave her a two years prison sentence, suspended for two years. She must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work and a 10 day rehabilitation activity requirement.

A paedophile who downloaded thousands of sickening images of children was found to have searched for “swimming lesson timetable for children at Truro Leisure Centre”.

Jordan Ferris, 23, had pictures and videos of children as young as a few months old being abused, as well as children having sex acts performed on them by animals.

Ferris, of Longfield in Falmouth , appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting three making indecent images of children charges and three distributing indecent images of children charges.

Prosecuting the case, Ed Bailey said that on October 14 2017 police searched the defendant’s home and seized a number of devices.

When examined the devices revealed 940 still and six Category A movies, 642 Category B images and 1,788 Category C stills.

Mr Bailey said: “The children depicted had an age range of a few months old through to 16 and the images were downloaded over a year and a half.

“Evidence showed that some images had been distributed to other users of a similar interest including 10 Category A image, 13 B and four C.

“The defendant had browsed websites indicative of child abuse and searched swimming lesson timetable for children at Truro Leisure Centre.

“During interview he agreed he’d downloaded and uploaded images and said he was going through a period of depression and confused about his sexuality.

“He stated that he had been chatting to children online but denied visiting swimming pools. He stated he masturbated sometimes to the point of ejaculation when viewing the images and that he had a sexual interest in children.

Sentencing Ferris, Judge Simon Carr said: “It is clear that for at least 18 months you’d been downloading and on occasions distributing images of children, some as young as only a few months old.

“You not only downloaded Category A images but also B and C showing that you had a very large collection.

“You distributed images to those of a like mind and even when you were arrested in 2017 and had your computer examined you bought a second computer and continued to download the images. The short, sharp shock of arrest did nothing to stop you.”

Judge Carr described how the number of images, the period of time they were downloaded over, the young age of some of the victims and the fact Ferris shared the material left him no choice but to impose a period of immediate imprisonment.

After Donald Philip Van Male was arrested police found bizarre photographs of the girl at the his house, with her face cut out.

A court heard there was nothing untoward about the pictures, however, and that they were merely his attempt at surrealist art.

Philip Lee, prosecuting, said Van Male touched the girl between her legs either over her jeans or sometimes inside her clothing on around 12 occasions.

He said she was aged 11 and 12 at the time and was confused about his actions and did not know how to react.

The court heard Van Male was of previous good character and had served his country in the Armed Forces in the 1960s.

Judge Simon Carr said he took into account Van Male’s genuine remorse and gave him credit for his early guilty pleas.

He will also be listed on the Sex Offenders’ Register and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

A man who burgled his ex-partner’s home was told by a judge his actions were childish and “wholly vindictive”.

Judge Simon Carr said to Abernethy: “These are the actions of a child, not an adult, but were extremely frightening for those involved, because they don’t have autonomy of their house. Your actions were purely vindictive. That was your intent.”

The court heard Abernethy had been lent a house key by his ex-partner and she had forgotten to ask for it back.

Michael Brown, prosecuting, said Abernethy had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly at this ex-partner’s church in Camborne. The next day, on December 15 last year, he added, neighbours reported suspicious activity at her home and a Samsung mobile phone was missing.

Mr Brown said Abernethy was the only person with a spare key and he told police later he had taken the phone because his own had been broken in a moment of drunken rage.

The court heard also that Abernethy had a third historic burglary conviction, which meant under new sentencing rules that he would face an automatic three-year jail term.

Abernethy was jailed for two years. He was also handed a restraining order not to contact his ex-partner for five years.

A drug addict thug bit the ear off a man in his own home before launching a frenzied attack with a machete.

Andrew Nelson, 49, attacked the victim at his then home in St Clare Flats in Penzance after becoming convinced that the victim had stolen from him.

Nelson from Rosedale Road in Truro appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after being convicted by a jury of inflicting grievous bodily harm and wounding with intent.

The most serious of the charges related to an incident in December 2018 when Nelson and a number of other addicts were at the home of the victim.

Nelson confronted the victim and an altercation ensued. During which he was found to have bitten the man’s ear and as one of them moved, the ear lobe was torn off.

Then, as the victim lay on the floor, Nelson brandished a machete kept down the side of the sofa and began to hack at his legs.

Nelson held his hands up to having committed two thefts on consecutive nights in August 2017. On the first occasion he entered Sessions Surf Shop in Penzance and stole a petty cash tin containing £184.20.

The following night he entered a guest’s room at the Godolphin Arms in nearby Marazion and stole a luggage and belongings worth more than £1,300.

The assaulting an emergency worker charge stemmed from when Nelson was taken to hospital by police following one of the incidents. As he lay in his bed he began spitting on the floor and in the general direction of people, one spittle landing on the head of a radiographer.

Prosecuting barrister Heather Hope described how the member of staff felt angry and let down as he felt he was doing something good for the community by working at the hospital.

In a victim personal statement read to the court on behalf of the machete assault victim, he described thinking he was going to be killed and that having his ear bitten off and seeing spat out was terrifying. He claims to have lost his home as a result and is permanently disfigured and still suffering severe knee and leg pain.

Judge Carr said: “The victim was an addict and is so often the case with addicts his property was preyed on. People came to his flat because of his lifestyle and he didn’t feel able to send them away.

“It’s how people buy and sell drugs and often the addict’s payment is in the form of free drugs.

“You met the victim as a result of your own drug addiction and in the early hours of the morning on the day in question you formed the view someone had taken some money from your pocket.

“Your reaction was out of all proportion. You armed yourself with a machete you knew was down the side of the sofa and confronted the victim. In the partial darkness and early hours this would have been terrifying.

“A struggled ensued and you bit his ear with sufficient force that when you or he moved you ripped part of the ear off.

“Then as he lay on the floor bleeding in agony you attacked him causing serious injuries to his legs. You left the flat and threw the weapon onto a garage roof and went home.”

Roger Knight, 45, summoned medical assistance after drinking half a bottle of whiskey and taking a large amount of prescription medicine before pulling the lifelike gun from the side of his sofa.

Knight, of Carleen near Helston, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting possessing an imitation firearm.

Prosecuting barrister Deni Matthews told the court how on March 31 two paramedics were called to his address shortly after 10pm.

Mr Matthews said: “The attending paramedics immediately formed the view that Mr Knight appeared to be intoxicated and as they entered the property Mr Knight attempted to lock the door behind them.

“He appeared agitated and distracted and they could see bottles of tablets and a half-empty bottle of whiskey.

“He had a small injury above his eye and indicated he had taken an overdose. The paramedics tried to get him to go to the hospital and they then recall the defendant reaching between the sofa arm and cushion and producing an imitation pistol.”

Mr Matthews went onto describe how when Knight pointed the pistol the paramedics then turned their backs and attempted to leave and when they did they heard the weapon being discharged.

The matter was then handed over to the police and armed officers attended and arrested Knight, who had also taken a number of other tablets in front of the paramedics.

The ammunition discharged was found to be blanks but a number of other air rifles and pistols were seized from the property and out house.

Sentencing Knight, Judge Simon Carr said: “You are 45 and have for some years had an alcohol problem. You tried to address the problem but on that day fell spectacularly off the wagon, your reaction being to get very drunk and taking a lot of prescription medication.

“You chose to call the emergency services and they were so worried they sent an ambulance late at night.

“Paramedics found you very drunk and tried to convince you to go to the hospital. At one point you took tablets in their presence.

“Over a sustained period of time they did everything they could to help you but you produced an imitation firearm from the sofa. You must have been aware it was there and tried to get it.

"You pointed it at them and as they fled they heard it discharge. They believed it was a firearm and you’d fired it at them.”

Judge Carr went onto concede that the firearm was not real and was loaded with blanks, as well as recognising Knight’s remorse as genuine before saying he had no choice but to jail Knight for 12 months.

A sentencing judge told a man who was at the centre of a 28 hour rooftop stand-off that he should be helped and not punished.

In October of last year Stefan Galloway, now 48, ripped up tiles and threw them from a rooftop in front of crowds of onlookers in George Street in Truro before eventually giving himself up having caused £40,000 worth of damage.

Galloway appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing via video-link from the Langdon mental health hospital in Dawlish in Devon.

He previously admitted charges of affray and damaging property belonging to Cornwall Housing, which is owned by Cornwall Council.

Prosecuting Galloway, Nigel Wraith described how on October 16 2018 police and mental health practitioners went to Galloway’s property to carry out an assessment.

He said: “When they got to the address they tried to communicate with Mr Galloway but their efforts proved fruitless so the decision was made to force entry.

“Mr Galloway placed timber behind the door in an effort to prevent entry but entry was gained and it was established that the defendant had got into the loft and from there he made his way onto the outside roof. What followed was a stand-off lasting well over 24 hours.

“At various times he removed a large number of tiles and threw them down onto the road. He directed and aimed them at police officers who had shut a number of roads in the area.

“The roads had to be closed off and residents escorted to and from their properties. His actions caused significant disruption to residents, bus journeys were affected as well as parents taking their children to and from schools and local businesses.

The court then heard from a medical professional who has worked with Galloway who said that he believed Galloway poses a risk of serious harm in the future and that he lacks insight into his condition.

Judge Simon Carr was told however that Galloway had offered to pay £5,000 of his own money towards the damages, something Judge Carr commended him for.

He said: “In October 2018 police and mental health professionals attended your address for an assessment as people were concerned about your demeanour and actions.

“When they forced entry you’d gone out onto the roof and stayed there for some 27 hours. During that time you threw missiles and some 50 police officers had to be deployed. Roads were shut and people’s lives inconvenienced. You caused £40,000 worth of damage.

“I accept you were very unwell at the time and your diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia but you still have a lack of insight and refuse to accept medication when in the community. You are unable to control your outbursts and that can cause serious harm to those around you.

“I thank you for your offer of compensation but I hope that money will and in the not too distant future, be used to support you when you return to the community.”

Judge Carr made a hospital order meaning that Galloway will continue his recover in the care of medical professionals.

Brailsford, from Nottingham, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously pleading guilty to being in possession of an article with a blade or point.

Prosecuting barrister Nigel Wraith said: “ Police stopped a vehicle not being driven by the defendant after spotting it driving erratically shortly before midnight on April 25.

“Inside were three males with Mr Brailsford being the front seat passenger. He gave false details, telling them he was called Dominic Evans.

"The officers could smell cannabis and as a result the occupants were told they’ve be searched. A lock knife fell from one of the other individuals but initially nothing was found on Mr Brailsford.

“He was taken to Newquay Police Station and told there’d be a more detailed search. It was then he told officers there was a blade concealed between his legs, saying he had it for a camping trip.”

Sentencing Brailsford, Judge Simon Carr said that despite his young age he had already amassed a criminal record that includes convictions for robbery, possession of a knife and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

A young thug who launched a ferocious attack on a stranger in a skate park and then later assaulted a member of court staff was jailed.

Callum Murray, 20, first found himself in hot water when he launched a flurry of punches and kicks on an innocent young man at Tuckingmill Valley Park in Camborne.

Murray then went on the run before eventually being hauled to court where he struck Truro Crown Court dock officer, sending him tumbling to the floor.

Murray, whose address was given as a bail hostel in Tuckingmill, appeared at court via video-link to be sentenced after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm, failure to surrender and contempt of court.

Prosecuting the case, barrister Jason Beal told the court how on June 9 of last year shortly after being released from a previous sentence on licence, Murray was at Tuckingmill Valley Park at around 4.30pm.

At the time the victim was wearing headphones and pushing his bike through the skate park when he had a can thrown at him.

Mr Beal explained how the victim turned and shouted at the group who had launched the can before a 16-year-old approached him and asked if he wanted a fight.

Presuming he was joking, the victim replied “yeah, alright”. He was then headbutted in the mouth by the 16-year-old who punched him in the head and face before knocking him to the ground.

It was then that Murray and another man joined the attack, kicking and stamping on the victim as he lay on the ground.

Mr Beal said: “The victim describes trying to make himself into a ball and when he got back to his feet more punches followed.

“As he tried to leave the scene the victim was pursued by the three men who tried to kick at his feet to try and make him fall into one of the skateboard bowls.

“He suffered a bruise to the eye, a black eye and a sore nose, as well as a number of cuts and scrapes to the body. When he got home he told his parents he’d fallen off his bike as he didn’t want them to know he’d been beaten up.

“He later received a Facebook message from the defendant offering him money not to mention his name as he didn’t want to go back to prison.”

Murray was at the time out on licence after previously receiving an 18-month custodial sentence for possession a weapon, breaching a restraining order and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Sentencing Murray, Judge Robert Linford said: “You are 20 and already have an extensive list of previous convictions.

“You were released from your last custodial sentence in March 2018 and while on licence were in Tuckingmill Valley Park when you were involved in an assault on a young man.

“I accept you did not start the fight but joined in and at some point used your foot against someone on the floor. This is an extremely dangerous and wicked thing to do.

“You were admitted to bail before pleading guilty as soon as you could. You were committed to this court for sentence on May 5 and should have attended but did not.

“A bench warrant was issued and you were arrested and brought to the court and the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report. Mr Quaife applied for bail and I refused.

“Your reaction was extreme and violent. You were aggressive to the court and its staff. I saw a dock officer attempting to calm you but it did not work. You struck him and knocked him to the floor. You had to be dragged literally kicking and screaming to the cells.”

Judge Linford noted Murray’s mitigation of a letter of apology and acknowledged the issues that have blighted his life before adding that he has a partner who regards him as a positive influence for both her and her child.

At Truro Crown Court the judge refused Joseph Ryan’s plea not to be sent back to prison after hearing how another inmate had thrown scalding hot water at his face.

The court heard Ryan “ransacked” his neighbour’s flat and took various items, leaving her afraid to stay in her own home.

He was caught out three months later - in January of this year - after police searched his flat, following a separate incident at his mother’s property.

Just weeks later he was put in prison for breaching a curfew imposed as a result of a previous conviction for an unrelated matter.

Joss Ticehurst, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Ryan developed a grudge for a woman who lived in the same building that he did on Penare Road, Penzance.

He said: “For some reason the defendant appears to have taken exception to the victim and he wished to upset her.

“Seeking to upset her, the Crown says, he ultimately went as far as to burgle her flat, taking some of her property and causing damage to her property.”

The court heard that on October 16, the woman came home following a 12-hour shift at work to find the property had been “ransacked”.

Mr Ticehurst said a mirror was broken and make-up had been knocked off a dressing table. He added that cups, DVDs, Play Station games and make-up brushes had been taken.

In her victim impact statement, the woman said the burglary had left her feeling anxious and that she no longer felt safe in her own home.

The court heard that in September last year, Ryan had knocked on his neighbour’s door late at night while, she was in the flat with her boyfriend.

Mr Ticehurst said: “He had a beer in his hand and said he was upset because his cat had died and asked if he could come into her flat for a drink. Understandably, she refused.”

He suggested that this may have been the moment that Ryan began to carry a grudge against the victim.

In January 2019, Ryan entered his mother’s home and took a set of keys and folders containing her personal paperwork.

The following day, police searched Ryan’s flat and found his mother’s items, as well as items he had taken from his neighbour’s flat.

The court heard that during his police interview Ryan denied breaking into his neighbour’s property, suggesting that she had instead broken into his flat and left the items there to set him up. He also accused her of being "fixated on him".

Sentencing, Judge Robert Linford said: “You gratuitously caused damage to this person’s home and took her items. Your behaviour left her feeling unsafe in her own home.

He added: “On January 8, you went to your mother’s house. There in her house you stole the keys and you stole some files. At the time you were subject to a suspended sentence."

The court heard Ryan has previous convictions for anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, battery and theft.

Ryan pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of theft on the day his trial was due to start.

Judge Linford sentenced him to a total of 21 months in prison and told Ryan that he will serve at least half of that sentence in prison.

A criminal who once cut the throat of a man during a robbery has been sent back to prison after being caught waving a knife at Redruth Railway Station.

Gary Maxey, 33, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2009 after leaving his victim with life threatening injuries.

He was released on licence but on September 20 of last year got into an argument with another man and brandished the blade.

Maxey, of no fixed abode, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on June 13 after previously pleading guilty to possession of a knife.

The court heard how at about 2:15pm on the day in question police received reports of a man with a knife at the railway station.

Officers attended and found Maxey in an angry and agitated state having become embroiled in an argument. Maxey had been verbally abused and headbutted but then drew a Stanley knife that he had been carrying and pointed it in the man’s direction.

Sentencing Maxey, Judge Simon Carr said the fact that Maxey had cut someone’s throat but continued to carry a knife is terrifying.

He added: “I accept you got involved in a verbal argument not of your making but your reaction was to produce a knife and wave it in a way that would have caused distress for others present.

“You were convicted of an offence of wounding with intent after cutting someone’s throat and leaving them with life-threatening injuries. You were released on licence and should never have carried a knife again. The fact you produced one is extremely worrying.”

Maxey was jailed 12 months plus whatever the Parole Board he should serve him the remainder of his previous sentence.

A serial menace was told by a judge that he’s reached the end of the road after a court heard how he brandished a bottle during a fairground dispute.

Ross Vicars, 28, of no fixed abode but most commonly the Camborne area, waved the bottle and threatened to burn down the caravan of a fairground owner at Pool Market on April 9.

Vicars appeared agitated in the dock at Truro Crown Court when he was produced for sentence after previously admitting breaching a criminal behaviour order and using threatening words or behaviour.

Prosecuting the case, Ian Graham said: “The incident took place back in April at Pool Market where a fairground had been set up for a couple of days.

“On arrival the manager encountered two males, one of them the defendant, and they were aggressive and shouting.

“The defendant then ran towards the manager with a glass bottle swinging it above his head. There was lots of shouting and swearing and the defendant made threats to burn the owner’s caravan down.

“A scuffle ensued and blows were exchanged. Police were called and attended and the owner told them that his wife was at home asleep in the caravan so he took the threats very seriously. The defendant was clearly in drink at the time.”

The court was told how Vicars has a long list of previous convictions including repeated breaches of criminal behaviour orders.

Sentencing Vicars, Judge Simon Carr said: “In April of this year you were drunk at a fairground after hours.

“When confronted you were abusive, violent and threatened a man with a bottle, saying that you’d burn down his home.

“You have breached your criminal behaviour order 11 times and what makes this serious is the persistent breach of orders. It’s going to stop.

A serial burglar was banged up for two years after smashing his way into a small pharmacy to steal prescription drugs.

Daniel Crow, of Willow Walk, Cambridge, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on June 20 having pleaded guilty to three charges earlier in the week.

Crow, 34, pleaded guilty to burglary after an incident at Newlyn Pharmacy in the early hours of May 19.

He also admitted to further offences of theft and criminal damage, which were committed in Cambridge earlier in May.

Prosecutor Joss Ticehurst told the court how a local resident in Newlyn was woken by the sound of glass smashing at around 1am on May 19. The resident saw two people stood outside the town's pharmacy, including Crow, and called police.

When officers arrived they found that the front door window had been smashed with a rock, which was located inside.

Crow had glass shards on his top, and was in possession of some of the prescription drugs he had stolen. A carrier bag containing the remainder of the drugs was located ten feet away.

The drugs stolen included tranquilisers and anti-anxiety medication of the benzodiazepine class, all of which are also used recreationally.

When long-time heroin addict Crow was arrested, he told officers: “If they gave me the correct medication I wouldn’t have to do this sh*t. It was me, not the other guy”. He remained silent in interview.

