Jailed in second half of 2018 at Truro Crown Court in Cornwall

Jailed in the second half of 2018


Jason Haberland

A heated phone call with his girlfriend lead to a man embarking on a crime wave which saw him punch a woman twice in the face, steal a car and drive into a police vehicle.

Jason Haberland, 29, of Penstraze Place in St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video link from Exeter Prison on Tuesday, July 10, when he pleaded guilty to robbery, theft, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of an article with a bladed point, making threats to kill and driving while disqualified.

Prosecuting barrister Jason Beal told the court how the series of offending took place on the night of June 8 and into the morning of the following day.

He said that Haberland had spent the evening with his friend Aine Macaulay drinking at the Wheal Tor pub in Pensilva.

Mr Beal said: “He was drinking pints of cider and initially his mood was good. The defendant went to his friend’s address where he was staying.

“While in the kitchen he made and received calls to his girlfriend and his mood changed like the flicking of a switch, shouting down the phone.

“He told Ms Macaulay he had to leave, demanding she gave him her car keys. She refused to give him the keys but he was so angry she could see the veins throbbing in his head.

“He followed her into the bedroom and demanded she let him use the car, at one stage taking her phone to try and barter with her.”

Mr Beal explained how Haberland was telling Ms Macaulay that he had to go and see someone in St Austell before Ms Macaulay fled to the home of a neighbour, Haberland again following her.

When the defendant entered neighbour Anna Cacchione’s home he punched her in the face and took her car keys. He then struck her again, knocking her to the floor.

Haberland then drove off with Ms Cacchione’s car and Ms Macaulay’s mobile phone and keys.

Mr Beal added: “Police located the defendant and began pursuing him towards Lostwithiel. After half a minute the defendant braked sharply and began to reverse at speed, travelling so fast he rammed the front of the police vehicle damaging the bonnet and breaking the number plate.

“The defendant then drove through Lostwithiel at 40 miles per hour, failing to give way and crossing double white lines with little thought of what was coming in the opposite direction.

“A stinger device was activated and Haberland was eventually boxed in after performing a handbrake turn.”

Haberland was said to have smelt of alcohol and there were fears he had overdosed on prescription medication.

While in the company of police, Haberland made threats to stab and kill someone from St Austell who he claimed tied him up while he abused his girlfriend.

It was at this time Haberland, who has a host of previous convictions, was found in possession of a black lock knife.

Sentencing Haberland, Judge Simon Carr said: “It’s clear on the night in question you’d been drinking heavily when you took a number of phone calls which obviously upset you.

“At the time you were at a flat occupied by a friend and repeatedly demanded car keys. You became more aggressive and more violent and a neighbour was awoken.

“The neighbour intervened and you then punched her to the face to get her keys. Your driving thereafter was a sustained period of dangerous driving as you did everything you could to evade capture which included reversing into a police car before making serious threats against a third party.”

Given Haberland’s “extremely poor” record for violence he was jailed for five years three months and banned from driving for two years and seven months.

Mikey Fox

A young burglar who was given an “exceptional chance” at a previous court appearance landed himself back in the dock after falling victim to a citizen’s arrest.

Mikey Fox, 20, from Elizabeth Road in St Austell appeared at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday, July 10, via video-link from HMP Exeter.

Fox appeared to be sentenced for burglary and the breach of a suspended sentence after being caught red-handed trying to enter SC Cars in Par on June 12.

Prosecuting barrister Deni Matthews told the court how the business is based across the road from a number of residential houses and on the night in question, two neighbours heard the sound of breaking glass and could make out a figure shining a torch.

Police were called and in the meantime Fox was circled by members of the public, taken to the floor and restrained until officers arrived.

Officers then searched Fox and found a pair of bolt croppers and two cut padlocks. He had also tried to cut another padlock in a bid to force entry without success.

Mr Matthews told Judge Simon Carr how Fox was given a suspended sentence previously when he was working as a gardener and climbed a ladder into a property and stole cash and jewellery.

Sentencing Fox, Judge Carr said: “Members of the public were alerted to a noise in a car lot and when they found you trying to break in they apprehended you.

“What was found in your bag were bolt croppers and two cut padlocks from your attempts to get in.

“The court previously gave you an exceptional chance when you abused the trust of a home owner to break into their house. However, I do understand the challenges you face.”

Fox was sentenced to a total of 13 months in prison, taking into account the burglary and suspended sentence breach.

David Watts

A judge said that he was left with no choice but to send a man to prison after he was caught with a little short of 20,000 indecent images of children.

David Watts, 32, Belowda, near Roche, was given a lifeline in 2014 when he received a suspended sentence for a similar offence.

However, Watts wound up back in the Truro Crown Court dock, where he admitted three counts of making indecent images of children.

Prosecuting barrister Deni Matthews told Judge Simon Carr how officers attended a house Watts shared with his mother on August 9 of last year.

Mr Matthews said: “When challenged Mr Watts volunteered that he’d been stupid and that the evidence officers wanted was on a computer upstairs.

“A computer and hard drive were seized and Mr Watts told the police something along the lines of ‘you go through sh*t times and you have regrets’.”

Investigating officers discovered a huge haul of vile images, including 612 Category A images and seven videos, 894 Category B images and two videos and just short of 17,500 Category C images and three videos.

Mr Matthews added that the Category A images showed the penetrative rape of a three-year-old child.

During interview Watts said that he had been drinking heavily and as a result began searching online for underage material on the internet and using peer-to-peer software.

The court then heard from Tony Ciocci from the Probation Service, who said that Watts abided by the terms of his previous suspended sentence order, but due to his work situation at the time failed to complete a rehabilitation programme.

After the briefest of pauses to contemplate sentence, Judge Carr told a dejected Watts that he had no choice but to send him to prison.

He said: “Your computer was found to have a significant number of images, including of the highest category and with children as young as three.

“In 2014 you committed identical offences and a court took the exceptional course of a suspended sentence with added requirements. You didn’t complete the course, in part due to objections from you. You were given an opportunity and reoffended on a significant scale.”

Watts was sent to prison for eight months, of which he must serve half.

Mark Chandler (jailed at Plymouth Crown Court)

A drug addict who helped a gang steal a safe containing £10,000 from a building firm in a Cornish hamlet was jailed for three years.

Former heroin and cocaine user Mark Chandler, aged 36, helped cut away the safe from its mounting in the Roof Truss Company building near St Austell and drive it away in a pick-up truck.

Chandler, from Launceston, had claimed he was forced to take part in the raid because he owed money to a drug dealer.

His sentence was deferred by Judge Peter Johnson earlier this year to see if he could stay off drugs, stay in his job and save money for compensation.

He returned to the court where prosecutor Emily Cook explained that the safe was found the next day by investigators but the £10,000 it contained was missing along with a number of key documents and account details vital to the company.

She noted how DNA recovered from the saw used to gain access to the safe matched Chandler’s.

Ms Cook noted how further matters have come to light since Chandler last appeared at court.

She said Chandler had pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court earlier this week to two matters of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

She said Chandler was stopped in a car on August 11, 2017, by police. He was found in the passenger seat with £210 in cash, a “number of mobile phones”, 4.12grams of cocaine in 12 wraps worth £230 and 13.64grams of cannabis worth £140. In addition he was in possession of scales with cocaine residue on it, benzocaine which is frequently used to ‘cut’ cocaine and 250 self-seal bags.

The court heard Chandler was on the phone at the time the vehicle was stopped by police and analysis of his mobile phone had a number of messages which were “indicative” of drugs supply.

Ms Cook said the messages included 40 recipients being offered cocaine and cannabis for sale.

She noted how Chandler had 34 convictions for 97 offences, including multiple thefts and fraud offences as well as drug offences.

Defence solicitor Chris Nicholls claimed his client committed the offences at the behest of a drug dealer and was “very much under his control”. He said the drug dealer was the driver of the car Chandler was found in and had “legged it” and has still not been caught by police.

Mr Nicholls said his client had found work as a groundworker and had been able to save £300 towards compensating the company he stole the £10,000 from, of which they had received £5,000 insurance.

He noted how Chandler was step-father to his partner’s two children and the couple were expecting their first child together.

Mr Nicholls said his client was “controlled throughout” by the drug supplier and after his partner helped him leave his caravan to avoid any temptations, Chandler returned to collect his belongings only to find clothes, documents and others items had been set on fire by the drugs supplier.

However, Mr Nicholls accepted his client had prepared a “fake letter” to the court which had resulted in the judge deferring the sentence.

Judge Johnson said the theft of the safe was “something approaching a professional burglary”.

He said the matter was magnified by the “false document” presented to the court by Chandler.

He sentenced Chandler to two-and-a-half years for the possession with intent to supply cocaine and six months for the possession with intent to supply cannabis to run concurrently. A further six months for the burglary was to run consecutively, totalling three years.

As Chandler was led away in cuffs by the dock officers he repeatedly mouthed “sorry baby” to a woman in the public gallery.

Michael Spiers planners Gytis Inokaitis and Andrius Buinevicius

Two of the masterminds behind an armed robbery that saw nearly £1million worth of jewellery stolen from Michael Spiers in Truro were handed huge sentences.

On Thursday, July 19, after just over two hours of deliberation, a jury at Truro Crown Court convicted Andrius Buinevicius, 41, and Gytis Inokaitis, 36, of conspiracy to commit robbery. Buinevicius was also found guilty of possession of an imitation firearm for supplying the gun used in the hold-up.

On January 10 of this year four masked men burst into Michael Spiers in Lemon Street armed with a gun and cans of pepper spray.

The men warned shoppers and staff to "get down" as they emptied display cabinets and stuffed items into a hold-all before leaving the shop.

The men then escaped to a waiting vehicle and drove to the Garras Wharf car park next to Tesco where they swapped cars before leaving the city.

The stolen items have not yet been recovered.

The four men who entered the shop had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. They were Haroldas Ivanovas, 20, Salius Mickus, 28, Rogertas Slekaitis, 25 and Tomas Bakierskis, 24, all of whom are from Lithuania and came to the UK specifically for the robbery, flying in the over the two days before.

Ivanovas and Slekaitis were arrested later that day after being stopped on the A30 near Launceston whereas Bakierskis and Mickus boarded a train to Bristol where they were pinched the following day. Police used CCTV and automatic number plate recognition to track them down after three vehicles were spotted entering Truro together.

Plot masterminds Buinevicius and Inokaitis had to wait a matter of minutes after the verdicts were delivered.

Buinevicius lives in Lithuania and Inokaitis, although originally from the Baltic country, now resides in Stuart Road in Plymouth and runs a clothing recycling business.

In mitigation for Buinevicius, Thomas Godfrey told Judge Simon Carr that although he accepts he played a significant role, there were others higher up the chain who played the leading role in the criminal enterprise.

Mr Godfrey added that no injuries were sustained and it wasn’t a real firearm used, instead a BB gun sprayed black to look more authentic.

He also mentioned that Buinevicius has a young son and, as a result of the conviction, will be out of his life for a considerable amount of time.

Representing Inokaitis, Kenneth Aylett said he had thrown away his family, his business and, up until the conviction, was well thought of in the local community.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Carr said it was “a carefully planned and sophisticated robbery”.

He said: “Anyone who watches the CCTV from the jewellers can see those involved had been very carefully prepared for the crime they were committing.

“I have no doubt, Gytis Inokaitis, that you were responsible for selecting Michael Spiers as a suitable target because of your local knowledge and in the CCTV it is clear the window displays were particularly targeted and those who entered had the tools to prize open the shutters that protected the windows.

“Those who committed the robbery were armed with a firearm painted black to look more realistic and it would no doubt have been terrifying for those it was pointed at. The group also had pepper spray and showed no hesitation in using it.

“Almost £1million of jewellery was stolen in the robbery, which took a little more than two minutes.

“It wasn’t just the planned on the day which was self evident, planning in the case two a number of months.

“Andrius Buinevicius, you came to the UK twice in October to buy the getaway vehicles and to research and plan the routes. The sat nav in your car showed you circling the jewellers and other areas of the plot including the car-park where the cars were exchanged and the railway station where the robbers were dropped off.

“It’s clear you took significant part in planning and the recruiting of those who took part. It is though conceivable that people further up were directing things from Lithuania.

“Gytis Inokaitis, you were used because of your knowledge of Cornwall. You ran a very successful business that not only provided you with knowledge but presented you with a front the robbery could hide behind. An integral part of your business was people coming from Lithuania and you putting them up, often staying for short periods.

“You bought them vehicles to assist with their work and took people to the areas in which they were going to operate.

“You had in place the opportunity the explain it as innocent business and I have no doubt you were recruited rather than being an instigator but you actively engaged thereafter.”

Judge Carr also noted that Buinevicius had previous for firearms offences for which he received six years in a Lithuanian prison.

Buinevicius was jailed for 16 years and Inokaitis for 13, of which they must both serve half before they are eligible for parole.

Although found not guilty of any involvement in the robbery Harijus Jaciaskas, 33, from Manchester was sentenced to three months for entering the UK in breach of a deportation order.

Philip Lee of the CPS said:

“This was a terrifying robbery which was planned and carried out by members of an international organised crime group, some of whom travelled to this country for the sole purpose of committing the crime.

“The investigation by the Devon and Cornwall Police was swift and thorough. The case we presented in court relied upon witnesses, CCTV footage and mobile phone and vehicle tracking data to link these men to the robbery. The evidence was so compelling that two of the defendants changed their pleas to guilty part way through the trial”.

Michael Spiers robbers

Four masked men who raided Michael Spiers jewellery shop armed with a gun, pepper spray and crowbars were jailed for more than 30 years.

On Friday, July 20, the dock was filled with the four men who entered the store, all of whom had admitted conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Sitting side-by-side were Haroldas Ivanovas, 20, Rogertas Slekaitis, 25, Salius Mickus, 28 and Tomas Bakierskis, 24, all from Lithuania.

They were joined by Inokaitis’ employee, Latvian Agris Davidonis, 31, who admitted perverting the course of justice. Davidonis lived in a property in Gunnislake rented by Inokaitis and told police lies about who had visited the property in the build-up to the heist.

Prosecution barrister Philip Lee told the court: “The robbery was planned from October 2017 by Andrius Buinevicius, assisted by Gytis Inokaitis. These four men (Ivanovas, Slekaitis, Mickus and Bakierskis) were recruited and brought into the UK on January 8 and 9.

“Inokaitis collected Mickus and Slekaitis from the airport in Bristol and Buenivicius then collected Ivanovas and Bakierskis.

“Moving onto January 10, Buenivicius drove into Truro followed by two vehicles occupied by these four men. They entered Garras Wharf car park and Buinevicius left and remained just outside of Truro.

“The four men drove to the scene in a Renault Laguna and carried out the robbery just before 10am. CCTV showed the four men entering the shop one after another. Ivanovas was first and using a black hand gun shouting at staff to get down.

“Slekaitis was second holding pepper spray and Mickus third attacking display cabinets. Bakierskis was fourth and filled his backpack with the jewellery.

“Shop managed David Brignall was sprayed with an irritant liquid and fell to his knees. Another member of staff, Mr Bassett, was threatened with a gun and lay on the floor face down throughout. A member of the public also entered the shop and was sprayed with pepper spray and dropped to his knees. It was no doubt a terrifying experience.”

Mr Lee added that Ivanovas and Slekaitis were arrested in a Ford Mondeo shortly after midday in Launceston and Buinevicius was arrested at Luton Airport as he was about to board a flight. Bakierskis and Mickus were both arrested in Bristol after catching a train but returned the following night due to a problem with the recovery and disposal of the stolen property.

