Bully boyfriend, killer driver and paedophile scientist jailed

These are the faces of 11 criminals locked up for crimes linked to Merseyside this past week.

One judge had to deal with a cowardly speeding driver who killed a 13-year-old boy.

A court heard about a sadistic sex beast released from jail who offended again within a matter of months.

Judges had to sentence a scrambler yob involved in a police attack and a bullying boyfriend who battered his pregnant partner.

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And a court heard how a former scientist sparked a counter-terrorism investigation, which led to his dark secret being discovered.

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

Andrew Monks

Andrew Monks, 37, of Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park

Andrew Monks battered his pregnant girlfriend just three days after being spared jail for a previous horrific attack on her.

The 37-year-old kicked his partner in the genitals, repeatedly stamped on her face, then threatened to scoop out her eyeballs and torture her.

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The ex-soldier punched his victim, ripped off her dress, stole her mobile phone and tried to force a spoon into her mouth, on February 26 this year.

Monks, of Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, walked free from court on July 30, after a court heard he was doing "equine therapy" to "regain his honour".

The bully was handed 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for assault causing actual bodily harm, theft and damaging property.

Monks was sent on a rehabilitation course, a "Building Better Relationships" programme, and told to carry out unpaid work and pay compensation.

However, the woman – who said she still loved Monks – forgave him, said she thought he had changed, and met up with him the following day.

That led to another savage assault on August 2, when he tied a plastic bag around her neck and the mum was so scared she wet herself.

During the attack at Hope Street Hotel – where the woman was temporarily staying – Monks also spat in her face and punched her in the head.

He later admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and breaching his suspended sentence.

Monks was jailed for three years in total, including his 18-month suspended sentence.

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Paul Bolton

Paul Bolton, 22, of Little Moss Hey, Stockbridge Village

Paul Bolton hid cocaine in his underpants only for police to find the stash when he was arrested.

His secret hiding place was discovered when officers detained him in a garden as he tried to get rid of a bag full of crack cocaine wraps.

The 22-year-old, from Liverpool, was spotted by plain clothes officers in Chorley on September 16 last year and tried to flee from them.

He was caught nearby and found to be carrying £200 in cash and a mobile phone, containing messages linked to drug-dealing.

When he was searched in police custody, Bolton was found to have more wraps of crack cocaine hidden in his underwear.

Bolton, of Little Moss Hey, Stockbridge Village, admitted possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He was jailed for two and a half years.

David Williams and Carol Dale

David Williams, 49, of Queens Drive in West Derby

David Williams "exploited" a barmaid by delivering £35,000 of heroin and crack cocaine to her home.

Williams, of Queens Drive, West Derby, would make a 350-mile round trip from Liverpool to Newcastle to deliver drugs to ex-baker Carol Dale.

She would then weigh them and bag them up and 49-year-old Williams would return to Merseyside with the money to be given to his bosses.

Dale, 56, only began working for the gang because she developed a cocaine habit and began drinking heavily after her relationship broke down.

The ex Greggs worker had a £2,000 debt and was caught twice in five months helping to prop up the Scouse gang's North East supply chain.

Carol Dale, 56, of Westfield Road in Newcastle

Police observed the pair's actions last October before they stopped Williams in his taxi and seized nearly £20,000 of cash, then raided Dale's home.

Officers found 1.4kg of heroin, worth in excess of £30,000, and 53.8g of crack cocaine, with a value of more than £4,500, in her kitchen, plus scales, a mobile phone, small plastic bags and £3,000 in cash.

Dale admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply, possessing cocaine with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

She was jailed for seven years and three months.

Williams admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine, and possessing criminal property.

He was jailed for three years and four months.

Dr Christopher Doyle

Christopher Doyle, 54, of Fir Street, Widnes

Dr Christopher Doyle sparked a counter-terrorism investigation when he sent fake poison to Theresa May.

The scientist posted an envelope marked "C/O: The Nazi Party" to the then Prime Minister at Downing Street.

The former Cambridge University researcher included an angry pro-Russia rant and a mysterious white powder.

It was intercepted before it reached the Tory leader and the substance was found to be a harmless acid called citric.

The ex-neuroscientist, who once worked at government laboratory Porton Down, denied sending a substance intending a person to believe it was noxious.

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In a bizarre trial, Doyle, 54, of Fir Street, Widnes, claimed he didn't include the powder and was being set up as part of a MI5, MI6 or Government conspiracy.

The self-proclaimed Christian even suggested he was "a follower of Jesus" and would never do anything to cause fear to anybody.

But that meant prosecutors could reveal his bad character, including the fact a stash of child abuse images were found when police searched his home.

He admitted downloading 245,505 child abuse images, of children as young as six – but suggested many of them were legal and "beautiful and artistic".

A jury unanimously found Doyle guilty over the incident on April 5 last year.

He was jailed for two years and 10 months and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years.

Liam Wilson

Liam Wilson killed a 13-year-old boy after speeding and losing control on a blind bend.

Wilson, 21, who only had a provisional licence, was doing 58mph on a 20mph road when he lost control of a £250 Jaguar he had bought just three days earlier.

He hit Jack Worwood, who was on his phone to his nan while walking to meet friends to play football, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, at 4.30pm on July 7 this year.

Andrew and Catherine Worwood, parents of their "amazing, clever and funny" son, later went looking for him, only to find paramedics battling to save his life.

