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Judges sitting at Liverpool Crown Court have to sentence people for a range of crimes.

After listening to the facts of a case, they must summarise the offences and then decide upon a fitting punishment, based on sentencing guidelines set by the Sentencing Council.

When delivering their sentencing remarks, judges can be scathing in their criticism of those whose actions ruined the lives of others and brought misery to our communities.

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However, not everyone who appears in the dock is suitably shame-faced or apologetic - far from it.

Sometimes, defendants - or even their supporters sitting in the public gallery - make the foolish decision of directly questioning or engaging in a war of words with "the beak".

Nine times out of 10 they come off worse and, in some cases, they even end up with extra time behind bars.

Here are our selection of judges' put-downs and sentencing remarks of 2021.

10. "Thank you very much for coming"

Sarah Clarke, 30, of Chester Avenue, Stalybridge, was found guilty of assisting an offender.
Sarah Clarke, 30, of Chester Avenue, Stalybridge, was found guilty of assisting an offender

Sarah Clarke who helped her killer partner evade police begged for "mercy" for the sake of her little boy.

The single mum now has two former boyfriends serving life for murder - her eight-year-old son's dad and stepdad.

Her child's father, Damian 'Scarface' Gorman, carried out a pub assassination with infamous cop killer Dale Cregan.

The boy's stepdad, Stephen Strutt, was one of four killers who murdered dad-of-one Warren Glover in St Helens.

Clarke, 30, fell to be sentenced for her "deliberate lies" to police about Strutt's whereabouts after the attack on Mr Glover.

She later hid the killer in a Blackpool hotel room, booked using her aunt's bank card, where the couple were arrested.

Strutt, 39, and three others were found guilty of murdering Mr Glover on Saturday, June 13 last year.

Clarke, of Chester Avenue, Stalybridge, was convicted of assisting an offender after the same trial.

She sobbed as her lawyer made a "plea for mercy", which he said was not so much on her behalf, but her son, for whom "she is the sole carer".

But jailing Clarke for 21 months, Judge Denis Watson, QC, said her case was "yet another example" of how a criminal's actions impact on not only the lives of their victims, "but their own family as well".

One of Clarke's supporters - a man sitting in the public gallery - shouted "you will be alright" as she was sent down, while a sobbing woman rushed towards the dock and said: "Can we see her?"

Judge Watson replied: "You won't be able to see her - thank you very much for coming."

The male supporter moaned "smug face on him" as he stormed out of court.

9. "You have wasted your life"

Ben Gardner, 28, of Prescot Road, Old Swan
Ben Gardner, 28, of Prescot Road, Old Swan

Cocaine and vodka fuelled thug Ben Gardner punched a man in the head leaving him in a coma.

Gardner, 28, launched an unprovoked attack on 65-year-old Zulkuf Dogan outside TJ Hughes in London Road.

The coward knocked the "hardworking, family man" out cold, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.

Shocked witnesses said Gardner then tried to sit the unconscious dad-of-six up, only to let him fall and hit his head again.

Judge Louise Brandon said Mr Dogan suffered "serious life changing injuries from which he might never recover" on December 11, 2020.

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Gardner had previously been throwing punches at another unidentified man, before he turned on Mr Dogan, who was an innocent bystander.

The victim suffered a brain injury, spent "many weeks" in a coma, and is still in hospital, recovering from his injuries and undergoing therapy.

Gardner, of Prescot Road, Old Swan, who has 23 previous convictions for 30 offences, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and possessing MDMA with intent to supply over a separate incident.

Judge Brandon said Mr Dogan contributed to society, but told Gardner: "So far you have wasted your life and caused misery to many other people."

The judge jailed him for five and a half years.

8. "Your new partner might want to reflect on her position"

James Tighe, 35, of Edwin Street, Widnes
James Tighe, 35, of Edwin Street, Widnes

James Tighe 's former girlfriend woke up naked and covered in blood and bruises after a "mystery" attack.

He launched a sustained and repeated assault on his former partner after she went on a night out without him in February 2020.

The woman, who the ECHO chose not to name, last remembered Tighe "winding" her in an argument about her mobile phone.

She woke to find more than 20 bruises to her arms and hands, a black eye, lumps to her head and bruises to her hip and knee.

The woman's long hair, stretching down to her bottom, was left so "matted and knotted" that it had to be cut off by a hairdresser.

However, Tighe refused to reveal what he did to his victim and claimed that aside from one slap, she caused all the injuries to herself.

Tighe, 35, of Edwin Street, Widnes, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said Tighe had apologised but he couldn't detect any remorse in his conduct since and noted "this is not the first time you have battered a partner".

The judge said Tighe had since started a new relationship with a woman sitting in the public gallery, but added: "Your new partner might want to reflect on her position having heard what she has heard during the course of this morning."

He jailed Tighe for two years and three months.

