The killers, rapists and twisted stalker spending Christmas 2021 behind bars
Murderers, rapists and sex offenders have been locked up this month meaning they will spend Christmas 2021 behind bars. Many of those will be in prison for years to come while others may be experiencing the festive period locked up for a shorter period. Those jailed this months include baby-killer Savannah Brockhill, a paedophile with a sick animal obsession and a stalker who offered GBP1,000 to a grandmother for sex during an eight-year offending spree.
Keep up to date with the latest news from Yorkshire’s courts by signing up for updates here . Having your liberty stripped away is seen as the biggest punishment available to judges and some on the list below will spend large portions of their lives without seeing friends or family for a long time. Judges at Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford spent time considering aggravating and mitigating features when determining the prison sentences for this month’s offenders.
To get the latest email updates from South Yorkshire Live click here . Here is a list of those locked up in December and will spend this Christmas behind bars.
Savannah Brockhill and Frankie Smith
Frankie Smith and Savannah Brockhill
Frankie Smith, the mum of murdered tot Star Hobson, and her baby-killer partner Savannah Brockhill were both handed prison sentences after an eight-week trial. Star, who was 16 months old when she died in September 2020, suffered catastrophic injuries when she was beaten lifeless by Savannah Brockhill, 28, who was convicted of the toddler’s murder.
Star’s mum Frankie Smith, 20, was cleared of murder and manslaughter but was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of causing or allowing the death of a child. During their sentencing at the same court, Brockhill was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years. Smith was jailed for eight years.
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Paedophile Sam O’Connell wore a chastity belt to stop him abusing children and was jailed after he filmed himself performing a sex act – with a dog.
O’Connell, 19, who also had a sexual interest in horses, downloaded more than 6,400 images, some of which showed children as young as two being raped. When cops searched his iPhone they found an “extreme pornographic” image of O’Connell “performing” a lewd act on a dog, York Crown Court heard. The court was also told O’Connell kept “paedophile manuals” for guidance on how to attract, sexually abuse and “hide” children.
Prosecutor John Holby said that in April this year, O’Connell told his psychologist that he was a paedophile and had tried “unsuccessfully” to have sex with an animal. O’Connell was jailed for two years and four months and placed on the sex-offenders’ register for 10 years.
Matthew Hartley was jailed for crashing his Mini into an oncoming car (Image: Facebook)
A business owner had to have her thumb amputated after a “lunatic” driver crashed into her and her husband’s car on the wrong side of the road. Chef Matthew Hartley had passed his test one year before the crash in Barnsley on June 11, 2020, prior to which he had driven at speed and overtaken two other cars, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
The 28-year-old had overtaken a third car when he took a bend on Halifax Road at Wortley at around 5pm, skidded, and smashed into the Toyota his victims had been travelling in. Hartley’s car was so badly damaged in the crash that both his barrister and the judge during his sentencing said he was lucky to be alive. He hit the oncoming Toyota with such force that the engine and a wheel were ripped from the chassis of his Mini.
His victim suffered excruciating injury to her hand and, despite the best efforts of surgeons, had to have her thumb amputated, prosecutor Louise Gallagher told the court. Hartley admitted one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 27 months. He was also disqualified from driving for four years and one month and must carry out an extended retest when he is allowed to do so.
Ben Breakwell who was convicted of 32 sexual offences against young girls (Image: Metropolitan Police / SWNS.COM)
Cambridge-educated music teacher Ben Breakwell, from York , had a sexual relationship with two of his pupils aged just 13 and 14, kissed another schoolgirl and took indecent pictures of a fourth and was jailed for 17 years.
Breakwell, 40, abused his position to carry out sex acts with underage girls at a school in Hammersmith, west London, a court heard. Isleworth Crown Court heard how Breakwell groomed two girls, aged 13 and 14, and set up a series of seedy encounters at his home where he began a full sexual relationship with his victims. Breakwell was jailed for 17 years and put on the sex offenders register for life after being convicted of 32 counts against the four girls.