The court heard how Ivanovas had no previous convictions, Slekaitis - who told police initially he was in the area sightseeing - has convictions for robbery and drug offences in Lithuania, Mickus had previous for theft and Bakierskis also had history of robbery in his homeland.

Mr Lee also outlined how Davidonis denied being aware of or recognising Buenivicius, despite him staying at the house in Petroc Court. Davidonis was also £3,000 in debt to Inokaitis and has unrelated previous convictions.

Representing Ivanovas, Mr Kehler said that he took responsibility for his actions from the outset.

He said: “At 20 he is a young man and the circumstances are that his father died when he was six. He has no qualifications so work is hard to come by. His mother became an alcoholic and when this opportunity presented itself when he was approached by a friend of a friend, he saw it as an chance to put his mum into rehab. He was not involved in the planning and was a foot soldier flown in.”

Ramsay Quaife mitigated on behalf of Slekaitis and said that he didn’t have the easiest of starts in life, his abusive father serving in the Russian army prior to independence. He was looked after by his extended family and had to walk 15 kilometres to school in temperatures as low as minus 30, before he “fell into trouble”.

Mr Quaife added that he was “rife for recruitment” due to him only being able to secure low paid labouring jobs and that his family described him as “a good man” who they have never seen in drink or taking drugs. Slekaitis wants to serve his time and return to his fiancé and step child.

Derek Perry, defending Mickus, pointed out that he did not use the pepper spray and that he returned to Lithuania from Germany to discover his two young siblings had been taken into care. Mr Perry said he “wanted to earn money to bring his family unit back together”.

Piers Norsworthy said Bakierskis didn’t know he was coming to England to carry out the robbery and thought the operation would involve petty stealing.

Mr Norsworthy described him as “a foot soldier in the enterprise” who didn’t have a happy childhood and fell in with the wrong crowd.

Chris Spencer said that Davidonis had been in the UK for 12 years and has a partner and two children. He said his involvement was limited to the false witness statement which was soon straightened out. Since being in prison he has done every course available to him and wants to return to Latvia as soon as he is able to.

Sentencing the five, Judge Simon Carr said the robbery was “meticulously planned and executed” and carried out with “almost military precision”.

He said: “The four of you who actively carried it out I accept had no part in the initial planning and that is a factor in your sentences.

“Each of you were brought in days before and arrived with a part to play. Mr Ivanovas you were armed with an imitation pistol that would have seemed very real to anyone confronted with it. The others were responsible for the control of the shop and stealing from the displays. Crowbars were brought for that purpose and all of you made attempts to disguise your face.

“In two minutes you succeeded in stealing almost £1 million of goods.”

Noting Ivanovas’ age and previous good character he was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders’ institute.

Slekaitis and Bakierskis were jailed for nine and a half years and Mickus eight years.

All must serve half before they are eligible for release.

Adam Spiers, director of Michael Spiers said: "After the recent court case concerning the robbery which took place in our Truro store on January 10, we would like to share our sincere thanks and gratitude towards Devon and Cornwall Police for their continued efforts and hard work during the investigations and court process.

"We would also like to thank the public and our customers who have shown an overwhelming amount of support for our Truro team over the past few months. As a local family run business we are so proud to be a part of such an amazing community who have pulled together at a difficult time.”


William Michael Reynolds

Two victims of a predatory paedophile spoke of the devastating effect the sickening crimes had on all aspects of their lives after they watched a judge hand him down a huge sentence.

William Michael Reynolds, commonly known as Mike, groomed the two young boys before going on to masturbate each of them them, perform oral sex on them and attempt to anally penetrate them in Penzance during the 1990s.

Reynolds, most recently of Matlock Terrace in Torquay, arrived at Truro Crown Court on Monday, August 8 for sentence after being convicted of 21 counts of indecent assault on a male person, two counts of buggery and one count of attempted rape.

Both of the now 77-year-old Reynolds’ victims were present in court and had their victim impact statements read to the assembled courtroom.

One of the men said: “I think at the start of this if someone were to ask me what grooming was it would have been very different to what I now know it to be which is a systematic campaign of abuse against a child who has no understanding of what is happening to them.

“At the age of 14 I told the police and social services what I could but this was during the height of the abuse. I was scared of getting my mum into trouble, of being put into care, and had a strange misguided loyalty to my abuser. It was a cry for help. When nothing happened and the abuse continued I thought I would take it to the grave with me.

“That was until DC (Lara) Turner contacted me, in meeting her I found someone I could trust. She listened to me and did something about it. And today justice was done. I know I still have a long journey ahead of me but now have the chance to deal with this and live the life I have dreamed of.”

The victim added that Reynolds’ offer of ‘friendship’ made him feel grown up and that the abuse robbed him of his adolescence, the guilt and shame still not going away and affecting him in his adult life.

The other victim, who was groomed from the age of 12 or 13, said: “I feel like part of me is lost forever and it has had a profound effect on all aspects of my life.

“It has had a negative effect on adult relationships and during the abuse I transitioned from a happy and settled childhood to someone who viewed the world as a confusing and dark place.

“No amount of showering has ever erased the guilt and shame, and my self-esteem and self-worth became so low it was close to non-existent.

“As an adult I often felt I didn’t deserve the things I had and woke up every day with a sense of dread, some days feeling I didn’t want to live.”

Mitigating on behalf of Reynolds, Lee Brembridge noted that the offences happened a long time ago and that he has not committed any further crimes since. He also said that as Reynolds, who previously worked as head gardener at the St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle, is 77, prison will be a difficult environment for him.

Sentencing Reynolds, Judge Robert Linford began by touching upon his previous offending for which he was jailed in the 1980s.

He said: “On Friday you were convicted of every count that you remained charged.

“In 1989 you were sent to prison for two acts of gross indecency with a boy. You befriended him aged 13 and offended against him.

“I have no doubt the learned judge would have hoped the sentence would have deterred you from such offending but in a matter of five years or so you were in the vicinity of public toilets in Penzance (Jennings Street).

“You told the jury you were a homosexual and lonely man who frequented the area to make friends. I only accept part of that and I find that you were at the time a sexual predator intent on preying on young adolescent boys.”

Judge Linford then progressed to outline the offending against each victim.

Talking about the first victim, he said: “Either on the first meeting or shortly after you began advancing on him sexually. You drove him home, stopping to masturbate him on the roadside.

“Your conduct because worse. Repeated acts of masturbation and oral sex progressed to acts of buggery. You manipulated him into becoming a sexual object and the abuse lasted for almost two years before he became too old for you and your contact ceased.

“By then you had found a younger boy who was 13 when he was introduced to you as a lad who could help with odd jobs. He was young, naïve and you exploited those traits.

“You put pornography on your television and he woke to find you masturbating in front of him before you began to masturbate him. That behaviour lasted until he was 15.

“He was 14 or 15 when you tried to penetrate him anally and you only stopped because it hurt so much. You were a predatory paedophile and following the abuse you just got on with your life. The victims tried to put it behind them but they could not. It’s quite clear that your conduct affected their lives significantly and will continue to do so.”

Judge Linford then sentenced Reynolds to 14 years in prison and told him to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Following the case, investigating officer, DC Turner said: “This has been a lengthy and complex investigation made all the more difficult due to the defendant’s continual denial.

“I have nothing but admiration and respect for the victims bravery and strength; not only in what they endured and suffered both mentally and physically as children but in finding the strength to come forward and report this abhorrent man and the heinous acts he inflicted on them.

“Reynolds could have prevented these men enduring a protracted investigation and subsequent trial where they have been forced to relive the horrendous acts they suffered time and time again. Instead, he continued to exert his control to the last minute causing them further unnecessary distress in the process. Despite this, the victims have shown nothing but patience, respect and dignity throughout and have finally received the justice they deserve.”

If anyone feels they have been a victim of non-recent sexual abuse and would like to talk to someone to seek advice, they can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or via help@nspcc.org.uk.

Police can also be contacted via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101.

Nathan James

A thug who stole from terminally ill people also smashed two glasses into the face of a stranger on a night out shouting, “do you know who I am? I’m an Isaacs”.

Drunk Nathan James’ savage attack changed the life of victim Daniel Greenaway to the extent that he now feels unable to attend his child’s parents' evening because of the anxiety which has stemmed from his injuries.

In the months leading up to the incident that took place at The White Hart in Camborne, James befriended and stole from a number of vulnerable people, taking cash and a car among other items.

James, 26, of no fixed abode but from the Camborne area, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter on Tuesday, August 14 to be sentenced for a range of offences.

James had previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, multiple thefts, burglary, possession of cannabis, driving with no licence and driving with no insurance.

Prosecuting, Julia Cox described how in March 2016 James became aware of the difficulties of a 75-year-old man who lived near to him. On one occasion James entered his property, seemingly to ask him a question, before leaving with the victim’s wallet and its contents, consisting of about £50 and his bank card which James later used to withdraw £140 from a cash machine.

Then James deliberately targeted a 59-year-old man who lived as a recluse and suffered from severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and mental health difficulties.

Miss Cox said: “In January 2017 the defendant attended the home of the man and indicated he wanted to come in for a chat. The victim allowed him to do so and James sold him some meat for £10.

“While James was in the kitchen he noticed some money in neat stacks. James stole the money in full view of the victim who was unable to do anything. He later returned and stole more money along with the meat he had previously sold him.”

It was estimated that about £170 was taken from this victim.

Sometime later James attempted to help a man with terminal cancer up the steps to his home at Dorchester Court, Camborne, after he returned from a hospital appointment.

The man mistook this gesture as an act of goodwill but once inside James drew the curtains and took the man’s keys, a television, which he claimed he would fix, and a coin pot.

Subsequently the victim, who has since died, noticed his car had been stolen from the forecourt and James was later found by police driving the vehicle without a licence or insurance.

Moving on to the glassing which took place in November 2017, Miss Cox described how Mr Greening had been out on November 4 in Camborne when he drunkenly tried to help an injured man lying on the floor by performing CPR.

Miss Cox said: “Because he was drunk Mr Greening was being a nuisance so a bouncer moved him away. He calmed and went again towards the man on the floor when James appeared and smashed a glass right into his face saying ‘that’s my mate’.

“Glass smashed everywhere and the defendant then took another glass and took a swing hitting Mr Greening again," said Miss Cox. "This time he said ‘do you know who I f*cking am? I’m an Isaacs’.

“James then headbutted the cells when he arrived at the police station.”

Mr Greening was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital for treatment and his victim impact statement said he was now unable to walk down the street without being jumpy.

He added how his four-year-old daughter says she "wants daddy back as he was before" and Mr Greening didn’t feel able to attend parents' evening because of his anxiety and the impression his facial scarring might give to school staff.

Miss Cox concluded by outlining James’ previous criminal history which consisted of a lengthy rap sheet comprising dishonesty, theft, wounding and ABH (actual bodily harm) convictions.

Sentencing James, Judge Simon Carr said: “It is clear you deliberately targeted the vulnerable. You befriended the ill and gained access to their homes, you abused their trust by stealing from them.

“In November 2017 you were out and drinking heavily and in the early hours there was an incident outside the venue. I doubt you can explain what you did but because the incident involved a friend of yours who had been hurt you went into the pub and picked up two glasses, putting one in your back pocket.

“You smashed one into the face of a man with whom you had no dealings and after being pushed back you were so intent on injuring a man who was a stranger to you, you took out the other and again smashed it into his face causing catastrophic injuries.

“If it was a couple of millimetres to the right he would have lost an eye but the permanent scarring he will live with the rest of his life. The injuries have had a psychological effect and every time he looks in the mirror he will have a reminder of what you did.”

Judge Carr proceeded to sentence James to 10 years in prison.

Joseph Ahmed

A rapist told his victim “I’m raping you and you’re enjoying it” and that he “didn’t need consent” during the ordeal that resulted in both her and her family leaving the county.

Earlier this summer Joseph Khdim Ahmed, 31, of Clinton Road in Redruth, was convicted by a jury at Truro Crown Court of raping the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at a property in Dracaena Avenue, Falmouth.

Ahmed stood charged with three counts of rape and the jury found him guilty of one count, but cleared him the other two.

A smartly dressed Ahmed reappeared at Truro Crown Court on Thursday, August 16 to be sentenced.

The rape occurred after the victim went on a night out to celebrate her 19th birthday in December 2016.

Prosecuting barrister Jason Beal said during his opening remarks: “It was a Friday night back in December 2016 when the young woman went for a night out in Falmouth. For most of the evening it was a typical night out, drinking, chatting and having a good time.

“The victim and her friend ended up at a house party and while at the party she met the defendant. They went back into a nearby address and that is when the defendant took her into the bedroom and raped her.

“Mr Ahmed admits he met the girl at the party and they went back to the address, but he says although there was some sexual contact initiated by her, they did not have intercourse.”

Mr Beal talked the jury of eight women and four men through the girl’s night out and how she visited local venues Wetherspoon, The Brig and Toast, drinking prosecco, cocktails and beer before ending up at the party.

He added: “She continued drinking at the party and described herself as tipsy and giggly.

“Mr Ahmed poured her a beer, which is the last thing she remembers. The next thing she can recall is being back at another house. She was not sure where it was or how she got there.

“Mr Ahmed led her into the bedroom where there was another male who he told to get out because, in his words, he had business to do.

“The victim told Mr Ahmed she wanted to go home, but he said that she wasn’t going anywhere and gave her a drink, which she resisted but he forced her to drink.”

Mr Beal claimed that Ahmed then locked the door to the bedroom. He is also said to have been violent, punching her in the stomach and biting her privates.

Mr Beal said: “The victim said what he was doing was rape, but he told her to shut up. He poured her another drink and grabbed her by the mouth and forced her to drink it.”

Ahmed is then said to have walked the girl home and talked as if they were boyfriend and girlfriend, discussing what they were going to do that night.

Sitting as a judge, Recorder Martin Meeke QC said: “You are 31-years-old and it is clear your previous convictions have risen from occasions when you were in drink.

“On the night in question you were at a party in Falmouth also attended by the victim who was then 18. You did not know each other. She cannot recall how but she found herself in a flat some distance from the party with you.

“You deliberately targeted her and ensured the other occupant left the room before you set about your intent.

“She says you forced drink upon her and when she told you that you didn’t have consent and you needed to stop you said you didn’t need consent.

“You told her you were showing her a good time and when you forced your penis inside her she said it hurt. You said good because it was meant to.

“You bit her and she was crying the whole time but you didn’t care. At one stage you said ‘I’m raping you and you’re enjoying it’.

“When you finished you walked her part of the way home, you told her you loved her and tried to arrange to meet her again.

“Your conduct has had a significant psychological effect on her and she and her family have left the county as a consequence.”

Mr Meeke said that as reports considered Ahmed as a significant risk of further offending, he would pass an extended sentence of eight years.

As a result Ahmed was sentenced to five years in custody (of which he must serve two thirds before eligible for parole) and a further three years on licence.

Ahmed thanked Mr Meeke as he was led away.

Note - Ahmed's sentence was increased on appeal.

Gregory Whitehead

A former Cornwall post master and his cousin masterminded a global criminal enterprise which saw just over £2million worth of fake car accessories, toys and musical instruments shipped to the UK from China and then sold on eBay and Amazon.

Gregory William Whitehead, 48, and William Thomas Lemoyne, 36, appeared for sentence at Truro Crown Court after previously admitting their roles in what Cornwall Council Trading Standards has described as its biggest ever operation.

Both men admitted conspiracy to supply counterfeit goods at an earlier hearing.

Prosecuting barrister Alexander Greenwood described to the court how Whitehead, most recently of Tregrehan Hill in St Austell had previously worked as the sub post master in St Columb.