Prosecutor Mr Ticehurst explained the impact the incident has had on the small pharmacy, which was forced to restock, boost security and replace the damaged alarm.

Crow has an extensive criminal record with 87 previous convictions, including 37 burglary offences and many more shoplifting crimes.

He began offending at the age of 14, and has spent many years behind bars for crimes such as armed robberies and numerous breaches of court orders.

In addition to the Newlyn burglary, Crow also admitted stealing prescription drugs from a Boots store, and removing a tag which had been fitted five months earlier. Both of these incidents happened earlier in May 2019 in his hometown of Cambridge.

Sentencing Crow to two years in prison, Recorder Andrew Oldland QC told him: “Offences like these have a real impact on people and their businesses.

“The various court orders appear to have largely been in vain. There are significant aggravating features; your previous convictions, the fact you were on licence and that the offence was committed at night.

“It is entirely your choice when you come out Mr Crow whether you address your drug problem or whether you go back to prison.

A court chillingly heard how a paedophile told police officers that raping his young victim provided him with a “release of tension”.

Hilton, of Halgavor Lane in Bodmin , appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced on June 21 after pleading guilty to two counts of oral rape, two sexual activity with a child charges and two inciting a child to engage in sexual activity counts.

Prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told the court how when the victim became quiet her mum asked her what was wrong, the girl replying that the defendant had “put his thing in her mouth”.

The allegations were reported to the police and when found on Bodmin Moor Hilton made full admissions.

During her police interview, the victim described being touched in places she didn’t want to be touched and that she “didn’t like it”.

During his police interview, Hilton admitted grooming the victim and carrying out the abuse as a form of release.

Mr Lee proceeded to give sickening details of the crimes to the court, judge Recorder Andrew Oldland, QC, hearing how Hilton masturbated onto the victim and touched her vagina as well as raping her orally.

Hilton also told officers how he abused the girl on numerous occasions and ejaculating onto her stomach which he said provided him with a “release of tension”.

“When interviewed you (Hilton) admitted a series of sexual offences. You said you’d been touching your victim, grooming her and saw her as an object.

Recorder Oldland added that Hilton has no previous convictions and his admissions provided a degree of insight into his offending.

Hilton was jailed for 10 years but will not automatically be released at the halfway point, any release subject to the approval of The Parole Board.

Two men who between them launched a terrifying knifepoint robbery at a local petrol station were jailed.

Jonathon Taylor manhandled the lone female member of staff at the Texaco garage in St Stephen to the floor before fleeing in a car driven by co-accused Daniel Pugh.

Taylor, 31, and Pugh 40, both of Fresh Start in St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after Taylor admitted robbery and possession of a knife and Pugh an assisting an offender charge.

Prosecuting the case Adrian Chaplin said: “At 3:10pm on May 5 Mr Taylor entered the garage wearing a duffle coat with his hood up and a face mask on.

“He had a knife in his hand and sought to get the member of staff to give him access to the till. The victim pressed the panic button and after was vigorously handled by the defendant to the floor.”

Taylor eventually left the garage empty handed in terms of cash but with a quantity of tobacco. CCTV footage was shown to the court showing Taylor violently throw the woman.

On the way back towards St Austell Pugh stopped long enough for Taylor to dispose of the disguise and knife which were later both found by police.

Once back in St Austell police were able to track the defendants’ movements on CCTV before they were later arrested.

On the day of the crime Taylor reported his vehicle as stolen and when police told him in interview they’d found the discarded items he answered “fair play”.

The garage assistant was left with bruising from being thrown to the ground as well as severe psychological trauma from the ordeal.

Sitting as judge, Recorder Andrew Oldfield QC sentenced Taylor to five and a half years in prison and Pugh 20 months.

A judge told an “idiot” who was caught with a knife near Newquay that his girlfriend will dump him if he blows his last chance.

Lucas Duncan, 21, and from Nottingham, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence via video-link from HMP Exeter after he previously admitted carrying a bladed article.

Prosecuting barrister Emily Cook said that on April 26 police spotted a car being driven erratically in Quintrell Downs near Newquay.

The car was pulled over and the officers noticed a smell of cannabis. Duncan was the rear seat passenger and initially gave police a false name.

When searched officers discovered the knife and when Duncan was taken to the cells he admitted being in possession of a small amount of cannabis hidden in his boxers.

Cornwall Live reported how fellow passenger and knife carrier Brandon Brailsford, 22, was given a prison sentence of six months at Truro Crown Court.

Sentencing Duncan, Judge David Ticehurst said: “Your barrister says you’re an idiot and I don’t disagree. You have already been locked up for carrying a knife but your age, the fact you’ve been in custody since April and are about to become a father are reasons that allow me to suspend the sentence.

“If you breach it you’ll meet your new baby, say hello to your new baby and say goodbye to your new baby. And your girlfriend will probably dump you.

Duncan was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and told he must complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

A judge told a drunken burglar that it’s time to give up after he wandered into an open house, kicked a dog and then stole some Smirnoff Ice vodka.

Matthew Brad Bradfield, 44, had briefly turned his back on crime but after a birthday drinking session spotted the open door on his way home and entered a stranger’s house in the hunt for booze.

Bradfield, of Horse Whim Drive in St Austell , appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after admitting charges of burglary, being in possession of a knife, theft and two shoplifting counts.

Prosecuting barrister Ramsay Quaife told the court how the victim lives in a detached house in Par and on the evening of February 23 was at home having a bath.

Mr Quaife said: “He was expecting his wife home so left the front door open but it wasn’t her who came through the door.

“He could hear his dog barking so went downstairs to investigate and saw the defendant leaving the house. He pursued and detained him and took off him a bottle of Smirnoff Ice vodka stolen from his house.

Bradfield was found nearby following a search and had in his jacket pocket a knife and also on him a digital camera.

Officers examined the camera and found pictures of properties, the camera belonging to an estate agent who had left his car unlocked nearby.

The two thefts took place in May of this year when Bradfield went to Wilkinson in St Austell and stole two inflatable pools worth £90 each.

Mr Quaife added that the homeowner was left distressed by the raid, particularly because Bradfield, who has 55 prior convictions mainly for theft, kicked his dog.

“You’ve committed offences on a regular basis since you were 18 and by all accounts you’re not very good at it because if you were you shouldn’t get caught as regularly.

“Quite frankly I think at your age you would have given up. It’s time you gave up committing offences. Why not get a job, give up the booze and be a positive member of society rather than what you are at the moment, which is a thorough nuisance?”

A rape victim who had her hair cut off and bleached poured into her bath has given a harrowing account of how the abuse has ruined her life.

The woman’s former partner who cannot be named for legal reasons to protect her identity, had been on trial back in May and either admitted or was found guilty by a jury of a number of horrifying crimes.

After a period of deliberation the jury convicted him of three counts of rape and false imprisonment to go with the five assaults, a controlling or coercive behaviour charge and a count of damage to property he had already admitted.

The 32-year-old defendant returned to Truro Crown Court on July 10 to be sentenced for the catalogue of crimes.

Opening the case, prosecuting barrister Jason Beal told the jury that it was about domestic abuse which took a number of different forms - emotional, financial, physical and sexual.

Mr Beal said the defendant subjected his then-girlfriend to this behaviour in the  St Austell area over the course of several months in the summer and autumn of last year.

The controlling or coercive behaviour included checking her mobile phone, taking it away from her, isolating her from friends family and making derogatory comments about her appearance.

He also dictated how she could sleep by forcing her to keep the lights on in the bedroom at night, and recorded her with a webcam as she slept.

“There was an accumulative effect, this repetitive day-by-day controlling behaviour instilled fear into her,” Mr Beal said.

As for the assault charges, the man admitted putting his hands and a pillow over the woman’s mouth and nose, thereby making her believe she was going to suffocate. He also picked her up by the throat, slapped her around the face and dragged her by the hair, at one point even cutting some of it off while she slept.

Mr Beal said: “She awoke in the morning to find the defendant standing in front of her with a pair of scissors in one hand and a clump of hair in another, having cut off some hair while she was asleep. He was smiling at her.”

The man tied the woman’s wrists together with duct tape and tried to tape her ankles together as well.

“Once he demanded she made a cup of tea and when she didn’t make it the correct way she had to make another one,” Mr Beal said. “As she was making another one he came into the kitchen and constantly slapped her around the face.

“He made derogatory comments about how she looked, not letting her wear makeup and saying she looked like a slag. He was cutting things up, like clothes, and calling her dirty. When she bathed he would pour bleach or salt in the bath.”

During the same time period the defendant raped his girlfriend three times, vaginally, anally and orally.

On one occasion the woman screamed when the defendant was on the phone to his probation officer. When the woman ran out of her flat the man followed her and pulled her back inside by her hair.

The probation officer heard the scream and called 999 but when police arrived at the property nobody answered the door.

Later that day the woman managed to free herself. She told her father what had happened to her and police were called.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the victim said: “When we first met I fell in love and started to plan the future but the dream soon became a nightmare.

“We were together four months and I was hurt more times than anyone should suffer. His behaviour was not normal and nobody should have to go through this.

“I have constant flashbacks and suffer nightmares of being trapped and suffocated. When he held the pillow over my face I saw my life flash before me.

“I can’t even relax in the bath as I’m so fearful of seeing him in the door waiting to kill me.

“Feeling his presence in the courtroom during the trial terrified me even though he was in the cells and had security with him. He made me relive that part of my life all over again.

“I was pregnant with his child but had to end the pregnancy which was emotionally heartbreaking as I couldn’t bring a child of that monster into this world. I can’t even contemplate a new relationship or anything sexual. I’ve had to build a new life, make new friends and I don’t go out.

“I’m young and should be living my best life but he bulldozed that in four months. He’s not safe to be around anyone.”

Sentencing the defendant, Recorder Malcolm Gibney said he had “exhibited a jealous and controlling nature right from the start of the relationship”.

Recorder Gibney added that he isolated the victim from friends and family before over two days falsely imprisoning and raping her.

He described being particularly concerned that the defendant denies being controlling and coercive and instead had tried to shift the blame to the victim.

A pensioner who told a court he couldn’t have raped a young girl because he was a virgin was jailed until he’s 102.

Arthur Aldridge, 87, was a regular visitor in south east Cornwall and on July 18 convicted by a jury of rape and a host of other sexual offences.

Frail Aldridge, who walks with a stick, has been on trial at Truro Crown Court charged with two sexual assaults of a child under 13, two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two assaults of a child under 13 by penetration and rape.

Prosecuting barrister Mary McCarthy told the court how Aldridge was well known in the area and targeted a girl aged between four and eight.

Ms McCarthy said: “She remembers first being touched sexually when very young indeed, aged four and five, and this continued until she was eight or nine.

“She speaks of the various ways the defendant made the abuse come about and that it would happen a lot.

“He would play games with her, encouraging her to go under the covers with a torch, pull down his boxers and look at his penis.

She said this escalated to more serious acts and attempts to have sex with her, on one occasion causing her to bleed.

“After that there were other occurrences where he would touch her or get her to touch him,” she added.

Ms McCarthy also said the victim told friends before a teacher eventually came to hear about it and notified the police.

During his police interview Aldridge, from Maidstone in Kent, told police the girl was concerned about her figure aged 13 and took his hand and placed it on her breast.

He also said he massaged her breasts to try to help them grow but denied any acts of penetration, saying he was a virgin .

A victim impact statement read to the court described how the abuse is the first thing she thinks of in the morning and the last thing at night.

She spoke about being haunted by the experiences and that they have affected her relationships with friend and family.

She added that she had been depressed and even suicidal from a young age and finds it impossible to trust men.

Sentencing Aldridge, Judge Simon Carr remarked that it was clear from his history and admissions that he had a sexual interest in children.

He said: “In the 1960s and 1970s this took the form of touching young boys and in the 1990s you continued that although what you did then was not at the time a criminal offence, although I have no doubt it is now.

“Over a number of years you groomed her (the victim), befriended her and abused the trust in the most appalling way.

“You touched her breast and vagina and got her to touch you. You digitally penetrated her and then raped her.

“The effect on her has been utterly devastating and has affected every element of her physical and psychological wellbeing. The abuse will stay with her for the rest of her life. You did that.”

Judge Carr added that Aldridge’s age and infirmity was only limited mitigation, jailing him for 15 years.

A bitter ex started a fire that destroyed four terraced properties before going to the pub in a bid to exert his control over his former lover.

Zak Rodda started the blaze in the bedroom of his ex-partner’s home on May 14, sending her a series of chilling messages after doing so.

The fire eventually caused £100,000 worth of damage. A number of residents are still living in temporary accommodation following the blaze.

Rodda, 32, was brought to Truro Crown Court from prison on July 19 to be sentenced after previously admitting one charge of arson and being reckless to whether life is endangered.

Prosecuting barrister Deni Matthews told the court how the fire devastated homes between number 47 and 53 at Bridge Road in Illogan shortly after 5pm.

Mr Matthews said: “One of these homes belonged to Mr Rodda’s former partner and he too had also been living there.

“On May 14 the family came together after a bereavement and a number of family members say that Mr Rodda had had a lot to drink.

“His former partner was also at the property and they argued. They had been estranged for a period of time and Mr Rodda left.”

Rodda then text his former partner telling her he set the fire and asking her to attend, before following up with messages saying ‘look see the light, I warned you’ and ‘there she goes, goodbye’.

Relatives were made aware of the texts and attended the property where they could see Rodda in the window. He appeared to be drunk and suggesting he was going to start a fire but the family members didn’t believe him so left.

A short period of time later there was a smell of smoke so they returned and the fire could be seen raging.

Mr Matthews added: “The property is in a terrace and the fire took hold quite quickly. It was a very windy day and the fire spread, all four houses were left inhabitable and severely damaged. They were effectively turned to shells and damage is in excess of £100,000.”

In one of the neighbouring properties was an elderly, disabled woman who was only able to escape due to the fact her carer was there at the time. Another was living in what had been her family property for 60 years.

Mr Matthews said: “The defendant set the fire, then left the property and went to the pub. He was heard saying to other customers ‘I’ve done something bad, I’ve set fire to a mattress and it got out of control. I tried to put it out’.

“When police came to the pub he ran from the back door before being arrested. He told officers in interview that he set fire to the corner of the duvet.”

Sentencing Rodda, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were in a relationship that had its difficulties and you yourself accept you were a controlling influence.

“The relationship came to an end and you were at the time living in one of the homes that was eventually destroyed. There had for some days or weeks been an argument as to what compensation you should receive regarding the house and you felt you were being mistreated.

“On the day in question there was another argument. You’d been drinking heavily and you chose to go back to the house.

“You then sent a series of texts indicating you were proposing to start a fire. Having seen these messages friends attended the property and saw you at the window. At that time there was no fire so they left.

“The fire took and at this point you attempted to extinguish it and call the emergency services but it was too late.

“You destroyed four homes and when you set the fire people were in them. They would have been aware and terrified. They all got out but one elderly, disabled woman wouldn’t have if her carer wasn’t there. They all stood and stared as their houses burned in front of them.

“All of the people had to be rehomed and it’s not sure if the houses will be able to be rebuilt. You did all of that to show you were in control.”

A formerly homeless man had to have three metal plates put into his face after being savagely assaulted by the man who put a roof over his head.

Jan Trethowan, 35, attacked the victim at his previous home in Hayle after becoming convinced he had been having sexual relations with his ex-girlfriend.

Trethowan, now of Home Sweet Home Terrace in Plymouth, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter on July 23 where he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Prosecuting the case, Emily Cook said: “The complainant and the defendant were known to each other socially and when the complainant was made homeless Mr Trethowan gave him somewhere to stay.

“On June 5 of this year the defendant, complainant and a friend were in the house drinking when Mr Trethowan began demanding that the complainant find his ex and help them get back together.

“The complainant became scared and went to the kitchen and without warning he was struck from behind. Then followed a number of blows to the head and face.

“The friend came downstairs and remembers Trethowan standing over the complainant holding his neck delivering punches. She could see his face was bleeding and recalls seeing him hit at least three times.”

He is said to have been left anxious, always looking over his shoulder and always on edge as a result of the attack from which he still suffers physical effects.

Sentencing Trethowan, Judge Simon Carr said: “The victim was a friend of yours and during the night in question an argument developed regarding your concerns about him and your ex-partner.

“It is the sort of argument that occurs every but you attacked him in a way that was wholly unprovoked including hitting him at a time he was unable to defend himself.

“I have little doubt that both physically and psychologically the effects of the assault will be with him for a long time.”

A drink driver swerved onto the wrong side of the road and caused a head-on collision that left two women requiring surgery.

Benjamin Rundle, 25, had had just a few hours’ sleep after a heavy drinking session when he crossed a central marking and ploughed into a music teacher travelling the other way on the A374 at Polbathic on November 1 of last year.

Rundle, of Lower Anderton Road in Millbrook, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on July 23 after previous admitting two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Prosecuting the case, Michael Brown said that the crash occurred at 7:55am and the evening before Rundle had been drinking.

Mr Brown said: “The defendant told the police he consumed four double vodka and cokes and taken some cannabis but the professional opinion is that he had drank somewhat more.

“At 5am after a few hours of sleep the defendant dropped some friends back to Plymouth. The front seat passenger (one of the victims) says she felt concerned about his driving.

“He dropped some friends off in Plymouth and caught the Torpoint Ferry back. At 7:45am a witness reported seeing Mr Rundle driving behind him, extremely closely and at speed. He repeatedly backed off and then repeated the manoeuvre.

“It was then the manner of the defendant’s driving changed for the worse, swerving into the opposing lane and onto the grass verge. This went on for six miles and quite some time.

“Charlotte Lane was driving in the opposite direction and the defendant swerved onto her side of the carriageway and collided head-on with her vehicle.”

Mr Brown added that Rundle was travelling within the speed limit and that both cars suffered significant damage.

Ms Lane had to be cut from the vehicle and Rundle’s passenger, Jade Libby, was found in the footwell of her vehicle.

Ms Lane suffered a torn bowel and fractures to both knees, vertebrae, feet and wrist. She underwent surgery and spent six weeks in hospital.

She again underwent surgery in January 2019 and was diagnosed with having nerve damage. She also suffers ongoing psychological trauma from the crash.

Ms Libby suffered a fractured spine, arm and eye socket and also underwent surgery, spending eight days in hospital. She too still suffers psychologically from the incident.

Back calculations showed Rundle to be around three times the legal limit, Mr Brown saying he would have been “significantly” impaired at the time of the collision.

Sentencing Rundle, Judge Simon Carr said: “The night before you were drinking and taking cannabis into the early hours and after only a couple of hours’ sleep you got up and drove people home.

“For miles before the accident there was a sustained period of bad driving and it’s clear you became frustrated by various drivers and tried to overtake.

“Travelling in the other directions was Charlotte Lane, a music teacher going to school. She was confronted by your car on entirely the wrong side of the road resulting in a head-on collision.

“The injuries sustained by all were catastrophic. Ms Lane’s injuries were so bad that eight months on she still can’t walk unaided. Her injuries are life changing and will be with her for the rest of her life.

“In the front seat of your vehicle was a friend of yours who also suffered multiple fractures requiring surgery. Your own injuries are of limited mitigation.

“You were over the drink drive limit by some way from a party the night before and were not in a condition to ever get behind a wheel.

“I accept you had an extremely difficult childhood and were going through a relationship breakdown but none of that justifies you getting behind the wheel drunk and causing the injuries you did.”

