The 20-year-old has a history of violence and has now been jailed

A thug with a history of violent behaviour punched a landlord in the face in the car park of a Derbyshire pub.

Derby Crown Court heard how Lewis Curran lashed out at the victim who had come to try and calm him down because he was arguing loudly with his girlfriend.

Faye Mellor, prosecuting, said one witnesses said the landlord was “acting calmly” when Curran “punched him out of the blue” to the right side of the jaw.

She said the force of the blow caused the victim to “rock backwards” but did not floor him.

 Lewis Curran has been jailed for three months (Image: Derbyshire police)

Lewis Curran has been jailed for three months (Image: Derbyshire police)

But the offence put Curran in breach of a suspended sentence which was imposed last year for breaking a man’s nose in a nightclub.

Jailing the 20-year-old for three months, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “Last year you were handed a suspended sentence for an assault and you have amassed a record for violence.

“You were very lucky indeed to be handed that suspended sentence and some trust was placed in you.

“Now you have breached that with another unprovoked incident of violence on someone who was doing nothing more than trying to stop you behaving in a bullish way.”

Miss Mellor said Curran was handed a six-month jail term, suspended for two years after pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm in November 2016.

She said that offence saw him break a man’s nose in an attack at the Beach Bar in Chesterfield in June, 2016.

But just four months into that sentence, on March 25 this year, he was arguing with his partner in the car park of The Ark pub, in Brimington.

Miss Mellor said: “The landlord went outside and approached the defendant whose girlfriend said he was trying to get her to leave.

“The landlord told the defendant she was okay to stay but he had to leave and that made him more and more agitated.

“He punched the landlord in what one witness said was a blow that came out of the blue and caused the landlord to rock backwards.

“The defendant left but was recognised by a number of witnesses who alerted the police when they arrived at the scene.”

Miss Mellor said Curran, of Hereford Drive, Brimington, was arrested and in interview accepted he had been in the pub car park and struck out because he felt he was being confronted by a number of people and acted in self-defence.

He denied common assault but was found guilty of the charge at a trial and pleaded guilty to being in breach of his suspended sentence.

Richard Veni, for unemployed Curran, said the assault was his client’s first and only breach of the suspended sentence order and since it happened, in March, he had not been in trouble again.

He said: “He is trying to move on with his life and not reoffend.”
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Mark Beneke threatened to kill Helen Jones Labour MP for Warrington North

A man wielding a hunting knife threatened to kill an MP saying he would “Jo Cox her” after his benefits were cut.

Mark Beneke, 49, ranted at social workers and demanded to know where Helen Jones , Labour MP for Warrington North, held surgeries.

The unemployed alcoholic yelled: “It’s people like her who have put people in this position. I’m going to go there and Jo Cox her.”

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said: “That was a particularly sinister threat, given the tragic circumstances in which Jo Cox MP herself lost her life.

“It was designed to be shocking, it was shocking and you reinforced that threat at the time by picking up a hunting knife – a fearsome weapon.”

Labour MP Jo Cox, 41, died after being shot and stabbed ahead of a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire in June 2016.

Far-right terrorist Thomas Mair was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Beneke was made redundant due to a back injury and had problems managing his benefits and “coping with life”.

Social workers Myra Chester and Barrie Heap went to his home with a food parcel and to talk about his financial difficulties on August 2 this year.

Christopher Taylor, prosecuting, said Beneke referred to a text message from the Department for Work and Pensions, which asked him to access his account.

Beneke said: “I’ve been summonsed like a dog. I’m not putting up with it, they’ve gone too far now.

“I don’t want to be here but if I’m going, I’m taking someone with me. They have pushed it too far this time, the f***ing c***s.”

After referencing Jo Cox, Beneke picked up a serrated “survival” knife, as frightened Mr Heaps and Ms Chester backed away.

He said: “I’m sorry, I know you’re just trying to help, it’s not your fault.”

The pair reported the incident and when police arrived they discovered an arsenal of weapons, including three axes and more knives.

Beneke told officers he had a “hatred” for Mrs Jones “because she is an MP” and that Mrs Cox “meant nothing to him”.

Mr Taylor said: “He said he knew she was murdered by a man because she was trying to take his home from him.

“He was asked for his thoughts on her and said he didn’t care. He said he wouldn’t deny that he wanted Helen Jones dead.”