Along with his co-accused Lemoyne, previously of Trevenson Street in Camborne, both men traded from a converted barn warehouse at Carbean Mill in Carthew near St Austell.

When Trading Standards raided what was described in court as an “Aladdin’s cave” in February 2016 they found nearly 100,000 fake items boxed and divided by brand. The premises is said to have had three entrances and consisted of several floors, what Mr Greenwood described as “clear evidence of a highly organised and systematic business”.

Mr Greenwood said: “Boxes found were labelled for postage to France, Spain and ROW (rest of the world).

“There were 90,997 fake goods in the premises including goods that appeared to be Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Ford, Honda, Jaguar and Jaguar.

“Investigations showed substantial sums paid from Lemoyne to the account of Whitehead and vice versa indicative of the relationship between the two.”

The court heard how the three and a half year enterprise came about after Whitehead agreed provide a UK selling point for the brother of his ex-wife in China.

His former spouse Ying Yu was originally also subject to criminal proceedings but the charges were dropped.

Both Whitehead and Lemoyne used the identifications of innocent third parties to disguise their acts and also both set up a series of businesses under which the criminal operation performed. Their criminality was discovered when officers examined a number of financial accounts and business names and were able to piece together the puzzle.

Mr Greenwood said: “Gregory Whitehead was at the heart of what the prosecution says was a sophisticated conspiracy to import counterfeit goods for sale both in the UK and abroad.

“The offences date a number of years and both defendants were familiar with laws around the trademarking goods with Mr Whitehead even having to previously pay BMW for selling fake goods.”

The total value of the operation attributable to Whitehead was £1,259,547 and Lemoyne £347,118.

Sentencing Whitehead and Lemoyne, Judge Robert Linford said: “Over a period of three and a half years you were responsible for the onwards distribution of a vast number of goods that were fake.

“You two agreed to and carried out the importation of goods from China. In the large part they were car badges from well-known manufacturers and also counterfeit toys.

“You used the IDs of third parties and each knew what you were doing was severely wrong. You, Mr Whitehead, were previously warned by BMW and Mr Lemoyne you were not ignorant of the rules and regulations either.

“The total value of the enterprise exceeds £2million. Mr Whitehead the value of your side exceeds £1.25 million and Mr Lemoyne your side’s value was just under £350,000 although the profits were not as substantial.

“You both profited at the expense of the legitimate trademark holder and the over 90,000 counterfeit goods found in your possession were in the process of being sold.

“This was a sophisticated, commercial, for profit operation committed by you two who knew what you were doing.”

Judge Linford went onto note the considerable mitigation of both men but said he must impose deterrent sentences.

“With a heavy heart” Judge Linford sentenced Whitehead to 32 months in prison but said Lemoyne’s position was “very different” and therefore he was given a two year sentence suspended for two years.

A proceeds of crime hearing will take place in due course.

Robert O'Donoghue

A burglar who stole tens of thousands of pounds worth of cash and jewellery was hidden by travellers during a period spent on the run following the raid.

Robert O’Donoghue, 32, from Bristol, carried out the crime as part of a gang that deliberately targeted members of the Chinese community for various burglaries around the country.

O’Donoghue appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter for sentence on Tuesday, August 28 after admitting one burglary charge at an earlier hearing.

Prosecuting barrister Heather Hope told Judge Robert Linford how on October 9, 2016, the victim returned to his home at Castlemead Drive in Saltash, only to realise immediately that he’d been burgled.

Miss Hope described how a backdoor had been barrelled with its locking mechanism punched out, and that an untidy search of the premises had been conducted.

Miss Hope said: “A safe that had been bolted to the wall had been removed and within it was £25,000 to £27,000 in cash and three high value watches, as well as other jewellery and documents such as passports and birth certificates.

“Also taken from the filing cabinet was £7,000 and when a scenes of crime officer swabbed door handles a DNA sample was obtained that matched Mr O’Donoghue.

“Police officers investigating the matter very quickly formed the opinion it was a targeted burglary and one of a spate of similar offences investigated around the country whereby members of the Chinese community with businesses were chosen and high value items taken.

“O'Donoghue was due to return to a police station in Bristol in relation to another matter but he didn’t attend. Police thought he knew they were looking for him and it is believed he was being protected by those in the travelling community who were moving around the country and hiding him.

“None of the property has been recovered.”

Judge Robert Linford said that the offence was too serious for anything other than a custodial sentence.

He told O’Donoghue: “You were part of a group that as a whole targeted homes of the Chinese community. The victim’s property was ransacked and I have seen photos of the damage you did to this gentleman’s home.

“Over £30,000 in cash was taken and high value items such as jewellery and watches.

“I’ve read a full pre-sentence report and it demonstrates you offended to satisfy your addiction for illegal drugs. You showed no consideration for the man whose home you went into.

“You have a long history of battling addiction but you did not need to go into this house and you did not need to take those items.

“The effect of burglaries are that the victim never feels safe in their home again and every little creak puts them on edge.”

Judge Linford sentenced O’Donoghue to 26 months in prison, of which he must serve half before he is considered for parole.

Peter Love

It took a jury just over 20 minutes to convict a long-term drug user of being in possession a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone.

Peter Love, 32, of Enys Road in Camborne was convicted at Truro Crown Court after just 20 minutes of jury deliberation of one charge of being in possession of a weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of an electrical charge.

He had previously admitted being in possession of small amounts of both cannabis and heroin when stopped by police in Camborne on January 13 of this year.

Mitigating on behalf of Love, Robin Smith noted that the majority of his past convictions were drug and not violence related and that there was no evidence of the brandishing or use of the weapon.

Sentencing Love, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were convicted of being in possession of a stun gun that had been disguised as a phone.

“From everything I’ve heard about you it is clear you armed yourself as a result of your involvement in the drug business either to protect yourself or inflict pain on others.”

Judge Carr noted that Love had “an appalling record” and proceeded to sentence him to five years in prison, of which he must serve half before he eligible for parole.


Lance Cruise

An arsonist who torched a house while its occupant was being treated in hospital in an effort to cover his tracks has been convicted after a jury dismissed his feeble attempt to explain away his involvement to police.

Lance Christopher Thomas Cruise, 25, of no fixed abode, had been on trial at Truro Crown Court.

It took a jury less than two hours to convict him of burglary and arson being reckless to whether life was endangered.

The charges relate to the fire and break-in at an address in Adelaide Street, Penzance, on December 15 of last year.

Opening the case to the jury, prosecuting barrister Nigel Wraith said the two-storey property was occupied by Miss Brightwell who had spent most of December of last year in hospital.

Mr Wraith said: “While Miss Brightwell was in hospital she asked her neighbour, Robert Barnes, to look after her home and feed her cat.

“Mr Barnes went to her home late in the afternoon on December 14 and left food for her cat and made sure the property was in order.

“The address was broken into in the early hours of December 15 when the trespasser gained entrance to the back door of the house by smashing a concrete block through it.

“He then spent some time inside emptying the property and stealing several items.”

Items stolen included a pair of binoculars, jewellery, a passport, a mobile phone, identity documents and some sunglasses.

Mr Wraith added: “The burglar then set fire to the sofa in the lounge, presumably to nullify any forensic traces that may have been left behind. The burglar then made off while the house was still burning and, as it was a mid-terrace property, there was an obvious risk that the fire could have spread to neighbouring properties and endangered the lives of those living there.”

Next door neighbour Paul Baker awoke to the smell of smoke and, after seeing the house on fire, rang 999. The scene was then attended by numerous fire crews who managed to bring the flames under control.

Moving on to why the prosecution said Cruise was the man responsible, Mr Wraith said that at 11.20am on December 15, Cruise was detained by store staff at the White River Shopping Centre in St Austell on suspicion of shoplifting and found to have on him the items stolen from Miss Brightwell’s home.

During interview Cruise told police officers he found the items on the train and was subsequently arrested on theft by finding. It wasn’t until January that Miss Brightwell identified the items as hers.

Mr Wraith added: “Forensic evidence had been destroyed by the fire but police carried out some further investigations and obtained CCTV from a nearby fish and chip shop.

“The footage showed a man in the road at 01.11 who came into view and throws a bottle towards an address above the shop.

“The man then goes to an address across the road (Miss Brightwell’s home) and tries the front door handle but finds it is locked. He runs off and two minutes later a figure appears and goes into a back lane that accesses Miss Brightwell’s property.

“By 01.30 CCTV picks up lights flicking on and off in the property and movement in the address.

“The burglar is in there for quite some time with the last movement seen at 02.38.”

Mr Wraith went on to describe how PC William Bray saw Cruise the day before the fire and when he viewed the footage he believed the figure depicted was Cruise.

During police interviews Cruise admitted it was him in the CCTV footage and who threw a bottle, saying he did so as he wanted to get the occupant’s attention. He also held his hands up to going to the front door of Miss Brightwell’s home, saying he did so to see if the person living there had seen his friend David.

However he denied entering the address at all, stealing the items and starting the fire. He said it was purely a coincidence he was found in St Austell with the property.

Judge Robert Linford sentenced Cruise to a total of six years in prison.

Michael Richards

A former chess prodigy who has a whopping 121 criminal convictions was jailed for his latest offence.

Serial nuisance Michael Richards, 41, appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court on September 10 charged with breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

Homeless alcoholic Richards was arrested in Truro 24 hours earlier and held in custody overnight.

Richards, who once played chess for England, has been in and out of prison over many years for his offending in Falmouth and Truro. He's been banned from town centres and was jailed more than 30 times in 2008 alone.

In 2011 police even used the 1898 Inebriates Act as a "last resort" to help tackle his menacing ways.

His criminal record includes burglary, damaging property and violence, and he once threatened staff at Trago Mills with a handgun.

The court heard that on this occasion Richards was drinking cider in an alleyway between Gloweth View and Tresawls Road at about midday on Sunday when a dog walker became “frightened” by him.

Richards was said to have shouted “b**tards” at the top of his voice, and the woman became concerned as her 12-year-old son was in the vicinity.

Richards is banned from drinking in public or causing alarm under a CBO issued in August 2017.

Richards, who has 121 convictions for 162 offences, was later arrested and admitted the charge in court.

His defence solicitor said Richards merely said “nice dogs” to the woman, and that he was trying to keep out of people’s way.

The magistrates’ bench jailed Richards for 18 weeks, as he has a history of breaching his CBOs.

Note - Richards has continued to offend and has been in and out of prison since this offence.

Darren Crabtree

A man was jailed after smashing windows on six police cars in a rampage outside the station in Newquay.

Darren Crabtree, 31, appeared at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on September 7 charged with criminal damage.

The incident, in which six police cars had their windscreens smashed, happened in the car park outside Newquay police station on Thursday night September 6.

Crabtree, previously of St Columb Major but now of no fixed abode, was arrested by night staff at the station and was subsequently charged after interview.

He was remanded in custody overnight and pleaded guilty to criminal damage in court on Friday.

Damaged caused by Darren Crabtree
Jason Haberland

Crabtree has previous form when it comes to damaging police vehicles.

In January 2015, he was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £101 in compensation after pleading guilty at Bodmin Magistrates' Court to throwing a rock through the window of a police dog van parked outside Newquay police station four months earlier.

Damaged caused to the police cars by Darren Crabtree
Mikey Fox

For his latest offence, Crabtree was jailed for 47 days and ordered to pay £2,100 in compensation to Devon and Cornwall Police.

Inspector Dave Meredith, of Newquay police, said: “A good result in very quick time. Offender was interviewed, charged, remanded to court, convicted, and given a prison sentence and fine all in under 18 hours.”

Trevor Lee Gray

A man who stole a road sweeper and sparked a police chase along the A38 said he has no recollection of the events after drinking two litres of vodka.

At court last week serial nuisance Trevor Lee Gray admitted being behind the wheel of the road sweeper which led police on a bizarre chase along the A38.

Armed police and the Devon and Cornwall Police force helicopter assisted after it was reported that a road sweeper had been stolen from a compound in Landrake at about 7.40pm on August 19.

Officers located the vehicle and followed it on the A38 heading towards Plymouth.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said that at about 8pm at the Deep Lane junction a "stinger was deployed", resulting in the defendant being arrested.

The spokesman added: "This was a successful deployment, with four out of the six tyres being punctured."

On September 4, 29-year-old Gray appeared at Truro Magistrates’ Court where he answered a number of charges connected to the night in question.

Gray, of no fixed abode but from the Exeter area, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking in relation to the theft of the road sweeper, driving with excess alcohol, criminal damage, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

He also admitted further charges of driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and the theft of two bottles of Stella Artois, all taking place in Tiverton in November of last year, and he returned to court on Tuesday September 11 to learn his fate.

Prosecuting, Alison May said that on the night of the roadsweeper offences, a witness, Mr Duncan, was working on his drive adjacent to his haulage company in Landrake heard the screeching of tyres coming from the entrance of the yard.

Trevor Lee Gray stole the roadsweeper and drove for some miles before being apprehended
Mark Chandler

She said: “He ran out and saw the road sweeper moving backwards and forwards colliding with the main gate.

“Eventually the large metal security gate was knocked down and the defendant in the road sweeper headed along the main road into Landrake.”

Mrs May added how the vehicle’s tracker then alerted officers who followed the road sweeper before eventually bringing it to a stop using a stinger device.

The defendant was said to have “smelt of liquor” when stopped and caused substantial damage to the vehicle and the yard exit.

Gray has a total of 14 previous offences of driving while disqualified offences and three for drunk driving.

Damage to both the road sweeper and compound was estimated at £2,361.

Mitigating on behalf of Gray, Martin Pearce said he made full admissions regarding the driving while disqualified matter last year and had only travelled a short distance.

Mr Pearce added: “He is someone who consumed quite a lot of alcohol but has been on remand since August 21 and has completely dried out. In the cold light of day he has showed remorse for his actions and realises how stupid he was.

“Regarding the second case (road sweeper theft), he is not someone who stole to cause a significant loss to others or gain for himself. This way far away from being a crime of sophistication and he was never going to get very far. He drank two litres of vodka and has virtually no recollection of events. He is remorseful for his actions.”

After a period of deliberation, the magistrates’ bench returned and sentenced Gray to 25 weeks in prison and told him he must pay £500 in costs and compensation.

He was also banned from driving for five years and warned that his actions could have easily caused serious injury or even death. Gray was also slammed for his blatant contempt of previous court orders and fines.

The vehicle was recovered and is a 10 tonne truck, with brushes at the sides and underneath.

James Start

A lorry driver launched a savage attack on one of his co-workers then sent a Facebook message with a picture of an axe to his employer warning that the victim was “going to get it properly”.

James Start, 37, from Meadow Drive in Biscovey, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm and sending a malicious communication.

Prosecuting barrister Michael Brown told the court how, at 8am on November 25 of last year, victim Ian Jennings was working at a site called Little Meadows in Goonhavern.

Mr Brown explained how the victim, a groundworker, knew lorry driver Start by sight and that morning he had made a remark to Start about working a 65-hour week.

Start, whose job it was to move concrete around the site, later bumped into Mr Jennings and, following the earlier disagreement, said "you are a proper pr*ck you", to which Mr Jennings said, "yeah, grade A".

Mr Brown said: “The defendant took off his gloves and said 'do you want some?'. He grabbed Mr Jennings by the throat and punched him in the nose before striking him again in the eye, causing him to fall. The defendant continued to kick the victim while he was on the ground.”

Start was then pulled away and Mr Jennings suffered a broken nose, a swollen forehead, cut lip and sore back from the attack.