A Redruth man who ran brothels in Truro and Plymouth and trafficked vulnerable Chinese women to service the needs of local men was jailed.

Failed businessman Sean Kang Wong, 34, turned to running brothels as a means to making money and earned £38,000 between November 2017 and February 2018.

He facilitated the travels of the victims, placed advertisements online, arranged tenancies, purchased lubricants, condoms and furniture and handled enquiries from customers.

Wong, of Tresaderns Road, Redruth , was sentenced at Truro Crown Court on July 26 after previously pleading guilty to two counts of managing a brothel and two arranging or facilitating the travel of a woman with a view to her being exploited charges.

He was was first arrested by police in September 2018 following information that he had trafficked a number of Chinese women in the UK before exploiting them to work in his brothels, under the supervision and control of other people involved in his enterprise.

Following the discovery of a second brothel in Plymouth, Police were able to link Wong to both establishments and he was further arrested in February 2019, when he was charged.

Officer seized £38k during the first arrest of Wong, and a timetable will be set through the court to retrieve criminal funds through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Prosecuting barrister Ed Bailey described how police first visited New Bridge Street after the two bedroom maisonette owner heard rumours his premises was being used as a brothel.

On arrival police found a customer in the toilet and he told them he’d seen an ad on the website Viva Street and called an attached number. He was then told to wait outside before being invited in.

A 37-year-old woman in the premises described how she’d paid a trafficker 40,000 yen to be brought to the UK from China to work in health and beauty but when she arrived she found out she was an illegal immigrant and eventually conceded prostitution was her only way to make money. This woman and an older female present both claimed asylum and have since absconded.

Regarding the Battery Street property, police raided on February 1 of last year and found two Chinese males present. They were spoken to separately and one man said he was there for a massage.

Also at the brothel was paperwork in the name of Wong and condoms, lubricant, underwear and wet wipes.

Mr Bailey stated that another suspect is still at large and if he should be found he would face similar charges to Wong.

Investigations revealed searches for Viva Street on devices belonging to Wong and receipts for furniture, 864 condoms and lubricant. The furniture receipts matched the furniture found in the brothels.

Automatic number plate recognition and phone records also showed that Wong had moved women between the properties.

Sentencing Wong, Judge Simon Carr said: “People trafficking offences are among the most serious cases that come before these courts and what you were engaged in was modern slavery.

“The victims in this case are both Chinese nationals and came here in the hope of a better life. They paid under a promise of proper employment.

“When they arrived they found their situation very different. They were here illegally, with no protection and it was made clear to them the only way they could make money was prostitution.

“I accept you were not responsible for bringing them to this country but you moved them between the brothels and you did this to make money. It is a financially lucrative but despicable trade.

“You were more than just a front and not only sought rented accommodation but you were involved in management, arranging of the ads and movement of the women concerned.”

An “appalling” stalker threatened to send a homemade sex tape to his ex’s friends and family as well as lying about her dog being dead and setting up profiles on escort sites using her pictures.

Ricky Boughton, 37, also falsely told the victim’s mum that his ex had claimed to him she had been sexually abused by her step father.

Boughton, from Marine Terrace in Penzance, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously pleading guilty to stalking and possession of cannabis.

Prosecuting barrister Nigel Wraith told the court how Boughton had been in a relationship with the victim for around 10 years and that his behaviour had been extremely jealous and controlling.

Mr Wraith said: “The relationship ended in March 2018 and a few months later in July or August Boughton sent a text indicating that the victim’s dog had been put down.

“After this he bombarded her with calls, texts, emails, some begging for contact and others threatening to sexual photos and videos to her friends and family.”

Mr Wraith added that the victim blocked Boughton on Facebook but he managed to find a way around that measure. He also sent her screenshots of her image on an escort site and contacted her mother claiming she’d made sexual abuse allegations about her step father.

One text message said ‘f*cking call me or a 45 minute sex tape will be shared with your friends and family on whatever platform I can find. Call me and it’ll be destroyed’.

In a victim personal statement made to police Boughton’s “exhausted” victim said that the stalking affected her sleep, mood and relationships with family and that she’d done everything she could to try and stop him.

In the space of 12 hours in January she received 208 missed calls and when arrested Boughton was found with 292 grams of cannabis. He admitted what he did to police and said it was him who made the escort profile, saying he “wanted a reaction”.

Representing Boughton, Jon Holmes said that on arrest he admitted everything and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity despite being unrepresented at first.

Mr Holmes said: “For quite a few years he had a drinking problem but he replaced that with cannabis. He appeared to show remorse and understands what he did and the effect it had on the victim.”

He said: “You were in a lengthy relationship that the victim describes as controlling and affected by obsessive jealousy.

“You sought to control each and every aspect of her life. As she was entitled to she chose to leave you. You refused to accept that and continued to try and gain control.

“This is one of the worst cases of stalking I’ve seen. Over a period of time you bombarded her with thousands of messages some threatening and threatened to disclose to her friends and family private sex tapes. It is difficult to imagine something more appalling.

“You contacted her mother saying she told you she’d been abused which was an outright lie and set up profiles saying she was engaged in prostitution.

Judge Carr went on to commend the victim for her resilience and dignity before jailing Boughton for a year.

A career burglar was banged up for 21 months after smashing his way into a corner shop and stealing cigarettes worth over £11,000.

Father Brady Lee Shaw, 37, of an unknown address, appeared at Truro Crown Court on July 30 where he pleaded guilty to a single count of burglary.

Although the incident happened in Leicestershire, the case was heard in Cornwall because Shaw has other matters outstanding in the county.

Prosecuting barrister Nigel Wraith told the court how Shaw and another man broke into the Barrow Express Store in Barrow upon Soar in the early hours of March 17 this year.

The pair were equipped to carry out the burglary, using a crow bar to gain entry. They removed cigarettes with a value of £11,190 from the store, and caused over £2,000 worth of damage to the property.

He denied the offence in police interview, but pleaded guilty at the first opportunity at the crown court.

Shaw has several previous convictions, including many burglary offences, having appeared in court 22 times for 39 offences.

Sentencing Shaw to 21 months in prison, Judge Simon Carr told him: “You pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and I accept your last conviction for burglary was in 2016.

“But the position is, you are 37 years old and you have been in court 22 times for 39 offences, and you are in terms a career burglar.”

A man who sexually abused his partner’s eight-year-old daughter in his bed while her younger brother lay asleep next to them was jailed for five years.

The man, 47, appeared at Truro Crown Court for trial on July 31 facing two charges - sexually touching and sexual activity with a child who was under the age of 13.

On the Thursday morning, after deliberating for just 37 minutes, a jury of 12 found him guilty of both offences.

Opening the trial, prosecutor Nigel Wraith told the jury how the incident happened on a single night in September 2018 in the Penzance area.

The child in question is the daughter of the man’s then-girlfriend. When the incident happened, the girl and her brother were staying with the man at his house while their mother ran errands. 

Mr Wraith said: "The events happened in [the defendant’s] bed. Nobody heard about these events straight away, until a while later. It was only in November when she (the victim) first told someone else what happened. She went on to give an account to the police in December.

“She and her younger brother were in [the defendant’s] bed at about 8pm they all got in and watched TV.

“Her younger brother fell asleep at about 9, and at about 10 [the defendant] gave her a hug. He kissed [the girl] on the forehead before going across and down to her lips.

“She then said [the defendant] pulled her pants down and touched her vagina, and then licked his fingers and did it again. He took his shorts off and had nothing on underneath. He took her hand and placed it on his penis.

“Nothing was said by either of them. He then told her not to do it again, which she found confusing as nothing had been instigated by her.

“He then repeated the actions. Shortly after that he fell asleep, and that was the end of the incident.

The girl was interviewed by police in early December 2018, and two weeks later the defendant was interviewed.

He agreed that the girl and her brother stayed with him overnight in his bed and that they all watched TV. He also admitted giving the girl a hug, but said that was as far as the physical contact went.

Judge Simon Carr jailed the man for five years. He must also sign the sex offender’s register for life, and has been made subject to a ten-year sexual harm prevention order.

A father of four who was given a reprieve by a judge last year is back in jail after breaching a suspended sentence.

In January, Benjamin Gough, 33, from Camborne, was handed a ten-month prison sentence suspended for two years for a nasty assault.  

The assault incident happened in July 2018, only a month after Gough was released from prison for burglary and firearm offences.

The suspended sentence included conditions that Gough carry out 140 hours of unpaid work and 26 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

On June 4 this year in Camborne, Gough was caught driving whilst over the drink drive limit. He was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 16 months at the magistrates’ court.

But the case was referred to Judge Simon Carr at the crown court, as the incident put Gough in breach of his suspended sentence.

Sentencing Gough, Judge Carr told him: “You came before the court in November 2018 for a serious, unpleasant assault. You had a worrying record, but the judge on that occasion took the appropriate course to give you a chance.

“Initially you did extremely well but then things started to unwind, you clearly were drinking again, you stopped working for your father and you seemed to enter into difficulties in your relationship.

“What you then did is you got drunk, and got behind the wheel of a car. When that suspended sentence was passed you were told in no uncertain terms that any offence would activate your suspended sentence, and you chose to get drunk and get behind the wheel of a car. That was a deliberate decision.”

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A dangerous paedophile who was banned from having boys in his house was jailed after a teen was seen coming out of his shower by police.

David Solomon, 41, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing having pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

The order was made by the magistrates’ court in April, in relation to incidents involving two boys.

It banned Solomon from having contact with boys under the age of 16 without the consent of their parents, and from allowing them to enter or remain at his house.

Prosecutor Nigel Wraith told the court how this year, a teen was seen on CCTV at Solomon’s home with another boy.

The next day the boy was again seen at Solomon’s home, on this occasion also accompanied by an unidentified child.

Police officers attended Solomon’s home following concerns from his offender manager that he was breaching his order.

Solomon consented for police to search his home, and once inside they found the same boy having a shower.

In police interview, Solomon said he had no knowledge the boy was there, but it was established that he had his own key to the home.

“He took little responsibility for his actions but there has been a change. On reflection, he said realises he is totally to blame and that there should never have been that situation that a boy came to be possession of a key to his house to let himself in.

“He won’t mind me saying he is something of a simple soul. He has had a difficult time in the last five years. He’s been alienated by the rest of his family.”

“It’s difficult to imagine circumstances being more troubling than they are in this case. In April 2019 a free standing sexual harm prevention order was made, they are very rare, they are made when police and social services have concerns that you present an ongoing, immediate threat to children.

“It is a lengthy order which would have been explained to you in detail. It related to your inappropriate behaviour with boys.

“That you were prepared to breach that order so soon after it was made, with that very person it was intended to protect, is extremely worrying.

“I have read a number of medical reports and the pre-sentence report and they make for very troubling reading.

“You show an entrenched interest in children and throughout those reports you’ve attempted to minimise responsibility, and to somehow imply that the child was somehow responsible.

“That is classic behaviour by those who target children. I’ve been told you are beginning to gain a realisation that what you did was very wrong indeed.

Solomon was jailed for two years and remains on the sex offenders’ register. The sexual harm prevention order also remains in place.

A former estate agent was jailed after breaking into a seaside hotel and causing over £33,000 of damage in a vengeful rampage.

Martin Hobbs, 44, of Coombe Farm, Cawsand, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing having previously pleaded guilty to trespassing with intent to do unlawful damage, and criminal damage.

The court heard how shortly before midnight on February 17, Hobbs broke into the Bay Apartments in Cawsand, a complex which also includes a restaurant.

Prosecutor Philip Lee said: “Work wasn’t fully complete. Work was still being done to the restaurant and not all the apartments had been sold. Apartment eight was unsold, and the whole building was unoccupied.  

“It was nearly midnight when CCTV footage showed the defendant entering the building through a small window covered by wooden panelling. He moved around the building and tried to obscure the cameras with latex gloves, but he was clearly visible and recognisable.

“He had taken spare apartment keys from a desk in the basement near the point of entry. He was seen trying the front door, and moving out of view towards apartments eight and nine, and then several minutes later he left the building, at 12:30am.”

Hobbs snapped off tap fittings, jammed the overflow with latex gloves, put the plugs in the bathroom and kitchen sinks and left the taps running.

The water caused over £33,000 worth of damage to the kitchen and fittings, the flooring and an intercom.

There was also associated loss due to a delay in opening the restaurant and the building in general, with some of the staff who were hired having to be let go.

Police were called, and Hobbs was clearly recognisable on the CCTV footage to the foreman and the owners.

The court heard that the offence was committed against a background of bad feeling between Hobbs and a former business rival.

Hobbs also has a conviction for dishonesty; last summer Cornwall Live reported how he was given a huge fine after embarking on a series of illegal practices to give the false impression he was in charge of a thriving business.

Hobbs falsely claimed to have sold a property that was not actually for sale, stated he had sold homes that were still for sale, and even placed 'for sale' signs outside a property that wasn’t even on the market in order to gain an edge over his competitors.

“You were a successful businessman working as estate agent, but as became apparent you were doing so unlawfully as you were gaining an unfair advantage over competitors by the underhand practices you were using,” Judge Carr said.

“Some competitors complained and you were prosecuted for those offences. But what you chose to do was to seek to blame others for what was your error.

“You said it (the offence) was a misguided sense of grievance. That goes beyond misguided grievance, it was a position nobody could have rationally adopted.

“I accept your fall has been spectacular. Your relationship with your family is strained, and you are drinking heavily.

A burglar who targeted elderly and vulnerable victims after masquerading as a gardener was given a hefty prison sentence.

Manny Barney, 38, even went back to the home of an elderly couple two days running after concluding that their vulnerabilities meant he could take advantage of them once again.

Barney, whose address was listed as Aldershot, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously admitting two burglary charges and one count of theft.

Prosecuting barrister Heather Hope told the court how the first offence took place on April 8 in Perranporth and the victim was an 87-year-old who lived with his wife who has dementia.

The male victim was out in Perranporth doing shopping when he was approached by Barney. Miss Hope described how Barney attached himself to the man as he went about his shopping, asking him about gardening work.

Barney then followed the pensioner home and told him to go out and have a look at what needed doing in the garden.

At this point Barney went inside and approached the man’s wife, telling her she needed to give him £250 for gardening work. When she denied Barney took her purse and helped himself to the money.

The next day Barney and co-defendant David Wells, who will be sentenced at a later date following the resolution of other matters, were out and about in a van in St Just on the Roseland.

When a homeowner returned home she was told of suspicious goings on around her property by a neighbour and went inside and identified that two rings of enormous sentimental value had been taken while she was out. The homeowner had planned to give one of the rings to her daughter when she turned 21.

Miss Hope added: “Later than day at around 5:10pm Barney and Wells attended the first address and found the door unlocked. They went in and found the wife there. They demanded money, saying it was owed for gardening work.

“Despite saying no the two men started searching the address and after they left she realised £20 had been taken. On the way out a neighbour challenged them and they acted as if they’d engaged in gardening work.”

In victim personal statements read out in court the elderly man said he no longer feels able to look after his wife and disabled daughter and the wife added how she doesn't safe and shakes when there’s a knock on the door.

Sentencing Barney, Judge Simon Carr said: “I have no doubt that in April of this year you and your co-defendant were out hunting for victims.

“The first victim was a polite, gentle old man who tried to brush you off but didn’t have the strength of character to do so. He has an 81-year-old wife who has dementia and you gained access, threatened and took money from them saying it was for gardening work. It was a disgusting act.”

Judge Carr then described the devastating effect of the theft of the sentimental rings before adding that the worst of the offences was the retargeting of the elderly couple knowing how vulnerable they were.

A woman who as a child was sexually assaulted in a quiet country lane has described to a court how the ordeal left her wishing she was dead.

The victim was just 13 when she was targeted by sexual predator William Pope in the Truro area and despite an extensive police investigation back in October 2003, Pope wasn’t linked to the crime until the victim recognised his picture in a Cornwall Live article covering another of his court appearances in 2017.

Scaffolder Pope, 58, was charged just days before he was due to be released from that sentence and brought to Truro Crown Court where he admitted an offence of indecent assault.

Prosecuting the case, Heather Hope said that on the day in question the victim was returning from school in her uniform and after parting with her friend she made her way up a lane towards her home.

Miss Hope said: “As she walked down the lane she heard a sound of someone coming up behind her. She thought it was a jogger so carried on her way.

“The defendant came up behind her and punched her, knocking her to the ground and pinned her down. He told her to say that someone in school had hit her.”

Miss Hope described how the victim was petrified and Pope then proceeded to put his hand down her trousers whilst masturbating to the point of ejaculation before running off.

The victim was interviewed and extensive enquires carried out but there was no evidence to identify a suspect.

Then, in 2017 the victim recognised Pope in a Cornwall Live article reporting a previous sentencing hearing and alerted the police, eventually resulting in the conviction.

In a victim personal statement read to the court the victim described being too traumatised to attend court and be in the same courtroom as her attacker and being unable to eat for a week after being punched.

She said: “Although I was hurt physically the real damage was to my mind. Everything changed, I became angry, paranoid and depressed.

“I still can’t return to that address and have been diagnosed with bi-polar and multiple personality disorder which I believe were brought on by the attack.

“It was one of the worst things any child can go through. At the time I was immature and childlike and still played with my Barbie. I didn’t know what sex was.

“I thought he was going to kill me and for a long time after I wished he had. I don’t let men touch me, he ruined everything and stole my childhood.”

The victim went onto describe how her relationship with her parents deteriorated as she blamed them for not picking her up that day.

She added: “I spent so much time thinking he got away with it. I thought he was living a happy life while mine was spiralling out of control.

“I regretted reporting it to the police as I kept thinking he would walk up behind me and knowing I reported it, kill me. It’s been a living a hell and all my relationships have been affected.

“Sixteen years later I saw the face of my attacker and burst out crying. It was such a traumatic attack and seeing his picture made it come flooding back.

“But my faith has been more than restored in the police and words can’t do justice for what they’ve done for me.

The court was then told of Pope’s catalogue of previous sexual offending including a similar attack on a young girl for which he was jailed.

Sentencing Pope, Judge Simon Carr said the location of the crime meant that Pope would have been watching and not have stumbled across an opportunity.

Judge Carr described the crime as “devastating”, adding : “The victim personal statement is one I hope you read and read.

“You did that. You destroyed the life of a child for your own sexual gratification.  Police investigated and there were no leads. I have no doubt you thought you got away with it.

He slammed him for not revealing what he had done to this victim during rehabilitation in prison for other sentences and said that he didn’t plead guilty because of remorse, but because of the strength of evidence against him.

A paedophile who abused five boys over three decades was told he is likely to die in prison after being sentenced for what a judge has described as one of the worst cases a court has seen.

Roger Hocking, 74, was brought back to the UK from Spain on a European Arrest Warrant and has now been punished for a catalogue of abuse that has blighted the lives of the victims, taking place in east Cornwall from the 1960s through to the 1990s.

A frail looking Hocking was brought to the dock at Truro Crown Court on August 21 to be sentenced after previously admitting seven indecent assaults on a male, four attempted buggeries, eight counts of indecency with a child, two buggeries, attempted rape and an indecent assault.

Prosecuting the case, Adrian Chaplin told the court how Hocking was brought back to the UK from his smallholding near Malaga earlier this year.

Mr Chaplin described how the first victim was targeted when he was eight or nine and Hocking was 18. The abuse took place when Hocking returned to Cornwall on leave from the army.

