Racist Rachelle, cocky gun thug and child rapist jailed this week

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These are the faces of 13 people locked up for crimes linked to Merseyside this past week.

One judge had to sentence a grinning gun thug whose gang peddled drugs across the North West before he fled abroad to try and escape justice.

Courts heard about frightening paedophiles including a child rapist who once tried to drug a woman at a Wirral pub and a former bouncer who targeted two girls when they visited a funfair.

Judges had to sentence a gambling addict who drained the life savings of an OAP then tried to blame it all on his victim and a woman with mental health issues who nearly killed her boyfriend.

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Meanwhile a violent and controlling domestic abuser and a creepy voyeur who secretly recorded a woman going to the toilet also fell to be sentenced.

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

Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, 33, of Grampian Road, Fairfield, admitted theft. He was jailed for two years and eight months.

Jason Kelly drained a seriously ill pensioner's life savings then claimed he was placing bets for him.

Charles Lynch was thought to only have a few months left to live due to heart problems and a brain tumour.

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But his son James Lynch's boyfriend, Kelly, exploited his "acute confusion" to fund online betting sprees.

Kelly even told police Mr Lynch authorised nearly £50,000 of losses – a lie that forced the then 70-year-old to go through the ordeal of giving evidence.

Mr Lynch was 68 and in "poor health" in 2017 when Kelly was living with the Lynch family in Speke, before the OAP spent more and more time in hospital.

Doctors believed he only had a few months to live but Kelly – who had access to his debit card and PIN – drained one account from around £47,00 to £648.

Kelly, 33, of Grampian Road, Fairfield, only admitted theft after Mr Lynch had already been cross-examined at a pre-recorded hearing.

His two previous convictions for four offences include possessing cocaine with intent to supply in 2005 and possessing heroin with intent to supply in 2012.

Kelly was jailed for two years and eight months.

Liam Ellis

Liam Ellis, then 18, of Manica Crescent, Fazakerley

Liam Ellis was caught with a double razor blade shank hidden inside one of his trainers at HMP Altcourse.

The teen was locked up for 10 months after he was spotted boarding a Merseyrail train with a hunting knife down his tracksuit bottoms.

When arrested in May last year, the 18-year-old said he had the "terrifying" 10.5 inch blade for "protection" because "I'm a wanted man".

Just over a month after being sentenced in September, Ellis – nicknamed "Curly" – was caught with a homemade weapon at HMP Altcourse.

He was about to be taken to hospital on October 24 and said he had made the shank to protect himself after being beaten up in prison.

Ellis, now 19, of Manica Crescent, Fazakerley, admitted possessing a bladed article.

He was locked up for 10 months.

Lee Roberts

Lee Roberts, 39, of Thorn Road, Runcorn

Banned driver Lee Roberts tried to claim he was his twin brother after being caught at the wheel.

The 39-year-old was pulled over in a hired white MG ZS by police near to his home on Thorn Road in Runcorn.

Officers suspected the driver was already disqualified, and they asked for his name and to see his driving licence.

Police said Roberts claimed to be his twin brother, then presented a driving licence with his brother's name.

But he eventually admitted his real identity and the fact he had been banned since 2001 on November 28 last year.

Roberts admitted driving while disqualified, having no insurance and using a licence with intent to deceive.

He was jailed for 16 months and banned from the road for 20 months.

Rachelle Mikhnevich

Rachelle Mikhnevich, 37, of no fixed address, assaulted seven hospital workers and one police officer in a scene of 'carnage' at Clockview Hospital

Rachelle Mikhnevich attacked NHS workers during an outburst that resulted in "carnage" at a hospital.

She was at Clock View Hospital in Walton when she launched an attack after being given a cup of tea she complained was too cold.

The 37-year-old grabbed and twisted one hospital worker's arm before punching, spitting and kicking at six other NHS workers trying to help.

Hospital workers were left with bruises, pain, swelling and scratches after Mikhnevich's attack.

During the violent rampage she launched a "disgraceful" racist outburst at Abdulmalik Abadullah-Atta, calling him the N-word, using other racial slurs and biting his hands and fingers, on February 12 this year.

Mikhnevich, of no fixed address, admitted eight assaults on emergency workers and racially aggravated harassment.

She has eight previous convictions for 24 offences, including battery, threats to kill, possessing a blade and a racially aggravated public order offence.

Mikhnevich was jailed for 11 months.

Philip Jones

Philip Jones, 59, of Poulton Road, Seacombe.

Philip Jones raped a little girl who had just been sick when he was pretending to comfort her.

He was previously branded a "danger to women" after he made thousands of searches on internet rape sites, then spiked a victim's drink.

The former soldier was caught by a doorman at a Wirral pub putting powder into a woman's drink so he could sexually assault her in 2013.

The paedophile, who also downloaded child sex abuse images, was jailed for five years, with an extended three years on licence, in 2014.

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Last December he was sent back to jail for hiding a mobile phone from police, after secretly working as a maintenance man in family homes.

But this week it emerged that the 59-year-old had also raped and molested a little girl prior to his arrest in 2013.

That abuse only came to light when the child revealed last May that she had been living with the trauma for nearly a decade.

Jones, of Poulton Road, Seacombe, admitted two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

He was jailed for 13 and a half years, with an extended five years on licence.

Leanne Noon

Leanne Noon, 42, now of Rainhill Road, Rainhill

Leanne Noon tried to stab her ex boyfriend to death after climbing into his home through a broken window.

The mum left Jeoffrey Hoare pouring with blood after forcing her way into the room he had barricaded himself in.

The 42-year-old frantically stabbed him to the head and torso before he was able to escape, fleeing for his life.

