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These are the faces of 16 criminals locked up for crimes linked to Merseyside this past week.

Judges had to deal with a reckless arsonist, who put the lives of nearly 30 people at risk, and two gun crooks who were linked to a gun used in a brutal shooting.

A court heard about vile woman beaters, a "disgusting" drunk mum and the shocking consequences when a teenager went out armed with a large kitchen knife.

Judges had to sentence an OAP who made a fateful decision to get behind the wheel of a car when drunk, resulting in the death of a loved one, and another motorist driver who almost claimed a life.

And one court heard how an evil drug dealer used child slaves to flog crack cocaine and heroin across county lines.

Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded this past week.

Kadeem Hodgson

Khadeem Hodgson, 20, of Richmond Street, Toxteth

Knife wielding Kadeem Hodgson stabbed a man in the bottom outside a busy nightclub.

The then 19-year-old, who was high on drink and drugs, had the 18cm blade on a night out in St Helens.

He repeatedly shouted "who wants it?" and "what?" during chaotic scenes, which were captured on CCTV cameras.

Hodgson, now 20, of Richmond Street, Toxteth, first cut Ryan McPaul's hand, after running at him with the knife.

Brave Ian Quinn - who had lost a friend to knife crime - then rugby tackled him to the ground, only to be stabbed.

Hodgson became aggressive after he was refused entry into Mollies Bar, in Duke Street, just before midnight on August 13 this year.

He admitted unlawful wounding against Mr Quinn, assault causing actual bodily harm against Mr McPaul, and threatening with a knife.

Hodgson has 14 previous convictions for 19 offences, including possessing a kitchen knife in public in 2014, when aged just 13.

He was handed 17 months in a young offenders institution.

Marshall Tung

Marshall Tung, 33, of no fixed address

Marshall Tung racially abused a man while trying to break into his home and tried to bite a police officer.

He used the racial slur after trying to open a window to a property in Widnes, shortly before midnight, on September 9 this year.

The "scared and shocked" victim earlier spotted the 33-year-old, of no fixed address, peering inside his car and asked him to leave.

Officers arrested Tung nearby but while he was in custody in Runcorn, he kicked a policeman’s knee in a holding cell area.

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While being booked in, Tung then threatened to bite another officer, and moments later attempted to sink his teeth into him.

The crook was also linked by DNA to a burglary at a flat in George Street in Liverpool on July 4, when he took two laptops.

Tung admitted burglary, racially aggravated intentional harassment, assaulting a police officer and common assault of a police officer.

He was jailed for three and a half years.

Callan Bennett

Callan Bennett, 32, of Botanic Place, Kensington

Callan Bennett knelt on his partner's ribs and spat in her face, telling her: "You deserve this" after a vicious beating.

The 32-year-old repeatedly punched and kicked the woman, who the ECHO has chosen not to name, after months of abuse.

He exploited the fact she loved him to control her life, and threatened to carve her face and leave a "snitch scar" in vile texts.

Bennett, of Botanic Place, Kensington, who is the father of a nine-year-old daughter, even wished AIDS on his terrified victim.

The coward carried out attacks from May to September last year, in breach of a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

He repeatedly punched and kicked her during the assaults, which often took place at the traumatised woman's home in Halewood.

Bennett, who admitted controlling and coercive behaviour, has eight previous convictions for 10 offences, including dealing Class A drugs in 2008.

He was jailed for two years and three months. Bennett was also handed an indefinite restraining order.

Alexander McKay

Alexander McKay, 27, of Twickenham Street, Anfield

Alexander McKay was caught with 88% pure cocaine up his bottom when getting a ferry to the Isle of Man.

The 27-year-old was named as one of Merseyside's most wanted after he skipped his sentencing at court on July 30, 2018.

Police said "extensive enquiries" were being carried out to track down McKay, during the following two years he spent at large.

However, when he was eventually arrested in Wavertree on October 8 this year, McKay told officers he had never in fact left the city.

McKay had 26.5g of cocaine, valued at up to £2,650, seized from him at a Birkenhead ferry terminal on January 15, 2017.

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Officers searched his then home in Mollington Avenue, Norris Green and found a tick list, three mobile phones, snap bags and 15 cannabis plants.

On April 18, 2018, police visited McKay's new home in Twickenham Street, Anfield, when his mum told officers her son had four more cannabis plants.

He admitted being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition on the exportation of controlled drugs - on the basis he was a courier - plus two counts of producing cannabis, and breach of bail.

McKay was jailed for two and a half years.

Tony Gath, Adam Dawson and Kian Banks

Tony Gath, 38, of Devonshire Road, Birkenhead

Crack cocaine dealer Tony Gath who chauffeured others so they could sell Class A drugs claimed he just "liked driving".

Gath suggsted he was simply a motor enthusiast when police caught him on two occasions ferrying other dealers around.

The now 39-year-old, of no fixed address, was spotted by police twice in the space of one month driving dealers Adam Dawson, 21, and Kian Banks, 19.