He was found guilty of 22 charges of sexual activity with a child, three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust, a count of sexual assault, and two allegations of taking indecent photographs of a child.
Jealous Brandon Worthington beat his childhood sweetheart, stalked her, controlled what she wore and threatened to harm her terminally ill nan. Brandon Worthington, from Sheffield , was just 12 years old when he began a relationship with his partner but became insecure when he himself cheated on her and began to control what she did. Prosecutor Rosemary Kavanagh told Sheffield Crown Court that Worthington, now 20, would turn up wherever his ex-girlfriend was and she would have to leave meals and isolate her from her friends and family.
Worthington would also send what Ms Kavanagh described as “lude” messages to her family members in a bid to cause problems. He would also look through her phone, track her location and on one occasion messaged others to say his ex-girlfriend was infected with HIV. On one occasion Worthington punched his partner causing black eyes, Ms Kavanagh added.
He admitted one count of controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex-girlfriend and admitted further charges of burglary and theft after he made up part of a group who burgled homes in South Yorkshire in May of this year. Worthington was jailed for four years and a 10-year restraining order banning him from contacting his ex was also imposed.
Pro ballet dancer Regan Wilson was jailed for raping a man who he tricked into having sex with him at a hotel after taking on a fake online persona. Wilson, 23, was said to have used the fake online profile to speak with his victim before arranging to meet him at a hotel in London in January.
The Doncaster dancer was locked up for four years after admitting two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault on day five of his trial earlier this year. Wood Green Crown Court heard Wilson’s defence unravelled part way through the trial and only then did he decide to enter his guilty pleas. He was charged with raping his victim in London shortly after the new year having made what a judge described as a “false online persona”.
Wilson was sentenced to four years in prison and made the subject of an indefinite restraining order. He will also be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Darren Grundy was jailed after police found cocaine and cash hidden in his van (Image: NCA)
A Barnsley man found with GBP160,000 worth of cocaine and GBP150,000 in cash hidden in the floor of his van has been jailed. Darren Grundy from Birdwell was arrested during the height of the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown, after information was passed by the National Crime Agency to Greater Manchester Police.
Officers intercepted the van the 50-year-old was driving on April 21, 2020, on the A56 Chester Road in Manchester. They found blocks containing approximately 2Kg of cocaine and GBP150,000 in cash hidden in a void in the floor of the vehicle. The drugs would have had a street value of almost GBP160,000 if cut and sold on the streets.
Grundy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
An ambulance technician who bombared a 15-year-old girl with messages before sexually attacking her has been jailed. Jamie Robinson, 33, hounded the teenager with messages on platforms including Snapchat and Facebook messenger, Sheffield Crown Court had heard. She did not respond and deleted him from her Snapchat, but after being sent numerous messages on Facebook she eventually agreed to accept the Emergency Medical Technician again on Snapchat under the username ‘Jamie999’.
Robinson, of West Street, Thorne, then sent the girl multiple messages urging her to visit him at his flat. He asked her if she wanted to lose her virginity to him. On September 21, 2019, the victim made an online report to Childline about what had happened and Robinson was arrested, later making no comment in interviews.
A jury found Robinson guilty of two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration following a trial. He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for the assault by penetration and two-and-a-half years for the sexual assaults, to run concurrently.
Craig Collier has been jailed for life (Image: West Yorkshire Police)
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/wicked-killer-murdered-mum-man-22414291 “Truly wicked” Craig Collier was jailed for the murder of a mum and a 24-year-old man who died when they became trapped on the top floor of an empty house that had been set on fire during a party.
Collier was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years during a hearing at Leeds Crown Court after Reece Schofield and Samantha Mills died in the house fire in Huddersfield earlier this year. During the 35-year-old’s trial, jurors were told that Mr Schofield and Ms Mills died from smoke inhalation and a second woman had to be treated in intensive care after two mattresses and a chair were set on fire “deliberately” at a house in Clare Hill in March. Collier was also charged with four counts of attempted murder in relation to four other people in the house but was acquitted by a jury.