Hocking, who also worked as a lorry driver, forced the boy to touch his penis and did the same to him, before performing oral sex on him. He also attempted to anally penetrate the victim but was unable to due to his small stature. The abuse continued until the victim was 11 or 12 and was accompanied by threats to kill him if he’d tell anyone.

The second victim was aged six or seven and also targeted when Hocking was home on leave. He remembers Hocking being violent and performing oral sex on him in a public toilet.

Mr Chaplin described how the third victim recalls similar abuse as the others, but he was also anally raped by Hocking.

The fourth victim was aged 10 or 11 and on one occasion was grabbed and forcibly undressed by the defendant. Hocking told him that if ever he told anyone he would kill his mother.

Mr Chaplin described how the victims have been left with both psychological and physical problems as a result of what they’ve been through.

Sentencing Hocking, who has received jail sentences for abusing other boys in the past, Judge Simon Carr said he was sentencing him for three decades of abuse.

He said: “The courts are sadly used to addressing issues of historic child abuse but given the breadth of this abuse and the number of victims it is one of the worst that has been heard.

“I’ve read the victim personal statements and the devastation your offending has caused is obvious. It has blighted the lives not just of those attacked but their families and those close to them.”

Judge Carr went onto add how the victims had no way of physically resisting Hocking and the abuse took the form of both indecent assaults and rapes.

Judge Carr added: “All these people believed they were being attacked in isolation unaware of the magnitude of your abuse. They have had to go through the pain of reliving what you did to them and the realisation that others were abused as well.”

Emotionless Hocking was jailed for 20 years and told he must sign the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

An amphetamine addict who was found walking the street naked was told by a judge that unless he finally kicks his habit he’ll be dead within in a year.

Thomas Hewer, 30, appeared at court to be sentenced for trashing his mother’s house during a drug-induced episode.

Hewer, formerly of Johns Park in Redruth, previously pleaded guilty to criminal damage and possession of a Class B drug.

Prosecuting the case at Truro Crown Court, Katie Churcher said the drug offence occurred on May 21 when police officers were called to Johns Park following a separate report about the defendant.

He was behaving bizarrely and it was thought he was under the influence of drugs. Hewer was arrested and on a search it was found he had a clear bag containing white powder, later found to be amphetamine.

The criminal damage occurred on June 27 when police were again called to Johns Park following a number of reports from concerned residents.

Ms Churcher said: “Officers found Mr Hewer mumbling and sweating. There were reports he went mad and smashed his mother’s property.

“The policemen saw a smashed plant pot and damage to the property. The defendant was described as acting strangely and was then arrested.”

Hewer, who has 28 convictions against his name, refused to answer any questions during his interview.

Sentencing Hewer, Judge Simon Carr said: “I’m not going to sit here and lecture you, there’s no point.

“Your level of amphetamine misuse has done you irreparable damage and if you continue you will be dead in a year or so. The choice is entirely yours.

“You’ve used amphetamine to treat your ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and I can’t think of a worst drug to treat it. It’s your choice, either address your problem or follow the inevitable spiral to your death.”

Hewer was jailed for six months but due to time served since arrest will be released in the coming weeks.

Kristopher Weedon, 40, repeatedly punched his victim and pulled her hair so hard officers found clumps of it on the floor.

Weedon, formerly of St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter to be sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage, taking a vehicle without consent and three counts each of driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance.

Prosecuting barrister Ramsay Quaife told the court how on July 23 the defendant was stopped driving a Ford transit van on Tower Road in Newquay.

He was found to be driving whilst disqualified and without insurance and was released the following day.

Weedon was then driven home by his partner of several years but that night he went missing. He eventually messaged his partner saying he needed picking up from a caravan outside of Newquay.

Mr Quaife said: “When the defendant arrived home he was agitated and aggressive saying he wanted to return to Newquay.

“He told his partner he wanted her car keys and when he repeatedly asked for them she refused and asked her daughter to hide them.”

Weedon in a rage then launched items at the wall including the child’s iPad causing the screen to break.

Mr Quaife added: “He continued to shout for the keys and at that stage he shoved the victim into the doorway. He grabbed and pulled her hair and punched her in the face. He continued to punch her in the face and dragged her onto the landing.

“Each time she tried to get up she was grabbed by the hair again. The victim was screaming for her daughter to call the police.”

Weedon continued to punch the victim until the child was instructed to hand over the keys and he left in the victim's car.

On arrival the police found the victim with swelling, cuts and bruising and clumps of hair were visible on the floor.

Weedon was eventually apprehended when he used the victim’s card at WHS Smith in St Austell the next day.

He said: “Part of it was witnessed by the victim’s daughter and I suspect that is an image that will stay with her for the rest of her life.”

Judge Carr added that the incident pointed towards Weedon returning to Class A drugs at the time of the offence.

Two drug addicts were jailed for between them dragging a man into a dark street and beating him before fleeing with his cash-filled wallet.

Andrew Paull, 41, and Paul Wadsworth, 55, carried out the attack on the victim in St Austell in March of this year.

Paull, of no fixed abode, and Wadsworth, from Penwithick, sat side by side in the dock at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after both admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm and, in Paull’s case, theft.

Paull also fell to be sentenced for another count of ABH and common assault relating to two earlier episodes of violence.

Opening the case, prosecuting barrister Ramsay Quaife began by detailing the first offences against Paull.

He described how in February Paull asked a man who he had known for a number of years to lend him £70 but the man refused, believing that he would spend it on drugs.

Mr Quaife said: “This angered Andrew Paull and the following day he approached the man in the Poundstretcher car park and became abusive.

“He pulled from his pocket a Swiss Army knife and opened the blade and pointed it towards him. At this point Mr Paull’s girlfriend punched the victim to the face and the defendant then launched what can only be described as a sustained attack that was captured on CCTV. Police stopped counting punches at 28.

“He suffered a cut lip and swelling to the face and police noticed a week later there was still blood on the walls of the car park. The following day the two made up and hands were shaken.”

However, despite the handshake Paull again punched the same victim a couple of weeks later following another dispute resulting in the common assault charge.

The victim, who was known to Paull and Wadsworth, was walking home at around 7pm when he was approached by the defendants.

A verbal disagreement culminated in Paull headbutting the victim. The victim then tried to flee but was grabbed from behind by Wadsworth and dragged into darkness in Belmont Road.

Mr Quaife said: “Andrew Paull stood over him trying to pull his trousers off to get his wallet (containing £190 cash) which he eventually did.”

Sentencing the pair, Judge Simon Carr said: “It’s perfectly clear this all is linked to the use and supply of drugs.

“Both of you and the victims suffered from drug addiction. This led to the sort of disagreement that resulted in violence all too common in this setting.”

Judge Carr described how both defendants had “appalling records for violence” before jailing Paull for three years and Wadsworth for 15 months.

A fraudster who targeted a 73-year-old woman on an online dating site before stealing her £6,000 collection of cherished rare coins was jailed.

Stephen John Kelly, 55, of the Liverpool/Cheshire area, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on September 6, having previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Kelly, who also goes by the name of Stephen John Griffiths, was due to be sentenced on Wednesday but failed to show up at court.

The court heard how Kelly, a seasoned fraudster who has several convictions for dishonesty, targeted a 73-year-old woman from Liskeard on a dating site at the end of 2017 and struck up a friendship with her.

An arrangement was made in early 2018 that Kelly would visit the woman and stay over on occasion. While at her home he took to the main bedroom while she slept in the spare room.

The woman began to trust Kelly and showed him her treasured East India Company coin collection, which she had amassed at a cost of £6,000.

“It was a particularly important collection to her and she was proud of it,” prosecuting barrister Felicity Payne said. “She was devastated when she found the box empty and became aware of other items missing.”

“She stopped looking [for missing items] because she was becoming too upset,” Ms Payne added. “In a WhatsApp conversation he admits taking the coin collection and says he’s going to replace it or repay her for that.

“He invited her to deal with it without police intervention but she had already gone to the police. She had to go to the doctor because she had chest pain and a sore head and stress. She was feeling dreadful about what happened.

“She felt an element of shame in herself for having trusted this individual and described taking a period of time to get over what happened and pick herself up.

“She can’t believe someone could do this to her. She is a nice person and trusted him and let him into her home.”

Sentencing Kelly to two and a half years in prison for theft, Judge Simon Carr told him: “The circumstances of this theft are worrying. The victim in this case was 73 years old and single. With no disrespect to her at all, she was clearly lonely at 73 and she went on an internet dating website.

“You at the time were 54, two decades younger than her, and yet you selected her from that site. The relationship grew by communication and she saw it as a friendship of some substance. You then indicated that you wished to visit but had nowhere to stay and she invited you into her house.

“You became aware of a coin collection she had. The only way she could afford to buy the coins was through a payment scheme over many years. She paid £6,000, money in truth she really didn’t have.

“At some point she showed you the collection which she was proud of, and she trusted you. What you did was take the opportunity on the last occasion you visited to steal them.

“Your contempt for her can be seen that you also rifled through her belongings and stole all the money you could.

“You didn’t know what you would be able to steal but she was a target from the beginning. In the end the coins became the easiest accessible asset.”

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A father who permanently scarred his 10-year-old son while beating him with an electric power cable was described as “monstrous”.

Harry Robert Farr, 53, of Fernleigh Road, St Merryn, near Wadebridge, pleaded guilty to assaulting his son Charlie causing actual bodily harm.

Truro Crown Court heard on September 9 that Farr beat his son at their home in Callington ten years ago and they now remain estranged.

Sally Doulton, prosecuting, said there was a complex family background when the incident took place in 2009.

Farr’s wife - who he has since split from during an “acrimonious” divorce - had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

To compound this, their three sons, aged 12, 10 and 7 at the time, were showing challenging behaviour. Whether this behaviour was a result of their father’s actions or their behaviour led to his actions was a moot point, the court heard.

On the day of the assault, Charlie had been rude to his mother who then called her husband to tell him about the incident.

When Farr arrived home he found Charlie lying on his bed and took an electric power cable from a video, beating his son five to 15 times on the back.

His younger brother witnessed the incident from the landing. Their mother ran into the room and asked her husband “what the hell” he was doing.

A doctor’s report verified that he now had 11 parallel deep “severe” scars as a result of the beating.

A psychologist said that Charlie was a young man who suffered from anxiety, though he was doing well thanks to the support of his mother and elder brother.

Charlie gave a witness statement in which he stressed that at no point had his father apologised then or in the ensuing ten years.

“He had told a police officer he was remorseful but had never shown me that,” said the son, who now lives alone.

As a result of the scarring he hates to take his shirt off in public because people will ask what happened and it makes Charlie “relive it”. He said he receives pity which he hates.

Charlie added that he wished his father would receive a punishment that would impact on him as the injuries had impacted on his own life.

Sentencing him to 12 months in prison, Judge Simon Carr said that although he accepted that difficult times had led to his family being volatile and dysfunctional, what Farr did to his son was “unforgivable”.

“You deliberately whipped your 10-year-old son repeatedly on the back with electric flex," Judge Carr told him. "The force you used was so severe you permanently scarred him.

A launderette worker threatened to kill his partner with a knife, bit her on the leg and strangled her on various occasions this year.

When police were called to the home Pawel Jablonski shared with his partner and mother he cut his wrists.

Jablonski, 32, of Trewirgie Road, Redruth, appeared in Truro Crown Court on September 9 with a sizeable bandage on one of his wrists.

The Polish man, who has lived in the UK for the past three years, speaks no English and was accompanied by an interpreter.

Jablonski pleaded guilty to causing his 50-year-old partner to fear that violence would be used against her - between March and April he threatened to kill her with a knife, between January and July he bit her on the leg, and on August 8 assaulted her by pushing and strangling.

The court heard that Jablonski and the victim had been in a relationship for three years after meeting in a launderette in Camborne, where they both worked.

It was after his partner moved into his mother’s home in Redruth that his behaviour became more controlling.

Lee Bremridge, prosecuting, said the couple argued frequently, not helped by them both drinking. Jablonski would get violent during the course of these arguments.

During one of their drunken arguments Jablonski held a knife to his partner’s throat, pressing it against her skin in order to frighten her.

Mr Bremridge said: “The volatility and unpredictability of Mr Jablonski is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that when police were at the address he cut his wrists with a blade.”

Sentencing Jablonski to nine months in prison, Judge Simon Carr said: “The use of a knife was clearly designed to cause maximum distress no matter how drunk you were. These were three violent offences in a domestic setting which must have been terrifying.”

A man was jailed for more than four years after embarking on a campaign of harassment against a woman, including planting a tracker on her car.

David Dobson, 52, appeared at Truro Crown Court on September 9 for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to three charges against him.

They include making threats to kill in May 2017 and engaging in aggressive and coercive behaviour between December 2015 and October 2018.

In December 2018 Dobson also placed a tracker on the woman’s vehicle and repeatedly contacted her, which put him in breach of a non-molestation order imposed a month earlier at Truro Magistrates’ Court.

A non-molestation order is a type of injunction that may be sought by a victim of domestic abuse against their abuser.

Dobson was jailed for 12 months for the breach of the order, four and a half years for the threats to kill and four and a half years for the coercive behaviour. Those sentences will be served concurrently, meaning his sentence is one of four and a half years in prison.

A restraining order was also imposed, barring Dobson from contacting the victim either directly or indirectly for a period of ten years.

A bitter ex bombarded his former partner with a barrage of texts, calls and social media messages before threatening to decapitate her son.

Hook, whose address was given as one in London, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter where he pleaded guilty to stalking and possession of a bladed article, offences that occurred in St Austell and Newquay in June and July of this year.

Prosecuting the case, Michael Brown described how the defendant and complainant had been in a relationship having met in 2016 and moved in together.

Mr Brown said: “The victim describes lending the defendant a considerable sum of money and becoming concerned that he was not repaying her.

“Following this the victim was subjected to a relentless barrage of messages, calls and emails from the defendant spanning every hour of the day and night, often within minutes of each other.

“The messages began seemingly innocently discussing the return of property but over time these discussions became a vehicle for threats.

“He told her she did not know what he was capable of and said that he would be the last thing she saw.

“The contact also became a way of keeping tabs on her location as the messages became increasingly manipulative and sinister with threats made to cause maximum fear and distress.”

Mr Brown said that on one occasion Hook turned up unannounced and shouted that he’d decapitate her son and bring his head in a bag. He also threatened to cut the complainant and open her up.

Sentencing Hook, Judge Simon Carr said that Hook’s conduct became increasingly manipulative and threatening before jailing him for 21 months.

Dennison from Newham Road in Truro appeared at Truro Crown Court where he admitted dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and driving with no insurance.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee said the crash took place on Melvill Road in Falmouth on Christmas Eve last year.

Mr Lee described how Dennison was one of two males in a BMW and travelling in the other direction was a pregnant woman along with her husband and two-year-old son.

A witness in the area heard a voice from within the BMW say ‘go, on floor it’ before the engine revved, wheels spun and the vehicle disappeared out of sight. Shortly after the witness heard the smash impact and immediately rang the emergency services.

Mr Lee said: “Charlotte Laity was driving with her husband and son and had been to a family gathering. She saw a vehicle approaching on her side of the carriageway and could see the vehicle was out of control. She began to brake hard but couldn’t avoid the inevitable impact.

Two males were then seen emerging from the BMW and running whereas Mrs Laity had to be cut from the wreckage.

Police enquiries were made and the BMW was linked to Dennison, who records flagged up as a banned driver.

At 7:17pm Dennison made a call to police reporting that his vehicle had been stolen from outside his address and when officers visited him he told them he’d been home all day.

Fortunately the Laity family escaped with relatively minor injuries and the pregnancy was not affected. However, they do still suffer psychologically from the crash.

Sentencing Dennison, Judge Simon Carr said: “On December 3 2012 you were disqualified for drink driving but three weeks later you were back behind the wheel of a car.

“It was Christmas Eve and someone in your vehicle was heard saying ‘go for it’ while the window was down and a witness saw you do precisely that in a built-up area.

“What you did was stray onto the wrong side of the road, lose control and have a head on collision. In the other car were two adults and a two-year-old child and the mother was pregnant.

“Your reaction was to get out and run off. It was nothing but pure luck that the injuries were minor but the family has been left to deal with the psychological effect of the crash.”

Judge Carr added that although he had nothing but sympathy for Dennison’s upbringing and difficulties, the fact he chose to drive three months after being banned meant that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

Derrick May, 60, plunged an 8in blade into his mother Elizabeth May at the home they shared in St Dennis on April 6.

May appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from Langdon mental health hospital after previously admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Prosecuting the case, Piers Norsworthy described how Mrs May was aged 84 at the time of the attack and was unable to get out of bed without help.

He said: “On April 6 at 7:30am two carers got her out of bed and washed her and she told them that the previous evening her son had said to her he had had enough and would kill himself.

“At 8am a neighbour called Paul Hawking let himself in as he had a key and regularly helped out with shopping and heard Mrs May say, ‘help me, Derrick has stabbed me’.

“Derrick May appeared in the kitchen which is a room accessed from Elizabeth May’s bedroom with a knife in his hand and said, ‘you’ll f*cking have it as well’.”

Mr Norsworthy added: “Police attended the address and found Elizabeth May with four puncture wounds to her sternum. She also had a 3cm laceration to her hand an injury indicative of a defence wound.”

May then appeared at the bedroom door with the knife and was tasered and arrested. He was found with a number of stab wounds to his body and told paramedics that he did what he did because he was “under a lot of pressure”.

Mr Norsworthy concluded by saying that Mrs May believed her son was going to kill her and only stopped when the neighbour attended the address.

He said: “It’s perfectly clear from the reports I’ve read you were very ill at the time. You were suffering from a major depressive illness and contemplated and on occasions attempted suicide.

“At the time you lived with your 84-year-old mother who was in very poor health. She required carers to come to your house and you found that a very difficult situation to live in. It is clear you intended both of you would die in what was about to happen.

“You stabbed her on four occasions and when a neighbour saw you you were still holding the knife and were also threatening as you were when police arrived.”

Judge Carr then passed a hospital order which means May will continue to be detained and treated in hospital and will only be released back into the community with permission of the Home Office when he is deemed to pose no threat to himself or others.

Catherine Saint, 57, transferred the money from the St Stephen Pantomime accounts into her own over the course of six years and was only caught when the suspicious chairman suggested an audit to be done to see where exactly the money was disappearing to.

Saint, who previously lived in St Stephen, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on September 26 after admitting a fraud charge.

Prosecuting the case Ian Graham said: “Over a number of years the defendant was a trustee and accountant for the St Stephen Pantomime.

“She took the role on and was shadowed for a little while but changed the accounting regime creating a situation where she transferred money from the pantomime account into her own. She was moving the money across to fund her own lifestyle.

“Each year she produced a set of accounts but the accounts showed figures that just weren’t there and weren’t backed up by the actual money in the accounts.”

Mr Graham said that there then came a point in March this year when panto chair Graham Ford wanted to make an application for a grant and he became suspicious when examining the figures.

A statement from Mr Ford read to the court described how the panto was in its 75 year and that at first there were doubts over whether it’d be able to continue.

Fortunately the community rallied to save the panto but Mr Ford still described feeling “utterly devastated by the betrayal”.

The court also heard how Saint had to leave the community when her crimes came to light and that she now lives in Portugal. She was also said to have suffered from depression for a number of years.