Nearly a month later, on December 21, the defendant sent a Facebook message to Mr Jennings’ employer, Fred Champion Groundworks Ltd, which said: “The guy who got assaulted at Little Meadows. I heard he deserved it for being an ignorant c*nt and also the guy who did it will be back to get him properly.”

Mr Brown described the message as “particularly sinister”. The judge later said this included a photo of an axe.

Start, who has four previous convictions, told police officers he was stressed, tired and in self-destruct mode and that Mr Jennings had wound him up. The offence also put Start in breach of a suspended sentence order imposed for another conviction, for assault occasioning bodily harm.

Sentencing Start, Judge Simon Carr said: “In November 2017 you were working on a local building site and got into a verbal disagreement of a minor nature. You escalated this to a serious assault and punched the victim and kicked him while he lay on the ground.

“Shortly after you sent an unpleasant communication with a picture of an axe. Attempts to deal with you in the community have failed because you have chosen not to engage.”

Judge Carr sentenced Start to 12 months in prison.

Matthew Morton

A burglar caught red-handed inside a family home defecated into an envelope before telling police that the occupants dragged him into their house and stuffed items in his pocket in an attempt to frame him.

Matthew Morton, 33, of Pensilva, appeared at Truro Crown Court on September 20 to be sentenced after previously admitting a burglary charge.

Serial offender Morton had previously been sentenced for raiding a property and stealing an Xbox games console and bank cards which he was later caught using.

Then on August 18 at around 5pm, a Mr Davis and his family returned to their home address in Liskeard and noticed the back gate open.

Prosecuting barrister Michael Brown said: “They saw a shape in the study and when the defendant made an attempt to leave they detained him. During the scuffle a gold watch fell him Morton’s pocket and he was also found with a phone, bank cards and jewellery on him.

“Police arrived and when interviewed he laid the blame on Mr Davis and his family saying they grabbed him, pulled him inside and put items in his pockets.”

Sentencing him, Judge Simon Carr told Morton he had a very poor record for dishonesty.

He said: “On this occasion you targeted a house and its owners returned to find you there and retained you, however you still attempted to lie to police.

“You were, at the time, the subject of a suspended sentence for other offences of dishonesty.”

Morton was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Jodine Harvey and Steven Brown

Two heroin addicts imprisoned and ferociously beat a man in his own flat as revenge after one of the defendants woke to find him trying to retrieve a Kinder egg full of drugs from her vagina.

Steven Brown, 40, and Jodine Harvey 38, subjected Vincent Rutter to the terrifying ordeal over the course of 36 hours at his flat in the Park House tower block in St Austell in December last year.

Both Brown and Harvey stood trial earlier this summer accused of false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm with intent, but a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

On Monday (September 24) they had been due to be retried at Truro Crown Court but, following a period of discussion with their legal teams, Brown entered a guilty plea to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and Harvey to causing grievous bodily harm, which were deemed acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service, sparing the need for a trial.

Judge Simon Carr said the case provided an insight into the murky world of criminality linked to Class A drug addiction.

Prosecuting barrister Joss Ticehurst explained to the assembled courtroom how 56-year-old Mr Rutter had lived in the Park House tower block for 12 years and that in the weeks leading up to the attack, his friend Paul Macmillan had become concerned that drug users were frequenting the flat.

Mr Ticehurst said: “Two of those users were Steven Brown and his girlfriend Jodine Harvey who were living there over the Christmas period.

“On December 29 CCTV footage showed Mr Rutter and Mr Macmillan parting company at 7.22pm and at that point Mr Rutter was fit and well.

“The footage then shows that Mr Rutter didn’t leave the flat until the early hours of December 31 when he appeared badly injured.

“Mr Rutter would later tell police that he had been beaten, punched and kicked by both the defendants when he was accused of stealing drugs. He was attacked in the living area, towards the hall and in the bathroom. He had his phone taken from him and was prevented from leaving.

“It was a sustained attack in various rooms over a period of time. Mr Rutter eventually made it out of the flat when the defendants were asleep.”

In total Mr Rutter suffered 17 fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a lacerated spleen, leaving him needing an operation and having to spend 19 days in hospital.

Mr Ticehurst concluded by saying that both Brown and Harvey have extensive criminal records.

Sentencing Brown and Harvey, Judge Simon Carr said: "I had the benefit of presiding over the first trial and over the four of five days of evidence, even a judge as experienced as I was reminded of the hopelessness and violence of Class A drug addiction.

“At the time all of you were heavily addicted to Class A drugs. Mr Rutter had a flat while neither of you had secure accommodation.

“During those days you all took an extraordinary amount of drugs. It may seem what I say criticises Mr Rutter but that is not my intention, it simply goes to show the levels to which one sinks when in addiction.

“You’d all gone to sleep having taken drugs for over 24 hours. You two were asleep on the chairs when Mr Rutter came in and tried to remove a Kinder egg of drugs you, Miss Harvey, had in your vagina. It was not a sexual act, just one of someone desperate to get their next fix.

“Miss Harvey you woke up to find a man with his fingers in your vagina and in the pitch black didn’t know it was Mr Rutter. Mr Brown you woke up and attacked the man and Mr Rutter was then the victim of a sustained beating for which there can be no excusing.

“All three of you then put this matter to one side and continued to take drugs and socialise with Mr Rutter having no idea how badly he was injured. It was a wholly unjustified, sustained and brutal attack.”

Judge Carr proceeded to jail Brown for three years and Harvey for 16 months. However, to the disgust of Mr Rutter’s family Judge Carr said that due to the time Harvey had already served on remand she would be released immediately.

Note - Harvey passed away just weeks after her release. Brown's sentence was increased on appeal.

Julian Ward

A police officer had a chunk of flesh ripped from his finger after being assaulted by a prolific offender he had caught stealing.

Julian Ward, 48, from Beacon Fields in Camborne, assaulted both PC James Tompson and his colleague PCSO Linzi Regan, leaving PC Tompson needing hospital treatment.

Ward appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously being convicted of assaulting a PC, assault by beating and shoplifting.

The offences also put him in breach of a suspended sentence for a non-domestic burglary in 2017.

Prosecuting barrister Ed Bailey told the court that Tesco security guard Jake Douglas saw Ward enter the store and recognised him from previous shoplifting offences.

Ward was spotted walking around the store placing items in a wire basket, some of which he paid for.

However, Ward was also carrying a foil lined bag and when approached by PCSO Regan and PC Tompson as he walked towards Foundry Road, the officers noticed he smelt of alcohol.

The police officers spotted items in the foiled bag with security tags attached and when PC Tompson said he was going to search the defendant, Ward became agitated and obstructive.

Mr Bailey said: “The defendant said that PC Tompson should get the f*ck off him and a scuffle ensued. The defendant was kicking and throwing punches. PCSO Regan tried to assist and PC Tompson had to use a spray to calm the defendant.

“PC Tompson had a chunk of flesh ripped him his little finger and had to attend Barncoose Hospital.

“PCSO Regan had a small injury to her right hand and the defendant also suffered minor injuries to his elbow and wrist.”

It was discovered Ward had stolen two bottles of vodka and a Nescafe jar worth a combined £44.69.

Ward was previously given a suspended sentence for breaking into MJS second hand furniture by forcing a window, stealing property worth £1,410.

He was also told to complete an rehabilitation activity requirement, the Thinking Skills programme and 80 hours of unpaid work.

Defending Ward, Deni Matthews said that as part of his previous punishment he had completed the Thinking Skills programme and had begun with an anger management one.

Mr Matthews said: “He has a settled partner and a son he cares for. His partner is due to have hospital treatment and after will be bedbound. Mr Ward is all set to be her carer.

“He is not a man who has habitually resorted to violence and this is a relapse in a period of improvement.”

Sentencing Ward, Judge Simon Carr was unsympathetic.

He said: “You have an appalling record for violence and dishonesty. You came before this court for a non-domestic burglary and the court have you a chance in way of a suspended sentence with a series of rehabilitation requirements.

“You attended the Thinking Skills programme but clearly took on board very little.

“You went into the shop prepared to steal items to sell on. The suspended sentence clearly had no effect on you whatsoever and even knowing you had the suspended sentence, you went prepared to commit the offence.

“When confronted you assaulted both officers to avoid arrest. I accept your conduct will have effects on others but you should have thought about that when you went out stealing.”

Judge Carr sent Ward to prison for eight months as his partner sobbed in the public gallery.

Marina Davey

A woman has been jailed after stealing nearly £15,000 from her infirm 99-year-old granny-in-law.

The 49-year-old had been helping as her carer, but began siphoning off money after getting hold of the elderly woman’s bank cards and PIN numbers.

Truro Crown Court heard how the £14,700 had been frittered away and how some of the cash was spent meals out or tickets for the Newquay music festival Boardmasters.

The fraud also had a devastating effect on the elderly relative, who is now aged 100 and was in hospital after a fall for much of the time.

Marina Antoinette Davey, of Trelawney Road, St Agnes, appeared for sentence having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud, committed between February 27 and November 18 of last year.

Prosecutor Emily Pitts said her grandmother-in-law Gertrude Davey, was in poor health and had fallen last year and spent time in hospital.

She said it was in December that her son, who had power of attorney of her finances, discovered a large amount of money was missing from Mrs Davey’s Lloyds Bank and Post Office accounts.

Addressing the court, Ms Pitts said: “This defendant had been acting as Mrs Davey’s carer but she did not have access to her bank accounts.

“During the time Mrs Davey was in hospital, that four-month period, large amounts of money were withdrawn.”

She said Marina Davey admitted taking two of Mrs Davey’s bank cards, one of which had a note with the PIN number attached. Davey was also able to guess the PIN number of the second card.

Curt Lewis, mitigating on behalf of Davey, said: “She is still vague about where the actual money has gone. She was overdrawn herself and has supplemented her own income from the gran’s account.”

He said Davey admitted buying presents for others, such as tickets for the Newquay music festival Boardmasters, or paying for meals out during a visit from friends.

“All I can say is the money has been frittered and she knows not what it’s been spent on,” he added.

Talking directly to Davey, Judge Simon Carr said: “This is a case the circumstances of which are truly depressing.

“Mrs Davey was 99-years-old and in poor health and I know, from what I’ve read, you did genuinely assist with her care, but what you also did was you stole two of her credit cards.”

He added: “Over a period of a number of months, you stole regular sums from that account, effectively draining it. The final sum taken was £14,700.

“The evidence is that during the relevant period, none of the bank statements for the accounts could be found in the house. There is only one choice – that you hid them.”

He acknowledged Davey was remorseful, was otherwise of good character, and had problems with depression and a troubled life.

However, he said the effect of the crime on Mrs Davey had been devastating, adding: “That breach of trust on someone, when they are so vulnerable, can have a catastrophic effect on a person and I am clear it has had a significant effect.”

Davey was sent directly to prison for 15 months.


Igoris Terskis

A Redruth couple were sentenced after they were caught smuggling tobacco, 561 times over the allowed limit.

Husband and wife, Igoris Terskis and Tatjana Terskaja, both 47, walked through the 'nothing to declare' customs channel at Bristol Airport on February 7 2017 after arriving on a flight from Tenerife.

Border Force searched the couple and found them to have 11,000 king size cigarettes and 140.5kg of tobacco packed into seven holdalls.

Receipts showed the pair had bought the smoking supplies at a shop in Tenerife and showed that the haul was worth £30,536.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) started an investigation after the couple were arrested and the tobacco seized, and found that between April 2015 and February 2017, Terskis and Terskaja made 16 trips to France, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

The investigation also showed that the couples declared joint income was incorrect. In 2016-17, the pair said that they had earned £20,900 together, but a total of £55,330 was deposited in cash into their bank accounts from July to November in 2016.

Both Terskis and Terskaja pleaded guilty to two counts of evasion of duty, the total duty evaded on cigarettes and tobacco was £162,000.

Richard Wilkinson, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Terskis and Terskaja were wrong to think they could get away with smuggling tobacco into the UK for their own financial gain.

"The illegal tobacco trade has a harmful effect on legitimate businesses and deprives us of money needed to fund our vital public services.

“The duty evaded on this tobacco was enough to pay the salaries of seven nurses in Cornwall for a year.

”HMRC works closely with Border Force to tackle tobacco smuggling and disrupt this illicit trade.

"I urge anyone who has information about the smuggling, selling or storing of illicit tobacco to report it online to HMRC, or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Igoris Terskis was sentenced to 26 months in prison, at Truro Crown Court on October 8.

On the same date, Tatjana Terskaja was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge, as well as a four-month curfew, between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

Confiscation proceedings to recover proceeds of the crime are under way.

Jeremy Davies

A motorist was sent to prison for breaching his disqualification by driving to his child’s sports day.

Jeremy Davies, 31, from Higher North Beer in Launceston, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after pleading guilty to driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance.

The offences in Kelly Bray on July 5 put Davies in breach of a suspended sentence order given to him in May for perverting the course of justice when he produced a false document which he presented in front of a court.

Prosecuting, Neil Whittle said that a motor police constable saw Davies’ blue Seat Leon driving at around 12.30pm on the day in question and recognised him as a disqualified driver.

Mr Whittle said: “He pulled over the defendant and interviewed him, the defendant admitting he was disqualified but said he was on the way to see his son’s sports day.”

Mr Whittle described how Davies’ perverting the course of justice conviction came about as a result of a false statement he gave to gain insurance.

Davies failed to disclose that he had six points and checks with an insurance company found that he had been insured, but his policy had lapsed.

Despite this he turned up at magistrates’ court with a false certificate which led to an original charge being dismissed and replaced with a count of perverting the course of justice, the case moved to the crown court.

Davies had also recently been punished for harassing an ex-partner with a barrage of messages over a two-week period.

For the harassment he was given a 12-month community order and 100 hours of unpaid work and for the perverting the course of justice 15 months in prison, suspended for 24 months, an 18-month driving ban and a further 120 hours of unpaid work.

Mitigating for Davies, Rebecca Wood said he got in the car to go to the sports day as he didn’t want to let his son down after a breakdown in relationship with the child’s mum prevented him from seeing him.

Ms Wood said: “There was a trigger and emotional reason why he got in the car that day. He had made arrangements for a lift but was let down a very short time before the sports day begun. He has showed genuine remorse.”

Sentencing Davies, The Honourable Mr Justice James Dingemans said: “The perversion of justice was done in the face of the court and further enquiries showed you presented a fake certificate.

“In the interim you sent a series of texts to your ex-partner which constituted harassment.

“Very shortly after you drove while uninsured and disqualified. Your arrangement for a lift breaking down was no excuse.

“These are very serious offences in the face of the court and one constituted the immediate ignoring of a court order.”

Davies was sentenced to 13 months in prison and given an extra six months to his existing driving ban.

The restraining order relating to his ex-partner was also left in place.

Peter Rogers

A terminally-ill husband killed his wife and then unsuccessfully attempted to take his own life in a doomed suicide pact which took place in a Penzance holiday let.

Peter Rogers, 62, and his 56-year-old wife Jennifer sold their house in South Africa and then travelled around Europe, South America and the USA, planning to kill themselves when their money and the defendant’s medication ran out because “they couldn’t go on without each other”.

Nigel Waller, owner of the holiday let in Dock Lane, discovered what he presumed were two lifeless bodies when he went to check on Mr and Mrs Rogers and then alerted police.

It wasn’t until an officer noticed Rogers’ fingers move that it became apparent he was still alive and he then went on to provide full details of events and the couple’s intentions when interviewed by police.

A frail and shaking Rogers, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (October 2) after the Crown Prosecution Service previously confirmed its intentions to accept the defendant’s guilty plea to manslaughter and spare a murder trial.

