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13 August 2013

Attacker brags of assault on Facebook

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Attacker brags of assault on Facebook

A teenager left a 16-year-old boy knocked out and fitting on the ground after punching him in the face, Liverpool Crown Court heard. The attack took place in Parr, St Helens.

After the attack James Maughan, 19 posted messages on Facebook via his mobile phone including “left and right hook right on the chin. Ha ha, out cold”.

The attacked boy was twice punched by Maughan, who when arrested, made no comment other than denying posting the Facebook messages.

The attack happened shortly after midnight on August 7 last year when Maughan approached the boy, who was with others, and fractured a bone in the boy’s skull. Maughan, of Herbert Street, Sutton, pleaded guilty to wounding.

Judge Robert Warnock sentenced him to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years. He also imposed a 7am to 7pm electronically monitored curfew for three months and placed him under supervision for 12 months. 7HS Barrister Simon Killeen, defending, said that Maughan had no previous convictions and had exhibited a “momentary lapse of temper which could have had much more serious consequences”.

Article source: St Helens Star

A former firefighter is jailed for a year for benefit fraud

Michael Creasey, 55, from Cleveleys, fraudulently claimed £54, 361 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support between August 2004 and September 2010 a court heard.

£28,000 of the amount was paid in housing and council tax benefits after Creasey falsified a tenancy agreement and rent book when he was in fact living in a friend’s property free of charge.

Wyre Council and the Department for Work and Pensions launched a joint investigation into Creasey’s circumstances following a tip-off. Creasey pleaded guilty to four counts of benefit fraud, over a six-year period.

7HS barrister Mr Andrew Ford, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said the defendant had failed to declare income from an HSBC account, where regular cash was deposited. He was working as a doorman at a Blackpool club whilst claiming income support. Creasey was interviewed in October 2010. The prosecution said he was uncooperative with investigators.

Jailing him for a year, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said: “The public is concerned, and rightly so in my view, about benefit fraud and these were serious benefit frauds”.

Article source: Blackpool Gazette

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