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People jailed at Bristol Crown Court in April 2022

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Reporting cases at Bristol Crown Court forms an important part of the UK’s open justice system, that justice can be seen to be done.

Some of the key benefits of open justice include ensuring public confidence and respect in democracy and the administration of justice. It is also said to deter people from committing crimes and thereby the details of those crimes becoming public knowledge.

Here are the criminals who Bristol Live reported on who were jailed in April 22. You can read more about why we publish defendants’ names and addresses here.

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Michael Black, 10 years and nine months



Michael Black has been jailed for 10 years and nine months for fraud
Michael Black has been jailed for 10 years and nine months for fraud

A man who worked as a company head of finance was jailed for 10 years after admitting to stealing more than £1million from his employers to fund a lavish lifestyle, including expensive cars and holidays abroad.

Michael Black, 56, fraudulently pocketed around £1.2million from three businesses he worked for between 2010 and 2019. On Friday, April 22, he was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to 10 years and nine months in prison, also receiving a 12-year company director disqualification.

Black had been trusted with company finances at three different businesses and on more than 400 occasions abused his position to transfer money from their accounts to his own. He disguised the transfers so they didn’t appear to go directly to him.

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Daniel Denison, 43 months

A tradesman was handed a 43-month custodial sentence at Bristol Crown Court today (April 27) after pleading guilty to running a fraudulent business.

Daniel Denison, 60, of Kingsteignton, Devon, was paid significant amounts of money by homeowners for building work which he either failed to complete or never even started, between October 1, 2016 and April 30, 2018. He took substantial deposits from his customers but delivered the building works to a poor standard.

He also failed to apply for planning permission when required, requested additional payments for so-called ‘extras’ or left jobs unfinished. Completion deadlines for building work were missed and calls from those customers he had taken money from were repeatedly ignored.

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Sheldon Meaker, 16 months



Sheldon Meaker

A Hartcliffe teenager stabbed a man repeatedly after being attacked in a street fracas, a court heard.

Bristol Crown Court heard Sheldon Meaker and Rhys Hurst were involved in an altercation in Queen’s Road, Withywood. The court heard Mr Hurst punched Meaker, threw him against a shop window, stamped on his face and straddled him before Meaker grabbed a knife at the scene and stabbed him eight times.

Meaker, 19, of Englishcombe Road, was to face trial in March but pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding on December 14, 2019. He appeared for sentence. (April 21, 2022)

Judge Paul Cook jailed him for 16 months. He told Meaker: “This was grave violence.

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Tyler Horseman, eight months youth custody and Bradley Wiltshire, 12 months

A judge said two drunken men who bombarded passing cars with rocks could have killed someone.

Intoxicated Tyler Horseman and Bradley Wiltshire were heard “laughing and cheering” when they launched the missiles over a garden fence onto the A39 near Bristol, smashing the windscreens of vehicles. But they were both crying when a judge sent them into custody.

Horseman, 18, of West Tyning in Marksbury and Wiltshire, 26, of Tamworth Road, Keynsham, both pleaded guilty to causing a danger to road users. They also admitted assaulting an emergency worker following the incident in September last year.

Judge Julian Lambert jailed Wiltshire for 12 months and handed Horseman eight months youth custody.

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Paedophile gang, 32 years and six months



Clockwise from top left: Grant McGill, Brian Parker, Derek McBride and Tim Dale
Clockwise from top left: Grant McGill, Brian Parker, Derek McBride and Tim Dale

A group of men convicted of the historical sexual abuse of two young girls were jailed for a total of 32 years and six months.

Three of the four denied wrongdoing and were convicted after a trial. A fourth admitted his guilt.

Bristol Crown Court heard the girls were subjected to intimate assaults, in a location near Bristol, from when one was aged as young as seven. The court was told they were groomed and manipulated by offenders years older than them.

Tim Dale, 42, of Eleanor Close, Twerton, was found guilty of two indecent assaults on one girl. The court heard he was fit to stand trial but was intellectually impaired.

Grant McGill, 41, of Mill Road, Radstock, was found guilty of 35 charges on one girl. These comprised of 26 indecent assaults and nine indecency with a child charges.

