Mum killer, ‘The Lam’ gang member and sick paedo jailed this week

A callous murderer who was caught laughing and joking after beating his mum to death and a gang member who led police on a high-speed chase with a baby in his car were among those locked up this week.

Each day the most serious crimes linked to Merseyside are heard in Crown Courts and judges decide the fate of criminals.

Among those jailed this week was a dad-of-four who sent a sex act video to a '13-year-old'.

James Murphy was locked up for sending vile messages to the 'bullied girl.'

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A drug gang ringleader who used military encryption and lie detectors to run his underworld operation was also put behind bars – along with four of his gang members.

Below are the full details of these cases and others which were heard in the courtrooms this week.

James Murphy

James Murphy, 54, groomed a '13-year-old girl' and sent vile messages and a sex act video. He received a 16 month prison sentence and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

A dad-of-four was locked up after sending a sex act video and vile messages to a '13-year-old girl'.

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James Murphy, 54, of Palladio Road, Stoneycroft, also sent his mobile number so the pair could talk when her dad wasn't around.

Unbeknown to Murphy, he was actually conversing with an undercover police officer using the name 'Louise'.

She was using an adult chat room when Murphy, using the handle 'Scouse42' struck up a conversation.

Over the following two weeks, he used "grooming-like behaviour" and sent sexualised messages – including a video of him masturbating.

The court heard he had no previous convictions and the actions were a "complete aberration" from Murphy's normal behaviour.

He was handed a 16-month prison sentence and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

Murphy was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Jamie Wrigley

Jamie Wrigley, 23

A drug dealer tried to ditch a "golf ball-sized" package of heroin and cocaine into a member of the public's garden.

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Jamie Wrigley, 23, of no fixed abode but from Liverpool, ditched two packets of drugs after he was spotted in the Waterloo Road area of Runcorn by plain-clothed police officers.

A subsequent stop and search revealed Wrigley was carrying three mobile phones, cash, a sim card and phone charger.

His attempt to get rid of the drugs wasn't successful, and he admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply the Class A drugs heroin and cocaine, and being concerned in the supply of Class B cannabis.

He was subsequently sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Colin Jones, Keith Furmedge, Jack Jones, Shaun Dooley and Steven Dooley

[L-R]Shaun Dooley, Stephen Dooley, Colin Jones, Jack Jones, Keith Furmedge

A drugs gang ringleader and four of his gang members were found to be part of a meticulous operation involving the use of military encryption and lie detectors.

Ringleader Colin Jones, 49, from Liverpool, and his gang tried to flood UK towns with millions of pounds worth of drugs.

The operation continues to be dismantled after an investigation into the nationwide gang activity.

Jones was locked up for a total of 21 years – 14 years for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine between January 1, 2017, and September 6, 2020, and a further seven years for conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm against former gang member, Lee Murray.

Keith Furmedge, 50, of Elstead Road, Liverpool, and Jack William Jones, 28, of Rimrose Valley Road in Crosby, Merseyside, were jailed for 10 and a half years and seven and a half years respectively for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

Shaun Dooley, 30, of Bulford Road, Liverpool, and brother Steven Edward Dooley, 32, of Waresley Crescent, Liverpool, received nine years and eight years respectively for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine between the same dates.

Carl Daniels

Carl Daniels

A gang member involved in an international drugs plot led police on a chase through Liverpool.

Carl Daniels, 36, formerly of Galleon Court, Newquay, was wanted for his part in a drugs plot led by notorious Liverpool criminal Liam Cornett.

In December last year Cornett and 25 members of his crew were put behind bars – including Daniels who was put behind bars for four years and nine months.

When police tried to arrest Daniels he made chase in a BMW, reaching 80mph in 30mph zones and driving into oncoming traffic, all while his eight-month-old daughter was in the car.

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After a 10 minute pursuit Daniels eventually stopped the car and fled after he "scrambled" over a woman in the passenger seat to get away.

The court heard since his time in prison Daniels has made good process and is "ashamed" of his actions.

He was handed a three-month sentence on top of his current sentence and upon his release, he will be banned from driving for 18 months.

Robert Child

A callous murderer who bludgeoned his mum to death with a hammer so he could steal £25,000 from her and buy a flashy Jaguar car was locked up this week.

Robert Child, 37, of Kings Drive, Thingwall, was seen laughing and joking after beating his mum to death in the utility room of her Woolton Home in March this year.

CCTV footage showed Child after he killed his mum calmly boarding a bus in Woolton and smiling and laughing with members of the public.

A court also heard that Child "lied his way through life" claiming to be a football scout for Manchester United and saying he achieved a doctorate and a PhD.

He was branded a "selfish narcissist" by a judge after committing the horrific murder.

Originally he denied the offence, but at his trial pleaded guilty as the 12th juror was sworn in.

A judge then ruled that he had committed the murder for financial gain, locking him up for life with a minimum term of 29 years.

Denise Ryan

The court heard 49-year-old Denise Ryan had convictions including "numerous" for "dishonesty and prostitution".

A former sex worker whose house was a "one-stop shop of drugs" was caught selling crack cocaine and heroin twice in seven months by plain-clothed police officers.

Denise Ryan, 49, of Chester Close, Castlefields, Runcorn, approached officers in May last year before realising they were cops.

She then revealed 18 wraps of crack cocaine and 13 wraps of heroin prompting a search of her house in which 56 wraps of heroin and 62 wraps of crack together worth £1,180 were found.

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Paraphernalia and items linked to drug dealing were also found.

She was then caught with six wraps of heroin by an officer in December.

The court heard she was “clearly a vulnerable individual” who had been “addicted to drugs for some time”.

Ryan was jailed for six years after previously pleading guilty to 10 counts including, four charges possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, and a range of Class A to C simple possession charges.

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