7. "You systematically, ruthlessly and remorselessly extracted every last penny"

Clare Roughley, 39 and of Newfields in St Helens, was sentenced to six years for four counts of theft and one count of fraud. Image: Merseyside Police
Clare Roughley, 39 and of Newfields in St Helens, was sentenced to six years for four counts of theft and one count of fraud. Image: Merseyside Police

Crooked carer Clare Roughley scammed her own mum, dad, nan and a disabled woman out of £325,000.

For six years she exploited her victims by using online bank accounts to get her hands on huge sums used to cover her gambling addiction.

Roughley, 39 of Newfields in St Helens, stole £91,437 from her dad Raymond Roughley; £158,735 belonging to her mum, Delwyn Roughley; and £58,221 belonging to the estate of her grandmother, Theresa Leyland.

The mum-of-two also stole £17,220 belonging to Jean Almond, who she helped to care for and would often take out on shopping trips.

The 39-year-old admitted four counts of theft and one count of fraud, relating to setting up a credit card in Mrs Almond's name.

Recorder Imran Shafi, QC, told her: "You systematically, ruthlessly and remorselessly extracted every last penny from your victims, caring not that you were destroying their lives."

Roughley was jailed for six years.

6. "A useful reminder to us all"

Thomas Price (left) and Jack Geary (centre), battered a man in Liverpool city centre for no reason, leaving him with a broken skull, nose and eye socket, and a bleed on the brain.
Thomas Price (left) and Jack Geary (centre), battered a man in Liverpool city centre for no reason, leaving him with a broken skull, nose and eye socket, and a bleed on the brain.

Jack Geary and Thomas Price battered a man in the street for no reason inflicting a broken skull and a bleed on his brain.

The two teenagers from North Wales set upon James Hansen in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of the morning.

They also broke his nose and eye socket with a flurry of unprovoked punches in Victoria Street, knocking him out cold.

The attack was caught on CCTV and the court was told as of August this year, the victim had not regained some of his sense of taste and smell.

Geary, then 19, and Price, then 18, carried out the unprovoked attack on the 21-year-old, at around 4.15am, on August 24 last year.

Judge Denis Watson, QC
Judge Denis Watson, QC

Both Geary, now 20, of Coast Road, Mostyn, Holywell, and Price, now 19, of Coed Onn Road, Flint, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Geary has five past convictions for eight offences, including an affray in 2019, which at the time of this attack he was being investigated for. He was locked up for 15 months.

Price, who has one previous conviction for an assault, was given 13 and a half months' detention, suspended for two years.

During the hearing, the dad of one of the defendants was red-faced when his phone went off in the public gallery.

His iPhone's virtual assistant Siri loudly announced: "According to Wikipedia, Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands."

Judge Denis Watson, QC, looked up and said: "A useful reminder to us all."

5. "It's quite frankly ludicrous."

A police mugshot of Helen Hartley aka Ellie Tobin
A police mugshot of Helen Hartley aka Ellie Tobin

The "greedy" wife of a major drug dealer lived a lavish lifestyle including luxury holidays funded by her husband's ill-gotten-gains.

Helen Hartley, 35, aka Ellie Tobin, married Alan Tobin at Lake Garda in Italy followed by a two-week £10,000 honeymoon.

The mum-of-two admitted possessing criminal property, but she continued to deny wrongdoing.

Judge Garrett Byrne said: "It is apparent you blame others and fail to take any responsibility whatsoever for your actions."

Alan and John Tobin 's drug business began to unravel after a massive seizure of drugs on the M6.

Alan was jailed for 20 years and John sentenced to 19 years and eight months for conspiring to supply Class A drugs in April.

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Alan was then handed a further eight years and John an additional two and half years behind bars in September, for their part in a botched gangland shooting.

A total of £220,000 was paid into Helen Hartley's bank account between January 2016 and September last year, but it was accepted she had some legitimate income as a beautician and was sentenced on the basis that between £120,000 to £150,000 was the proceeds of crime.

Hartley, of Regency Park, Widnes, who claimed it came from her husband's wages as a mental heath nurse and cars he sold, only pleaded guilty during a trial.

Judge Byrne said her excuse was "quite frankly ludicrous".

He said she had "wilfully turned a blind eye" to where the money was coming from and her past conviction in October 2019 for council tax fraud "demonstrates what a greedy person you can be".

The judge jailed the mum-of-two for nine months.

4. "You were supposed to uphold the law, not undermine it."

Darren McIntyre outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court
Darren McIntyre outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court

Crooked cop Darren McIntyre repeatedly punched a man in his own home then covered up the attack.

McIntyre, 47, landed blows to the head and ribs of Mark Bamber in an unprovoked assault that left the victim covered in blood.

The attack unfolded after he and three colleagues attended a home for a welfare check in Ainsdale in the early hours of June 19, 2019.

The officers joined paramedics in responding to a 999 call from Mr Bamber's partner saying she felt depressed and suicidal.

When they arrived Mr Bamber, who had rung to say an ambulance was no longer required, initially refused to allow them entry.

