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MetiNews.Com - These are the criminals who have been spared jail
Breaking News ! A drink driving mum who crashed into a Range Rover, a teenage paedophile and a dopey crook who claimed his wife ate his SIM card are among those who have been spared jail. These are the criminals who were allowed to walk free from court and handed sentences that are carried out in the community. When deciding whether an offender should go straight to prison or not judges and magistrates have to follow a set of guidelines and think about; if there's a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, if there is strong personal mitigation and if immediate custody will result in a harmful impact on others. These circumstances, as well as other considerations, can then tip the balance on whether an offender walks free from court or is sent straight to jail. Read the latest court cases where people were spared jail below. Daniel Hanlon Daniel Hanlon spray painted 'paedo' on a man's car and swung a TV aerial at him, which his victim thought was a machete A thug who sprayed 'paedo' on an innocent man's car has walked free from court. Daniel Hanlon drove to the Prescot home of his mum's ex boyfriend where he vandalised his Ford Kuga with the unfounded allegation. The man, who the ECHO has chosen not to name, confronted the 23-year-old who swung a TV bracket over his head, which the man thought was a machete, and shouted "I'll kill you". Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here He was spared jail after a court heard how Hanlon is a carer for him mum. His victim now feels unsafe where he lives and says the claims almost broke up his current relationship. Hanlon, of Smithy Close, Cronton, Widnes, admitted possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage. He was handed a 12 month sentence suspended for eight months. Hanlon, who has one previous conviction, must complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and must adhere to a curfew for three months between the hours of 9pm and 6am. Michael Lonsdale Michael Lonsdale stalked his ex and put a tracker on her car when she was asleep A taxi driver who put a tracker on his ex's car was spared an immediate jail sentence this week. Michael Lonsdale, 48, called Diane Caird between 20 and 30 times and kept turning up at her home unannounced after learning she was in a new relationship. Lonsdale had even lingered outside her home while she had a phone conversation, screaming she was "ungrateful" when he overheard her 'poke fun' at him to her friend. Ms Caird said a year after their split, and when Lonsdale had already "moved on" she told him she had been "spending time with a male". The woman had to install CCTV and added security to her home and was left feeling "like a prisoner" when she discovered Lonsdale had put a tracker on her car. Lonsdale, who has no previous convictions, admitted stalking involving serious alarm or distress. Read More Related Articles Boy, 16, charged with the murder of Thomas Edmunds Read More Related Articles 'EncroChat user' accused of semi-automatic gun and cocaine plots Callum Ross, defending, said Lonsdale has a "strong prospect of rehabilitation" and the offence is "something the defendant is hugely sorry about". Lonsdale, of Chester Road, Ellesmere Port, was handed a one year community order with 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 200 hours of unpaid work. Magistrates imposed a three year restraining order preventing Lonsdale from contacting Ms Caird and he was ordered to pay £200 in compensation, £85 in costs and a £95 victim surcharge. Jordan Mitchell Jordan Mitchell downloaded sickening photos of toddlers being sexually abused (Image: Liverpool Echo) A teenage paedophile tried to "cover his tracks" after downloading child rape photos at his parents' home. Jordan Mitchell was caught out by police after they raided the Anfield home on June 24 last year, discovering 427 indecent images of children. They discovered the then 19-year-old had used specialist computer software and deleted the disturbing pictures of toddlers and infants being sexually abused after he had viewed them. Despite his efforts police tracked him down having received intelligence that an IP address traced to his home was being used to download the sick images. Mitchell, now 20, who has no previous convictions, admitted four counts of possessing indecent images of children. A judge said as he was considered to be "a prospect for rehabilitation" and had no history of failing to comply with court orders, he could suspend his eight-month prison sentence for two years. He ordered Mitchell to carry out the Horizon programme and a 60-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. Mitchell, of Darmonds Green Avenue, Anfield, must also sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years. Sam Barrett-Rossindale Sam Barrett-Rosindale cheated National Savings customers out of their money (Image: Lynda Roughley) A call centre worker secretly siphoned thousands of pounds from savers' accounts to his own. Sam Barrett-Rosindale cheated premium bonds customers out of £5,000 by exploiting a loophole in the system. The 29-year-old worked for a call centre while handling National Savings & Investments (NS&I) customers’ financial affairs after the company outsourced work. He had discovered a loophole in the system and began secretly transferring money to his own bank account or cashing in customers’ Premium Bonds for himself. Get our free Echo Court Files newsletter Liverpool's courts are some of the busiest in the UK, with a huge variety of cases being heard each week. 