Sentencing Saint, Judge Simon Carr said: “St Stephen Pantomime was a community project that had been in existence for 75 years. It was one of hundreds of theatrical organisations throughout Devon and Cornwall that rely entirely on volunteers, run on a shoestring budget and hope each year that there is enough money to allow them to continue.

“You took on the role of treasurer and I accept that after your divorce this was a way of being involved in the community.

“I also accept you’d been through a difficult divorce and finances were tight but over six years you stole £24,000 from the pantomime.

“None of them were large deductions and it wasn’t for a lavish lifestyle but you preyed off the pantomime.

“What made it worse was the trust placed in you. Everyone accepted what you said about the finances. Each year you produced a fraudulent balance sheet to cover up what you’d done.”

Judge Carr added that it was only when the audit was suggested that she admitted the crime and that he was sure if the audit hadn’t been mooted then she would have continued in the same way.

He added: “These organisations run entirely on trust and the chairman describes personally feeling betrayed.

But Judge Carr said despite that Saint’s remorse, due to the amount taken and the period of time the crime was committed over only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Ford welcomed the sentence and said that at one point there was a very real threat the panto wouldn’t be able to continue.

Dariusz Zwiercyzk, 44, sent sexual messages and pictures to the profile of a fake teenager called Claire created by paedophile hunters Safeguarding The Innocent.

Zwiercyzk, of no fixed abode, was sentenced today at Truro Crown Court after pleading guilty to intentionally attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 14 to engage in sexual activity involving the penetration of her vagina.

He also admitted intentionally attempting to communicate with Claire, a decoy, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, the communication being sexual - he sent explicit videos and images, requested explicit images and encouraged her to perform sexual acts on herself.

Prosecuting, Piers Norsworthy explained that undercover organisation Safeguarding The Innocent created a fake online profile. They called the teenager Claire.

"On August 28, the defendant contacted that profile, Claire," Mr Norsworthy said. "He told Claire he was 44, from Cornwall.

"She responded that she was 14, lived with her mother and that she was grounded. It was a very young and naive person represented within that profile.

"He sent topless photographs of himself, he asked for pictures of her. He sent a picture of his penis and, later, having ejaculated. He then sent pictures of his face."

"The defendant asked for pictures of Claire, especially of her legs," Mr Norsworthy continued. "He said he used to webcam another 14-year-old girl."

The prosecution explained how Zwiercyzk was teaching Claire the female anatomy, that "sex isn't dirty" and that she couldn't "get pregnant by using her fingers".

The man also sent her a nude picture of his ex-girlfriend and a video of her masturbating. A day later, he told Claire he loved her and there was a discussion about them meeting.

"There were talks of cuddling, kissing, getting naked and touching each other," Mr Norsworthy said. "He said what he wanted to do to her."

Zwiercyzk sent the decoy messages such as: "We’d only be doing things you’re comfortable with, sweetheart” and "legally you are too young for sex so if the police find out I would likely go to jail".

Zwiercyzk thought he was having a heart attack and was taken to hospital where he was arrested by police.

According to Mr Norsworthy, he told the police at the time:  “I’m kind of glad this is happening, I’m ashamed with myself.”

In 2002, Zwiercyzk got a suspended sentence of imprisonment for having indecent images or photographs.

Sentencing, judge Robert Linford said: "You befriended somebody who pretended to be a 14-year-old girl. In fact it was a man who was probably aged in excess of that.

"Had you in fact contacted a child, the sentence would have been four years of imprisonment. But in fact it was an attempt, there was no child, and you pleaded guilty as early as you could.

Zwiercyzk was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. He will have to be on the sex offenders register for the next seven years and has received a sexual harm prevention order for the next five years.

A holidaymaker who carried out a terrifying sexual assault on a stranger he grabbed on the streets of Newquay and dragged to a secluded area was told by a judge that he will remain a danger to women for the rest of his life.

Adam Robakowski, 31, targeted the woman during a trip to Cornwall with his then girlfriend in June 2016, leaving their hotel to prowl the streets between 5am and 6am after his partner refused the offer of sex and his efforts to locate a sex worker proved fruitless.

Robakowski, from Sheffield, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after last month being convicted by a jury of assault by penetration.

During the trial the court heard how Robakowski told his then girlfriend, with whom he was staying in a hotel in  Newquay , that he was going out for some air and later claimed to police officers he went out to buy cigarettes. However, it later emerged that prior to leaving the hotel shortly before the attack he had been contacting phone numbers linked to local prostitutes.

He then stalked one woman walking home from a night out before targeting the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons and was in her early 20s, and carrying out the terrifying attack.

Robakowski was seen leaving and returning to the hotel on CCTV before and after the events in question and drove a black Audi similar to the one described by the woman who managed to escape. The sexual assault victim also recalled seeing Audi keys.

In a victim personal statement read to the courts, she describes being affected significantly by the attack. She says she is now jumpy, always flinches at things, doesn’t trust people and hates having people standing behind her.

She said in the statement: “It’s had a huge effect on my mental health and I suffer from psychosis, anxiety and depression which I did not before this happened.

“I’ve started seeing things in the street such as men in hoodies and my mood swings have been atrocious. I had to quit my job as I felt I couldn’t work.

Sentencing Robakowski, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were visiting Cornwall with your then girlfriend and had been out celebrating that evening.

“You got back and I accept you had a kiss and a cuddle but were told your partner was too tired for anything else. Your reaction was truly chilling.

“Even before you left the hotel room you were contacting sex workers but that wasn’t successful. Between the hours of 5am and 6am, despite the fact you’d been drinking, you went out. I have no doubt the motive was sexual and there was no intention of going out to find cigarettes or fresh air.

“You continued to contact sex workers. Walking home at the time was a woman and we can see from your phone at this time you stopped contacting sex workers. She describes seeing a car parked at a junction for no good reason, the car then driving up the road and performing a three point turn before driving past again. The driver was clearly stalking her, it was you.

“Terrified she took her keys out of her purse to have a weapon in hand but as she was close to home she was able to run and get inside.

“Having failed you resumed contact with sex workers and only stopped when you saw the victim who was walking home after a normal, enjoyable night out.

“Her route took her to an isolated area of the town and you got out of your car, put on a hooded top to disguise yourself and attacked her.

“The attack was persistent and she fought back the best she could. You inserted your fingers into her vagina, she got away and you attacked her again.

“The one single thing that stopped the attack was that your keys and phone fell out of your pocket. You returned to the hotel room occupied by your partner as if nothing happened.

“The effect on the victim has been devastating and stranger attacks of this sort are exceptionally rare. Those who carry them out are exceptionally dangerous.

“You continue to deny and minimise the offence you committed and present a high-risk of sexual violence to women and will for the rest of your life.”

Judge Carr then passed an extended sentence of 14 years, meaning Robakowski must serve a minimum of nine years in custody but then will only be released when a parole board deems him to no longer be a danger.

A 35-year-old dad deliberately searched for and downloaded child pornography of the worst possible category, including the rape of babies.

A police raid on the home of Simon James Vernon Church on October 26, 2018, found two laptops containing 165 still images and two films of the worst Category A level of child pornography including the anal rapes of five-year-olds and the rapes of babies and toddlers.

He also had 248 photographs and one film in the Category B level of indecent images and 570 images in Category C.

Church, of Hall Road, St Dennis, near St Austell , told police that he did not start off looking at such images but became curious after looking for pornography online. He admitted looking at child pornography for seven or eight years.

Philip Lee, prosecuting at Truro Crown Court on October 4 said Church admitted the thought had crossed his mind to abuse his own children but he didn’t; he would never actually abuse children, it was “just a fantasy”.

Concerning the indecent imagery, Church told police: “I don’t like it because they don’t know what they’re doing – a 13 or 14-year-old girl knows what she’s doing.”

There was evidence of peer to peer activity where Church shared images with others, though he denied knowing what this was.

Sentencing him to 15 months in prison, Judge Simon Carr told Church: “These children were only raped for your entertainment. It’s a business and you’re part of that business.”

A girl was raped and repeatedly sexually abused by a monster who was only 13 when the offences started.

The 22-year-old previously pleaded guilty to several sexual offences including oral, vaginal and anal abuse as well as rape over two separate two-year periods.

Prosecuting, barrister Philip Lee said: “There were many times when the defendant made her put her mouth on his penis.”

Mr Lee said: “He was wearing a condom at the time, she said. She told the police he didn’t wear one after that.”

About the anal abuse, Mr Lee explained: “She said she didn’t like it, she asked him to stop, which he did after a few seconds, but he did it on other occasions."

Mr Lee said: “The defendant was disruptive, abusive and manipulative. He was excluded from school. His mother would always try to support him rather than exclude him.”

Mr Lee said: “She said, ‘I didn't want to do it but I punished myself because I felt that’s what I deserved’.

“She began to self-harm and the defendant was aware of it. It made her feel in control. She lost a lot of friends. She felt different to other girls. She started smoking, taking drugs, alcohol.

He said the victim has been struggling since she reported Munday as she has had to talk about it repeatedly and go through a "horrible" physical examination.

During her interview with the police she said: "I think I feel lost a lot of the time. I don't really want to be me. I don't believe in me, if that makes any sense."

Sentencing Munday, Judge Simon Carr described the defendant’s “campaign of sexual violence” towards his victim, who was just a child.

He said: “You would perform oral, vaginal and anal penetration and you would usually ejaculate. Sometimes you would use a condom, sometimes you would not.

“The effect upon [the victim] has been devastating. I don’t know if you have watched her interview or just read the transcript but if you haven’t watched it I suggest that some time you do.

“She turned to self-harm as a way of regaining control over her own body. She thought that was the only way of dealing with what had happened to her.

Judge Carr said that, had he been an adult during all of the offences, Munday would have had 20 to 22 years of imprisonment after a trial.

He then explained that, being a child during part of the offences, and after trial, he would have had 18 years of imprisonment.

But he eventually sentenced Munday to 12 years of imprisonment. Munday can only be released when the parole board rules that he is no longer a danger.

A man was put behind bars after 'headbutting' a police constable and severely stabbing a man outside a pub in Cornwall.

Stuart Andrew Broome, of Dunheved Road in Launceston, was handed down 35 months and a 38.5-month disqualification from driving over both separate attacks.

The 31-year-old headbutted a police constable at Newquay police station on May 19, 2019, after he was arrested following a hit-and-run near Bodmin .

A few months later, on August 26, he stabbed a man following an argument in a pub, leaving him with serious abdominal injuries.

He appeared for sentencing at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday October 1 after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer by beating on May 19, unlawfully and maliciously wounding another man with intent to do him grievous bodily harm on Broat Street in Launceston on August 26, being in possession of a knife, being in possession of drugs, namely cocaine and cannabis, using a vehicle without third-party insurance and driving a vehicle without a licence.

"The defendant had been staying in the hotel with his girlfriend. There was a previous account between the defendant and the victim. Comments had been exchanged.

"The defendant's girlfriend tried to stop him from approaching the two men," Mr Lee continued. "But the defendant pushed his girlfriend away, she fell down on the road.

"When the defendant approached the men, the victim's friend feared the worst, threw a punch to the defendant."

One of the men involved in the argument was attacked and Mr Lee described the wound as 'five or six inches deep'.

Mr Lee said: "He was later treated at Derriford Hospital. Dr Coleman described a deep penetrated laceration on his left chest.

He had a surgical removal of a section of his bowel and suffered a complication with required further hospital surgery.

Mr Lee added: "He was unable to work for some two months or so. He has significant abdominal scars, a lot of pain and discomfort.

"The defendant was arrested two days later, was seen driving in Launceston, stopped, arrested. Police found two packages of drugs in his pocket."

The prosecution explained that Broome claimed he had the knife on him for safety as a result of a burglary.

He added that he had reached for his pocked because he felt under attack and that he had never planned to use the knife.

The court heard that Broome, in a VW Golf, was involved in a collision with another vehicle which caused damage to both vehicles. He failed to stop.

Giving his sentence, judge Robert Linford said: "You have an appalling record. On May 19, following a road traffic collision while you were driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, you were uncooperative and abusive to the police at the time of the arrest and afterwards.

"You headbutted the officer's knee, which he described as excruciating pain and leaving him believing that serious damage had been left to his leg. But fortunately it had not.

"You committed the other offence. On August 26 you were living in a pub house after the burglary of your own home.

"What started out what is not relevant. Any credit at all is your girlfriend who is shown on CCTV trying to calm you down.

Judge Linford told Broome that his victim will live forever with the consequences of what he has done.

"People are not allowed to carry knife around for self-defence because if a confrontation is to occur, it would be used."

A man who was driving so recklessly under the influence of cannabis, ketamine and MDMA that he caused a serious head-on crash was jailed.

The crash on the A39 between St Kew Highway and Wadebridge caused by Richard Alan Drew was so severe that he and the driver he collided with, James Connell, had to be cut out of their cars.

Truro Crown Court heard on Friday, October 4 that Drew - whose address was given as St Austell's Travelodge - was seen driving erratically on the A39, heading from St Kew, on January 3.

He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, possession of cannabis, possession of cocaine, driving whilst over the limit of a controlled drug and driving whilst unfit through drugs.

Philip Lee, prosecuting, said a Mr Owen was aware of a BMW 320D coming up close behind him, before overtaking on a left-hand bend with poor visibility.

He regarded the manoeuvre as so stupid he sounded his horn and flashed his lights at Drew. He tried to keep up with the BMW to gets its registration details but realised it was too dangerous and slowed down.

A Ford Fiesta driver in front then became aware of headlights blinding him from behind as the BMW approached quickly and started revving loudly before overtaking on the single carriageway road.

The driver then saw an Audi A4 approaching whose driver, Mr Connell, 22, could do nothing to avoid Drew.

The BMW and Audi collided head-on at about 6.30pm causing severe damage. Both Drew and Mr Connell were trapped and had to be cut from the wreckage of their cars.

When one of the drivers Drew had overtaken stopped to help he sensed a strong smell of cannabis coming from Drew. A tin containing 2.5g of the drug was found on the roadside and another tin, containing 1.3g, was found inside the car's dashboard.

A blood sample revealed an amount of THC, a component of cannabis, in excess of the legal driving limit. There was also a level of ketamine above the legal limit. There were also traces of MDMA in his blood.

Mr Connell - who was present in court with his family - received serious injuries including fractures to his right ankle, left tibia, left wrist, five broken teeth and suffered a bleed to the brain.

He was hospitalised between January 3 and 9. The court heard that Mr Connell still suffers a great deal of pain, which affected contact with his 18-month-old daughter, and was unable to work for six months, leading to financial hardship.

Judge Simon Carr sentenced Drew to 21 months in prison and disqualified him from driving for two years, ten months and two weeks.

He said the sentence would reflect the severity of the accident, which affected another man's health and welfare, and Drew's repeat offending, particularly concerning drugs.

A thug who verbally abused his step daughter before kicking out at a police officer was jailed after a judge told him that he’d blown his last chance.

Marc Thomas went into a frenzy after being involved in a car crash on his way home from a christening last year, placing him in breach of a suspended sentence for affray.

Suited and booted Thomas, 32, of Trethurgy in St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on Thursday October 10 after previously pleading guilty to assaulting a police constable, failing to provide a breath specimen, using threatening or insulting words or behaviour and two driving with no insurance and not in accordance with licence charges.

Prosecuting the case, Holly Rust described how, on January 27, Thomas attended a christening with his long-term partner and one of her children.

The couple left the christening in St Austell at 8pm and shortly thereafter their vehicle, being driven by Thomas’ partner, crashed into a traffic light.

Ms Rust said: “As a result of the collision the little girl fell out onto her knees and a woman who witnessed the incident went to her and cuddled her.

“The defendant got out and removed his girlfriend from the driver’s seat and they then had an argument. The child was still being cuddled by the member of the public when the defendant told her to shut the f*ck up and get in the car. He told the member of the public to mind her own business.

“When the child refused to get in the car he dragged her and again told her to shut the f*ck up.”

It was then that Thomas took over the driving, revving the engine and speeding away. At the time he only held a provisional licence due to a previous ban.

Ms Rust added: “The woman was so concerned she followed the vehicle and saw bits flying off the car. The car was mangled following the accident with the bonnet caved in and back window smashed.”

Thomas took his family back to their home and when police arrived he threatened both the officers and their families before surrendering when the officers threatened to deploy Tasers.

Whilst in the police van handcuffed Thomas kicked out at PC Penhaligon causing him an injury to his leg, adding: “I do Muay Thai, I could f*cking have you.”

Thomas was taken to hospital where he was rude to staff and refused to provide a breath sample. He was noted by staff to be slurring his speech and unsteady on his feet.

Earlier that month, on January 18, Thomas was also caught driving in St Austell without a licence or insurance.

Sentencing Thomas, Judge Robert Linford said he recalled the affray for which he gave Thomas a suspended sentence last summer and that he made it clear on that occasion that if he offended during the duration of the order he’d be sent to prison.

Judge Linford said that despite Thomas’ mitigation, crown court sentences lose all credibility if judges say something and then do not follow through with it.

A burglar caught with thousands of pounds worth of computers told police officers that he had them because he fixed the machines for cash.

James Williams, 28, was one of three men who raided a property in Penzance and was later found with devices hidden in his garden and under and between kitchen appliances.

Williams, of Gwavas Estate in Newlyn, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting a burglary charge.

Prosecuting the case, Holly Rust told the court how the complainant left his property in Penzance on the evening of July 15 to go see his son.

At around 9:50pm a neighbour heard a noise coming from the property and peered over a wall to see two males holding a rucksack, camera and iPad jumping into an alleyway where a motorcycle was parked.

The neighbour texted the home owner who returned and heard scurrying inside. He called 999 and saw two males approach him before running away.

On inspection the homeowner found a Mac was missing as well as a number of tablets, cameras and coin collections.

In his victim impact statement he described how his seven-year-old autistic son is now unwilling to visit the property knowing it has been burgled.

Ms Rust went on to describe how Williams was stopped on a motorcycle matching the description of the one seen on the day of the burglary.

Officers attending his home found electrical equipment in the garden, under the table, under the oven and behind the fridge. He told the police that he strips down laptops.

In interview Williams denied being involved in the burglary and claimed that his fingerprints on some of the devices must have been there as he “fixed them at some point”.

Sentencing Williams, Judge Robert Linford said: “On July 15 you and at least two others went into someone’s home and took computer equipment valued at about £2,500. You gained entry by breaking a window.

“You were eventually apprehended and in interview you denied it but I accept you pleaded guilty at the very earliest opportunity and have no relevant convictions.

“The evil of burglary is that when a home is burgled the occupants never feel safe there again. The impact is severe. The complainant’s seven-year-old son is now reluctant to go to the house as he knows his father’s home has been burgled.

“I accept the impact of a custodial sentence on your family will be significant and that your remorse is genuine but this case is too serious for a suspended sentence.”

A Cornwall drug addict and a number of Londoners were sentenced for their roles in a supply chain that saw the movement of thousands of pounds worth of drugs between the capital and the South West.

On September 3, following a number of hearings and a lengthy trial at Truro Crown Court, seven people were convicted of their involvement in the conspiracy.

After a three-week trial and eight hours and 11 minutes of deliberation the jury returned guilty verdicts in the cases of John Griffin, 56, of Old Market Place, Bodmin, and Shanice Morrison, 28, of Tottenham, London, who were convicted of conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

Morrison’s fellow Londoners Amari Orgill, 22, Connell Bruce, 31, Timon Davis-Blake, 20, Antoinette Bourne, 28, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, had already admitted the same offence before the trial.