Once inside, McIntyre became increasingly agitated with Mr Bamber, launched a foul mouthed tirade, then started punching him.

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PCs Laura Grant and Lauren Buchanan-Lloyd both turned off their bodycam midway through the assault, before they, PC Garrie Burke and McIntyre tried to cover up the assault, by falsely claiming Mr Bamber was in the wrong in false statements.

Dad-of-two McIntyre, of Derwent Avenue in Southport, was found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm after a trial. He was also convicted of perverting the course of justice alongside his three colleagues, who were sentenced at an earlier hearing.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, read out the oath McIntyre took more than 20 years ago, when the veteran officer pledged to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office of constable with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality" and to "uphold fundamental human rights and accord equal respect to all people, according to law".

The judge told him: "You, as a serving police officer, were supposed to uphold the law, not undermine it."

Jailing him for 19 months, he said: "The public are entitled to expect complete trust in their police officers. You breached it and betrayed all your honest colleagues."

3. "You are a violent, cowardly bully"

Damien Rich, 28, of Conway Street, Birkenhead
Damien Rich, 28, of Conway Street, Birkenhead

Damien Rich fractured his girlfriend's eye socket and cheekbone then later hurled paint over her.

He broke into an ex-partner's home at night and "completely trashed" the house when "off his head" on cocaine on September 4, 2020.

While on bail for that burglary, he started dating another woman, who tried to kill herself three times after his "vile" abuse.

The 28-year-old left the second woman with serious facial injuries by punching her in the face on December 23, then on Boxing Day went to the shop where she worked and grabbed and pushed her behind the till.

He sent her texts threatening to "break" her face, punch her head in and "ruin" her; then returned to the store on December 29 and threw a tin of paint over her.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC
Judge Andrew Menary, QC

Rich, of Conway Street, Birkenhead, admitted burglary with intent ahead of a trial and assault causing actual bodily harm on the opening day of a trial.

He previously admitted harassment, two counts of battery and two counts of criminal damage.

Rich has 20 previous convictions for 28 offences, including wounding and attempted robbery.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, told him: "The circumstances of this offending seem to indicate that you are a violent, cowardly bully who has an appalling attitude currently towards others, especially women with whom you're having a relationship."

He jailed Rich for three years and nine months.

2. "You are likely to die in prison"

James Knowles, 78, of Amber Way, West Derby
James Knowles, 78, of Amber Way, West Derby

James Knowles who raped a little girl "weekly" was told he will probably die in jail.

The terminally ill 78-year-old carried out "depraved sexual acts" on an "extremely young child" several decades ago.

She first went to the police in the 1990s, but said she was told "there was nothing they could do, because it happened years ago".

However, the woman found the courage to come forward again in 2018, leading to Knowles finally facing justice.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, at Liverpool Crown Court
Judge David Aubrey, QC, at Liverpool Crown Court

Knowles, of Amber Way, Stockbridge Village, abused the child when she was aged between five and 10.

He denied any wrongdoing, but was found guilty after a trial of six counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said Knowles was "an offender of particular concern" and jailed him for 25 years, with an extended one year on licence.

This type of sentence means he must serve at least 12 and a half years behind bars before he can apply for parole at the age of 90.

Judge Aubrey told Knowles "your evil past has now caught up with you", stating: "You are likely to die in prison."

1. "There is no place in this city for people like you"

John Dunbar, aka Stuart Partington, 57
John Dunbar, aka Stuart Partington, 57, was jailed for three years after a racist rampage

Convicted rapist John Dunbar hurled "vile" racist insults at Christmas shoppers.

Dunbar, aka Stuart Partington, was filmed in Liverpool One launching a tirade of abuse at three Asian men on December 2.

The 57-year-old was captured on camera hurling insults such as "c***s" and "horrible b******s" at passers-by at around 5pm.

Dunbar initially followed two Asian men while telling people to "f*** off" and saying he was Muslim, then yelled insults about Muslims.

When challenged by onlookers, Dunbar told people he had just been released from jail, after serving 26 years in prison.

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Dunbar, who has 26 previous convictions for 60 offences, was jailed for eight years for rape in 1991, then released in 1995.

That year he robbed female staff in four shops with a knife and imitation gun, sexually assaulting one victim, and also indecently assaulted two men, resulting in a life sentence with a recommended eight years in prison.

Dunbar, of Great Howard Street, Liverpool city centre, admitted two counts of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, and one count of resisting or obstructing a constable, assaulting an emergency worker, possession of a bladed article and racially aggravated harassment.

Judge Louise Brandon
Judge Louise Brandon

Judge Louise Brandon told the racist rapist: "Liverpool is a welcoming and inclusive city.

"That was demonstrated by the way that those who had the misfortune to deal with you on that day sought to protect each other.

"There is no place in this city for behaviour like that or people like you who hold such offensive views and prowl the streets.

"The public need protecting from you."

Judge Brandon jailed Dunbar for three years.

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