Brian Parker, 48, of Benjamin Road in Wrexham, was found guilty of eight charges. These comprised of an indecent assault of one girl and seven indecency charges relating to the other. He admitted downloading 38 indecent images of children from the internet.

Derek McBride, 62, of River Street, Bath, pleaded guilty to four indecent assaults and one charge of gross indecency. The charges related to both girls.

Judge Mark Horton sentenced the men thus: McGill, 16 years, eight weeks; Parker, 12 years (nine years jail with three years’ extended licence); McBride, two years, six months; Dale, two years, suspended for two years.

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Organised crime group, 25 years and three months



Stephens (left), Jordan (middle) and Antill (right) have been sentenced

Three members of an organised crime group who used the encrypted messaging platform Encrochat to bring Class A drugs into Bristol and the South West were jailed.

Jai Stephens, 35; David Antill, 56 and Hannah Jordan, 44, were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court (April 14, 2022) to a total of 25 years and three months.

They all admitted offences following a lengthy investigation by our Complex Crime Unit which began in June 2020 after intelligence was supplied by our colleagues at the National Crime Agency.

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Steven Blackford, two years and two months

A drug dealer was stopped in his tracks. And it was thanks to his concerned family, a court heard.

The fact that Steven Blackford was under the influence of drugs, abusive and suicidal, prompted his sister to call police. And when officers arrived they found Blackmore in possession of Class A drugs.

The 21-year-old, of Parkers Avenue in Wick, pleaded guilty to possessing both cocaine and MDMA with intent to supply in November 2020. He appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentence. (April 14, 2022)

Judge Mark Horton jailed him for two years and two months.

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Lorna Creary, 12 months

Some four years ago Lorna Creary was the subject of a BBC Radio Four documentary focusing on her support to sex workers. But in April she was before a court having admitted a spate of thefts in Bristol.

Creary, 57, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to three thefts of handbags and three thefts from shops. Judge Julian Lambert jailed her for 12 months.

He told Creary: “You are an incorrigible thief, which means you can’t stop yourself. Handbag theft is serious, the victim impact is severe. It is often absolutely gut-wrenching.”

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Noel Shaw, nine years and three months sentence

A babysitter supposedly caring for a girl aged eight abused his trust and sexually assaulted her. And now he is starting a substantial jail term.

Noel Shaw, 46, whose address was given as Tommy Taylors Lane in Cheltenham, admitted two historic charges of sexually assaulting the child at her home near Bristol. He appeared before Bristol Crown Court for sentence. (April 14, 2022)

Judge Julian Lambert handed him a sentence of nine years and three months. The penalty comprises a jail term of eight years and three months followed by a year on licence.

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Gareth Barrett, 21 months



Gareth Barrett

Backwell man Gareth Barrett stole the identity of a former Army officer with the same name as him to commit fraud. And it proved a “deeply disturbing” ordeal for his victim, a court heard.

Barrett, 40, of Moorfield Road, pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud as well as making an untrue statement for the purposes of obtaining a passport and insurance. He also admitted possessing an identity document with improper intent.

Judge Euan Ambrose jailed him for 21 months. He made a deprivation order involving identity documents and all documents seized relating to the complainant Gareth Edward Barrett. A victim surcharge of £140 was imposed.

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George Taylor, six months

George Taylor was driving his newly insured Vauxhall Insignia in the Whitchurch area in the early hours when police spotted a quad bike, without lights, following him. When they gave chase the quad bike rider abandoned the bike and scrambled to Taylor’s car.

A court heard Taylor then led officers on a dangerous, high speed pursuit before driving up a dead end. He was arrested after hiding in a supermarket car park,

Taylor, 25, of Harbour Road in Portishead, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in March last year. He appeared for sentence at Bristol Crown Court. (April 12, 2022)

Judge Mark Horton jailed him for six months. He told Taylor: “You have urged me that you have turned your life around, such as the obtaining of employment, accommodation, and you say your life is now in gear. Everything about your record says the reverse with continued refusal to comply with orders of the court.”

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Ian Waine, 12-and-a-half years

A Hartcliffe man maintains his innocence after being charged with the historical sexual abuse of two boys. But a jury found otherwise and he is starting a 12-and-a-half year jail term.