He was convicted, though, of one count of arson with intent to endanger life and one count of perverting the course of justice. The court heard the property in Clare Hill was unoccupied at the time but had previously been used by the homeless as a venue for “drug taking and drinking”. Prosecutor Peter Moulson QC opened the case and told jurors that six people visited the house on March 23 and engaged in “drug taking and consensual intimate activity” when they became trapped on the top floor.
Truck driver Lloyd Burke chased a car at speed around a corner causing it to crash into a bus and “disintegrate”, killing two friends.
Tyler Ryalls and Hayden Lockwood, along with a third man, had been travelling along Pontefract Road, Barnsley , on April 14, 2019, in a black Volkswagen Golf. Burke was said to have tailgated the car they were travelling in as both reach speeds in excess of 60mph on a road with a 30 mph speed limit. The 28-year-old builder callously drove through the wreckage of the crash which caused the VW Golf to split into three segments, Sheffield Crown Court .
Both Mr Ryalls and Mr Lockwood sustained multiple fatal injuries in the collision while a third man miraculously escaped with minor injuries. Burke, of Regina Crescent, Barnsley, was sentenced to six years in prison.
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Paedophile teacher Jonathan Adamson, from Wakefield , sexually assaulted a young teenager and was jailed for seven years. Adamson, 33, was convicted following a trial at Leeds Crown Court of four counts of sexual activity with a child and pleaded guilty at the start of the trial to another count of sexual activity with a child.
The court was told how the offences occurred “a number of years ago” against one teenage girl while Adamson worked as a teacher. Adamson was sentenced to seven years in jail and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Jordan Reynolds-Walsh stole two Sphynx cats and a sentimental ring during two separate burglaries and was sentenced to a term behind bars. Reynolds-Walsh targeted two properties in the Goldthorpe area of Barnsley over the summer during which he stole hundreds of pounds worth of items and left his victims devastated.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the 21-year-old broke into and ransacked a house in Cooperation Street on July 22 and made off with a ring that had been in the family for generations. Reynolds-Walsh also took TVs, games consoles, decorative weapons, food, power tools and keys. The front door of the property was also badly damaged and cost around GBP1,000 to be repaired.
Reynolds-Walsh was linked to the scene when detectives found a can of lager with his fingerprints on it left there. Around two weeks later, a woman who lived in the same street left her home on the morning of August 11, prosecutor Aaron Dinnes told the court, and returned around noon the following day after being told by police her property had been broken into. Reynolds-Walsh admitted two counts of burglary and was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.
Mohammed Fiaz has been jailed (Image: West Yorkshire Police)
Mohammed Fiaz jailed for a sickening attack against a woman in Huddersfield.
Fiaz, 49, raped his victim at an address in the town in October 2019 for which he was convicted of at Leeds Crown Court
this week. He was arrested and charged following an investigation by the Kirklees District Safeguarding Team. A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “A man has been jailed for seven years for the rape of a woman in Huddersfield.
“Mohammed Fiaz, aged 49, of Huddersfield was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday, December 2, after he was convicted of the offence, which occurred at an address in the town in October 2019.”
Shahid Walayat (Image: WYP)
Convicted murderer Shahid Walayat was sent back to jail after being found guilty of the historic s exual abuse of a six-year-old girl. Walayat was released from prison in 2018 after serving a life sentence for the murder of Julia Baines. But his sexual abuse victim then reported the assaults, which happened between 1989 and 1992, to police.
Walayat, now 48, of Thornton Street, Dewsbury , started abusing his victim by touching her inappropriately at a house in Wakefield when he was aged 16. The abuse continued for three years, until 1992. Walayat was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child at Leeds Crown Court.
He was sentenced to six years in prison and issued with an indefinite restraining order against the victim.