Griffin, Orgill and Connell Bruce were found not guilty by the jury of a modern slavery charge, while Michael Rowe, 32, of Newquay, was cleared of a single charge of conspiracy to supply.

Londoner Darren Bruce, 50, and Irene Sampson, 65, of St Dennis, were cleared of both conspiracy to supply and modern slavery charges.

Opening the case for the prosecution at the beginning of the trial, Don Tait said: “This stems from an extensive police operation called Ligament, carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police’s proactive disruption unit into what is known as county lines drugs supply, from London to Cornwall.

“The fact is unfortunately virtually every town and city is inundated with Class A drugs, very often being supplied from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and other places.

“It’s a national issue, which involves the use of mobile phone lines by organised crime groups to extend their drug dealing business into new locations outside their home areas.

“The county line in question was identified by police as being in contact with local Class A drug users in Cornwall.”

The phone line was known as ‘the Billy Line’ by locals. Five phone numbers from the London area were used to send bulk text messages to local addicts in Cornwall, Mr Tait said.

The messages included terms such as ‘on with both’, referring to crack and heroin, and ‘best in town, two for £15’.

Between January and December 2018, a total of 18 vehicles were hired in the London area to transport couriers and drugs to Cornwall at a cost of over £13,000 in hire fees. Outstanding damages to the vehicles also amounted to over £14,000, the court heard.  

In early 2018, a courier was transported down to Cornwall by Connell Bruce, and dropped off at the Bodmin home of known drug-user John Griffin. Only days after the courier arrived in Cornwall, police executed a search warrant at Griffin’s Old Market Place home, where they found the courier as well as a number of mobile phones and drugs.

The boy was in possession of 74 wraps of heroin and 57 wraps of crack cocaine, with a street value of £1,200.

When police went to Mr Griffin’s home they came across a courier, who promptly told them there were some drugs in the kitchen bin. On this occasion 55 wraps of heroin and 41 wraps of crack cocaine with a street value of £960 were seized, as well as mobile phones.

Orgill transported drugs between Cornwall and London and Davis-Blake was also found in Cornwall with drugs on him.

John Griffin - Two year prison sentence, suspended for two years. Must complete drug rehabilitation and rehabilitation activity requirement.

Teenager - Non-custodial youth offending order. Rehabilitation activity requirement and six month 7pm to 7am curfew.

Two men who drove from Manchester to Cornwall to forcibly retrieve two girls and return them to their mother’s care were jailed.

The girls’ grandfather Gary Moore, 58, and family friend Liam Monaghan, 29, made the 333-mile trip before bursting into the house of the children’s father in Porthtowan and violently removing them from his care.

Moore and Monaghan, both from Manchester, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after each admitting affray. Monagham was also sentenced in relation to a possession of an offensive weapon charge relating to a cosh he brandished during the incident in April of last year.

Prosecuting the case, Brian Fitzherbert told the court how the victim ignored an order to return the children to their mother Chelsey Moore, instead taking them to Cornwall where his brother was living.

Mr Fitzherbert described how in the middle of the afternoon the victim went to the chemist and on the way back allowed the girls to play in the park.

It was then he saw Gary Moore’s car and shouted at the girls to get into the house. He saw Monaghan running at the door with a metal cosh and, after a struggle, Monaghan and Moore were able to kick their way into the property.

Moore bit the victim’s arm to get him to loosen his grip on one of the children and struggled with the pair before they were able to get the children into the car.

Sentencing Moore and Monaghan, Judge Simon Carr said that Chelsey Moore and the victim had been engaged in an acrimonious dispute over their two young children.

He said: “Sadly such disputes are not unusual when people separate and emotions run high but we have a system in place to deal with that, a family court system and police force who intervene. What we don’t have is an acceptance of violence as a form of self help.”

Judge Carr described how the victim contacted police and social services informing them of the girls’ whereabouts and that social services were due to carry out an inspection soon after.

Judge Carr added: “The decision was taken to drive from Manchester to Cornwall and, given the distance and fact Mr Moore you brought Mr Monaghan with you, there could be no doubt you anticipated a removal by force.

“When you got out of the car you made no efforts to speak to the victim who desperately tried to get the children in the house. They must have been terrified.

“You forced your way into the house and, Liam Monaghan, you were armed with a truly frightening weapon that indicates your intentions and shows the acts you were prepared to take. A struggle ensued and you actively removed the six and nine year-olds from their father.”

Judge Carr then noted that both men were of effective good character and that Moore had a respectable job.

Judge Carr told the defendants that, despite this, a marker must be laid down to prevent other people taking the law into their own hands.

A thug who avoided being sent to prison for battering an autistic teenager is behind bars after throwing his last chance back into a judge’s face.

In August prolific criminal Jake Campbell was given four months to save himself from prison when sentenced for headbutting, choking and punching Jacob Comertoglu as he made his way through Bodmin to see the town’s Christmas lights last year.

Campbell got his suspended jail sentence deferred by the judge after he launched a ferocious beating that left his 19-year-old victim’s face swollen and bruised. A picture of Jacob Comertoglu’s injuries was shared by his mother, causing outrage across Cornwall.

After calls from the victim’s mum and others for action, Campbell, 26, was eventually arrested and admitted a charge of assault when he appeared at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court.

Passing sentence at Truro Crown Court, Judge Robert Linford told Campbell, of Wallace Road in Bodmin, that he’d be given one final throw of the dice, deferring sentence until December.

Campbell was told that if he kept out of trouble, saved money towards compensation and kept his appointments he’d avoid a prison sentence. However it took him less than three weeks to blow the chance.

On Wednesday October 16 Campbell was once again in the dock at Truro Crown Court, this time to be sentenced for being drunk and disorderly.

Prosecuting barrister Holly Rust told the court how the offence was the third breach of a suspended sentence for wounding and occurred shortly after Judge Linford deferred the assault sentence.

Ms Rust said: “On August 25 police were called to an incident on Fore Street when a resident called 999 reporting the defendant banging on his front door.

“Police arrived at 10:20pm and the defendant appeared unsteady and under the influence of alcohol.”

Ms Rust went on to describe how Campbell, who has been convicted of 75 previous offences, was asked to leave and not return but instead took himself down to the White Hart pub before trying to access the premises through the back door.

Police officers told him not to go in and he continued to shout and swear at them before eventually being arrested.

Sentencing Campbell, Judge Linford said: “On August 8 you appeared in front of me in relation to a common assault that occurred in the occupational period of a suspended sentence for wounding.

“I came to the conclusion that it merited a sentence of imprisonment but I gave you an opportunity to keep out of trouble and prison.

“Within 15 days you threw it back in my face. Unless these sentences are taken seriously they lose credibility. The commission of this latest offence leaves me with no alternative.”

Judge Linford jailed Campbell for 14 months to take into account the wounding suspended sentence and the common assault. He was also fined for £100 for the drunk and disorderly.

A teenage drug dealer brandished a 12 inch bladed knife and chased a man in the street in front of horrified onlookers.

William Halliday-Miranda, 19, pulled the knife during a feud, slashing car tyres before returning with a baseball bat and putting through windows.

Halliday-Miranda, of Pontsmill in Par, appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after admitting two counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, criminal damage, and making threats with a bladed article.

Prosecuting the case, Ramsay Quaife said the drug matters related to when Halliday-Miranda was caught dealing at Boardmasters festival in August of last year.

Mr Quaife told how Halliday-Miranda caught the eye of security who after a tussle found him with quantities of amphetamine and cannabis with a total street value of over £400. He was also found in possession of £385.45 of cash. When police turned on his phone, a stream of messaged flooded through consistent with the sale of drugs.

Moving onto the most recent offences on April 20, Mr Quaife said: “Two women, both carers, were leaving a client’s address in Landreath Place when they saw the defendant in the road shouting and swearing at another man.

“As one woman got to her car she found herself with the defendant in front of her and the other man behind and saw the defendant reach into his trousers and get a large knife with a 12 inch blade.

“He swung it towards the other male and went and punched him. The male ran off and the defendant gave chase swinging the knife around above his head.”

The male managed to escape and get into a house and it was then that the defendant walked up to the male’s partner’s Seat Leon and sliced the nearside front and rear tyres. He then smashed the windscreen and passenger window with the knife handle before jumping into a black Mercedes and leaving the scene.

However, Halliday-Miranda then returned with a baseball bat and continued to smash the car, causing £450 of damage.

He again left in the Mercedes before returning for a final time with the knife and shouted threats towards the property.

Sentencing Halliday-Miranda, Judge Simon Carr said he takes a particularly grim view of festival drug dealers due to the number of experimental children who attend the festivals and potentially lethal consequences of them taking drugs.

A paedophile ex-lorry driver who raped or sexually assaulted three young girls - including one in the back of a meat lorry and two relatives - was sent to prison for more than 20 years.

Initially Cornwall Live reported how the lorry driver, now in his late 70s, was convicted of raping a girl her met at the side of the road before going on to touch two of his own relatives.

The defendant, who Cornwall Live has chosen not to name to protect the identity of the victims, was convicted by a jury of two counts of rape and nine counts of indecent assault following a week-long trial at Truro Crown Court.

All of the offences took place in either the Penzance or Camborne areas and the defendant is said to have met the first victim in the street years later by chance, pointed at her daughter and told her that she's next.

Sentencing the man on October 29, Judge Robert Linford described how he met the first victim, who was only 10 years old, by the side of the road in the mid-1970s.

Judge Linford said: “You set about befriending her and offered her a ride in your lorry. Within a very short time you started to sexually abuse her.

“The second offence happened a week or so later when you took her in the back of the lorry and started to touch her between her legs, telling her that all children did what you were doing to her.

"The first rape again happened in the back of the lorry. It was a meat delivery wagon. Carcasses were hanging there and you pulled up by the side of the road, took her into the back and on a blanket you raped her.

"You put Vaseline between her legs and had sexual intercourse with her to ejaculation – giving her a towel to clean herself. Again she was crying you asked her age and she said she was 11.

“You were by now bribing her with sweets and money but at the same time telling her that if she told her parents they would be harmed.

“She had to live all these years with the memory of what you did. Meanwhile you just got on with your life.”

Judge Linford then moved on to the abuse of the first of two granddaughters of his wife, saying it started when he took her out in the car and touched her outside her underwear when she was younger than eight years old.

The abuse then progressed to the defendant putting his fingers into the victim’s underwear and touching her vagina on at least four other occasions.

Judge Linford then recounted the abuse of the second girl who was also touched sexually shortly after her 13th birthday.

Judge Linford said: “These offences individually and collectively demonstrate you to be an ingrained paedophile. A person who cared not one jot for the innocence and vulnerability off your victims. The familial offences, as I have said, marked a hideous breach of trust and a wicked betrayal of what that little scared girl believed wrongly to have been the friendship of an adult.

“I have some regard for your poor health in assessing the length of your sentence but less regard for your age. It was always open to you to confess what you did years ago but you chose to get on with your life.

“It may well be the case that the effect of the sentence which I pass will be that you die in prison.”

The defendant was handed a 23-year prison sentence, of which 21 years must be served in prison and a further two on licence.

A rogue property manager who inflated invoices to scam customers while working at a Truro estate agent had 10 months added to an already lengthy sentence.

Gareth Griffith, 39, was jailed for seven years at Blackfriars Crown Court for his part in a sophisticated investment fraud in which 1,200 people across the world have been defrauded of up to £4 million.

In addition to this, Griffith also defrauded customers during his time at Martin & Co Letting and Estate Agents in New Bridge Street, Truro between February and June 2017.

Griffith was due to appear at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced for three counts of fraud but failed to board the prison bus meaning the case proceeded in his absence.

The frauds relate to Griffith inflating invoices and pocketing the extra money whilst employed as a property manager at Martin & Co.

Sentencing Griffith, Judge Robert Linford said: “You pleaded guilty to three offences of fraud, offences committed whilst on bail for other offences.

“You were, whilst employed at Martin & Co. inflating invoices that were sent to customers and effectively creaming off the money additional to what the company was entitled to for your own personal gain.”

Judge Linford explained how Griffith gained nearly £10,000 from two of the other frauds, and had one foiled with a potential gain of a further £7,000.

He added: “I’ve read a large number of character references speaking highly of you and a letter from your fiancé explaining how hard it is without you around but it is so often the case that the relatives suffer more than the offender themselves.”

For the Truro crimes Judge Linford added a further 10 months to Griffith’s existing seven year sentence.

A Martin & Co. statement released following the sentencing reads: "We are pleased that our company procedures and due diligence in uncovering his actions so quickly and subsequent immediate dismissal led to this conviction and sentencing.

"We wish to state that all of our affected clients have received full compensation though our client money protection scheme, which is a requirement for all regulated agents."

A car thief given “a disgraceful sentence” for ploughing into a town centre café is finally behind bars.

Scott Hanlon, 21, avoided prison by the narrowest of margins at Truro Crown Court back in June when he was given a community order for stealing a vehicle from a couple enjoying their first night in their new home before crashing it into a café following a police chase.

Hanlon, of Park View, Liskeard, was spared prison after Judge Robert Linford said that jail time has done nothing to stop his offending so far and he wanted to try something different. Judge Linford made a 12-month community order consisting of a Thinking Skills programme, a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and a six month 6pm to 6am curfew.

However, despite Judge Linford making it clear to Hanlon that he was offering him a lifeline, it took Hanlon just months to throw the chance back in his face.

Hanlon was back in the dock at Truro Crown Court for not abiding by the terms of his community order.

The court heard how on several occasions Hanlon interfered with his tagging device and failed to stay in contact with the Probation Service.

Irritated by Hanlon’s lack of cooperation Judge Linford jailed him for 19 months, activating the suspended sentence for aggravated vehicle taking and driving whilst disqualified.

A masked man held up his former convenience store colleagues at knifepoint just a day after leaving amid theft allegations.

Alfie Powell, 23, entered the Spar shop in Princes Square, Looe, brandishing a machete before leaving with just over £400.

Powell, of Churchlands in Looe, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter where he admitted robbery, having an article with a blade or point and two counts of theft.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee told the court how Powell had worked at the Spar for a period of time and was caught on CCTV stealing alcohol on two occasions preceding the armed robbery. These were the two theft offences on the indictment.

Mr Lee said: “On October 12 at around 10am the defendant entered the Spar shop on Princes Square wearing a storm trooper mask and holding a large machete.

“There were three members of staff and one customer in the store at the time. The customer initially thought it was a joke but the defendant moved towards him pointing the machete. He pointed the knife at staff holding it at arms’ length.

“The defendant then swiped at the display stand before approaching the counter. He pointed the machete at the employee and said one word, 'cash'.

“The defendant slammed the knife on the counter and the employee emptied the contents of the till and handed it to the defendant.”

The defendant stayed overnight at a nearby guest house the night before the offence and purchased the mask from a British Heart Foundation charity shop 10 minutes before entering Spar. He was soon arrested at a hotel in Liskeard and told officers he committed the offence to fund a drug and alcohol problem.

Sentencing Powell, Judge Robert Linford said: “On the day of the robbery you saturated yourself with alcohol, disguised your appearance and using a machete walked into the store and threatened people inside, some of whom you knew.

“You demanded and took away £400 but not before slamming the machete. They were absolutely terrified of what you did.

“Letters speak of you being sensitive, intelligent and kind and life has dealt you some hefty blows. You have a number of mental health issues and I have read about your self-harming and suicide attempts. I accept your remorse is genuine.”

A violent thug was given a monster sentence for a night of violence inflicted on random people after he was ejected from a party.

Cornwall Live reported in September how 30-year-old Jeffery Bond attacked the three individuals, one with a broken shard of glass, in July last year.

Bond, of Lake View in Liskeard, had previously been convicted by a jury of wounding and two counts of unlawful wounding after a trial at Truro Crown Court.

Smartly-dressed Bond was brought back into the dock at the Truro court for sentence from HMP Exeter on November 8.

During the trial it was heard how drunk Bond had been at a party but was asked to leave after becoming confrontational and making unkind remarks about a 15-year-old guest.

Bond then left the scene and encountered Grant Weston, who was making his way home after socialising at a local rugby club.

Seconds later Mr Weston was struck to the side of the head and taken to the ground. He was grabbed by the rucksack and remembers constant blows landing on his face. He then blacked out and recalls coming round to being kicked by the defendant.

Bond carried on home and saw Darren Laker, who lived at the same caravan park as him.  Bond previously accused Darren Laker of bullying him and threatened to stab him.

Shortly after he heard a bang on the window and then a smash on the side window and saw Bond trying to get through. It was then that, as Mr Laker tried to pull away, the defendant slashed his hand with a shard of glass.

Mr Laker’s brother Stephen Greenacre came out of his own caravan and was forcibly punched and kicked by the defendant before police arrived and he was arrested.

A victim personal statement read to the court on behalf of Grant Weston described how he still suffers headaches and shooting pains from a perforated ear drum, as well as blurred vision.

Mr Weston, who was present in court, is said to have been left struggling to come to terms with what happened and has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

He said: “I’m not the same person as before, my self-esteem has gone. I used to love playing rugby but no longer play or go out socially as I’ve lost my confidence.”

Bond was familiar with Mr Weston, even though the encounter was by chance, having previously given him a pair of boots to play rugby.

Sentencing Bond, Judge Robert Linford said: “On July 28 you had been drinking and were walking away following an incident of some sort at a flat in St Blazey.

“As you made your way home you came across Grant Weston. He simply said ‘alright’ but you turned and in a wholly unprovoked and savage attack knocked him to the floor and rained blows on him, repeatedly hitting him. You pulled him halfway up and then knocked him down again before leaving him in the street cut and seriously bleeding.

“You made your way back to the caravan site and came across Darren Laker. For no particular reason you uttered threats and made allegations. You broke the window and tried to get to him and with a shard of glass stabbed Mr Laker in the hand.

Judge Linford then noted Bond’s work ethic and that he has helped vulnerable people before jailing him for 16 years.

A man who was picked up on a European arrest warrant and brought to the UK to face justice will now be deported back to Poland following a conviction.

Polish national Adam Baraban, 40, attacked fellow countryman Krzystof Kondeusz in Newquay in 2014 following a period of bad feeling emanating from Baraban dating Mr Kondeusz’s sister.

Baraban then fled the country but was eventually returned to the UK, this summer standing trial at Truro Crown Court charged with wounding with intent and unlawful wounding.

The trial was not completed and subsequently adjourned but on November 11 Baraban returned to Truro Crown Court where he admitted unlawful wounding.

During the trial it was heard how Mr Kondeusz and the defendant first met in Newquay in 2012 when they lived at the same address while working as flower pickers.

Prosecuting barrister Peter Coumbe explained how Mr Kondeusz’s partner’s daughter also met Baraban and they two struck up a relationship against the wishes of Mr Kondeusz and his partner.

Giving evidence Mr Kondeusz claimed that in 2012 a row resulted in some pushing and shoving and soon after Mr Kondeusz was called outside of his home where he was attacked by three or four men, Baraban being one of them. The complainant said he didn’t go to police as he was wanted for Poland for drug offences at the time.

On May 15 2014 Baraban stabbed Mr Kondeusz as he was walking home from Sainsbury’s, saying in Polish “here you are you wh*re”.