Ms Chester was left distressed, had to take time off work and is now considering looking for another job.

Beneke, of Grasmere Avenue, Orford, was found guilty of making threats to kill and admitted possessing cannabis.

He has four previous convictions for four offences, including dishonesty and criminal damage, but was last convicted in 2003.

Jonathan Duffy, defending, said Beneke’s difficulties were “the catalyst for his rant”.

He said he accepted becoming “extremely angry, emotional and frustrated” and he “momentarily lost control”.

Mr Duffy said: “He felt as though the recently imposed cuts to his benefits were an outrage in comparison to how those in the upper echelons of society were being treated.

“He said some very unkind, disparaging and inappropriate comments, hateful in many ways, and he is now ashamed.

“He never had any serious intention of causing Mrs Jones the anxiety and distress he caused her, let alone an intention to actually cause any violence towards her.

“He voted for her and is a long standing supporter of the Labour party.”

The lawyer argued Duffy – “a collector of knives” – had spent 19 weeks on remand and effectively “served his time”.

Judge Menary said it was a “peculiar incident” and that Beneke abused alcohol after losing his job.

He said there was no legitimate reason for him to have the hunting knife and ordered its forfeiture, along with the other weapons.

Judge Menary said the concern of Mrs Jones and the social workers was “perfectly understandable”.

However, he accepted the threats were “out of character” and noted Beneke was deemed to present a low risk of re-offending.

The judge said: “The feeling is it was the drink talking, rather than you.”

He handed him 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement of up to 20 days and an alcohol treatment course.

Judge Menary also imposed a restraining order, preventing Beneke from contacting Mrs Jones.

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A fence who sold thousands of pounds of stolen car stereos on the internet has been jailed for 30 months

A fence who sold thousands of pounds of stolen car stereos on the internet has been jailed for 30 months.

Alan Spence, 37, was a key outlet for thieves targeting vehicles in Tyneside, helping bring misery to scores of motorists.

Spence, who started as a legitimate second hand dealer, stashed the hi-fis at his home and a room he used in another house.

And he even set up his own internet site to trade the hot hi-fis at up to £100 a time, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Jailing him, Judge Tim Hewitt, said: “It’s clear you were the centre of a conspiracy whereby thieves of car audio systems would come to you to dispose of their ill-gotten gains. It was really on quite a large scale. I conclude very substantial amounts of property passed through your hands.”

Spence, of Dawcett Road, Newcastle, admitted conspiracy to handle stolen goods between December 2000 and January last year.

Police recovered an estimated £30,000 of stolen stereos in twin raids. They found 105 hi-fis and other pieces of audio equipment during a search of Spence’s home in April last year.

Another 45 stereos and 21 fascias were recovered from a room he had rented in a house in the city’s West End.

Mark Styles, defending, said: “This is not a case of him sending people out to commit crime.

“He drifted into the commission of this initially having come into contact with people through his legitimate business as a second hand dealer.”

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From May 2004

The incident subsequently led to a massive brawl that saw three men drive to the party and “brutally attack the children and destroy” a home

Conor Harper

Conor Harper



Three men who ‘smashed a Broadstairs house to smithereens’ in a brawl sparked by a girl’s shaved eyebrows have been locked up.

Ian McGill, 49, his son Charlie McGill, 20, of Dane Court Road in Margate and Colin Harper, 21, of Southwood Gardens Ramsgate were jailed today (December 8) after using physical violence and “beating up a party of young people and smashing a home to smithereens.”

The trio had denied affray and causing criminal damage but were convicted after a trial.

Canterbury Crown Court heard how on June 4 last year, a young girl had her eyebrows shaved as she fell asleep at a party, causing her to be “very upset”.

The incident subsequently led to a massive brawl that saw the three men drive to the party and “brutally attack the children and destroy” the home.

Prosecuting, Gregory Wedge said: “Injuries were caused and a lot of people suffered injuries that caused hospital treatment.”

Calling the actions by the men a “massive overreaction”, judge James O’Mahony sentenced Ian McGill, of Hereson Road, to three years in prison, and Charlie McGill and Colin Harper to 18 months in a young ffenders’ institution for affray and criminal damage.