Joseph Wood and Jack Green
Joseph Wood (left) and Jack Green have been jailed for a terrifying early hours shotgun attack on a home in Bradford
Two men involved in a terrifying early hours shotgun attack on a family home in Bradford have each been jailed for seven years. A judge at the Bradford Crown Court was today (December 9) shown CCTV footage of masked gunman Joseph Wood getting out of a van driven by co-accused Jack Green and then running through an alleyway towards the terraced property. Seconds later Wood, 26, fired the shortened weapon through the living room window of the house on Leyburne Street while the male occupant was asleep in bed upstairs.
Fortunately his wife and children were not in the house at the time of the incident in June this year, but Recorder Richard Wright QC told Wood:”It was purely by chance that nobody was injured or killed by what was a grossly dangerous act on your part”. As well as shattering the window the gunshot left pellets embedded in the living room wall of the property. In a victim impact statement the mum described how she no longer felt happy in a home which used to be “a safe haven”.
The duo were jailed after they both admitted possession of the shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence. Green, of Westfield Lane, Wyke, was still on prison licence at the time of the attack having been jailed for six years back in 2016 for an offence of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Wood had also served a short prison sentence before and the pair admitted possession of the weapon while prohibited.
Wood also pleaded guilty to possession of the ammunition while prohibited.
Stephen Hennings (Image: North Yorkshire Police)
Violent Stephen Hennings attacked two police officers – attacking one with a bottle. Hennings, 31, wielded a broken bottle and kicked an officer in the torso as they were responding to a public order call at his house in Brompton-on-Swale near Richmond. Then in a separate incident Hennings assaulted a different police officer at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
He will now spend Christmas in prison after he was jailed for 32 weeks by York Magistrates’ Court. Writing on Twitter, North Yorkshire Police called the experience of dealing with thugs like Hennings “distressing”.
Benjamin Fort has been jailed for 27 months (Image: West Yorkshire Police)
Bomb hoaxer Benjamin Fort claimed he had planted a device in Bradford’s main city centre police station and was ready to “push the trigger”. Fort, 39, made three specific bomb threats during a spate of more than 40 “bizarre” 999 calls over a five-day period in July this year.
Fort, of Wenborough Lane, Holme Wood, Bradford , returned to offending within a few months of being released from a six-month jail sentence for deliberately shining a laser pen at a West Yorkshire Police helicopter which was operating near his then home in Keighley . During the series of time-wasting calls Fort claimed he had shot himself and other people and suggested “bombs were going off” in his head. Bradford Crown Court heard that during one 19-minute call Fort claimed to have planted a remote-controlled bomb in the Trafalgar House police station and said he didn’t care if he went down.
In an earlier call he had said he was going to push the trigger and blow the police officers up. He pleaded guilty to offences of communicating false information, assaulting emergency workers and racially aggravated harassment and was jailed for a total of 27 months.
Thomas Walker was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court for voyeurism and an assault (Image: SYP)
Woman-beating bricklayer Thomas Walker sent his ex a video of a woman performing a sex act on him and uploaded it to Snapchat for his friends to see. Remorseless Walker smirked over a video link from HMP Doncaster as he was told he had to register as a sex offender having been locked up for attacking a woman and a separate offence of voyeurism.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the 27-year-old, from Rotherham, had recorded a woman carrying out a sex act on him and uploaded it to Snapchat where he was said to have had 400 friends on his list. His victim’s embarrassment was compounded when Walker’s ex brought the video to her attention last year and it was reported to the police. The court also heard Walker had attacked a woman earlier this year inflicting injuries to her face and body and leaving her bloodied.
Judge Graham Reeds QC rejected submissions that Walker, of Beechville Avenue, was remorseful for his actions and jailed him for two years and three months after he admitted voyeurism and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. A suspended sentence of four months’ imprisonment was also activated to run consecutively. A restraining order banning him from contacting his victim will run indefinitely and Walker smirked as he was told he would be on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
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