Peter Gillett, 58, of Arundel Road, Littlehampton, was jailed for 12 weeks after being found guilty of sending a video that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character in West Sussex on May 9, 2017. He was given a restraining order and must pay £115 victim surcharge.
A teenage party guest was raped while being gripped round the throat in a terrifying attack which lasted up to an hour-and-a-half.
Terry Maughan took advantage of the 17-year-old’s vulnerable drunken state after she ended up in a home alone with him at the end of the night.
A court heard he threw her to the floor, put his hand round her throat and tightened his grip when she tried to shout out.
Now the 23-year-old has been jailed for seven years after a jury at Newcastle Crown Court convicted him of rape.
Judge Penny Moreland told Maughan: “There was a gathering of young people at that house and (the victim) was extremely drunk that night.
“One by one the young people left and you were still downstairs when she was the last one left.
“You threw her to the floor, your hand on her throat so she couldn’t move and you raped her, tightening your grip if she tried to shout out.
“This was, on her account, a sustained incident. She thought she had been the victim of your offending for one-and-a-half hours.
“She was particularly vulnerable because she was young and extremely drunk.”
Maughan, of Denton View, Blaydon, Gateshead, had denied raping the girl but was found guilty after a trial.
Prosecutor Matthew Bean said the offence has had a bad effect on the victim.
He said: “She says following the offence she has become withdrawn and is nervous about leaving her home alone.
“It has not only affected her but her family members.
“She feels she is unable to go out socialising with friends, she has had low mood and she is attending counselling services.”
As well as the seven year prison sentence, Maughan was ordered to sign the sex offender register for life, was given a ten year restraining order banning him from contacting the victim and was barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.
The court heard he has no previous convictions and the judge was given references as to Maughan’s “good qualities”.
Tom Moran, defending, said: “While he must have become aware of her state of intoxication, he was not responsible for plying her with alcohol and he didn’t engineer them being left alone.
“The larger group of people gradually peeled off during the night, leaving just him and the victim.
“On the verdict of the jury, he then took the opportunity to commit a very serious offence.”
Mr Moran said the rape may not have lasted as long as the victim believed it had
A MAN has been jailed after creeping into a friend’s bedroom, throwing a glass of milk in her face and attacking her.
Peter Scotter, who had known his victim for more than 20 years, let himself into her bedroom where punched her repeatedly and hit her with the empty glass after throwing the contents in her face during the 15-minute ordeal.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 52-year-old had accused the woman, who he would regularly meet for cups of tea as a friend, of spreading rumours about him.
She was left with a swollen face and a cut to her scalp from the glass attack.
Judge John Evans yesterday jailed Scotter, of Hendon Close, Sunderland, for 21 months and ordered him to stay away from his victim forever, under the terms of a restraining order.
The judge told him: “You assaulted her in a way which was wholly unacceptable. It was an appalling incident.”
The court heard the victim had been asleep when she heard a noise in her home and somebody coming up the stairs in the early morning of November 10 last year.
Prosecutor Simon Worthy told the court: “Before she had a chance to speak he punched her three times to the face.
“He then picked up a glass of milk from the bedside cabinet and threw the milk in her face before hitting the glass off the top of her head.”
The court heard at the time of the attack Scotter was on a suspended sentence for hurling racist abuse at a shopkeeper.
Jamie Adams, defending, said Scotter had been “lifelong” friends with the woman.
Mr Adams said: “They had been friends since they were very small and had helped each other out over the years.
“It was the fact of being wrongfully called in the way he was he took umbrage with.”
Scotter had admitted assault causing bodily harm.
Drunken thugs boasted on Facebook about starting a ‘war’ in a pizza shop after attacking and racially abusing workers, smashing a door and hurling pizza boxes around the shop.
Brothers Jamie York, 32, and John Alexander Brown, 19, both of Greenwood Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse and Shaun Andrew Bowers , 35, of Crompton Road, Mansfield were caught on CTTV in Chicho’s on High Street, Mansfield Woodhouse.
All three had been to Bowers’ grandfather’s funeral on January 26, had been drinking and went for food at the shop before 8pm that day.
However, Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard how an argument broke out over the size of a pizza and things ‘turned very badly’, according to defence solicitor for Brown and York, Chris Perry.
The court was shown extensive CCTV footage of the incident which showed punches being thrown, pizza boxes and dishes being hurled between both the defendants and the shop workers. Racial insults and threats were also heard.
At one point Brown is seen picking up a ‘wet-floor’ plastic sign and throwing it at the staff. The staff can also be seen swinging a wooden stick around to defend themselves.
One member had to be later taken to hospital with bruising and swelling.
Brown was seen later seen returning to the shop and kicking the door, damaging it.
Two of the three defendants were later found to have posted entries on Facebook with what prosecutor Robert Carr described as ‘rejoicing at what they called a war’, and laughing and bragging.