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A day later the Newton-le-Willows teenager died in their arms after they were told the catastrophic head and chest injuries he suffered were not survivable.

The cowardly driver ran off after the crash, leaving his victim for dead, but was arrested the next day.

He had been in trouble with police since the age of 10, with 14 previous convictions on his criminal record.

Wilson, of Livingstone Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for four years.

He was banned from driving for eight years.

Jack Adcock

Jack Adcock, 25, of Ullet Road, received 16 months in prison after sharing child rape videos and downloading over 100 child rape images.

Jack Adcock who shared child rape videos said he wanted to abuse a "crying pre-teen".

The paedophile used the pseudonym "AmySlut" while telling another pervert of his sick fantasy on the dark web.

The unknown messager told Adcock he had sexually abused a 10-year-old, to which the 25-year-old responded enthusiastically, expressing his own sick desire.

Police had information that child abuse images were being accessed at a home in Evesham Road and met Adock, who handed over a phone and two laptops.

On the devices, officers discovered 114 images of children being raped and 319 other images of children being sexually abuse, plus extreme animal porn.

Adcock, who was arrested in February last year, admitted three counts of downloading, one of possessing and two of distributing indecent images of children.

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He also pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited image of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images of animals.

Adcock, now of Ullet Road, Sefton Park, claimed his obsession began after he searched for adult porn and "became embroiled" in images of child abuse.

The university student, who has no previous convictions, was jailed for 16 months.

He must sign the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Ryan Blake

Ryan Blake, 24, of Hughes Street, Garston

Ryan Blake claimed a police officer was hit in the head with a brick in "revenge" for the seizure of his friend's scrambler bike.

The convicted cocaine dealer and an unknown man armed themselves with a brick before seeking out a police car in Garston.

The masked pair set off on a stolen scrambler, before coming across a marked vehicle, being driven by PC John Prescott.

He and a colleague were responding to an incident and were heading along Speke Road, near the Horrocks Avenue junction.

But as they waited in traffic, moments before making a turn, the brick was hurled through the car's rear windscreen.

It smashed the glass and struck PC Prescott in the back of the head, at around 3pm, on Friday, February 7 this year.

The officer suffered minor head injuries and Blake sped off with his friend on an orange and black Duke off-road bike.

He was tracked down thanks to a witness account, dashcam footage and his DNA, found on a handle bar of the scrambler.

Blake, 24, of Hughes Street, Garston, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on the basis he wasn't the one who threw the brick.

He was jailed for 16 months.

Dean Woltman

Dean Woltman, 25, of Heyburn Road, Tuebrook, who was jailed for supplying Class A drugs in Wigan

Dean Woltman who failed to learn his lesson after being shot in the leg was arrested with 70 wraps of cocaine and heroin stashed between his buttocks.

The 25-year-old, of Heyburn Road, Tuebrook, sobbed uncontrollably as a court heard how he had been collared selling Class A drugs on three separate occasions in Wigan between February and June this year.

Remarkably, he was granted bail after both the first and second arrests, but couldn't stop dealing drugs and was finally locked up after being arrested on June 29.

He was arrested for a third time and taken to Wigan Police Station where, during a strip search, officers found 70 wraps of drugs "secreted between his buttocks".

Paul Treble, defending, revealed Woltman's involvement with drugs had led to him being shot in the leg in 2019, but the young dad hadn't changed his ways.

Woltman pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He was jailed for four years and eight months.

Matthew Byrne

Matthew Byrne, 48, of High Park Street, Toxteth

Sex beast Matthew Byrne was set free in Liverpool only to be caught watching videos of little boys and girls in swimwear.

He previously worked with children as young as 10 in his role as the boss of Liverpool's Young Person's Advisory Service.

But he led a depraved double life – finally exposed after he carried out a sex act on a Merseyrail train while photographing young girls.

Police swooped on his Wirral home and discovered the 37-year-old had downloaded nearly 9,000 sickening child abuse images.

That was just the tip of the iceberg, because the "Jekyll and Hyde" figure had also lured sex workers to his house with promises of easy money.

Once inside he ordered them to dress up as young girls, before carrying out twisted attacks in a bedroom he had turned into a secret torture chamber.

Byrne, of Tollemache Street, New Brighton, received an indefinite sentence for public protection in April 2010, with a minimum of three and a half years.

After nine years and seven months inside, he was released from prison in November last year, and moved to an address in High Park Street, Toxteth.

Now 48, he admitted breaching an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order from May this year by viewing videos with young children on YouTube.

Police discovered this activity in an unannounced visit on on August 5 and on Friday he was jailed for eight months.

He will not be released until a parole board decides it is safe for him to be let back into society.

Ryan Evans

Ryan Evans, 26 and Southport Road, Scarisbrick

Ryan Evans was locked up after being found with more than £1,000 of crack cocaine and heroin.

The 26-year-old was arrested after a member of the public reported suspicious behaviour in a car he was sitting in on Ash Street, Southport, on August 5.

Evans, of Southport Road, Scarisbrick, who has previous convictions for drug dealing, was staying at the Prince of Wales hotel with the driver of the car.

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The young dealer was caught with 40 wraps of cocaine and 32 wraps of heroin, with an estimated street value of £1,040, plus a large quantity of cash.

During a police interview, he claimed the cash was obtained through selling a car.

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Evans admitted two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, which he said was fuelled by a drug debt he had accumulated.

He was jailed for two years and eight months.

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