A first thrust of the knife entered Mr Kondeusz’s buttock and a second blow further up near the kidney, Baraban then running and driving away while Mr Kondeusz tried to summon help from another Pole living nearby. Mr Kondeusz was treated for his injuries in hospital.

The jury was also told that Mr Kondeusz is currently a prisoner in Poland serving time for driving related offences.

Both Baraban and Mr Kondeusz have lengthy criminal records and Baraban had claimed during his defence that Mr Kondeusz tried to get him to sell drugs for him.

Following the guilty plea Judge Simon Carr sentenced Baraban to 880 days in prison, minus the time spent on remand. Judge Carr recommended Baraban be deported once the sentence is served.

A prolific offender struck a man repeatedly with an axe in front of horrified onlookers in a Newquay park.

John Brew attacked the victim following a dispute relating to drugs and was eventually arrested at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool as he was about to board a flight to Amsterdam.

Brew, 35, from Liverpool, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link where he admitted wounding with intent, carrying an offensive weapon, burglary and taking a conveyance without consent, the latter two charges relating to the bizarre theft of a limousine from a Cornwall funeral directors.

Opening the case, Joss Ticehurst described how on June 28 the axe attack victim was in Cornwall with a friend for a fishing trip.

He decided to obtain some heroin and subsequently met the defendant and another man in Mayfield Park.

Mr Ticehurst said: “An argument ensued between Patrick Kelly (the victim) and the defendant and his associate and Mr Kelly left the park.

“Shortly after the defendant followed him and armed himself with an axe. A chase followed with the defendant wielding an axe, all of this observed by a number of residents.

“Mr Brew then delivered three of four significant blows which was only brought to an end when a bin was thrown at the defendant. He then got into a Skoda and left.”

Mr Kelly was flown to hospital and treated for a broken arm and leg as well as several open wounds. He has since made a full recovery but has not co-operated with the police regarding the investigation.

Moving onto the burglary, Mr Ticehurst said that on July 14 entrance was gained to Personal Choice Funerals in St Austell and keys and a charity box taken. Read more about the theft here.

The keys belonged to a limousine in the garage which was also taken, although recovered shortly after following a Facebook appeal.

The court heard how Brew, who has a significant criminal record including convictions for burglaries and violence, left blood DNA at the funeral business which was linked to him.

He was eventually arrested at Liverpool airport after police were able to trace him from witness reports that described his deformed hand.

Sentencing Brew, Judge Simon Carr said: “Mr Kelly, the victim, was in Cornwall and engaged in the purchase of drugs in a park. Something happened that caused animosity between the two groups.

“Your reaction was to get out of your car an axe and chase him. You then delivered blows leaving the victim with fractures to the arms and legs and bleeding profusely.

“A number of members of the public saw what happened and this must have been terrifying for them.”

Two career thieves who targeted supermarkets across Cornwall and Devon won’t be stealing anything for a while after their crime wave was brought to an end.

Bradley Pogmore, 37, brazenly waltzed into supermarkets and jumped over the till, forcing open cash drawers before eventually being apprehended as he crossed the Tamar Bridge.

Pogmore and co-defendant Justin Quye, both of no fixed abode, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having between them admitted a raft of offences.

Pogmore pleaded guilty to six thefts, a burglary, driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance.

Prosecuting the case, Ramsay Quaife said: “Bradley Pogmore has stolen a lot of money from various tills with or without the help of other people by jumping over the till, forcing open a cash till and taking the money.

“At Sainsbury’s in Bodmin Mr Pogmore was seen on CCTV leaving with Mr Quye in the car. Details were circulated and they were stopped on the Tamar Bridge.

Mr Quaife told how officers then investigated similar crimes at other supermarkets and were able to link Pogmore and Quye to similar thefts at Sainsbury’s stores in Exeter and Plymouth and Pogmore to further thefts at locations outside of the south west.

The court was told how both men had significant criminal records with Judge Robert Linford describing them as “career thieves”.

Sentencing both men, Judge Robert Linford said: “You are both career criminals, that is the path you decided to embark upon.

“Each of you have your own aspects of mitigation. Justin Quye what happened to you wrecked your life and you too Bradley Pogmore. You’d have to be inhuman not to be extent sympathy for what you’ve both been through.”

Judge Linford failed Pogmore for 12 months and gave him a 12 month driving ban and Quye was jailed for six months.

A thug was jailed for launching a ferocious attack on a man he erroneously believed was trying to abduct an 11-year-old girl before bragging about it on Facebook.

White, of Mutley Plain Lane, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting one charge of grievous bodily harm.

Opening the case, Emma Cross described how it was a bank holiday when the victim was making his way through Torpoint. He stopped outside a jetwash station and it was then that a young girl formed the view that he was staring at her.

Miss Cross then pointed out that there was nothing to suggest any abduction was about to take place and as a result police took no further action on that part.

Miss Cross added: “The defendant went after the victim and caught up with him on the Torpoint Ferry.

“The first punch was to the top of the lip area and a second punch to the left eye. A member of staff on the ferry recalls seeing five or six punches.

“The defendant seemed angry and agitated but stopped when the victim got out of the car and spoke to a member of staff. However the defendant went over and punched the victim again who this time fought back before they were separated.”

White was shouting ‘he’s a nonce, he tried to snatch a girl’ and later bragged on Facebook about what he’d done, saying he’d do it again and wished he hurt him more.

In a victim personal statement the complainant described being afraid to leave the house and no longer feeling safe because of his fears neighbours believed the rumours. He also had to sell his car at a loss because his number plate was widely shared on Facebook.

The court heard how White has a lengthy criminal record and is currently subject of a community order for being in possession of a stun gun.

Sentencing White, Judge Simon Carr stated that he wanted to make entirely clear that the victim was innocent of any offence or potential offence.

He said: “The victim had been out and about as usual and a young 11-year-old girl was under the impression that he was looking at her. He wasn’t but she entirely rightly found an adult and expressed her concerns.

“The adult spoke to you by which time the victim was driving away. You followed her and at that point the child was under no threat whatsoever.

“You followed the victim onto the Torpoint Ferry and even if at this point your behaviour could be excused, thereafter it certainly could not.

“What you did was go up without warning and punch the victim repeatedly in the head with sufficient force to know out two of his teeth. He had no idea where the unprovoked attack came from. It was brutal and repeated.

“The attack stopped and as the victim moved away you attacked him again. You still show no remorse and on Facebook you boasted that you wish you hurt him more.”

A predatory paedophile was jailed for the sexual touching of two young girls, one of whom he targeted again as an adult.

Moore, of Oaklands Road in Liskeard, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after pleading guilty to two indecent assaults and sexual activity with a child.

Prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told the court on November 25 how Moore targeted the first victim in Newquay in the mid 1990s when she was about 14.

He touched her breast and offered her to watch a blue movie saying it “wasn’t hardcore” and “might teach her something”.

Then, several years later, Moore came into contact with the first victim again when she was 20 years old.

Mr Lee said: “The defendant put his arm around her waist and said, ‘I’ll always be here for you’ and that he wanted to do 'naughty things’ to her. He moved his hand all over her and touched her breast.

Mr Lee added: “The victim kept her eyes closed and felt physically sick. She said that after she felt disgusting and didn’t want to look at her own body.”

Sentencing Moore, Judge Simon Carr stated how Moore will “be a predatory paedophile until the day he dies.”

He added that he had had the opportunity to live his life as the offences weren’t acted upon for some years, whereas his victims continue to suffer because of what he did.

A woman beater bit his girlfriend and then went on to stalk her by leaving bacon over her car, entering her house and putting sex toys on display.

Harry Barber, 23, also continually shouted abuse at his former partner, calling her a ‘dirty c*nt’ and vowing to ‘ruin her’.

Barber, who now lives in London, appeared at Truro Crown Court and admitted stalking and assault, offences which took place in Launceston in October of this year.

Opening the case, Philip Lee said: “The victim had been in a relationship with the defendant for five years and things hadn’t always been good. There’d been previous allegations of violence.

“On October 8 at her flat in Launceston an argument ensued when the defendant saw an old picture on her phone that angered him. He called her a slag and they went to bed.

“He began to act aggressively by slamming the door and when she tried to leave he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground.

“He dragged her back into her flat and as he did so she struck the side of her head on the door. This carried on into the living room while the victim was crying.

“The defendant pushed her onto the bed and bit her hair and as she tried to defend herself he bit her hands. She left and sat beside her car.”

The victim was able to escape when they went to a supermarket and over the coming weeks Barber bombarded her with threatening messages.

Mr Lee added: “There were repeated text messages which included ‘you’re going to get everything you deserve, I gave you my life, dirty c*nt’.

“There were 20 odd messages over the next 24 hours and the complainant felt unable to return to her home. She received messages whilst staying at a friend’s from the defendant saying he was outside so she then went to stay at a hotel.

“Further messages including ‘you’re a mess you absolute c*nt’ and ‘I’m going to ruin you’.

“When she felt able to return to her flat the victim found raw slices of bacon on her doormat and car and things moved inside. Clothes and sex toys had been taken out and arranged on her bed.

“The sequence of events left her scared for her life. She says she doesn’t know when he will stop and fears he’s out of control.”

Sentencing Barber, Judge Simon Carr said: “You’d been in a relationship with the victim for five years and the relationship had clearly been abusive.

“On October 9 it culminated in a significant assault on her during which you dragged her by her hair and beat her.

“This brought the relationship to an end and you couldn’t accept it. Over the following weeks you sent a series of threatening and abusive texts to her and showed her you’d been following her. She returned home to find you’d taken out personal items.

“She was left extremely frightened and your behaviour has had a profound effect on her, forcing her at least temporarily from where she lived.”

A man launched himself across a room and kicked his step father in the head “as if he was converting a rugby ball”.

Mitchell Weston kicked Christopher Cosslett with such force he was left with a jaw fractured in two places and had to have six teeth removed.

Weston, of Talland Bay, Looe, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously admitting one charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

Prosecuting barrister Ed Bailey told the court how the victim was a self-employed builder who had been with the defendant’s mother for many years.

Mr Bailey described how, at the time of the offence in June, the defendant and his partner had been living with his mother and Mr Cosslett. They gave Weston and his partner a chance to get back on their feet after Weston moved from his father’s address in Wales after getting into trouble.

Weston and his partner were given 12 weeks to get enough money together for a rental deposit but were asked to leave after Weston’s mother was told he had been riding a motorcycle uninsured and without a helmet with his 17-year-old sister on the back.

Mr Bailey said: “Later that day. at 11:30pm. the defendant returned to his mother’s address after work and went straight up to her room and started to shout.

“Mr Cosslett was sat on the floor leaning against a radiator on his mobile phone. The defendant was becoming increasingly angry and his mother tried to calm him. He raised his voice and was becoming extremely rude so Mr Cosslett told him not to speak to his mother that way.

“He was sitting by the radiator and suddenly without warning the defendant ran at him and kicked him hard in the face as if converting a rugby ball.

“The kick had such force the victim’s head smashed back against the radiator and he began to bleed from the mouth.”

Mr Cosslett was taken to hospital where an X-ray revealed a jaw fractured in two places. Mr Cosslett also had to have six teeth removed and has been left with a permanently misaligned jaw that means he is unable to chew his food.

In a victim personal statement Mr Cosslett described how he continued to suffer both physically and psychologically and that depression and anxiety has crept into his life as a result.

He added that he had always been the best stepfather possible and that Weston’s actions had left the family broken and his relationship with Weston’s mother strained.

The court also heard how Weston had been given a suspended sentence in September for punching a 22-year-old male in a nightclub, again leaving him with a broken jaw.

Sentencing Weston, Judge Simon Carr said: “You returned to Cornwall with your partner to start a new life.

“Your mother became aware of you riding a motorcycle without insurance and, as she was entitled to, asked you to leave. Instead of accepting your behaviour justified this you confronted her in her bedroom.

“Your stepfather sat on the floor on his phone looking down at the screen trying to keep out of the argument and all he said was that you shouldn’t speak to your mother like that.

“Your reaction was to launch yourself across the room and kick him with as much force as you could causing his head to hit the radiator. You caused multiple fractures that will affect the victim both physically and psychologically for the rest of his life.

“All that is serious enough but on January 6 you committed a wholly unprovoked attack at a nightclub in which the victim also fractured his jaw.

“At the time of the attack on your stepfather you had been released under investigation for the nightclub incident.

“I accept the sentence will have a huge effect on your partner and unborn child and this is a tragedy. But as you stood in that room already under investigation for attacking someone that was not in your mind.”

Weston was jailed for 21 months and made subject of a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mr Cosslett except for organised family prison visits.

A notorious paedophile was sent back to prison for historic sexual offences against two girls he met through his local football club and being caught with indecent images of children after his release from prison.

Former postman Michael Williams made national headlines back in 2010 when he was sent down for eight and a half years for using social networking sites to groom up to 1,000 children, some of whom he went on to sexually abuse.

Williams, then 28, used different profiles to target children he met on his post round, while doing school runs as taxi driver, and as the secretary of Falmouth Town Football Club.

He tricked his victims into performing sex acts on a webcam or to meet him in parks, beaches and at his home in Penryn , where he abused them. He also pleaded guilty to voyeurism and possessing indecent images.

Williams, now 38, was released from prison but is now back behind bars after admitting seven indecent assaults on two girls aged 13 that occurred before the offences he was imprisoned for and three charges of making indecent images of child and one of possession of an indecent photograph of a child that took place post release.

Williams appeared in the dock at Truro Crown Court on Thursday (November 28) to be sentenced for both the historic and recent offences.

Prosecuting the case, Heather Hope described how the offences came to light in November 2016 when one of the victims went to the police to report that happened.

Miss Hope told the court that Williams, known as Pigeon, met both the girls through the local football club when he was aged 18 or 19.

Regarding the offences against one of the victims, Miss Hope said that Williams would persistently message her and pester her to meet up with him, when he did plying her with alcohol and cigarettes.

Williams took her to Falmouth Cricket Club in his car where he touched her and placed her hand on his crotch.

The victim then ignored him as she didn’t like what happened, saying that she just wanted to be friends.

Then on a number of occasions Williams took her out, got her drunk before penetrating her with his fingers and eventually putting his penis into her mouth and then vagina. One of the occasions involved a trip to Durgan Beach.

Miss Hope told of how Williams had full sex with her on at least three occasions, not using contraception and ejaculating inside her.

The victim reported the matter in 2016 and that led police to contacting her friend who verified events, saying he’d pick her up in her school uniform.

Although the second victim didn’t have sex with Williams, she did have sexual contact with him whilst still a child including digital penetration.

In a victim personal statement, the girl who was forced to have sex Williams described the abuse affecting her whole life, leaving her feeling damaged, scarred and unable to trust people.

She said: “In a routine visit in January 2018 police went to inspect his electronic devices and monitor him. When the officer spoke to him about his laptop he said he was using it for football stats and using YouTube.

“He said that whilst on YouTube he saw a video of a young girl exposing her chest and reported it to YouTube. He told officers he saved it to remind himself.”

His device was then taken away and found to have nine Category A images, 10 Category B images and 11 Category C including one video.

Sentencing Williams, Judge Simon Carr described him as “a predatory paedophile with an entrenched sexual interest in children that will last the rest of his life”.

He said: “You met the two girls through the football club and preyed on their naivety. It was a deliberate campaign of grooming. You took them to isolated places and gave them cigarettes and alcohol until they were too drunk to resist what you did.

“The offences occurred over a period of time and were repeated. What you did will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

“In the years that followed you went onto abuse and groom nine other children, offences that also included full vaginal intercourse.”

Judge Carr added that Williams will post a risk of serious harm to children for the rest of his life and that when sentenced in 2010 he had the opportunity to admit the offending against these victims but chose not to thinking that he’d got away with it.

Judge Carr sentenced Williams to an extended sentence of 18 years, 12 years in custody and six on licence.

A drug dealer who imported MDMA from Holland to pay off his gambling debts was sent to prison two and a half years after the crime.

Lewis Flaherty-Davies ordered the MDMA pills and crystals from the internet but was caught when UK Border Force intercepted two of his packages.

Flaherty-Davies, of Park Lane in Camborne , appeared at Truro Crown Court on his 27th birthday to be sentenced after admitting possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, two counts of fraudulently evading prohibition on importation, possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee described how in the early part of 2017 UK Border Force intercepted a package addressed to Flaherty-Davies containing 13 MDMA tablets worth roughly £200.

Then, a week later, UK Border Force intercepted another parcel addressed to Flaherty-Davies, this time found to have in it 10.2grams of MDMA crystals valued at £300.

Mr Lee went on to tell the court how police officers then attended Flaherty-Davies’ home and seized a further quantity of drugs, including 252 MDMA tablets in an envelope addressed to a third party, and a mobile phone.

In total police seized 18.68 grams of crystallised MDMA and 252 tablets with a street value of £2,500 and small quantities of cocaine and cannabis.

Flaherty-Davies’ phone was examined and texts found indicating he was active in the supply of Class A drugs between the April and June of 2017. He also sent a message in which he said he was having problems with the postal service and needed a safe address.

Sentencing Flaherty-Davies, Judge Simon Carr said: “You developed a gambling addiction and as a result build up substantial debts.

“You were in your early to mid-20s and have an impeccable background but the steps you took were unforgivable.

“In order to resolve your financial position you became involved in the importation and the sale of Class A drugs.

“You went to a part of the internet that allowed the drugs to be bought and you were the only reason these drugs were in the country. Your property had all the hallmarks of extensive drug dealing.”

Judge Carr went onto note Flaherty-Davies’ impeccable character and that he has, in the last two and a half years, addressed his gambling problem and put his life in order.

However, he stated that the offence was so serious that only a custodial sentence was appropriate and jailed Flaherty-Davies for three years.

Mustapha Raihani, 41, wandered the streets of Penzance making threats and demands for money for drugs to self-medicate pain relating to his extensive health problems.

Raihani, of Tottenham in North London, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting two robbery charges and three counts of threatening behaviour with a knife, all occurring in Penzance in August of this year.

Prosecuting the case, Ian Graham told the court how on August 14 Raihani entered Costcutters and tried to sell a shop assistant a mobile phone.

When the assistant refused to buy it Raihani told him “I’m going to cut you up” and said that he needed to sort him out.

Raihani then leaned over the counter and said “you need to help me out, I’m in pain, I’ve got cancer”, before pointing at his colostomy bag.

Raihani was asked to leave but lifted the colostomy bag to reveal a knife. The assistant said he was unable to open the till drawer but after a further demand and threat to ‘cut him up’ gave Raihani £60 from his back pocket.

Later that evening Raihani entered Ali Baba Kebab House on Market Jew Street, fistbumping a customer on his way in.

The defendant shook hands with the shop owner but then pulled out a knife, saying “I’m from north London, don’t f*ck with me”. Raihani then ran away.

Mr Graham then described an incident the following day during which Raihani approached two women walking to their address late at night.

Mr Graham said: “As they approached their address the defendant walked quickly towards them. One of the women looked and shouted ‘he’s got a knife’. The defendant then came up behind her and into the porch.

Then, on August 16, Raihani approached a male returning home on a motorbike, at first staring at him silently.

He then pulled the knife and told the victim he’d been watching him and was on the run, needing help and food. He eventually showed his colostomy bag, fistbumped the victim and walked off.

Finally, in the early hours on August 16 Raihani knocked on the door of a bed and breakfast of Penare Road. The female owner answered thinking it may have been a guest and Raihani entered uninvited.

