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Around the Courts - January 2015
Liverpool Crown Court
7HS barrister Keith Sutton prosecuting in the case of Brian Reynolds, a rapist cleared of snatching a child weeks before he targeted unconscious student for sex attack.
Reynolds, who has convictions for being drunk and disorderly and criminal damage, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
7HS barrister Kenneth Grant, prosecuting in the case of a Grandfather involved in a street brawl where man was hit with a Samurai sword.
Eric Bromilow, 46, denied inflicting grievous bodily harm on Jozeph Williams, assaulting his girlfriend in the early hours of Friday, June 14, 2013 as well as possessing an offensive weapon during the incident in Mossy Bank Road, Wallasey. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
7HS barrister Neil Flewitt, QC, is prosecuting in the trial of eleven men accused of drugs and machine guns conspiracy in Liverpool.
The group are alleged to have been part of gang selling Class A drugs backed by an arsenal of automatic weapons.
7HS barrister Andrew Downie, defending in the case of the Liverpool drug dealer caught with 26,000-volt stun gun disguised as torch.
Awale Ahmed, 19, said he thought the banned device was a torch, which he had used as a disco light at a party.
Awale Ahmed was stopped cycling along Earle Road in Wavertree on a bike with no lights at around 10.40pm on July 7 last year. Police searched the 19-year-old discovering 47 bags of cannabis, £108 in cash, three mobile phones and what appeared to be a regular torch. But when he was taken to a custody suite it was in fact found to be a fully-functioning stun gun which is banned under Section 5 of the Firearms Act.
The judge sentenced Ahmed to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, plus 120 hours of unpaid work.
7HS barrister Keith Sutton, prosecuting in the case of a violent thug who went on a gunpoint robbery spree and pushed his girlfriend down the stairs, breaking her arm.
Lee Sullivan was also caught repeatedly using social media to publicly joke with friends about breaking the law despite being locked up in Walton Prison.
Judge David Swift jailed him for eight years and 10 months, describing him as having an “anti-social personality disorder”.
7HS barrister Andrew Downie, prosecuting in the trial of a drunken Dad whose child was hurt in suspicious circumstances.
John Cronin, 24, of Field Lane, Fazakerley, admitted a charge of child cruelty but denied assaulting his eight-month-old son.
Cronin has two previous convictions, for possessing a blade and aggravated vehicle taking, and was jailed for 12 weeks after failing to attend an earlier court hearing related to these offences.
Carlisle Crown Court
7HS barrister Brendan Burke defending an ex-soldier accused of kneeing a woman in the stomach.
In a “brief but intense” bout of bad behaviour Melvyn Stephenson also went around pubs saying he wanted to kill people, had a run-in with police officers and damaged property.
Judge Forrester sentenced Stephenson to 28 weeks in custody and ordered him to pay an £80 victim surcharge.