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To hide his tracks he deliberately entered inaccurate email addresses for his victims so they wouldn't receive a confirmatory email detailing the transactions on their account. Barrett-Rosindale, of Bell Road, Egremont, pleaded guilty to five theft offences totalling £5,075 between May and July, 2019 and was today sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years. The judge also ordered him to carry out 20 days rehabilitation activities and 150 hours unpaid work. The court heard the five victims had all been reimbursed. Heather Benson
Heather Benson ran away after she crashed into a Range Rover claiming the other driver 'shouted in her face'
A drink driving mum was found with 'bloody' hair after crashing into a Range Rover. Heather Benson fled after her white Vauxhall collided with the car on Redgate, Formby on September 14 last year. She claimed she 'panicked' after the other driver shouted at her, leaving on foot. Police were able to track her down as the registered keeper and when they did she was with another woman and "four distressed children could be heard screaming in alarm". Benson, 39, also had blood in her hairline, prompting her to be taken to hospital as a precaution. Three hours after the accident Benson, who has no previous convictions, returned a reading of 127 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when the limit is 80 milligrammes. Benson was handed a one year community order and must complete 15 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements. She must also adhere to a six week curfew between 8pm and 6am and was ordered to an £85 victim surcharge and £95 in costs. She was disqualified from driving for one year. Steven Mellor
Steven Mellor walked free from court after leaving a man scarred for life
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A husband nearly blinded a man who was trying to help his crying wife after she had fallen over in the street. Steven Mellor said he thought he was "doing the right thing" in hitting the man. His victim was left with a broken eye socket and cheekbone and has been scarred for life. The 38-year-old dad had argued with his partner when walking home after drinking on a night out. He stormed off and left his wife behind, who fell over and started "sobbing hysterically" while slumped on the pavement outside Widnes Cemetery on Friday, November 8, 2019. Stephen Jackson, who had also been out socialising, came across Mrs Mellor and went over to ask if she was alright.
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Mellor, of Chester Street, Widnes, "mistakenly believed" he was some sort of threat, returned and hit Mr Jackson leaving him with a "large open wound over his left eye" and "severe" swelling. Mellor, of previous good character, denied inflicting grievous bodily harm until the opening day of a trial, when he pleaded guilty. He was handed eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, with 140 hours of unpaid work, and told him to pay £750 in compensation to Mr Jackson. Anthony Gray
Anthony Gray told a court he wasn't able to speak to the probation service because his wife ate his SIM card
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A dopey crook was spared jail after claiming he couldn't attend probation appointments because 'his wife ate his SIM card'. Anthony Gray was caught bridging an electricity meter for a cannabis farm at the wrong house, burgling a church-goer's home instead. After being handed a suspended jail sentence the 52-year-old was back in court for failing to keep up with fortnightly probation appointments. His defence representative explained Gray's partner "is a woman apparently with mental health issues" and "ate his SIM card". Gray, of Liberty Street, Wavertree, has 10 previous convictions for 25 offences, including a number of burglaries between 1983 and 1986, but stayed out of trouble between 2005 and 2018. He was handed a two-month home curfew, from 8pm to 8am daily. David Groom
David Groom admitted to producing cannabis and abstracting electricity
A dad who grew cannabis plants at his family home walked free from court so his partner could carry on working for the NHS. David Groom's representative in court argued that a prison sentence should be suspended because if he was put behind bars the mum-of-four's job "which benefits society" would be adversely affected as he wouldn't be there to help care for the youngsters. Police raided the home on November 25 last year and discovered 26 cannabis plants.
A judge said he cared for his grandmother until her recent death and lives with his partner, who is the mother of his two children, and he looks after the four children while she works for the NHS. He also told Groom, of Town View, Birkenhead, that immediate imprisonment "would result in a significant harmful impact on those children you care for which enables your partner to work". Groom was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 25 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 150 hours of unpaid work.
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