Opening the case, prosecuting barrister Jo Martin, QC, said that on March 17 of this year Mr Waller went to see if his guests had checked out, but decided to enter the property after receiving no answer to text messages or a knock on the door.

When he entered he discovered a crime scene with a great deal of blood and two people seemingly lying dead.

Miss Martin said: “When police arrived Sergeant Smith noticed Mr Rogers’ hand shaking and went to speak to him.

“Mr Rogers told Sergeant Smith his name and that he had taken 10 tablets and had stabbed both himself and his wife.

“A post-mortem confirmed Mrs Rogers died of multiple stab wounds and during his interviews with police he spoke freely and told officers that he and his wife had decided to commit suicide.

“At Camborne custody suite Mr Rogers told police it was planned for a long time because they could never be apart.”

Police searches uncovered a suicide note whereby the couple said their actions were voluntary and agreed. The note was signed by Mrs Rogers because Rogers’ was said to have been too frail to hold the pen.

The couple met in 1995 and married in South Africa. Mrs Rogers was a lawyer and had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, but despite this they had set up a business together.

Miss Martin added: “Two years ago Peter Rogers was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and given nine to ten years to live. They decided to sell their house and then travel until the money ran out.

“Visa issues prevented the couple from returning to South Africa. They travelled to the US, South America, Russia and Europe before coming to the UK.

“They came to Cornwall on February 22 and stayed at a hotel in Tintagel and then a cottage in Sennen but deemed it not anonymous enough to take their own lives so checked into the let in Penzance.”

Both were said to have been scared but the decision was taken to end Mrs Rogers’ life first as she feared waking up in hospital alive when her husband was dead.

Miss Martin then went into detail of how the couple tried to take Mrs Rogers' life by other means but she began to become uncomfortable so Rogers stabbed her multiple times because, in his words, he “made a promise and had to fulfil it”.

He then unsuccessfully attempted to kill himself by other means before falling onto the knife and then stabbing himself, which he had some difficulty doing due to his condition. Rogers, at that point, believed he had done enough and laid next to his wife to die.

Miss Martin said that Rogers said: “I’ve broken my word, she’s been so brave and I messed it up.”

He also commented that it “was harder than the website suggested”, a reference to internet searches that had been conducted on the couple’s iPad.

Miss Martin concluded by saying others had described Mrs Rogers as “a no-nonsense person who knew her own mind” and that “all the evidence pointed to a suicide pact”.

Defending Rogers, Ignatius Hughes, QC, agreed, saying: “It was a suicide pact that went horribly wrong.”

He said: “He has spent six months or so in prison in failing health. He is 62 and was born in the UK but was in many ways a stranger to it.

“He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago and his health is rapidly deteriorating. He recognises he doesn’t have long to live. His one desire is to see his wife buried.”

Sentencing Rogers, The Honourable Mr Justice James Dingemans said: “You and Jennifer met in 1995 and married in 1997. You were described as good and happy together.

“Two or three years ago you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s and told you might have five to 10 years to live.

“You decided to sell your house and travel together until the money ran out, then you would kill yourselves.

“You arrived in the UK, stockpiled [items to end their lives]. In March the money and your Parkinson’s medication had run out and you decided to put the plan into action.

“It was agreed you would kill Jennifer Rogers first because she had a fear of waking up in hospital to find you dead.

“You believed you had inflicted the fatal wound and laid next to your wife to die.”

Justice Dingemans noted how Rogers felt he had let his wife down by failing to kill himself before sentencing him to two years and six months in prison of which he must serve half.

Senior Investigation officer Detective Inspector Steve Hambly, from the Major Crime Investigation Team said: “This sentencing marks the end of a complex police investigation into the loss of the life of Mrs Jennifer Rogers.

“The investigating team carried out an extensive investigation into the circumstances of this case, which saw Mr Peter Rogers sentenced to two years and six months for Mrs Rogers death.

“The court made note of the fact that Jennifer and Peter were a loving couple, who’s intention was to end their days together.”

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Dylan Russell

Justice finally caught up with a former DJ who went to sell thousands of pounds worth of cocaine he found washed up on a Cornish beach after police finally tracked him down a decade later.

Dylan Russell, 39, took off when he realised that his drug-filled house in St Austell was being raided by the police. He spent the next 10 years living a low-key hand-to-mouth existence, a court heard.

His former property at Pondhu Road in St Austell was found to contain about £90,000 worth of drugs, much of which accounted for cocaine Russell said he discovered washed up on a beach in 2008.

Russell was eventually apprehended by chance when, earlier this year, officers attended his home for an unrelated matter and realised who he was.

Russell, most recently of Trenant in St Day near Redruth, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday (October 5) when he admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession with intent to supply cannabis resin, possession of MDMA, possession of ketamine, possession of diazepam, possession of LSD and possession of cannabis.

Prosecuting, Philip Lee said Russell had been renting the property in Pondhu Road and information received led to police executing a search warrant.

When they conducted the search Russell was not present but there were signs of recent occupation including a phone and bank cards belonging to him as well as large amount of drugs including cannabis which was placed in boxes in one kilo vacuum sealed packages.

In total the cannabis had a value of about £50,000 and the 365 grams of cocaine up to £18,000. The cannabis resin was estimated at about £3,500 worth and the other drugs, in smaller amounts, made up a total of about £90,000.

Defending Russell, Robin Smith said: “For about five years following 2008 he did keep his head under the radar. He spent time picking vegetable and flowers in fields and in the summer picking apples.

“He was living hand to mouth, cash in hand. For the last five years Mr Russell has been based in the South West working in the events business as a sound system engineer and police came across him by accident in February when they went to his address on an unrelated matter.

“Ten years ago, as a 29-year-old, he was quite a different character and quite heavily involved in the drugs and party scene. He was earning decent money as an electrician and also working as a DJ which led to him getting involved with some of the other drugs.

“Cocaine wasn’t a drug he was using or has ever used and he still insists the 1/3 of a kilo seized by police was part of several million pounds of Colombian cocaine washed up on the beaches of Cornwall that year.

“He came across the cocaine and saw his opportunity. He left home in only the clothes he was wearing in 2008 and has belatedly faced the music. He has attended all of his court dates and knows what he faces.”

Sentencing Russell, The Honourable Mr Justice James Dingemans, noted that Russell had made “a deliberate attempt to avoid detection” but conceded that he had “in some respects led a miserable existence”.

Russell was jailed for four and a half years.

Steven Green and Zac Gregory

A Cornwall cop warned that the county is not a soft touch for criminals after two burglars were jailed for raiding properties whilst the occupants slept inside.

Liverpool born Steven Green and Zac Gregory from Kent, otherwise known as Aaron McNamara, were part of a five strong gang that targeted properties in St Agnes and Perranporth on April 11 of this year.

Green, 39 of no fixed abode, and Gregory, 29, of New Bridge Street in Truro, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after being convicted of two burglaries.

Green was also found guilty by a jury of fraud and attempted fraud and both defendants also fell to be sentenced for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

Prosecuting barrister Heather Hope said: “The first burglary happened in Perranporth in the early hours of April 11. At the time the victim, his wife, daughter, her small child and his son in law were all present.

“The child was poorly and there was a cabin on the premises so the front door wasn’t locked to allow access during the night as the home owner thought the community was safe enough to do so.

“When the home owner got up naked to use the bathroom he heard the creak of the front door opening and thought it was his son in law coming in.

“He called his name and when there was no reply he heard the door closing. He went to the top of the stairs and saw a large, bald man of stocky build. The man shone the torch into the home owner’s face.

“The man downstairs shouted to get down because he was a police officer and then swore at the victim who was able to narrow his accent down to being Liverpudlian or Mancunian.”

Miss Hope then went on to outline how the home owner saw the man downstairs reach into the kitchen and take a handbag.

Inside the handbag were a number of bank cards belonging to one of the people present in the burgled house and police officers were able to establish that the bank card had been used to pay for cigarettes at the Shell Garage in Truro.

Officers then viewed CCTV and noted the registration of the vehicle.

Also that night, a second burglary took place in St Agnes.

Miss Hope said how a teenage girl was in her bed watching Netflix when she heard the noise of a car engine and car doors closing.

Miss Hope added: “She got out of bed and discovered her car being driven away. She ran into her mum’s bedroom to rise the alarm.

“Police were contacted and the ladies went downstairs and saw the front door open and drawers pulled out. A number of items had been taken including coats, a wallet and two laptops.”

There had also been attempts to access the vehicle of the girl’s mother, police finding keys in the ignition.

Shortly afterwards a PC Mark Rogers was stationed at Chiverton Cross and saw the Ford Mondeo identified at the petrol station, which belonged to Gregory.

The vehicle was being driven by Gregory with Green travelling as a passenger. The items stolen from the burglaries were found within the car including the laptops in the boot.

The car taken from the St Agnes property was found nearby.

A victim impact statement from the owner of the Perranporth property described how he felt intimated and unable to protect his family as he was half asleep and naked at the time.

The man is said to have suffered depression which has affected his whole family. He said his home no longer feels like a home and that every sound a night needs to be investigated, meaning he rarely sleeps.

The court heard how both Gregory and Green have extensive criminal records, with Green have similar history of burglary offences.

Defending Gregory, Ian Graham said: “He told the police in interview that he stayed in his car all the time and he wasn’t the instigator. He felt pressurised into taking part but did and drove the group to those locations.

“He has written a letter to the victim which is a remark of his remorse and repeatedly said how upset he is now he’s realised what he has done.”

Recorder Richard Mawhinney, sitting as judge, was also told how Gregory, who previously worked at Healy’s Cider Farm, is one of 10 children and fled his family home after witnessing and being the victim of violence.

Gregory also claims that since being in prison he has been threatened and assaulted on a daily basis in relation to this case.

Mitigating on behalf of Green, Ramsay Quaife said that he doesn’t accept he put any pressure on Gregory whatsoever and that they were all in it together.

Both defendants appeared to be sentenced separately, due to concerns there may have been some disruption in the dock.

Addressing Gregory, Recorder Mawhinney accepted that he was the driver and didn’t enter the house, also conceding that he was under some pressure as part of a group.

Recorder Mawhinney told Green that although the Perranporth home owner’s “bald man with a thick set” description could have matched either man, he was confident that the man in the house was Green due to the fact that victim said the culprit had “a northern accent”.

Recorder Mawhinney concluded: “There must have been a significant degree of planning as you both went to the scenes with a getaway car as part of a five strong group.”

Green was jailed for five years and Gregory, two years and eight months.

Officer in the case detective constable Joel Brown declared himself happy with the sentences handed down and said that he hoped it would show criminals that Cornwall isn’t an easy target and any crimes will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.

Darren Cartwright

A judge launched a scathing attack on a man who subjected his ex-partner to a sustained period of harassment calling him “unimportant” and “powerless”.

Darren Cartwright, 39, of Park Tolvean in Redruth, not only stalked the woman, but also her mother and new partner, even turning up at the pub he worked at before sending a picture of his steak on Snapchat.

Cartwright had already served a short prison sentence for his behaviour, but undeterred he left prison and carried on where he left off.

He appeared in the dock at Truro Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order and stalking.

Opening the case, prosecuting barrister Michael Brown said that Cartwright was first convicted of harassment in January 2017, for which he was given a short suspended sentence and a restraining order put in place.

Then on June 25 he was given a term of imprisonment for similar behaviour, but within seven days of being released on August 13 he offended again.

Mr Brown said: “On August 20 the victim was driving back from her mum’s when she noticed the defendant behind her. He drove very close and flashed his lights to get her to pull over but she opted to turn off.

“In the weeks that followed the defendant contacted the victim’s mum and current partner. The contact was indirect but subtle and manipulative.

“He posted pictures of the three year old son on Instagram and wrote a lengthy, rambling letter to her mum.

“The defendant turned up at the victim’s new partner’s workplace and spoke to his manager. He attended the New Inn pub and ordered food, sending a picture of it on Snapchat with the caption ‘the steak was awesome by the way’.

“Then on August 26 the behaviour continued but in a more sinister way. The defendant posted pictures of himself in a lane near her mum’s address saying ‘days are numbered’.”

In a victim impact statement the woman describes being left scared, vulnerable and on the verge of a mental breakdown whilst pregnant.

She added that she struggled to sleep and fears he will only become worse.

Defending Cartwright, Brian FitzHerbert, said: “The messaging is finally starting to get through.

“He has been undertaking behavioural change courses and appreciates the seriousness of the position he is in.

“He has written a plan for release and adopted a constructive approach to get some contact with his children. He will do it the proper way.

“He’s lost his job, hasn’t been paying his mortgage and could lose his house.”

Sentencing Cartwright, Judge Simon Carr described the behaviour as “a deliberate period of sustained harassment”.

He said: “Your actions were particularly unpleasant and calculated and the only motive was to cause as much distress as possible.

“You wanted to give the message that you were in control and would decide when the relationship ends.

“It took just seven days after your release from prison for you to breach your restraining order and the purpose was to demonstrate that nothing could stop you and that you could always get to her.

“It was no doubt terrifying but in reality you are unimportant and powerless and that is why you did what you did.”

Judge Carr jailed Cartwright for 15 months and subjected him to a restraining order with more arduous requirements.

Brian Sweet

A sports coach from Cornwall was jailed for six years after a jury found him guilty of touching the genitals of two girls aged 12 and 13.

Brian Sweet, 68, from Castle View in Lostwithiel, was on trial at Truro Crown Court last week, denying seven counts of indecent assault.

However after a lengthy period of deliberation, the jury returned guilty verdicts to five of seven counts.

The offences happened in 1999 and by returning guilty verdicts, the jury agreed that he touched the genitals of both of the victims.

Sweet is a well-known and "highly regarded" in his community, having been involved in the local bowls and football scenes, as well as helping out at the parish church.

The court heard during the trial that at the time of the offences the girls’ parents did not go to the police about the accusations as their daughters were “too distressed”.

One of the girls went on to contact police about Sweet six years later, in 2005, but the complaint was never followed up.

In 2017 one of the girls contacted the police once more and Sweet was subsequently charged.

Sweet claimed during his defence to have no sexual interest in children and pointed to the fact that he had regularly been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked, and for years coached children with no other complaints made against him.

On Monday (October 22), he was sentenced at Truro Crown Court by Judge Robert Linford.

Victim statements, provided by both victims’ current partners, were not read out to the court. Judge Linford noted that he had already read them and that they outlined the victims’ “trouble with trust and trouble with intimacy” in their relationships as a result of Sweet's actions.

Defence barrister Rupert Taylor said he “cannot and will not go behind the verdicts of the jury”.

He said: “His (Sweet) religion is very important to him and his church had to be informed of the trial process. His son is aware.

“There is no suggestion of any other offending before or since that time.

“It would appear this is a moment of madness. There was no reasons for it and no reoffending since.

“It has been destructive for them all (Sweet and his family).”

Sentencing Sweet, Judge Linford told him: “You continued your life as though nothing had happened.

“You denied it [at the time] and called the girls liars, and that’s the position you adopted during the trial.

“Now the two complainants have been strong enough to stand up and say what you did.

“Time will not serve to defend people from investigation, prosecution and conviction. People who behave this way will never be safe from prosecution.

“The blame for this offending lies with only one person. It is clear the long-lasting effects this has had on the victims. They have had nightmares, problems with intimacy, problems sleeping and problems trusting others.

“You are very highly regarded in your community. You have led a hard-working life and I accept that.”

Sweet was jailed for a total of six years, a sentence comprising all of the counts.

He was also made subject of an extended licence period upon release of one year, and must sign the sex offenders register for life.

