Faces of 14 criminals who were locked up this week

From left; Kaylum Forrester, David Whiteside and Christy Hewitt
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)


A grandad who killed his wife then went to Costa Coffee, a convicted paedophile who embedded himself within a theatre group and the "country's youngest bus driver" were among the Merseyside criminals who were jailed over the past week.

Also locked up were members of an EncroChat "trade society" who were arrested boarding a flight to Ibiza. Meanwhile, Liverpool Crown Court heard that a couple were caught with a TK Maxx suitcase containing £350,000 of drugs after their car was stopped by police on the M58.

Here are the faces of 14 criminals from our region who were imprisoned over the last seven days:

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David Whiteside

David Whiteside
David Whiteside -Credit:Merseyside Police

A couple were caught with nearly half a million pounds worth of drugs after their car was pulled over on the motorway.

Chloe Armstrong wept in the dock as her boyfriend David Whiteside was locked up over a haul of illicit class A substances worth nearly £350,000, which was discovered in a TK Maxx suitcase in their boot. However, she and her mum Lisa Armstrong walked free from court despite a further £130,000 of cocaine, heroin and cannabis resin being discovered when their home was raided.

Whiteside admitted possession of cocaine, heroin and cannabis resin with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for seven years.

Chloe and Lisa Armstrong pleaded guilty to permitting premises to be used in the supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis resin. They were handed 15 months and 13 months respectively, prison terms which were suspended for two years.

Both were also told to complete rehabilitation activity requirements of up to 20 days and must serve four-month electronically monitored curfews from 8pm to 6am. Chloe Armstrong was seen wiping away tears i as the sentences were handed down.

Kaylum Weaver

Kaylum Weaver
Kaylum Weaver -Credit:Merseyside Police

The "youngest bus driver in the country" has been sent to a young offenders' institute.

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

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

Karlos Escoffery, David Bradley and Dylan Adams

Karlos Escoffery
Karlos Escoffery -Credit:Merseyside Police

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

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

Dylan Adams
Dylan Adams -Credit:Merseyside Police

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

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

David Bradley
David Bradley -Credit:Merseyside Police

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

Kaylum Forrester

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

A paedophile's sick haul of abuse images was uncovered after he was caught speaking online with someone he thought was a child.

Kaylum Forrester admitted arranging a child sex offence and making, possessing, and distributing indecent images of children. He was jailed for six years.

Scott McGuffie

Scott McGuffie
Scott McGuffie -Credit:Cheshire Police

A domestic abuser who sent an intimidate video of his ex to her new partner on WhatsApp ranted: "I'm sitting in a courtroom full of lies."

Scott McGuffie subjecting his pregnant former girlfriend to a campaign of harassment following the breakdown of their relationship, including lurking outside her house in the dead of night and bombarding her with phone calls. A judge told him that he was "selfish and abusive by nature" and had an "instinct to resort to violence and intimidation"

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

Christy Hewitt

Christy Hewitt
Christy Hewitt -Credit:Merseyside Police

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

Christy Hewitt strangled his partner after she refused to have sex with him and boasted that he could "kill her with one punch". The dad-of-three also repeatedly stamped on his victim's head in another "unpleasant and gratuitous" assault.

Hewitt admitted intentional strangulation, two counts of assault by beating, criminal damage and a public order offence. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for 30 months and given a 10-year restraining order.

Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson
Charles Thompson -Credit:Merseyside Police

A convicted paedophile infiltrated a theatre group before developing an "obsession" with a child actor.

Charles Thompson made a collage of pictures of the teenage girl after downloading the images from her Facebook page and suggested that they play roles which would see them portraying a couple on stage, despite their 30-year age difference. He also suggested that he "join her" in bed and admitted that his "new year's resolution to give her up" would be doomed to failure as he could not stop "daydreaming" about her.

Thompson, who was supported by his wife in the public gallery, admitted two counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for two years.

Leo Meek

A man who mowed down and killed a 15-year-old boy has been jailed again for leading police on a 100mph chase in a stolen car.

Leo Meek was previously given a 40-month sentence for causing the death of schoolboy Jack Jones by dangerous driving in April 2021 while the teenager was out riding his bike. The 15-year-old from Moreton, Wirral, had been cycling the familiar route to his aunt's house after spending the evening watching a film with his little brother.

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

Stuart Robertson

Stuart Robertson
Leo Meek jailed for dangerous driving

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

Stuart Robertson strangled his partner Dawn to death aged 62 before placing a crucifix in her lifeless hands, taking a bus into St Helens town centre and handing himself in to the police after "pausing for a cup of tea" at the coffee shop. He told a jury during his trial that he that he had attacked his spouse after "feeling a burning anger and rage" when she told him his son was not his.

The 69-year-old was unanimously cleared of murder, but admitted the lesser charge of manslaughter. Robertson nodded as he was handed his prison term, of which he must serve at least two thirds before becoming eligible for release on licence, and mouthed the words "thank you" as he was led down to the cells.

John Woods

John Woods, of Orchard Lane, Ainsdale
Stuart Robertson -Credit:Merseyside Police

A single punch outside a sports bar cracked a man's skull and left him needing hospital care for months.

John Woods punched former friend John Barton outside the Champs pub in Ainsdale after the latter decided to gate crash a party. After being turfed out, he was followed onto the street by a group of guests including his ex-boss Woods - who left him unconscious on the ground and with a bleed on the brain.

He was jailed for 14 months.

Jamie Worrall

Jamie Worrall, 36, of Randon Grove, St Helens, was found guilty of burglary
John Woods, of Orchard Lane, Ainsdale -Credit:Merseyside police

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

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

David Hampson

David Hampson
Jamie Worrall, 36, of Randon Grove, St Helens, was found guilty of burglary -Credit:Merseyside Police

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

Using his pink iPhone, David Hampson exchanged a series of vile messages with an account he believed belonged to a 13-year-old. He was jailed on his 60th birthday on Friday over the lurid conversations.

Hampson admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was imprisoned for two years.

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