Adam Dawson, 21, jailed for five months for dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

All three men were sentenced for possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply following arrests on February 12 and March 15 last year.

Gath, from Birkenhead, has 22 convictions for 35 offences and was already serving a 30-month sentence for threatening to damage property and affray.

That was imposed after he went to his ex partner's home, "put the gas on inside the property and threatened to set fire to the house" on February 28 this year.

Kian Banks, 19, jailed for two years for dealing heroin and crack cocaine

He was handed a consecutive three-year jail sentence.

Dawson, of no fixed address, has six convictions for 11 offences and is currently serving 31 months in a young offenders institution for possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply. He was handed a consecutive five-month jail term.

Banks, of St Anne Street, Birkenhead, who has no previous convictions, was jailed for two years.

Philip Bradley

Philip Bradley, 40, of Halsnead Avenue, Whiston

Philip Bradley crashed into a woman after drinking and driving when already banned from the road.

After the car crashed into his victim, crushing her against the gable end of a wall, she pleaded "don't let me die".

The 40-year-old initially asked Christine Winstanley, 59, if she was okay, but then said "well that's me f***ed".

The woman spent two weeks in hospital for serious injuries including a broken leg and foot, and bruising to face.

Bradley admitted causing serious injury by driving while disqualified, driving without due care and attention and driving without insurance following the smash at the junction of Grosvenor Road and St Helen's Road, in Prescot, at around 8.30pm on February 5 this year.

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The motorist, of Halsnead Avenue, Whiston, also pleaded guilty to possessing a knife, which was found in his car.

A judge said the offences were aggravated by the fact he had been drinking and a passenger in his car also suffered minor injuries.

Bradley was previously convicted of drink driving and handed an 18-month road ban on July 18 last year.

He was jailed for two years and one month and will be disqualified from driving for three and a half years upon his release.

Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes, 44

Armed robber Stuart Barnes and his girlfriend hit a newsagents when he slashed a shopkeeper with a knife in a botched raid.

The 44-year-old targeted two shops within minutes of each other, but both shopkeepers managed to fight off the thug before alerting police.

Barnes and his then partner Emma Lewis, 36, both admitted the attempted robberies at PRM News and Wine on Queens Drive and Blue Nile on Holt Road in Kensington on March 30 this year.

Barnes, of Maritime Court, West Derby, threatened Sivakara Thargarasa in PRM news, when he demanded money and slashed his left hand.

In Blue Nile he was disarmed by Muhammed Malik, who he punched three times, before fleeing empty-handed for a second time.

Barnes, who also admitted possessing the kitchen knife, has nine previous convictions for 20 offences. He was jailed for five years and four months.

Lewis, also of Maritime Court, West Derby, who has no previous convictions, was handed two years in jail, suspended for two years.

She must complete a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and a nine-month home curfew, from 6pm to 8am daily.

A 10-year restraining order preventing either of the pair from entering PRM stores was imposed.

Leanne Williams

Leanne Williams, 31, of Ismay Road, Litherland

Leanne Williams spat on a Merseyrail passenger when he asked her to move due to social distancing rules.

The drunk mum-of-six pretended to be pregnant when her victim asked her not to sit so closely to him.

The 31-year-old had drunk three bottles of vodka to celebrate her partner's birthday before boarding the train.

When another passenger asked Williams to move, at around 8pm on June 21 this year, she said "I can't believe I have to move I'm pregnant" before turning and spitting on Christopher James' work shirt.

He was on his way home and was left "shocked" and "felt dirty" and "unclean" after the attack by Williams, of Ismay Road, Litherland.

She pleaded guilty to the assault after being turned away from a previous court hearing when she turned up drunk.

The court heard she has convictions dating back to 2008, including a racially aggravated offence.

A judge told Williams: "It was unprovoked, unnecessary, it's a disgusting act at any time let alone in the midst of a pandemic such as we're experiencing."

She was jailed for 16 weeks.

Christopher Delooze

Christopher Delooze, 28, of no fixed address

Christopher Delooze warned "I'll burn it to the f***ing ground" before torching his room in a home for vulnerable people.

The 38-year-old set fire to the TV stand at his sheltered accommodation in Warrington after an afternoon drinking session.

He fled the building without telling anyone, but discovery of the blaze led to 26 residents and three staff members being evacuated.

The potentially lethal fire cost the Christian charity that runs Haven House in Lovely Lane, Bewsey, more than £8,000 in total.

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But when confronted outside after firefighters rushed to the scene, Delooze tried to blame another resident for igniting the flames.

He admitted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered over the incident, which happened on December 17 last year.

Delooze, who was described as a vulnerable man with a drinking problem and personality disorder, has seven previous convictions for 12 offences.

They include criminal damage, harassment, and an arson in November 2018, when he set fire to a bin in the bathroom of his flat at different accommodation, in a "strikingly similar" offence.

Delooze was jailed for seven years.