Judge Linford added that Sweet will not be automatically released during the halfway point of his sentence, and that he must convince a parole board that he is no longer a danger to others.

Sweet stared forwards in the dock and showed no obvious emotion as he was sentenced. As he left the dock, he mouthed 'I love you' to his family sitting in the public gallery.

Escort mum

A Cornwall escort who left her young daughter alone to inadvertently consume cocaine and a Valium type substance while she continued to party was sent to prison.

The mother, who previously lived in Camelford and cannot be named to protect the identity of her then two-year-old daughter, continued a binge while her child was left unattended at her home in October 2016.

Then, when her daughter became ill she failed to seek medical attention and disclose to a paramedic that there was a possibility she may have had access to illegal drugs in the house.

Last month the 26-year-old who now lives out of the county appeared at Truro Crown Court for her trial.

The defendant denied two charges of cruelty to a person under 16, firstly by exposing her in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering and another cruelty charge relating to the failure to provide her with adequate medical aid.

After less than three hours of deliberation the jury found her not guilty of one charge, clearing the defendant of being responsible for the administration of the drugs, but convicted her of the second, neglect by failing to provide her child with adequate medical aid.

The woman, who caused a number of disruptions throughout the trial after appearing to be in distress, was bailed until Thursday (October 18) when she returned to the court for sentencing.

Opening the case during the trial, prosecuting barrister Philip Lee said: “In October 2016 the defendant lived as a single parent in a terraced house in Camelford.

“On Friday, October 14, the defendant left her daughter in the care of a friend and went to Plymouth to earn money as a female escort.

“Later that night the defendant spoke with a friend and, as a result, went to Torquay and joined her friend there in a hotel room with her friend’s ex-partner and another man. She told police that she continued drinking at the hotel and that there were drugs there including cocaine but she didn’t take any of the cocaine.”

Mr Lee outlined how the young victim had been handed over to the care of another friend before the defendant arrived back in Camelford just after midday and collected her. Returning to her house with her was Toby Gill, a man from the night before who the defendant believed to have supplied cocaine.

Mr Lee added: “The following morning (Sunday, October 16) the friend returned to the defendant’s home. She text her and received no response then on arrival knocked on the door to which there was no answer. She looked through the letterbox and saw the child lying on the sofa only in a nappy.

“She called her to sit up and then the defendant came downstairs and opened the door. It became apparent the child was unwell and her legs buckled and she was unable to stand. The defendant was upset and saying sorry.

“The friend told her not to call the ambulance and that she would take her to hospital herself. Soon after the child was violently sick.”

Mr Lee described that a paramedic then arrived and opted to take the child to Royal Cornwall Hospital in his own vehicle as there were no ambulances available for a long time.

He said: “It was apparent the defendant was in a weakened and distraught state of mind and it is alleged that while the paramedic was there she began to smoke cannabis.

“He could smell a strong waft of cannabis when she got into the vehicle and then the defendant then fell asleep on the way to hospital. At the hospital she was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech.”

The Crown Prosecution Service said the child’s condition gradually improved before she was discharged on October 20 but a urine test showed the presence of valium-like drugs and cocaine.

At the sentencing hearing the court heard how in March 2016 the defendant had her children taken away from her after she was found unresponsive, but they were returned when it was found that she had taken prescription medication and not illegal drugs.

Defending the woman, Peter Eguae, stated that she had no previous convictions.

He said: “In one of her last pieces of evidence she said she feels like the worst mum in the world and in the circumstances she recognises that she made mistakes on that day and placed her daughter in jeopardy.

“On that day what she saw was confusing, her friend was confused about the situation and the paramedic was confused about the situation. She did not know what was wrong with her daughter and didn’t deliberately expose her to the substances.

“She has done her best to change her life and has a job in an Indian restaurant. She has put her escorting behind her and stopped taking class A drugs.”

Sentencing the defendant, Judge Simon Carr first reprimanded Mr Eguae for interrupting him and then recognised the defendant’s troubled childhood for which he said he “had nothing but sympathy”.

He said: “The week before the incident your child had been unwell but by the Thursday she was well enough to return to nursery. You went to Plymouth to celebrate, as you were entitled to, and what you did was drink enormous amounts of alcohol and smoke cannabis. It is clear Toby Gill was supplying cocaine on that night.

“Having celebrated Mr Gill gave you a lift home even though he was someone you suspected strongly of being concerned with the supply of cocaine.

“You picked up your daughter and later all went to bed. I accept you woke up a little later because she was not at the stairgate like she usually was. You were immediately alerted to something not being quite right as she had trouble walking and supporting her weight.

“She was a very sick child, this much would have been obvious. I accept you weren’t taking class A drugs but you knew Mr Gill was.

“I accept you were unaware of the cocaine and diazepam available to your daughter but when she presented as ill as she did, it is inconceivable you did not seek medical assistance.

“Not only did you not summon medical assistance, it was two hours from when your friend called you until you picked up your daughter. No doubt that time was taken to get Mr Gill out of the house and ensure there were no drugs there. You also tried to dissuade your friend from seeking medical assistance.

“When a paramedic asked if she could have been exposed to any medication you said no, your only concern was to distance yourself from drug use rather than providing information.

“I cannot ignore the fact that whilst waiting for a paramedic and as he was treating your daughter you continued to smoke cannabis.”

Judge Carr concluded by saying that not only did the defendant fail to seek medical help, she also failed to provide information and as a result the ability to treat the young victim was severely comprised.

Judge Carr said he had no option but to jail the defendant for 12 months.

The victim now lives with the defendant's mother.

Terence Rutter

A man who set fire to his own bedroom as he didn't want his siblings to sell the house was saved from the burning building by his brave brother and neighbour.

Terence Rutter, of Playing Place, near Truro, was jailed for 38 months at Truro Crown Court on Friday (October 26) after previously pleading guilty to arson with intent to endanger.

The court heard that the 54-year-old had been living at his mother’s property at Penlee Villas in the village for around ten months when she died on March 13.

The death deeply affected Rutter, who is a long-term alcoholic. Although he had successfully engaged in a detox programme, Rutter relapsed due to the stress of the bereavement.

Rutter’s siblings proposed to sell their mother’s property, as she had suggested before her death, news which Rutter did not take well. On the day of his mother’s death, Rutter said to his siblings, “you’ll all be in for a shock”, the meaning of which they did not understand.

On March 22, the day of the arson, Rutter was heard to say to one of his siblings that he’ll “go [from the house] when he wants to go, nobody can force me to go”. He also went on the call them “money grabbing b******s”.

At around 7.30pm that evening Rutter’s brother Nigel, who lives nearby, noticed that his brother’s bedroom was on fire.

Nigel grabbed a key and shouted through the letter box but was unable to gain entry. Nigel threatened to kick the door down if his brother didn’t let him in.

Rutter went downstairs and opened the door but ran back upstairs and into his burning bedroom and shut the door before shouting: “I want to die.”

Nigel attempted to rescue his brother but was forced outside by the smoke. However he and a neighbour, Phillip Symons, went back into the property and managed to pull an unconscious Rutter out.

Once outside Nigel applied pressure to his brother’s chest and he regained consciousness.

Rutter then got up and said to Nigel: “All you lot want is the money. Leave me alone and put me in there [the house].”

Rutter said he wanted to go back inside the burning house and continued to shout abuse. “They didn’t want my mother, they don’t want me, they want the money”, he said, before turning to the house and saying: “Burn you b*****d, burn.”

Rutter was later arrested at a nearby property and was described as being abusive and aggressive on route to a police station.

The court heard that the fire “completely destroyed” the upstairs section of the property but did not affect the neighbouring house.

Investigators were unable to determine how Rutter started the fire. He told police in an interview that he tried to put the fire out and that he “didn’t want to die”. He claimed that as he was so intoxicated he couldn’t remember anything about the incident.

A sinister voicemail Rutter had left on his girlfriend’s phone at the time of the fire was played to the court. The message indicated that Rutter had started the fire deliberately. He was heard to say: “Now I burn. Goodbye and f*** off.”

Defence barrister Deni Matthews said Rutter had no intention of hurting himself or anybody else, adding: “He does not have any active recollection of the event. On evidence of the call, he accepted he was responsible.”

Mr Matthews said Rutter was a long-term alcoholic who was sober before the death of his mother, which led him to turn to the bottle once again.

Sentencing Rutter to 38 months in prison, Judge Robert Linford said: “Your reaction to your mother’s sad death was extreme.

“Your mother wanted the property sold [after her death] which you reacted badly to. On the day of your mother’s funeral, you said to your siblings that they were ‘all in for a shock’.

“On March 22, things reached a head. Your brother Nigel and your neighbour saved your life. They took you outside, you came round and demanded to be let back inside in order to die.

“I have read the psychiatric report and you have a history if instability exacerbated by alcohol consumption.

“You have attended courses and have had counselling, to which you have responded well. You have hopes for the future. I do wish you well.”

Judge Linford added that Nigel Rutter and Phillip Symons “had acted with great, great braveness” in going into a burning building and pulling the defendant out.

“They should be commended for what they have done,” he added.


Matthew Hopkins

A former PCSO and scout leader who abused a 12-year-old boy and secretly filmed children going to the toilet was jailed for five and a half years.

Matthew Hopkins, 31, from Ivybridge in Devon, had been on trial charged with a raft of offences.

He faced three charges of possession of indecent images of children, four making indecent images of children counts, three voyeurism charges as well as possessing prohibited images of children and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

He had also been convicted of an indecent assault on a boy at a previous trial.

Opening the case, Gareth Evans told the court how the defendant helped out at a cub scout group. In December 2016 police searched Hopkins' home and seized one tower computer custom built by the defendant and a laptop computer.

The child abuse images found showed children as young as one or two being anally raped, engaging in sexual acts and having their genitalia exposed. Another image showed a woman engaging in oral sex with a bear.

Mr Evans said: "Police interrogated these computers and their searches revealed 1,300 items identified as being potentially indecent. Four user profiles were found on each computer but all of the indecent images were found under the username Matt. Police had the ability to retrieve search terms and found searches for preteen boys and others clearly indicative of a sexual interest in children."

Moving onto the voyeurism charges, Mr Evans detailed how 29 movies were recorded in a bathroom, showing boys going to the toilet and on one occasion masturbating.

The prosecution said that it believed the camera was located in the ceiling of the room, with one teenage boy noticing a small hole appear close to a light fitting but not thinking anymore of it.

Detailing the indecent assault that Hopkins had already been convicted of at a separate trial earlier this year, Mr Evans added that it occurred when the boy was just 12 and that Hopkins "acted as if nothing took place" after the act.

Matthew Hopkins
Roof Truss Company building near St Austell

Sentencing Hopkins, Judge Simon Carr said: "In about 2008, when you were in your early 20s you were involved in a cub group and later became a PCSO. The victim will have trusted you and you breached the trust in the most appalling way.

"He simply froze because he could not comprehend what had happened to him and as many young victims do, he simply turned away when trying to process what had happened. You then finished, left and acted as if nothing happened. As a result of the boy partially speaking out you moved to other means to satisfy your sexual urges.

"You clearly had some computer knowledge and between 2011 and 2017 you downloaded a very significant amount of child abuse images. The images showed the gang rape and rape of very young children, the youngest being just two when she was anally raped.

"People who carry out these acts do so because it is a business and people like you will download the images. You installed peer to peer software so you could download the images without them showing on your browsing history and stored many of the images in carefully created files.

"You are of previous good character but the offences started when you were in your early 20s and you show an entrenched and lifelong sexual interest in young boys."

Judge Carr jailed Hopkins for a total of five and a half years for all of the offences and made him subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Shane Sheffield

A serial offender who stabbed a man in front of his partner and baby before beating up another man just hours later and then attempting to persuade his victims to drop their charges was thrown in jail.

Shane Sheffield, 28, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, actual bodily harm (ABH) and perverting the course of justice. The court heard that the wounding and ABH incidents happened in Redruth and Camborne on July 25, just two days after Sheffield, who has 24 convictions for 64 offences, was released from prison.

In the early hours of that day Sheffield entered the Redruth property of Daniel Penrose, who was asleep in his bedroom with his partner and five-week old baby, before stabbing him. Two other children, aged two and one, were also sleeping in another room.

Prosecuting barrister Michael Brown said Mr Penrose described “waking to pain in his left buttock”.

“He screamed in pain, which woke his partner. At that point his partner saw Sheffield stood over Mr Penrose. Neither saw a knife, but it was clear Mr Penrose had been stabbed in the left buttock. Shortly after that the defendant fled the property.”

Mr Penrose was treated for a 1.5inch stab wound to his buttock at hospital.

Later that day Sheffield, along with another man, Benjamin Gough, went to an address in Camborne. There they attacked Frankie Southam, in an incident which was instigated by Gough, who began to punch to the victim repeatedly in the face.

Sheffield joined in by first knocking Mr Southam to the floor. The pair then grabbed Mr Southam by the ankles, before Sheffield armed himself with a chair and struck Mr Southam on the head.

Both Sheffield and Gough followed that up with multiple punches and kicks. The incident culminated when Sheffield, holding a glass tumbler to Mr Southam’s neck, said ‘You’ve got until 10pm to find me £5,000’.

Mr Southam was taken to hospital, where he was treated for cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.

Both Sheffield and Gough were arrested, charged and remanded in custody. Gough, who had also recently been released from prison, later admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He received a ten-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

While in prison, in an attempt to get away with the attacks, Sheffield began to contact the victims to persuade them to retract their complaints.

On August 19, Mr Penrose received a call from an unknown man at the request of Sheffield, asking him to “name his price” for dropping the charges.

Two days later Sheffield made a mobile phone call from prison in an attempt to persuade Mr Southam to retract his police statement.

On August 24 Sheffield made another call to his ex-partner, who was to give a statement to police after Sheffield admitted to her that he had stabbed Mr Penrose, telling her that if she gave the statement it “would f*** this whole case up”.

Sentencing Sheffield to more than three years in prison, Judge Robert Linford told him: “At 28, you have got the most appalling record for a range of offences, including violence.”

But Judge Linford praised Sheffield for pleading guilty to the charges at an early stage. “Many people would have taken their chances,” he said.

“Cases like this are where deals are done and witnesses can fade away, but you pleaded guilty and that is to your significant credit.”

Sheffield was sentenced to a total of 39 months in prison for the three offences.

Leo Harkins

A fisherman and registered sex offender who breached a restraining order not contact his former partner has been jailed.

The court heard that Leo Gerard Harkins also dodged away from his supervising officer on release from prison and failed to report to police, as he was supposed to do.

The 37-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to one charge of breaching a restraining order and failing to notify changes in his circumstances as required by the Sex Offenders Register.

Prosecutor Althea Brooks said Harkins had been sent to prison in July for 20 weeks and given a restraining order not to contact his ex-partner.

She said that while he was in prison he called her on the telephone, sent text messages and left a voicemail message.

Ms Brooks said Harkins had been convicted of a sexual offence in January 2013 and listed on the Sex Offenders Register. Part of the requirements of the register mean an offender must notify the police on release from a later prison term. She said Harkins did not report to the police in the time allowed.

She said Harkins called his ex-partner again to say he was near her house in Penzance and wanted to meet. She fled to a friend’s house and hid upstairs when he followed outside, Ms Brooks added.

Rupert Taylor, representing Harkins, said: “He believed they were still in a relationship. He was in love with her and they were in constant communication and accepts the breach of the order of court.”

He said the messages were not of a threatening nature and added that Harkins was upset and anxious at being back in court.