Ian Waine, 43, of Lakeshore Drive, was convicted of rape and two indecent assaults of a complainant aged eight. He was also convicted of four indecent assaults of a second complainant aged 10.

Judge James Patrick told him: “You are a serious sexual offender.”

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Joseph Trussell, eight years and ten months



Joseph Trussell

“I can only see it as murder on the highway.” These are the words used by the husband of a wife whose life was cruelly taken by a drug-driver.

Drug dealer Joseph Trussell had been using cocaine into the early hours of July 18, 2020, Bristol Crown Court heard. Still under the influence he drove for a re-stock of drugs, taking his young daughter and step-daughter with him, and smashed his BMW head-on into a Toyota driven by Peter Reeves in which his partner Barbara Everton was a passenger.

Bristol Crown Court heard grandmother-of-five Mrs Everton sustained significant internal injuries and was transferred to Southmead Hospital. Tragically she died a week after the collision.

Trussell, 29, of Thirlmere Road in Patchway, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, offering to supply a Class A drug and failing to surrender to custody in July 2020. And the court heard he racked up another conviction for drug driving in April last year. Judge Martin Picton jailed him for eight years and ten months.

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Jagath Arachchige, 16-year extended sentence



Jagath Arachchige

By day accountant Jagath Arachchige was charming and highly professional. But by night he was a sexual predator, driving around Bristol city centre in his blue Honda Accord targeting vulnerable lone woman leaving nightclubs who took him for a cabbie.

After picking up one woman he kidnapped her for five hours, which culminated in him sexually assaulting her. And just 15 hours later he kidnapped a second woman but failed to molest her.

The 44-year-old of Eighth Avenue in Filton, denied wrongdoing. But a jury at Bristol Crown Court convicted him of kidnap and sexual assault, as well as kidnap and kidnap with intent to commit a sex offence, in December 2017.

Judge Mark Horton handed him a 16-year extended sentence, comprising of 12 years’ custody (two-thirds to serve) and four years’ extended licence. He found Arachchige to be a dangerous offender, telling him: “It is clear that whilst you present to the world as an engaging, charming and able account with an apparent calm and quiet manner, this mask perfectly concealed the callous, and deliberate deception and manipulative skills of a predatory sexual offender.”

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Alexander Irving, one day

A defendant a took a family photo of his mum and dad – in court – was jailed for a day. Alexander Irving used his mobile phone to make the illicit snap when he appeared alongside them in the dock at an early hearing fraud case. (April 4, 2022)

Unluckily for Irving he was spotted by a security guard who ended up in the photo too. Judge Mark Horton had him back for sentence at Bristol Crown Court.

Irving, 33, of Woodend Lane, Hill, South Gloucestershire, admitted Contempt of Court. The photo was deleted and the judge sent him into custody until 4pm.

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Jordan Searle, nine years



Jordan Searle

An Emersons Green man who admitted sexually abusing a schoolgirl was jailed. Jordan Searle appeared at Bristol Crown Court. (April 1, 2022)

The 40-year-old, of Honeysuckle Road, pleaded guilty to three charges of having sexual activity with a child. The court heard one charge related to some 20 occasions and the other two charges related to specific incidents involving a girl aged under 18. He also admitted making indecent images of a child

Judge Michael Longman jailed him for nine years. He told Searle: “Everything about your sexual relationship with her must have told you from the beginning and throughout that it was deeply wrong. She was under-age, you knew it was unlawful.”

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David Newbury, 14-and-a-half years

“I see David as the Devil. You don’t have to go down below to get to Hell.” These were the words a woman used to describe the man who inflicted a “campaign of rape” on her.

David Newbury sexually abused her as well as another girl decades ago in Bristol. But time has finally caught up with him at the grand old age of 81 and there is a risk he may die in prison as a result.

Newbury, of Western Side in Devon, pleaded guilty to two charges of rape and three indecent assault charges against one girl. He also admitted two indecent assault charges relating to a second girl.

Judge William Hart jailed him for 14-and-a-half years. He told Newbury: “Finally the day of judgement has arrived for you. You are guilty and have for the last 50 years been guilty of offences of enormous depravity with many, grave aggravating features regarding the abuse. You had the essential decency to accept your responsibility today.”

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