Hoare fled in a desperate search for help, trying not to leave trails of blood that would lead his attacker to him in Netherley.

A jury heard the facts of the case were not disputed, but Noon was found not guilty by reason of insanity of attempted murder, assault causing actual bodily harm and two counts of possessing a knife.

The charges related to two separate incidents, which took place within months of each other on August 28 and October 18, 2019.

Noon, now of Rowan View, Rainhill, who has a psychological affective disorder, was given an indefinite hospital order.

Mark Jacobson

Mark Jacobson, 44, of Washington Parade, Bootle

Mark Jacobson raped a child and forced them to watch sexual acts.

The 44-year-old, of Washington Parade, Bootle, was found guilty after a trial of 16 counts of sexual offences.

They included two counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and multiple counts of sexual activity with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Jacobson was jailed for 16 years.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Lucy Emmett, of Merseyside Police, said: “Jacobson is a dangerous individual and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars where he can no longer pose a risk to children."

Wayne McColl and Shane Gaffney

Wayne McColl, 48, of Grosvenor Road, Birkenhead

Wayne McColl led police to a "substantial amount of crack cocaine and heroin" when caught for the second time in two weeks.

The 48-year-old, of Grosvenor Road, Birkenhead was first arrested on June 5, 2020 mid drug deal after being spotted by members of the public.

He was arrested and a search of his home recovered more drugs and another suspected dealer, Shane Gaffney, 49, also of Grosvenor Road.

Shane Gaffney, 49, of Grosvenor Road, Birkenhead

Both were arrested for possessing crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis with intent to supply

Just over a month later, McColl was arrested again on July 19 after being caught in the middle of another drug deal.

Another search of his home led police to find a "substantial amount of crack cocaine and heroin".

McColl was jailed for two years and eight months, while Gaffney received two years and three months.

Paul Long

Paul Long, 61, of Huddlestone Close, Woodchurch, Birkenhead

Paul Long slapped and groped the bottoms of two girls while working as a security guard at a fairground.

The former doorman was employed at a temporary funfair when it came to Birkenhead Road in Seacombe.

But the "large and physically imposing" 59-year-old preyed on two children in separate incidents on the same day.

He slapped the bottom of a 15-year-old girl while giving her first aid, then laughed in her face and followed after her.

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Long then trapped a second girl, 14, on a Waltzer ride and grabbed her bottom, before squaring up to her dad when he arrived.

The now 61-year-old, of Huddleston Close, Woodchurch, Birkenhead, struck twice on the evening of Thursday, March 28, 2019.

He was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault after a trial, when the girls had to go through the ordeal of giving evidence.

Long was previously handed a community order in January 2017 for causing death by careless driving.

He was jailed for eight months for the sex attacks.

Leon Cullen

Drug and gun trafficker Leon Cullen

Leon Cullen spearheaded a gun and cocaine network which stretched from Warrington across the North West.

The 33-year-old fled abroad in January 2018 when he learned police were about to strike and spent two years hiding in Dubai before his arrest last year.

Cullen, who operated alongside his brother Anthony – jailed for 26 years in 2019 – was responsible for supplying high purity cocaine, about 50kg in total.

Leon was in control of a startling arsenal of guns, including a functioning AK-47 rifle, a pump-action shotgun, semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.

Those guns were found inside a house in Warrington where a mum and her young child lived, with weapons discovered in an ottoman and inside a loft.

Vehicles were used to transport the drugs, including a car which had a secret hide, which was controlled by a device linked to the cigarette lighter.

The brothers had links to criminals in Liverpool including Lee Stoba and one of their guns was previously used in a shooting at a home in Bootle.

Leon, formerly of Honister Avenue, Orford, admitted conspiring to supply firearms, possess ammunition and supply cocaine.

He was jailed for 22 and a half years.

Aiden Peel

Aiden Peel, 24, of Mersey Road, Aigburth, was found guilty of voyeurism

Aiden Peel filmed a disgusting toilet video of a woman on his phone but it was discovered by his girlfriend.

Peel downloaded a Secret Camera Recorder app and placed his mobile in a bathroom to capture an unsuspecting victim.

The 24-year-old recorded the woman going to the toilet, undressing until she was naked for a shower, then towelling herself dry.

But the sick voyeur also inadvertently filmed himself setting up the covert device on a sink and returning afterwards to collect it.

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Peel later claimed that he downloaded the app after being "inspired" by a YouTube video and thinking it would be good for "pranks".

However, he kept the footage for five or six weeks, until it was "discovered by chance" by his girlfriend who contacted the police.

Peel, of Mersey Road, Aigburth, was found guilty of voyeurism after a trial.

He was jailed for nine months.

Patrick McConnell

Patrick McConnell, 34, of Hollingbourne Road, Norris Green

A woman suffered two miscarriages while in a controlling relationship with Patrick McConnell who bullied and battered her.

A judge said he subjected his then girlfriend to vile abuse and 'treated her like his possession' from August 2020 until January 2021.

When she became pregnant for the first time, McConnell said he would 'stress her out until she lost the baby' adding "it will be funny".

The woman, who the ECHO chose not to name, suffered a miscarriage days later, although a judge said there was no evidence the two incidents were linked.

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Months later, McConnell punched her, headbutted her and banged her head against a wall while she was pregnant for a second time.

A court heard neither of them knew she was pregnant when he carried out the attack, but the woman again lost the baby.

The judge said there was no evidence the assault could be linked to that miscarriage either.

McConnell, 34, of Hollingbourne Road, Norris Green, admitted controlling and coercive behaviour, assault causing actual bodily harm.

He also admitted breaching a suspended sentence for disclosing a private sexual photograph, commonly referred to as revenge porn.

McConnell was jailed for two years and 10 months.