But in mitigation, the court was told how the defendants do not consider themselves to be racist and insults may have been shouted in the heat of the moment.
Mr Perry said: “They did not intend to cause trouble, there were events that led to this inexcusable behaviour.
“The catalyst for it was very innocuous.”
Bowers admitted racially-aggravated provocation of violence and was handed a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work, £200 compensation and £145 in costs.
Brown admitted criminal damage and two counts of assault, while York admitted racially-aggravated criminal damage and two counts of racially-aggravated assaults.
They each received 18 weeks’ jail for the assaults, plus four weeks for the criminal damage charges, all suspended for 12 months.
They each had to pay £750 in compensation, Brown was also given 200 hours of unpaid work while York was given a three-month curfew order.
All three were handed a one-year restraining order to not enter the pizza shop.
Daniel Kenneth Lewis (28): Batterby Street, Ince
Used threatening or abusive words or behaviour: Restraining order not to contact the victims and not to enter Orchard Street, Ashton, £185 fine, £80 compensation, £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.
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Magistrates expressed surprise that no-one else was charged alongside Keith Edward Hall, 38, of Bath Street, Rhyl
A man has been given a suspended prison sentence for a firework attack on a mosque.
Magistrates saw video footage which showed Keith Edward Hall twice approaching the Islamic Centre in Rhyl, lighting the fireworks and pushing them through the letterbox on November 11.
In the background, a man and woman could be heard laughing and shouting: “Hurry up.”
Having seen the film, Prestatyn magistrates expressed surprise that no-one else has been charged in connection with the attack.
Hall, 38, of Bath Street, Rhyl, had pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated criminal damage at the centre in Water Street.
In the footage, filmed from the doorway of the Bow Bar opposite, Hall was seen approaching the mosque twice in 20 minutes.
In a victim impact statement, Rafiq Ullah, the centre’s treasurer, said the damage could have been much greater had they not taken measures to improve fire safety after a previous incident.
He said people could easily have been injured as the prayer room was behind the door.
The incident occurred only two days before the Paris shootings, and Mr Ullah said tension at the mosque was high in that period. It eased when Hall was arrested.
When interviewed, Hall said he could remember very little about the incident because he had drunk eight litres of cider and eight shorts.
He woke up the following morning with a sore arm where part of the letterbox surround had hit him when it was blown off.
He denied being a racist and claimed to have several friends from ethnic minorities.
Alex Fitzgerald, representing Hall, said he found it “astonishing” that no-one else had been charged even though they were interviewed.
Mr Fitzgerald told the court that Hall did not even realise that the building was a mosque.
“It was not born out of a deep-seated hate of the Muslim community, but was an act of utter stupidity,” he said.
“He is embarrassed at his stupidity and wishes to apologise. Alcohol affects his thinking and his behaviour.”
Hall was given a 16-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and must also observe a 7pm-7am curfew and attend a six-month alcohol treatment course and 25 days of rehabilitation.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £558, costs of £300 and a surcharge of £80.
The Bench made a restraining order prohibiting him from entering Water Street for 12 months.
A RACIST hurled vile abuse and smashed up a car in an unprovoked attack branded “utterly unacceptable” by a judge.
Ashley Moss, 26, admitted racially abusing two men and racially aggravated criminal damage.
He was part of a drunk gang in Stanley Street, west Hull, when he shouted at Alhagi Nvenga: “You are not from our country you black b******.
“Someone is going to get you, you need to get out of here.”
He then caused £1,000 of damage by smashing the window of a Fiat Multipla belonging to Anita Lovelock-Lowe, who was visiting Mr Nvenga.
Prosecutor Holly Betke said: “Ashley Moss was stood looking over the fence, possibly stood on top of the car, so he could be abusive.”
He shouted: “Ring the police, I am still going to get you.”
Later that day, Moss, along with gang member Terry Sullivan, hurled more racist abuse at Pakistan-born Mohammed Azizi as he was sitting with friends in Pearson Park, west Hull.
Ms Betke said: “He was approached by four males .
“They were drunk and carrying alcohol.
“One of the males started shouting, ‘Why don’t you get back to your own country?’
“Mr Sullivan joined in, also shouting abusive words at Mr Azizi.”
While Moss was on bail for the racist remarks, he breached a restraining order banning him from seeing his girlfriend Rebecca Grubb, who has since had his baby.
He also smashed Simon Ward’s Citroen Picasso and stole a trial motorbike, which he crashed into a police car.
Moss was jailed for ten months, while Sullivan was given a 12-month community order because he has recently had a brain tumour removed.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Moss: “It was utterly uncivilised.
“There must never, never, never be a repetition of this appalling racism.
“You must have taken leave of your senses to behave in such a way.”
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