Below are some of the more serious and dreadful cases to have recently passed through our region’s courts including Derby Crown Court where some victims have been left traumatised.
Offenders have been involved in a murder, stealing luxury cars, an assault and sexual offences and a dangerous driver triggered a high-speed police pursuit through Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
In another case, police caught a man dealing drugs in Chesterfeld town centre after he was found with 80 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin, a knife and a large amount of cash.
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Derby Crown Court heard in January how serial car thief Damien Ward, aged 28, formerly of Yew Greave Crescent, Sheffield, who targeted vehicles around Derbyshire and North Wales has been sentenced to four years of custody. Ward admitted burglary, seven counts of theft, including the theft of a Range Rover, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and possessing cannabis. He also breached a suspended prison sentence. Ward was banned from driving for 48 months.
And one sex offender who assaulted a girl has been jailed and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life after he pleaded guilty to a sexual assault and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
But judges have punished these offenders with custodial sentences of varying lengths.
Adam Wright, aged 27, of Princess Road, Dronfield, followed a man off the premises at the Victoria Inn, in Stubley Lane, Dronfield, and smashed a glass into his face in February, 2020, according to a Derby Crown Court hearing. CCTV footage played to the court showed Wright following the man and smashing the glass into his face, causing him damage to his left eye, the court heard. Wright pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. Recorder Stuart Sprawson sentenced Wright on January 21 to 14 months of custody.
Pictuerd is Stephen Dronfield, aged 22, of Hungerhill Lane, Ashover, who has been jailed after having sex with an underage girl, according to Derby Crown Court. He was sentenced on January 14 and handed a two-year prison term after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing at Derby Crown Court. Dronfield was also given a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He will also appear on the Sex offenders' Register for ten years.
Pictured is dangerous driver Asam Hussain, aged 28, of no fixed abode, who was spotted driving erratically by police near the Watchorn Island, Alfreton, on December 14, 2020, according to Nottingham Crown Court. Hussain raced through Somercotes, Selston and Underwood, along the M1, the A6175 through Heath and Holmewood, and re-joined the A38 into Mansfield town centre before crashing near Rosemary Street and Chesterfield Street. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to stop and to drink driving. Hussain was sentenced to ten months of custody and banned from driving for five years and five months.
Derby Crown Court heard in January how Jay Thompson, of Shrubbery Avenue, in Tipton, in the West Midlands, was stopped by officers and was caught dealing drugs after he was seen behaving suspiciously in Chesterfield town centre on November 12. Police said they searched the 19-year-old and found him in possession of a total of 80 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin, a knife and a large amount of cash. Thompson pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to four-and-a-half-years of custody.
Luke McGough, aged 26, of Thanet Street, Clay Cross, appeared at Derby Crown Court on January 8 and pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in Chesterfield. McGough was sentenced to four years of custody and was made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention order. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.
Police revealed that Sean Sisson, aged 33, of no fixed address, was found guilty of three counts of theft and sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after being arrested on Monday, January 4. A previous suspended prison sentence has also been activated on top of Sisson's latest conviction, resulting in a total 28-week custodial sentence, according to South Yorkshire Police. The thefts took place at Newbold Co-op on December 14 and 15, as well as at a Boots store in Chesterfield, on December 28.
Pictured is Ryan Chadwick, aged 23, of College Street, who appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on January 21, and was handed a 16-year prison term for committing sexual offences against three young girls. Chadwick pleaded guilty to several counts of assault by penetration and sexual activity with a child, two counts of inciting a child into sexual activity, two counts of attempted rape of a child, and paying for the sexual services of a child. Chadwick was also handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders' Regoster for life.
Pictured is Paul Wilson, aged 58, who has been jailed for four months after biting a police officer as he was being arrested in Alma Street, Buxton, for another unrelated offence. Wilson, of HMP Nottingham, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on January 18 where he was sentenced to four months of custody for assaulting the officer.
Pictured is Daniel Walsh, aged 30, who was sentenced to life imprisonment at Derby Crown Court on January 4 after he murdered Graham Snell at his home in Marsden Street, Chesterfield, on June 20, 2019. A trial jury at Derby Crown Court found him guilty of murder and Walsh must serve a minimum of 27 years before he can be considered for parole. Police said Walsh, who had moved in with Mr Snell, dismembered the pensioner after he murdered him and deposited the 71-year-old's body parts across Chesterfield.