He seemed agitated and again produced a knife. He got out his colostomy bag and said he wanted money, the woman initially handing him £30.

However, Raihani demanded more money saying that otherwise he would get angry and “do bad things”. He was eventually given £180 and left.

Sentencing Raihani, Judge Carr said: “All of those you encountered would have been terrified by the experience of encountering you with a knife.

“I accept your motive was to gain money for drugs because of the pain you were in but that is an explanation and not an excuse for what was a violent rampage armed with a knife.”

The 20-year-old university student, who Cornwall Live will not be naming to protect the identity of the victim, had been on trial at Truro Crown Court  in October before being convicted of rape by a 10-2 majority.

During the trial the jury heard how the then 17-year-old defendant anally raped the drunk girl in a tent despite her stating that she was too intoxicated to have sex.

The defendant has a life-limiting condition meaning he has half the life expectancy of a normal male. The same condition has already claimed the life of his father.

Sentencing the defendant, Judge Simon Carr said: “You had been in a relationship with the victim for some months. You were both 17 and the relationship was clearly intense as they often are at that age.

“In August 2016 you attended Boardmasters Festival and perfectly understandably you’d both been drinking. She makes it very clear it was the most drunk she’s ever been.

“When you got back to the tent she just wanted to sleep and didn’t even take her clothes off, collapsing onto the blow-up mattress.

“You were behind her and had different ideas. You attempted to penetrate her digitally and she made it clear she would not consent.

“You said that at first you had consensual vaginal intercourse. I reject that and what followed was the violent anal rape of a 17-year-old girl. This was not an accident.

“She was in shock as to how the only person she’s ever loved would do that to her. The effect on her was severe and the trauma likely to be lifelong.”

Moving onto the defendant’s mitigation, Judge Carr added: “It’s rare to say this in rape allegations but I accept this is a tragedy to you and your family. Your conduct until that night was impeccable and you had a bright future ahead.

“You also face a diagnosis that killed your father and I have read numerous references that could not speak more highly of you.”

Taking everything into consideration, Judge Carr sentenced the defendant to four years in custody of which he must serve half. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

A racist menace was jailed for a spree of offending that included attacking shop workers, verbally abusing police officers and launching the most sickening tirade of racist abuse at an innocent man he encountered at a railway station.

Michael Barber, 33, told the man at the train station that he should go back to Africa and the cotton fields before spitting in his face.

Barber, of no fixed abode, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting two common assaults, twice making malicious communications and racially aggravated assault, all occurring in June and July of this year.

As the member of staff walked him to the door drunk Barber headbutted him in the nose before punching another intervening member of staff in the face.

Then, some days later, a police call handler took a call from Barber who was asking for an ambulance claiming he’d taken an overdose.

When asked his name he replied “Jesus Christ” before proceeding to verbally abuse the call handler, making a series of vile and personal insults including saying that he’d “f*ck his mother”.

Barber followed this up by leaving a sweary voicemail on a female PC’s answer phone when he made similar remarks.

Then, most seriously of all, Barber encountered a man at Penzance Railway Station and called him a n*gger whilst speaking on the phone.

Mr Graham described how the victim then approached the defendant and asked him what he said, Barber replying “sorry mate, I called you a n*gger, the whole of Cornwall are racists”.

Mr Graham said: “The victim then ignored Mr Barber by playing games on his phone but the defendant said ‘why don’t you go back to your cotton fields’.

“The defendant then said ‘why did you come here from Africa’ and when rail staff became involved made further comments about cotton fields and said that he was a better rapper than the victim.

“The victim told him he made him feel sick and Mr Barber then spat at him, laughing as he did so saying ‘that’s exactly how you make me feel’.”

The court was then told how Barber attempted to punch and kick the victim but was held back by staff.

Briefly addressing the sexual assaults for which he received a community order, Mr Graham outlined how drunk Barber twice touched the breast of and tried to kiss a 76-year-old woman who tried to look after him at the Greenbank Community Church in Liskeard .

Sentencing Barber, Judge Robert Linford said: “You are 33 and have many, many convictions recorded against you over many years for offences of being drunk and disorderly, threatening behaviour and common assault.

“They all stem from homelessness and addiction but the time has come when a therapeutic approach to sentencing has to stop. The National Probation Service has tried and failed to help you.”

Barber then appeared to shake his head at which point Judge Linford stormed out before returning and slamming Barber for “the most appalling tirade of racial abuse it is possible to imagine”.

He was also made subject of a five year criminal behaviour order banning him from being in possession of an open container of alcohol in Cornwall and being found in a state of drunkenness in the county.

A judge told a prolific offender that he had reached the end of the line as he jailed him on his 22nd birthday.

Kane Powell found himself in the dock at Truro Crown Court for a third time in two years, this time for his role in disorder at an organisation that helps young people facing difficulties in their lives.

Powell, of Higher Fore Street, Redruth , was given non-custodial sentences previously for racially abusing and attacking a taxi driver and then damaging a stranger’s car .

Powell returned to the court to be sentenced after previously admitting using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, putting him in breach of a suspended sentence.

Prosecuting the case, Michael Brown said: “On October 23 at 7pm officers were called to attend Redruth Foyer due to reports of a disturbance involving a number of individuals and the defendant was seen kicking a door.

“He was told to stay away but two hours later he returned and was again asked to leave. This time he was swearing and spitting and told officers to f*ck off as well as making other threats.”

Sentencing Powell, Judge Simon Carr said: “On November 20 2018 you were sentenced for a range of offences. These offences were serious and involved the possession of a knife, racially aggravated threats of violent and battery.

“Offences like these usually attract a custodial sentence but the court took a chance on you hoping you would address your issues. You would have no doubt been told this was your last chance.

“Your reaction was to breach this order by being drunk and committed criminal damage. In April this year you were given another chance but have now reached the end of the line. Those who breach suspended sentence don’t get repeated chances.”

Judge Carr did concede that Powell has made progress in some respects and that the recent offence was less serious, but proceeded to jail him for four months and give him a £150 fine.

A former teacher and researcher stabbed his wife of 29 years with such force the knife remained lodged in her arm.

Brian Parsonage exploded in a huge fit of rage on September 30 after a row about money, not long after he had been made redundant.

Parsonage, 60, of Commercial Road in Hayle, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife.

Prosecuting the case, Ed Bailey, said that Parsonage had never laid a finger on his wife until the day in question but had turned to drink after losing his job.

Detailing events, Mr Bailey said: “Christine Parsonage was angered at the defendant for wasting money and when she realised he’d been drinking an argument flared up.

“The defendant later told police he drank half a bottle of vodka neat and when words were exchange between him and his wife, he went to the kitchen and Mrs Parsonage saw a folding knife in his hands.

“He came at her with the knife and jabbed at her arm and she instinctively raised her arm to defend herself. Such was the force of the blow that the knife went into the side of the victim’s forearm.

“He said to her ‘I hate you, I really hate you, I want to kill you’. The defendant then throttled her and pushed her into the dining room.

“The knife remained sticking into her arm and after some time Mr Parsonage pulled it out and grabbed her by the throat again.”

Mrs Parsonage, afraid for her life, was eventually able to escape and sought refuge at a nearby vets, whereas Mr Parsonage took himself to Hayle Police Station and handed himself in.

Sentencing Parsonage, Judge Simon Carr said: “The circumstances behind this case are truly sad. You and the victim were married for 29 years and had a daughter together.

“Finances were tight and one way you dealt with that was to drink to excess which you did on this day.

“There was an argument with your wife over the fact you’d been drinking and you took a knife and stabbed her with sufficient force that the knife penetrated her arm and lodged there.

“The effect on your wife has been obvious. She is severely traumatised and was so scared she not only left the house, but now intends to leave Cornwall.

“You are 60, a man of previous impeccable character and have dedicated your life to education and that’s why I described it as a truly sad case.”

Parsonage was sentenced to 18 months in prison and made subject of a restraining order preventing him from contacting his wife.

A gambling addict was jailed for a scam in which he created fake profiles and sold sexy pictures to two men before blackmailing them out of £14,000.

Jack Conway Baker, 23, initiated contact under the name Courtney Hall and then got in contact pretending to be Courtney’s older brother, repeatedly and menacingly demanding money from the two ashamed men saying that if they didn’t pay up he’d tell their friends, family and work about their online activities.

Conway Baker of Trevingey Road in Redruth, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting two blackmail charges.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee told the court how in April 2017 the first victim was feeling low after being signed off work due to medical reasons.

He was contacted online by a person saying their name was Courtney Hall and agreed to buy naked pictures from her.

Mr Lee said: “The victim then received a Snapchat message reporting to be from Courtney’s brother saying she was underage and that he would tell their parents and the police unless the money was paid.

“He agreed to pay £1,000 and then received further demands via Snapchat and other forms of social media.”

Conway Baker then became increasingly menacing with his threats, saying he’d found the victim’s address and contacted his work place.

Even in August 2017 when he told his parents, the threats continued and he received one message claiming to be from a police officer (really it was Conway Baker), saying if he paid a sum of money the case would be closed.

The first victim paid Conway Baker a total of £7,500 and was left suffering from stress and anxiety.

Also throughout 2017, Conway Baker used the Courtney Hall profile to trap a second victim after meeting him on Tinder.

After the initial payment for a naked picture, the threats followed with up to 30 messages a day being received by the victim demanding money.

Sentencing Conway Baker, Judge Simon Carr said: “You developed a gambling addiction and needed money to fund it.

“You set up a fake internet identity called Courtney Hall who was by the pictures you used in her late teens or early 20s.

“It was clear from the information she was willing to sell pictures to those willing to pay and the two victims found that profile, one on Tinder, one elsewhere.

“They agreed to pay for pictures and once they had a couple of times you appeared demanding money. You threatened them, saying unless they paid significant amounts of money you’d to go the police, their family or work colleagues.

“You reiterated these demands with threats of violence, saying you knew their home and work address. You even took on the persona of a police officer.

“Both men felt embarrassed. One paid £7,500 and the other £6,000 to buy your silence. Each time they paid you came back and demanded money.”

Judge Carr jailed Conway Baker for three years and told him he must compensate the victims for the amounts they paid him.

A “dangerous and violent sexual predator” was given a huge prison sentence after years of criminality against young girls eventually caught up with him.

Marcus McPherson, still only 21, targeted young girls online and violently sexually assaulted two of his victims after eventually persuading them to meet.

McPherson, of Dunveth Road in Wadebridge , appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting sexual assault, assault by penetration, distributing an indecent image of a child, three counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming, engaging in sexual communication with a child and two breaches of a sexual risk order.

Opening the case, Philip Lee told the court how McPherson’s crimes came to light after a lengthy investigation.

Mr Lee describing how “four victims were identified and willing to help police with their investigation”.

Moving onto the offences against the first victim, Mr Lee described how she met the defendant in 2015 when she was 14 and he was 17.

Mr Lee described “persistent and demanding messages” in which he requested sexual chat and photos and also sent pictures of his penis to the girl.

In November 2015 she went to meet a friend at a bus stop in Lanivet and agreed the defendant could come along. When they were alone McPherson pushed the girl back and tried to unbutton her trousers and zip.

He then held her head with one hand and continued trying to undress her with the other, saying it was ‘what happened to people who said no’.

The second victim, of a similar age to the first, was again bombarded with sexual messages by McPherson and eventually agreed to meet him in Par in 2017.

He took a train there and they went to the skate park and then into the woods to take shelter from rain.

When there he put her arms around her so she couldn’t move and his hand inside her top, touching her breasts.

He then put his hand inside her underwear and abused her in such a way she was left in pain. When she told McPherson to back off he still persisted saying ‘let me do it, it’ll feel really nice’.

Chillingly, Mr Lee said after the ordeal McPherson continued to message her and blackmailed her into sending him a naked photograph, warning if she didn’t he’d tell everyone what happened. The girl sent him the picture but he then distributed it to others leading to her receiving comments and abuse.

The third victim, aged 13, was contacted by McPherson when he was 19 and sent thousands of messages, many of a sexual nature that included videos of him masturbating to the point of ejaculation.

The girl did meet McPherson but only when others were present, meaning no contact offences took place.

Mr Lee said: “Conversation was normal at first but when it moved from Instagram to Snapchat it became sexual and the defendant sent pictures of his penis and videos of him masturbating.”

While the investigation was progressing McPherson was made subject of a sexual risk order which he repeatedly breached by being found with social media apps on his phone. One breach was reported by a girl he knew from school who he contacted and in turn told police as she was aware of his situation.

The girls McPherson physically abused were said to have suffered physically and emotionally as a result of his offending, going on to have problems with their education and with self-harm.

Sentencing McPherson, Judge Simon Carr said: “Such was the concern of the authorities about your behaviour that in 2018 they obtained a sexual risk order. They are rare and awarded by magistrates even before a criminal offence is proved.

“It was a result of this investigation and obtaining the order that officers were able to look at your devices and this revealed a catalogue of offending.

“It started when you were 17 in 2015 and the offending against each of the four victims followed a similar course.”

Detailing the attack on the first victim, Judge Carr said he was convinced that McPherson thrived off not just the sexual aspect but the violence he exerted too.

Moving onto the offence against the second victim, Judge Carr said that the manner of the penetration showed he intended to inflict maximum physical pain.

Judge Carr added: “The effects of what you did were devastating and the victims relive what they experienced on a daily basis. They quite wrongly blame themselves and have self-harmed and found it difficult to form relationships.

“You are a dangerous and violent sexual predator and I suspect you will be for the rest of your life.”

Judge Carr sentenced McPherson to an extended sentence of 14 years, nine years custodial and five on licence. He will only be eligible for parole after two thirds of the custodial element.

He was also made subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

A man threatened police officers with a knife after they were called following a huge row when his partner found out he was seeing another woman.

Phillip Chalker, 44, was said in court to have a severe dislike of the police and vowed to kill every one of the officers who attended the scene.

Chalker, of Colinsey Road in Penzance, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after admitting affray.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee told the court how in the late afternoon of October 13 three callers contacted police summoning them to the defendant’s address.

“The defendant emerged from the front of the house shouting abuse and making threats, saying to police ‘if you come into the house I’ll kill you’.

“Officers tried to reason but the defendant continued with the abuse and threats. He then threw something out of the upstairs window and shouted ‘stay away from my house of I’ll stab you, I’ll cut you up’.”

Mr Lee added: “He then shouted at officers ‘get that taser away, I’ll kill every one of you’. He went back inside and there was the sound of smashing glass. Eventually he came out and did comply with the officers.”

The court heard how in 2014 Chalker was sentenced for an almost identical set of offending, also occurring at his home and involving the waving of a knife.

Sentencing Chalker, Judge Simon Carr said that the ordeal occurred in broad daylight and must have been frightening for those who witnessed it.

He added that his previous non-custodial sentence for a similar incident did nothing to deter him and that those who threaten police officers with knives can expect nothing but jail.

A pervy pensioner caught by paedophile hunters engaging in internet sex chats with who he believed to be 12 and 13-year-old girls was sent to prison.

John Franklyn Williams, 71, of Leskinnick Place in Penzance, was door-knocked by members of the group Hunters 24/7 who had travelled nearly 350 miles to question him after conversations with their decoy profiles.

Williams went on trial at Truro Crown Court on Monday charged with two counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child charges.

Following a short period of deliberation a jury rubbished Williams’ account that he knew all along they were paedophile hunters and was playing along to call them out, convicting him of all four charges.

Prosecuting the case, Paul Grumbar said: “On September 22, 2017, police received a call asking them to attend a property in Penzance.

“The people at the address were members of a paedophile hunters group who explained to the officers that female adults had been communicating with the defendant over the internet pretending to be young girls and that the defendant engaged with them with sexually explicit messages.

“They explained that they were filming a live stream of their interactions with the defendant. The defendant was then arrested on suspicion of child grooming offences and taken to the police station.

“The messages between the defendant and the two decoys was retrieved and it is clear and obvious that he was obtaining sexual gratification from them.”

During the trial the jury was then showed the Hunters 24/7 video in which they explain to Williams that they’ve travelled 347 miles to see him and that he was talking to decoys he believed to be real girls aged 12 and 13.

The hunters describe that Williams told the decoys that he wanted to have sex with them, asking what difference age makes.

He also nicknamed his penis and the girls’ genitals during chats and asked them questions about their underwear, urging them to send him pictures and videos.

You can view the full sting on Williams here by accessing the Facebook page and then searching his name on the right hand side search function.

Police have welcomed a sentence handed down to a prolific shoplifter and burglar saying it acts as reassurance to the public.

Dale Laidlaw, 30, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison at Truro Crown Court for a series of burglaries and thefts across Cornwall.

Laidlaw, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to three counts of commercial and four counts of residential burglaries.

A further 22 offences that hadn’t yet reached the crown court were taken into consideration by Judge Simon Carr as he passed sentence after being admitted by Laidlaw.

He said: “Laidlaw is a prolific offender, carrying out many of his burglaries at residential addresses across Bodmin , stealing money, jewellery, electronic items and much more.

“We are pleased with the sentence outcome and hope this reassures the public that police do take a proactive stance on these types of offences.

“I would like to acknowledge the good police work carried out by CID, Neighbourhood and Response teams and Scenes of Crime officers in bringing this person to justice.

“We would like to thank the public who contacted us following our previous appeals for information on social media. Such information proved vital in this person’s conviction.”

There was jubilation in the Bodmin area in October when Jacob Campbell, 26, was finally put behind bars.

In August prolific criminal Jake Campbell was given four months to save himself from prison when sentenced for headbutting, choking and punching Jacob Comertoglu as he made his way through Bodmin to see the town’s Christmas lights last year.

Campbell got his suspended jail sentence deferred by the judge after he launched a ferocious beating that left his 19-year-old victim’s face swollen and bruised. A picture of Jacob Comertoglu’s injuries was shared by his mother, causing outrage across Cornwall.

After calls from the victim’s mum and others for action, Campbell, 26, was eventually arrested and admitted a charge of assault when he appeared at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court.

Passing sentence at Truro Crown Court , Judge Robert Linford told Campbell, of Wallace Road in Bodmin, that he’d be given one final throw of the dice, deferring sentence until December.

Campbell was told that if he kept out of trouble, saved money towards compensation and kept his appointments he’d avoid a prison sentence. However it took him less than three weeks to blow the chance.

He found himself back in the dock for an offence of being drunk and disorderly outside The White Hart Inn.

Judge Linford jailed Campbell for 14 months to take into account a wounding suspended sentence and the common assault.

Then, on December 19 he was back before Judge Linford, this time after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecuting the case, Althea Brooks said: “On October 20 this year at about 9:15pm Sean Flynn was walking from his parents’ house with his partner Donna Martin.

“They were walking past the entrance to McColl’s when a man asked to borrow ID to buy alcohol. Mr Flynn said no and kept walking but the man continued to ask.

“He became agitated and hostile and pinned Mr Flynn to the wall. It was at this point the man was joined by the defendant and together they took him to the floor and kicked him numerous times in the head and stomach with one witness hearing the impact.”

Campbell was also aggressive to officers on arrest and Mr Flynn was left with numerous injuries including memory loss which still affect his sleep and work.

Sentencing Campbell yet again, Judge Linford said: “I remember you very well. You were a person I took a chance on and you threw it back in my face.

“This offence is another offence of violence and you launched an unprovoked attack on someone doing nothing wrong at all. It was appalling and outrageous.”

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