A MAN who stabbed his wife to death, two men convicted of GBH, a man who shared an intimate picture of his ex-girlfriend and a group who murdered a man on a street were among criminals jailed in April.

George Leather

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A man who stabbed his wife hundreds of times has today been sentenced to a minimum jail term of 18 years for her murder.

Emergency services were called to Tinling Close in Prescot to reports that 56-year-old Paula Leather had been found seriously injured at around 1.20am on Monday, November 16 2020.

Her death was confirmed a short time later.

Mrs Leather, who worked at Asda in St Helens, had suffered around 50 to 100 injuries to her face and neck and between 200 to 300 injuries to her body.

Her husband, George Leather, was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.

He pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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Anthony Ward

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A DAD who shared an intimate photograph of his former partner to her brother-in-law and current boyfriend has been given a jail sentence.

Anthony Ward, 40, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday afternoon.

In an earlier hearing at the magistrates' court he pleaded guilty to two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, and to another of causing criminal damage to the front door of the victim's house.

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Philip Roughsedge and Mark Shephard

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Two men who repeatedly punched their victim and stamped on his head in a "sustained attack" were sent to prison.

Philip Roughsedge, 33, and Mark Shephard, 32, were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) on the date of a scheduled trial over the matter.

The judge described it as a "sustained attack by two people" and "it involved the use of a weapon equivalent, a shod foot by the people doing the kicking".

He added: "Punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody, this was a group attack.

"People need to see if you stamp on someone's head it is inevitable that there will be an immediate prison sentence."

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Robbie Broughton

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A heavyweight MMA fighter known as 'Robbie the Bear' was among members of a major drugs ring jailed for a combined total of more than 60 years.

The Tobin brothers’ organised crime group also ordered a £20million shipment of the class A drug be trafficked across the country.

Thirty-eight-year-old Robbie Broughton, of Breccia Gardens in St Helens, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine.

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Aaron Stubbs, Melissa Stubbs, Peter Walker and Stephen Strutt

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Four people, including a brother and sister, who travelled in a car from Manchester to St Helens and murdered a dad-of-one have each been given life sentences.

Warren Glover, who was 33, was struck to the head by Aaron Stubbs in a "heavy blow" with a metal bar on the night of Saturday, June 13, 2020 on French Street at its junction with Thompson Street, Toll Bar.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he was the victim of a "revenge" attack over "abusive" text messages he sent to ex-girlfriend, Melissa Stubbs and others in response to her making clear their relationship was over.

Melissa, her brother Aaron Stubbs, friend Stephen Strutt, and Peter Walker, were charged with murder and found guilty after a six-week long trial.

They will serve a total of more than 80 years in prison between them after being sentenced today.

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