Sonny Teaney and Jay Medway

Sonny Teaney, 22, of Hawthorne Drive, Northwood, Kirkby

Sonny Teaney and Jay Medway were linked by DNA to a gun that was used to shoot a man in the back.

Police swooped on Aintree Road in Bootle after a 21-year-old victim was targeted at around 5.45pm on November 29 last year.

The next day, on November 30, a woman found a loaded gun used in the shooting next to her wheelie bin in Springs Close, Bootle.

It was a fully-working, 9mm Makarov self-loading pistol, with a magazine containing four rounds of ammunition.

The DNA of Sonny Teaney was found on the gun's magazine and the DNA of Jay Medway identified on a cartridge casing left at the scene of the shooting.

However, neither Teaney, 22, nor Medway, 25, could be linked to the brutal shooting, which left the man "paralysed from the waist down".

Jay Medway, 25, of Pembroke Road, Bootle

Both men admitted possessing ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

Medway, of Pembroke Road, Bootle, has previous convictions including possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

He was jailed for two years and one month.

Teaney, of Hawthorne Drive, Northwood, Kirkby, has a criminal record including dishonesty, drugs and violence.

He also admitted common assault and possessing a bladed article in public, in relation to an incident when he punched a man and threatened him with a pair of scissors, at the Christmas Markets at Lime Street, on December 1 last year.

Teaney was jailed for two years and five months.

Stephen Melbourne

Stephen Melbourne, 40, of Southwood Road, Aigburth

Stephen Melbourne spat at police after his ex-partner's teenage daughter claimed he banged her mum's head against a wall.

Officers were called to the Lea Street, Widnes home of Laura Graylish, following reports about a late night domestic incident.

They found her "extremely distressed" 14-year-old daughter, who said she had heard her mum screaming, on September 13 this year.

The girl described how she went into her mum's room and saw that Stephen Melbourne "had her on the bed, like strangling her".

She added: "He banged her head against the wall."

Melbourne, 40, of Southwood Road, Aigburth, was in breach of a restraining order for the fifth time by being at the mum's property.

He kicked at a police car, shouted "f***ing come on then" to officers, before he was sprayed with PAVA spray, but "that had little effect".

Melbourne told an officer "I've got Covid" before he spat at him, with the spit landing on the officer's shoulder and hair."

He was not charged with any assault against Ms Graylish, but admitted breaching his restraining order, which was imposed in 2016 after he previously assaulted Miss Grealish, along with assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage.

Melbourne was jailed for one year and eight months.

George Jones

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George Jones killed one of his sister-in-laws while driving to pay their final respects to another.

The 73-year-old motorist took his wife and her two sisters, including Sheila Barrett, to visit their dying relative at her nursing home.

The family had received a "phone call that changed everything" from care staff to say his wife's sister "may not last the evening".

Jones, who had been drinking, agreed to drive but collided with another vehicle, resulting in the death of 70-year-old Ms Barrett.

As well as suffering the loss of Ms Barrett, the family were also unable to see their other relative before she died in the home.

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Jones, of St Martin's Grove in Southdene, Kirkby, admitted causing death by careless driving on December 6, 2018.

While driving on the East Lancashire Road at St Helens, he collided with Nicola Murray's Volkswagen Tiguan.

Susan Walls, one of Jones' other sister-in-laws, was also injured, suffering bruising to her lungs and brain, which has resulted a turn in her right eye.

Jones, who was around twice the drink drive limit, said he felt regret, remorse and shame for the tragedy and would never drive again.

He was jailed for two and a half years and banned from the road for three and a half years. Police did not have his mugshot.

Dean Knight and Cody McNulty

Dean Knight, 29, of Station Road, Birkenhead

Dean Knight used children as drug dealing slaves in a ruthless county lines trafficking plot.

The 29-year-old crack cocaine and heroin dealer was convicted of offences under the Modern Slavery Act after two 14-year-old children were found by police lurking in a squalid flat in a tenement block in Barrow, Cumbria.

The case was the first human trafficking conviction secured by Cumbria Police.

Knight, of Station Road in Birkenhead, established a drug dealing phone line, nicknamed 'Ben', which involved flooding Barrow with crack and heroin from Merseyside - alongside Cody McNulty, 23, from Pembroke Court in Birkenhead.

The pair collaborated with local woman Helen Cairns, 36, from Egerton Court in Barrow, to co-ordinate the sale of drugs to the town's addicts.

Cody McNulty, 23, of Pembroke Court, Birkenhead, jailed over a plot to flood Barrow in Cumbria with heroin and crack

Officers in Egerton Court on January 24, 2019, became suspicious after noticing the two teenagers - who were identified as the victims of human trafficking.

The force found Knight had travelled to Barrow that month, and that McNulty had facilitated his travel on several occasions.

Knight was jailed for six years after admitting conspiracy to supply heroin and crack, and after being found guilty of human trafficking.

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McNulty was locked up for four years after being convicted of four years for conspiracy to supply.

She was cleared of the human trafficking offences.

Cairns received three years and seven months in prison, after pleading guilty to the drugs charges.

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