"He does have a bad record but if one looks at the record, he has entered guilty pleas in the past," Mr Taylor said. "He has worked as a fisherman and you will see he has suffered abuse and violence himself as a child at the hands of his family."

Mr Taylor added that Harkins had slipped away from his supervising officer on his release from prison and understood he should have simply handed himself in to the nearest police station.

Addressing Harkins, Judge James Townsend said: “I accept what is the background of breaching of a restraining order and it may be some of the communication wasn’t threatening or intended to cause hurt, but the fact of the matter is by the end of this you were causing considerable concern to your partner.”

For breaching the restraining order Harkins was jailed for six months and for failing to notify the authorities for a further two months.

He will be released on a two-year licence after serving half of his eight-months.

Jamie Powell

A teenager who strangled a 17-year-old girl before visiting her family home and telling her father he was going to kill her in a terrifying rampage was jailed.

Jamie Powell, 18, from Lannoweth Road in Penzance, was sentenced for a number of charges.

Powell previously admitted four counts including assaulting the young victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on August 4 of this year.

He also held his hands up to making threats to kill the girl to a member of her family, destroying windows belonging to the family and being in possession of a kitchen knife in a Cornish village, all of which took place on September 11.

Philip Lee, for the prosecution, outlined the facts of the case to the court. He said the incident of common assault happened in the village on August 4.

Mr Lee said Powell pushed his victim before straddling her and squeezing her throat with both hands until she couldn’t breathe. Powell let go after his victim kicked out, then kicked her back, causing her pain and bruising.

Powell later told her, “I wish I could kill you” while holding a metal pole. Over the following weeks Powell continued to send the girl texts threatening to kill himself.

The night of terror against the victim and her family happened on September 11 after Powell travelled to the home of his victim and her family. When outside Powell aggressively banged on the door, and when the father of the family answered, Powell said: “Get your f***ing daughter out.”

He went on to say, “I’ve got a f***ing knife I’m not messing about, I’m serious”. He then held up a large 7in kitchen knife and smashed the porch windows of the property with it, breaking both panes.

The terrified father called the police but Powell continued his rampage, shouting: “I’m going to kill her. I’m going to stab her.”

He then threw rocks at the kitchen window and poked his head through the broken glass, telling the father: “I’m going to stab your daughter through the heart” before throwing rocks at the victim’s bedroom window. Six windows were smashed, causing damage which cost in the region of £500 to £1,000 to repair.

Powell was arrested when police arrived and the knife was found nearby.

After arrest Powell was asked if he had taken drugs or consumed alcohol. He replied: “No, it’s all rage. I’ll own up to everything.”

In interview he told officers that he “loses it and blacks out”, not knowing what he is doing. He added that he wanted to kill himself on the day he terrorised the family, with no intention of harming anyone else. He said he wanted to die.

In a victim statement, the girl said that she was “scared” of Powell and that she’s “really worried I’ll be looking over my shoulder for him when he comes out [of prison].”

Her father said he fears his daughter’s life is at risk in the future and that he has recurring images of Powell’s rage that night towards him and his daughter. He described that the rock used to smash her bedroom weighed at least a kilo.

“The whole family that night feared for their lives,” Mr Lee added. “He (the father) expresses in compelling detail his fears that if the defendant is released and able to return to the area he will have to consider moving away, such is the fear and risk the defendant poses. This would be devastating educationally and professionally for them if he did have to do that.”

The court was told that Powell was considering going to the same educational establishment as the victim, which Judge Simon Carr said would be “unmanageable”. He said it would be a matter for the educational authorities to decide.

“It would be hard to imagine how much more distress there could have been [for the family] in those circumstances,” Mr Lee added. “The aftermath of this and the future will have a considerable practical impact in the way they live their lives.”

Defending Powell, who at times was shaking slightly in the dock, Ed Bailey said: “On his behalf he wishes me to apologise to [the victim] and her family for the distress and inconvenience he caused them on what must have been an utterly terrifying night for them.

“It was the last thing they should have had to endure at their own home. It’s apparent, not only from the distress Jamie Powell showed, that the police interview had to be stopped, that he does show genuine remorse in the way he behaved that night.

“He was an extremely disturbed young man that night. He was in an appalling state and although the psychiatric report concluded that he doesn’t suffer from a mental disorder that would require hospital treatment, there is a history of instability in terms of a very disturbed upbringing, which still needs to be addressed.

“He has been there (in custody at HM Exeter awaiting sentencing) just over two months, which has been a time of reflection. He has impressed the staff at prison."

Probation officer Tony Ciocci said Powell had “a traumatic upbringing with a lack of exposure to a positive role model”.

At this stage a woman who was present in support of Powell stormed out of the courtroom.

Mr Ciocci added that Powell had also misused cannabis, which can generate feelings of paranoia.

“When speaking to him I met a young man who is articulate and intelligent," Mr Ciocci said. "His relationship with his mum is far more stable than it ever has been. There are areas that need to be addressed too. But he may be able to turn things around in the future.”

Sentencing Powell, Judge Carr said his offending was “very worrying indeed”.

He told him: “You assaulted her in a particularly frightening fashion. She would have thought she would have been unable to breathe. For a short while, she couldn’t breathe. One would hope that was a wake-up call, that something was seriously wrong. But you concentrated on yourself and not others.

“You made aggressive threats to kill both her and yourself with a large kitchen knife. You smashed your way through the house with rocks or the knife and stopped only following the eventual arrival of the police.

“I accept that you are remorseful about what you have done. But it is inconceivable that you would even consider it appropriate to attend the same [educational establishment]. The fact you are even considering it shows you have a long way to go.

“The report shows you suffered a damaging and chaotic childhood and one can only have sympathy with you for that.”

Referring to the psychiatric report, Judge Carr added that Powell had been diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder.

Judge Carr said that although a suspended sentence was an option for him, the fact he had a visible weapon while making his threats meant there was a higher culpability.

He sentenced Powell to 12 months in prison for the threats to kill, six months for possession of the knife and two months for the common assault, to be served concurrently, for a total sentence of 12 months. He will serve a further 12 months on licence. There was no separate penalty for the criminal damage to the property.

He must also abide by a restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim and her family or entering the village where the family live for five years.

Judge Carr added: “It is essential you distance yourself from this family, given the harm you have done.”

Francis Tanner

Francis William Tanner
Francis William Tanner

A man was shot by a handgun in a fight with an enforcer from a Liverpool drugs gang who had been sent to Cornwall to find £16,800 of missing heroin.

While it could not be proved that the 32-year-old from Liverpool possessed or fired the gun, he pleaded guilty to a charge of being involved in an operation to supply heroin in Cornwall.

The court heard Francis William Tanner, of Beacon Avenue, Bootle, Merseyside, told police that the gun had fired during a fight, shooting another man, Richard Morsley, through the hand.

The incident happened in Saltash on March 17 and Tanner was brought to court from custody to be sentenced.

Prosecutor Simon Burns said Tanner had been recruited by a gang in Liverpool to find 168 grams of missing heroin.

The drugs were later picked up by police four days after the shooting after they arrested a man at a property in Okehampton. Mr Burns said the drugs had an estimated street value of £16,800.

He said Tanner had 23 previous convictions for 55 offences including violence and possession of knives.

“Mr Tanner had come down to Saltash, Cornwall, to seek out who was responsible and where these drugs were,” he said.

Tanner was with three men in a car in Saltash on March 17 and Mr Burns added: “All four occupants in the car were in general involved in drug distribution.

“There was a row and Richard Morsley jumped out of the car. In grappling with this defendant, a handgun is discharged with Mr Morsley being inflicted with a wound to his left hand.”

Frank Dillan, representing Tanner, said his client was a former drug user who had been recruited for a modest reward to come down to Cornwall to look for the missing drugs.

He added: “He maintains he did not know of the presence of a firearm.”

Mr Dillan said Tanner was a dad-of-one who had been held in custody for several months. He said he had been undertaking courses in prison to counter his drug habit.

“He says he’s getting too old for this and wants to go straight,” he added.

Addressing Tanner, Judge Phillip Mott said he understood Tanner was not part of the operation to supply drugs in Cornwall directly, but had been recruited as part of the wider network.

“Your concern in that supply operation started when you were recruited in Liverpool to be part of the group finding out what happened to these drugs and, perhaps most importantly, to find out who was responsible," he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind you were recruited not just because you were a drug user, but because you are man prepared to use weapons, such as knives as you have in the past, and to use violence. You were in other words a ‘hard man’.”

He added: “I note that one member of the group with you, looking for the drugs, had a firearm and that firearm was discharged, injuring a member of the group.”

Tanner was sentenced to four years in jail.

Jason Madlin

A man has been jailed for six years after stabbing his victim in a brutal gang beating before attacking a pensioner at a cash machine just a few months later.

Jason Madlin, 32, was sentenced for wounding and robbery. Madlin, of Belgrave Road, Torquay, pleaded guilty to both charges at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that Madlin had only been released from prison for another offence three months before his gang attacked a man in Penzance in a punishment beating related to the drugs trade.

Prosecuting barrister Mary McCarthy told the court that the attack was planned by four men carrying weapons and wearing masks, and was captured on CCTV.

The victim, Jamal Proctor of Penzance, was lured to the location in the centre of the town by text message shortly before 6pm on March 26, 2017. A number of people witnessed what Ms McCarthy described as a “very violent attack”. The four men arrived in a vehicle and waited for Mr Proctor to come to the scene.

“It seems the motive was drug related,” Ms McCarthy said. “The victim was brutally attacked with various weapons. He was struck over the head with a metal bar, kicked while on the ground and also stabbed. This was a sustained assault with the use of weapons, and a group attack.”

Mr Proctor suffered several stab wounds to the chest and leg, bruising and fractures to a hand and arm, and lacerations to the head.

“Having carried out the attack the four men left,” Ms McCarthy continued. “Luckily one of members of the public noted the registration number of the vehicle, which was located a few days later.”

A mask containing Madlin’s DNA was found on the back seat, as was the victim’s blood. Telephone analysis also revealed links between Madlin’s phone and the phone number used to lure the victim to the scene.

Madlin was arrested on July 6, 2017, and gave no comment in interview with police. He was released on bail. The incident happened while Madlin was on licence following his release from prison in December 2016.

On April 2 this year, while on bail following the attack, Madlin committed the second of his two offences. The victim was a 67-year-old woman, who was using a cash machine in Torquay at about 7.40pm when Madlin struck.

The victim’s sister, who was standing to the side, noticed a man later identified as Madlin standing close to her and chatting to her in a friendly manner, to try to put her at ease and make her unaware of an imminent attack.

Madlin suddenly knocked the woman to the floor, and took the £60 cash which she had withdrawn from the cash machine before returning home.

Again, CCTV was used to identify him. When police arrived at Madlin’s property to arrest him on April 30, he was behaving erratically under the influence of drugs and holding a lit blow torch in a communal hallway. Officers found clothing worn during the robbery, and crack cocaine.

In his police interview, Madlin was shown CCTV of the robbery and admitted he was responsible. Madlin became upset and tearful during the interview and apologised for what he had done. He said he was mixing heroin and crack.

The victim suffered an abrasion to her forearm, cuts to her thumb, damage to her fingernail and was also left with soreness of the hip, causing her difficulty to walk. In a victim statement, the woman said she felt safe living in Torquay before the incident, but that she was now wary of going out alone.

Ms McCarthy told the court that Madlin has several convictions going back 18 years, for offences including violent behaviour. Madlin originally denied the wounding allegation, but pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial. He had been remanded in custody since May.

Defence solicitor Robin Smith said Madlin appreciates that “little can be said on his behalf” with regards to the wounding offence.

He added that Madlin showed remorse for the robbery, and that it was “not his style” to target such victims.

“He is hugely ashamed of attacking a 67-year-old lady,” Mr Smith said. “He is capable of leading an industrious, offence free life. In recent years he has been a complete mess with drugs.”

Sentencing Madlin to three years in prison for each offence, to be served consecutively for a total of six years, Judge Simon Carr said: “You have a poor record, a record I have no doubt is associated to drug addiction.

“You were part of a group carrying out a punishment beating related to the drug trade. The victim was lured to the scene and attacked with knives and baseball bats. It was a sustained beating, the sort of attack which leads to death and murder charges.”

Andrew Gallie

A jealous former Royal Navy serviceman kicked and bit his partner before pulling her hair out in a brutal attack after accusing her of flirting with a taxi driver.

Andrew Gallie, of Kernick Road, Penryn, had previously pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm after attacking his partner in a jealous rage at her home in Falmouth.

The attack happened in front of the victim’s children in the early hours of November 17 this year.

The offence put 39-year-old Gallie in breach of two suspended sentences; one for defrauding a London-based armed forces charity, The Not Forgotten Association, of £46,000 in 2017, and another for a common assault against a former partner in Kent in February this year.

The court heard that gambling addict Gallie, who served in the Navy between 1998 and 2011, attacked his then partner after accusing her of flirting with a taxi driver on their way back to Falmouth from a night out drinking.

When his victim went to have a cigarette in the garden shed before going to bed, Gallie shouted at her in a rage and grabbed her by the shirt, hauling her into the kitchen and throwing her to the floor.

As she tried to get away, Gallie yanked her hair and threw her against a cupboard. He then stood over her and punched and kicked her repeatedly.

Ed Baily, for the prosecution, said: “She curled into a ball and screamed at him to stop. He wrapped his hand over her throat, lent down and bit her cheek, and said, ‘don’t you f***ing move, stay there’, before he went off to the shed to have a cigarette.”

The victim’s 20-year-old daughter then came downstairs and found her mother in a “wretched state” before Gallie returned and said he was “going to f***ing kill” her mother.

Her youngest child, a ten-year-old boy with learning difficulties, was left “extremely frightened” after hearing the incident from his bedroom.

The daughter called the police and when officers arrived they found a door knocked off its hinges and the defendant in a tearful and emotional state.

Injuries the victim suffered included a severely swollen and bruised eye, a lacerated cheek and jaw from the bite, numerous lumps on the head, clumps of hair missing, and bruising to her legs, arms, stomach and back.

In a police interview, the defendant said he was “extremely drunk” after consuming several bottles of wine and Jägerbombs that night.

He became remorseful when shown photos of his victim’s injuries and admitted he had a “jealous streak” which resulted in angry outbursts of violence when in drink.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said there is “not one part of my body that does not hurt”.

She said: “I have not been able to go back to work. I am allergic to painkillers and can’t take anything to reduce the pain. I’ve barely slept or eaten anything.

“Just opening doors around the house makes me panic and I’m constantly waiting for the unexpected. The biggest impact has been the effect it has had on my son. Immediately after, I didn’t remember what happened, since then I get flashbacks and I break down all the time.”

In mitigation, defence barrister Brian FitzHerbert said: “Mr Gallie is deeply ashamed of himself. He says that he has got a jealously in him which is horrendous and the drinking causes it to come out. In prison he has made inquiries about anger management. The jealousy, he needs to address that at some point.”

Mr FitzHerbert added that Gallie has battled a “bad” gambling problem for 30 years, which led to the fraud conviction.

Judge Simon Carr sentenced Gallie to 31 months in prison - 18 months for the assault, 12 months for activating the suspended sentence for fraud and one month for activating the suspended sentence for common assault.

“This was an unpleasant assault committed not on the back of one, but two suspended sentences,” Judge Carr said. “This was a sustained and repeated assault which occurred at least in part in the presence of children.”

Judge Carr said it was particularly worrying that the assault happened while serving a suspended sentence for attacking a previous partner just nine months earlier.

Judge Carr also imposed a restraining order, banning Gallie from contacting his victim or visiting her property for a period of five years.