Calling it a “brutal act”, Judge O’Mahony said: “There was a party at Broadstairs and Ian McGill, and Charlie McGill, with Conor Harper stupidly joining in, went to the house of one of the people concerned to teach them a brutal lesson.

“To use physical violence and beat up the party of people and smash the property to smithereens.

“Ian McGill had a knife and threatened to cut off the finger of a young boy. It was a frightening incident and an invasion of a home in the early hours and causing great damage.”

Pointing out that people who had nothing to do with the incident had suffered, he added: “What a great overreaction making people who had nothing to do with it suffer.

“Knowing that the young people there had nothing to do with the incident did not bother you and you did not care.

“Ian McGill, you were older but you drove the car there, instead of saying ‘hold on, let’s handle this some other way’.

“The young girls eyebrows was shaved which caused her to be very upset, but it was a massive overreaction.”

He also took into account that all three men had pleaded not guilty in the case.

Mr O’Mahony added: “You pleaded not guilty and tried to lie your way out of it.

“You said there was LSD being taken at the party but I completely reject (that).”

The courtroom, full of family and friends of the accused, erupted in a gasp as the sentencing was handed out.

Speaking after the sentencing, the owner of the home involved and mother of one of the children told Kent Live: “I am so relieved it is over. The judge was outstanding and told them off for what they were.

“My son was in the upstairs bedroom when one of the boys ran up to tell him they would kill him if he didn’t hide. My son jumped out from the first floor window in fear, knocking his teeth out.

She added: “At least three children jumped out of the window while another boy had a knife put to his fingers.

“They nearly destroyed my house and caused nearly £8,000 worth of damage. My living room was smashed to pieces and there was blood everywhere.

“They even said if the children told anyone they would find them and kill them. I am just relieved this is over.”

Kent Live

A man has denied preparing an act of terrorism and threatening to kill people attending a Gay Pride event at a Cumbrian pub.

Ethan Stables, from Barrow, admitted possession of an explosive substance and possession of documents likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The 19-year-old appeared at Leeds Crown Court via video link.

Judge Peter Collier QC remanded him in custody to go on trial in January.

It is alleged that in June, Mr Stables searched the internet for material relating to a number of far right groups and, separately, information on the manufacture of explosives.

Prosecutors said he made made threats to kill in a private Facebook group, called “National Socialists Union standing against New World Order”.

He is also accused of carrying out reconnaissance of a pub in Barrow which was hosting a Gay Pride evening the same month.
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He claimed to have panicked after attacking “on-off” partner Kerri McAuley but Joe Storey is a cold, self-centred and callous killer who knew exactly what he was capable of – and what the fatal consequences would be.

Joe Storey. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary


Joe Storey. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary

Ridiculous is the only way to describe Storey’s protestation that he did not intend to kill Ms McAuley.

Since they met on Facebook, some 18 months before Ms McAuley’s death, Storey had subjected his tragic partner to a string of assaults as he had other women before her who had the misfortune to have become involved with him.

A disturbing mix of drink and drugs coupled with an insane jealously combined to create a Hulk-like monster of a man who used his fists to resolve any problems he encountered in the relationship.

On previous occasions Storey, who has ruthless tattooed on one hand, had attacked Ms McAuley.

The results of his brutal actions were there for all to see after Ms McAuley posted pictures of her badly beaten face on social media.

He knew exactly what affect his brutality had on this slight young woman who was just 5ft 6ins tall and weighed just eight and a half stone.

But despite these earlier warnings and his insistence that he was change his ways, he continued to do exactly as he had before and attack Ms McAuley.

She never stood a chance. Storey ensured that.

As well as breaking her face he also broke her phone ensuring she could not get help.

Storey also made no effort to summon help for Ms McAuley who was literally left for dead by the defendant who, after taking a picture of his face covered in his partner’s blood, sought refuge at a friend’s house where he drink alcohol and tried to score drugs.

He even returned to the scene a few hours later when he again refused to help Ms McAuley or report what had happened, instead allowing her mother and brother to make the horrific discovery.

He has continued to taunt and torment Ms McAuley’s family throughout the court process, from the moment he smiled at them during his first appearance at Norwich Magistrates to his non-appearance at Norwich Crown Court yesterday on the day he was due to be sentenced.

Like Ms McAuley they too are victims of this callous, arrogant, heartless and ultimately cowardly killer.

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