Paul Bickerstaff

A former Sunday school teacher and devout Christian has been jailed after he admitted performing oral sex on an underage girl.

A court heard the 47-year-old groomed the teenager for sexual acts back at his home while his wife was out at work.

This included showering naked before her, inviting her into his bed, touching and kissing her and oral sex.

The court heard how the man, a member of a Christian church in Cornwall, said afterwards to his pastor that he "had sinned and had been crying out to our lord for forgiveness.”

Appearing for sentence at Truro Crown Court was Paul Stephen Bickerstaff, of Bownder Vean, Bethel, St Austell.

He had previously pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual touching of a child, which happened last year. The girl cannot be identified due to her age and as the victim of a sexual offence.

Piers Norsworthy, prosecuting, said Bickerstaff told the teenager that they were soul mates and complimented her on her hair and appearance. He said Bickerstaff then sexually assaulted the girl at his home.

“He took her in his arms and lifted her off the sofa,” he said. “He put her down but grabbed her by the thighs and steered her towards his bedroom. She got into his bed and he, naked, got into bed with her.

“He asked her about sexual preferences and they began to kiss. She stopped and pushed him away. He then undid her bra.”

Mr Norsworthy said the girl asked him three times to stop, which he did initially but then continued each time.

“He did perform oral sex on her, which lasted between five and ten minutes.” he added.

On another occasion, Bickerstaff kissed the girl after they climbed to the top of the beauty spot Roche Rock.

Afterwards, the girl told her parents what had happened and Bickerstaff confessed to his pastor. Mr Norsworthy said Bickerstaff had previously worked as a Sunday school teacher and was now employed as a gardener.

In her personal impact statement, the girl said she felt “dirty and stupid” about what had happened, which had affected her self-confidence. She said: “I couldn’t bear it any more but I did not want to talk to the police. I felt, and still feel, guilty about what happened – guilty at being manipulated again and again.”

Barry Hilliard, representing Bickerstaff, said his client had a troubled upbringing, being the victim of physical and emotional abuse as a child. He said Bickerstaff left home at 18 and joined the army for three years, where he served in Northern Ireland.

“More recently, he had found comfort in the church and found his wife through the church,” he added.

Bickerstaff had been having troubles in his marriage at the time of the offence and his mental health had been affected, he said.

“When he looks back at what he’s done, at the time he thought there was a connection between himself and the child,” he said. “Now he can see it was all in his head. He looks at what he’s done and just can’t understand it.”

Mr Hilliard said Bickerstaff, of previous good character, was being supported by his wife and his church, and handed in to the court letters of reference.

Crediting Bickerstaff for his honesty, Judge Robert Linford said to him: “I acknowledge that many people in your position would have denied these offences or said nothing. You did not. You confessed to what you had done and you expressed remorse and apology. I’ve read references from people who speak highly of you and cannot believe you acted in the way you did.”

However, he said the offences were so serious that an immediate custodial sentence could not be overlooked.

Bickerstaff was jailed for two years and will serve half that time before being eligible for release.

He will also be registered as a sex offender and was made the subject of sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

Commenting on the sentencing of Paul Bickerstaff an NSPCC spokesperson said: “Bickerstaff knowingly groomed a teenage girl, before sexually assaulting her, in order to fulfil his own sexual desires.

“Speaking to her parents about the abuse was extremely courageous, and as with any survivors of sexual abuse, it’s vital that she’s now offered the necessary support to help her move forward from what has happened.”

Anyone with any concerns about the welfare of a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit nspcc.org.uk for advice.

Children can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit childline.org.uk. Both are free and available 365 days a year.

Nikki Carter

A drug dealer was apprehended after he was caught drilling his way into a property wearing a high visibility jacket.

Nikki Carter, 38, previously of Trevenson Street in Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter where he admitted conspiracy to supply a class A drug, conspiracy to supply a class B drug, possession of a class A drugs and criminal damage.

Opening the case, prosecutor Philip Lee told the court how in March of this year Carter was found in possession of 11.3 grams of amphetamine, valued at just over £100.

Mr Lee said: “Also in March, the defendant was found trying to gain entry to an Ocean Housing property by drilling a door. He told police he wanted to squat there.

“He was arrested and searches of his vehicle, jeans and jacket found 3.79 grams of cocaine, 256 miligrams of amphetamine and 0.59 grams of cannabis.

“When his phone was examined it revealed texts from February and March indicating street level dealing and dealing to others for onward supply. There were various quantities involved.

“He has 80 offences against his name but this was the first for dealing. It is sadly a rather familiar tale of someone dealing to fund their own addiction. The defendant told the police he couldn’t cope without drugs.”

In mitigation the court was told how Carter had “a very long standing drug addiction” and that he was dealing to fund his own habit rather than for any financial gain.

The scenario whereby Carter was found trying to drill into a property in a high-vis jacket, with his mobile phone on him was described as evidence of a “not very sophisticated” operation.

Sentencing Carter, Judge Simon Carr said: “This is another one of those very sad cases where a long criminal record comes as a result of a long entrenched drug habit.

“In spring you began dealing in class A and B drugs to fund your habit, your phone confirmed that.”

Judge Carr jailed Carter for a total of three years.

Daniel Janes

A young man with an alcohol dependency was thrown in jail for punching a woman in the face.

Daniel Janes, of Colenso Place, St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday (December 14) where he pleaded guilty to one charge of battery.

The incident put Janes, 21, in breach of a suspended prison sentence which was issued in November 2016 following an affray offence.

The court heard how Janes was at the St Austell home of a woman with two other men on October 29 when he started to become agitated while under the influence of alcohol.

The woman asked Janes to calm down as her partner was asleep upstairs, but Janes then swung his fist at her, striking her in the mouth. He then punched her again before the two men pulled Janes away.

The group left the property but Janes continued his aggressive behaviour and began to bang on the doors of neighbours in an attempt to gain entry.

Janes returned to the woman’s property and appeared to apologise to her before the woman hit him, fearing he was going to strike her again.

Janes then “ran around the streets again banging doors” before police arrived and arrested him.

In a police interview Janes said he couldn’t remember hitting the woman, and that it was “not something he would do”.

The woman told police that she suffered a sore jaw and back.

Hollie Gilbery, for the prosecution, said the incident put Janes in breach of suspended sentence. Janes was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, in November 2016 after pleading guilty to affray following a drunken fight in a street.

Chris Nicholls, for the defence, said Janes was autistic and suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

He said: “He pleaded very early and lots of remorse was shown on the evening in question. He has taken steps to address his alcohol dependency.”

Judge Simon Carr said that while the incident took place towards the end of the two-year suspended sentence, the fact the two incidents were both alcohol related and that Janes failed to comply with a rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR) were aggravating factors.

“You got very drunk and went to someone else’s house and punched a woman full in the face,” Judge Carr told him. “This was in her own house, where she is entitled to feel safe.

“This incident was serious enough, but it occurred while you were serving a suspended sentence involving drunken violence.

“I accept it was towards the end of the suspended sentence, but it was still within it. You also wholly failed to engage with the RAR which was intended to assist you. It was concluded that there is a high risk of you reoffending in the future, because of your failure to engage.”

Janes was jailed for one month for the battery offence and three months for the breach of the suspended sentence, to be served consecutively for a total of four months.

Scott Glover

An “opportunist” sex offender who subjected a young girl to a campaign of rape and sexual abuse was told he may never be released.

Scott Glover, 43, from the Camborne area, has been jailed for more than 20 years after being found guilty of a total of 37 charges relating to a single victim, a girl under 16.

The indictment levelled against Glover originally consisted of 10 sexual assaults, 12 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, six rapes and nine instances of sexual activity with a child.

Glover, who worked in a garage in Helston, denied all the charges, saying they were “utterly false”.

Glover’s trial underway at Truro Crown Court last week, and a jury returned its verdicts on Tuesday (December 13) after six and a half hours of deliberation.

The jury convicted him of 37 of the 38 counts. He was found not guilty of one of the rape charges.

Opening the case last week, Sean Brunton, QC, said the victim “on occasions considered killing herself” because of the secret she was keeping.

The girl eventually confided in her friend and then went to her school’s student liaison officer before the allegations were passed to the police.

Mr Brunton added: “She was confused, dazed and described what had happened to her as surreal.”

During sentencing, the court heard how the abuse against the victim was “long-term and systematic”.

Glover made the child wear "sexy underwear" and use a vibrator for his own sexual gratification, as well as showing her adult pornography.

This escalated to sexual assault and rape. During the rapes Glover would sometimes, but not always, wear a condom and the victim first took the contraceptive pill aged 13.

In mitigation, Glover's barrister Heather Hope said his actions will also have severe consequences on his own family.

“There is very little I can say," she told the judge. "Mr Glover has been a man who has worked hard and in all other respects has been a family man and provided for his family.

“There are many victims in this case. He was the only person in his family earning money, his wife does not work, and there is not going to be money to pay for the mortgage or a car. The financial cushion the family had is gone. His family are to be financially vulnerable.

“That is not to take away the effect on her (the victim) and Mr Glover is aware of the contents of the victim impact statements. There are good qualities Mr Glover has, though that doesn’t minimise what has happened.”

Prior to sentencing Mrs Hope pleaded with Judge Simon Carr to sentence Glover in the new year so he could spend "one last Christmas" with his family. But the request was denied.

"He has shown not a shred of remorse," Judge Carr said.

Sentencing Glover to 22 years in prison, plus an additional year on licence, Judge Carr said: “You have been found guilty by a jury of long term and systematic abuse. She (the victim) described you as an opportunist paedophile and that is precisely what you are.

“As she got older she felt more able to speak out. Her interview was striking not just because of the detail but the length of it, in fact she spoke for almost two hours, to unburden herself of what you had done.

“Her life has been devastated, she will carry the effects of what you did for the rest of her life. You have shown not one iota of remorse for what you did, which was purely for your own gratification.”

Glover showed no emotion throughout sentencing.

He must sign the sex offenders register for life and will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least two thirds of his sentence.

“But I find it difficult to ever envisage a time when it will be safe for you to be released," Judge Carr added.

An NSPCC spokeswoman for the South West of England said: “Glover brazenly pursued and groomed a young girl over many years to fulfil his own perverted sexual desires.

“As a survivor of sexual abuse this girl has courageously spoken out about what was happening, which has prevented her abuser from inflicting harm on other children.

“She has shown extreme bravery in doing so, and it’s important she is provided with the necessary support going forward.”

Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free 24/7 on 0808 800 5000. Meanwhile, children can call Childline on 0800 1111.

Aliki Mamwa and Dion Needs

A drug kingpin responsible for flooding Cornwall with tens of thousands of pounds worth of Class A drugs has been sentenced along with his right-hand man.

Aliki Mamwa, 25, masterminded the transportation of crack cocaine and heroin to Cornwall from London, then breaking it down and directing its onward distribution.

Mamwa, of Tavistock Road in Callington, was joined in the dock at Truro Crown Court by 20-year-old Dion Needs from Wentworth Way in Saltash.

Needs admitted being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and Mamwa being concerned in making an offer to supply crack cocaine and heroin, as well as one additional criminal damage charge relating to an occasion when he flooded his custody cell.

Mamwa’s criminal ties link him back to Tottenham, London with links to drug supply lines predominantly throughout East Cornwall. Mamwa operated a drugs supply line whereby his method was to offer out drugs via bulk text messages to a pre-established contact list of drug users.

Prosecuting barrister Jason Beal explained how Mamwa and Needs were arrested on January 31 on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs following a misuse of drugs act warrant being executed in Callington.

Inside the address officers located what they suspected to be a large quaintly of heroin in a plastic wrap, a quantity of cannabis inside a small pot, grinders, tin foils, capped, and uncapped needles and other drug user equipment.

Both were released under investigation. Drug testing showed there was 92g of diamorphine with a street level value of £9,220. Eight mobile phones were also seized.

On this occasion it is strongly believed that Mamwa had taken over the address for the purpose of selling and storing drugs. This tactic, commonly identified as ‘cuckooing’, had on this occasion utilised known habitual drug users into giving up control of their property in return for drugs supply.

On March 30 police stopped four men including Mamwa and Needs in Saltash for a misuse of drugs act search. Their car was also searched and a drugs dog located a golf ball sized bag of drugs near the car as well as green herbal matter in the car.

The car keys were found in Mamwa’s pocket and he was arrested on suspicion of intent to supply class A drugs. Whilst in custody Mamwa had a black Nokia mobile phone seized from him.

A Police Drugs Liaison Officer said “The mobile phone contained messages that are consistent with the user being involved in the supply of controlled drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin.

“The blanket sent messages are indicative of sale at street level for commercial gain rather than a user selling amongst a small group of friends to fund their own drugs use.”

Then on April 21 at 04.35am a phone top up is purchased and activated in a mobile phone with the suspected telephone number. CCTV clearly shows Mamwa at the till at the time the top up was purchased and the number activated.

On May 3 Mamwa and Needs were again arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A Drugs at an address in Callington.

This time it was Needs captured on CCTV reactivating the phone line June 5 having been arrested only recently.

The Probation service recalled Mamwa in relation to a breach of his license conditions and he was arrested and taken into custody where he served 28 days at HMP Exeter.

Mamwa was arrested on his release on June 6 and charged and detained for the supply of Class A drugs.

Mitigating on behalf of Mamwa, Ramsay Quaife said: “He is 25 and what is remarkable is that he completed his education, started a degree and survived two decades in Tottenham without ever going near a court.

“When he came out of prison he went straight back to offending but he has done what he can in prison. There is some promise to this man.”

Representing Needs, Robin Smith said: “There are a number of features in Mr Needs’ case consistent with a lesser role, the functions he performed were under fairly strict instructions.

“There was an element of naivety and vulnerability and his adopted father who sits in court describes him as very easily led.

“There was pressure exerted on him and there was an occasion when he went to a police station and asked officers to arrest him saying that he was in danger.

“He has a troubled background and upbringing but is not an unintelligent man. He has used his time in prison wisely, completing courses and gaining enhanced prisoner status, working on the wing as a cleaner.”

Sentencing Needs and Mamwa, Judge Simon Carr said: “You were both concerned with the supply of a very significant and very substantial amount of Class A drugs.

“Mr Mamwa you have a previous conviction for identical offences and no doubt very shortly after your release you started where you left off.

“You were responsible for drug distribution in Cornwall. I accept there was people above you out of Cornwall but here you directed operations, recruited others and used their premises. You were top of the pyramid in this county.

“You were both arrested on three separate occasions but continued to deal and deal significantly. Nothing done by the police stopped you in your course.

“Mr Mamwa you were the main supplier of cocaine and heroin in Cornwall and used others by putting pressure on them or by giving them money.

“You took trips to London to either pick up drugs or arrange their transportation to Cornwall.

“Mr Needs I accept you were recruited by Mr Mamwa but recruited willingly. You packaged the drugs into smaller units and when Mr Mamwa was remanded in custody you took steps to continue the operation while he was away.”

Judge Carr proceeded to jail Mamwa for five and a half years and Needs three years in a young offenders’ institute.

DC Brown of the proactive disruption team added: “Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to safeguarding their local communities from the threat of controlled drugs being brought and distributed around the area.

“Drug trafficking is a serious offence, which impact on the fabric of society and the police strive to deal with such offences with a robust and resilient attitude.

“We are pleased with the sentences given out by the court, and we hope that this will act as a deterrent. This result shows that the police will work tirelessly to protect our public and the most vulnerable from becoming victims of drugs misuse, and if you choose to get involved with the drug trade, you will be caught, and you will face substantial jail terms.”