Court reporting forms an important part of the UK’s open justice system, that justice can be seen to be done. To this end Bristol Live reports from the city’s crown court every week.
Some of the key benefits of open justice include ensuring public confidence and respect in democracy and the administration of justice. It is also said to deter people from committing crimes and thereby the details of those crimes becoming public knowledge.
Here are some of the criminals who have been jailed or otherwise incarcerated in November 2022, whose cases we have reported on. You can read more about why we publish defendants’ names and addresses.
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Liam Davis, 17 years
A woman who was stabbed nine times by her former partner described the physical and emotional impact the attack had on her and her daughter. Liam Davis, of Hartcliffe, has been jailed for 17 years after repeatedly stabbing 25-year-old Jodie.
Davis, 26, used four different kitchen knives in the brutal attack following an argument at Jodie’s home in the Southmead area of Bristol in April. Addressing him in a statement read out at Bristol Crown Court during the sentencing hearing this week, she asked why he’d never provided an explanation for the attack.
Craig Pearsall, three years and 10 months
A man who sexually assaulted five women in public areas of south Bristol has been jailed. Craig Pearsall, from Bristol, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on November 24.
Pearsall, 28, sexually assaulted four women by touching them between the start of March and Friday May 20 this year. Several of the women were out jogging alone early in the morning when Pearsall attacked them in and around the Kings Head Lane Park area of Bishopsworth.
He was initially arrested for these four assaults on May 22. Further enquiries found he had also carried out a fifth assault, as well as other offences.
Pavla Dolanska, one year and eight months
A live-in carer ‘just snapped’ after drinking eight cans of Stella and beat up the paralysed 89-year-old grandmother she was looking after in the middle of the night, a court heard. Pavla Dolanska was jailed at Bristol Crown Court for the brutal attack, which left Doris Radford with such terrible injuries that another carer with who she shared the role described them as ‘shocking and sickening’.
The 36-year-old was close to receiving a suspended sentence from the judge hearing the case, after she heard of the incredible strain looking after the ‘challenging’ 89-year-old for weeks on end during the Covid pandemic left the carer at breaking point.
She handed a jail term of one year and eight months because of her early guilty plea to a Section 20 charge of unlawfully inflicting grievous bodily harm. Read the full story here
William Warrington (indefinite hospital order)
A man has been indefinitely detained after admitting killing his parents. William Warrington, 42, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
Warrington, of St George’s Street in Cheltenham, admitted to stabbing his father Clive, 67, and his mother Valerie, 73, hours apart at their home on March 2 this year. He has been made the subject of a hospital order without limit of time under Section 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act, after admitting to the manslaughter of his parents by reason of diminished responsibility. Read the full story
Gabriel Nomafo (seven-year hospital order)
A 28-year-old man was sentenced to a seven-year hospital order after being found guilty of raping a woman in Bristol.
On August 26 this year a jury at Bristol Crown Court unanimously found Gabriel Nomafo, of no fixed address, guilty of one count of rape. It happened on Friday 29 March 2019 in the Fishponds area.
The court heard how the victim, 21 at the time, had been on a night out with friends in Bristol city centre when she was followed by Nomafo and raped. The defendant was initially forensically linked to the investigation and was charged in September 2020. Read the full story
Christopher Hind (21 months), Tyler Overall (21 months), Fleur Moody (eight month jail term, suspended for 18 months)
Three people were sentenced for their roles after public disorder at the Kill The Bill protest in the city last year. Fleur Moody, 26, of Albany Road, Bristol, pleaded guilty to affray.
Tyler Overall, 28, of Third Avenue in Filton, pleaded guilty to violent disorder. Christopher Hind, 38, of Stottbury Road in Bristol, pleaded guilty to violent disorder. Judge James Patrick jailed Overall and Hind for 21 months. He handed Moody an eight month jail term, suspended for 18 months, with up to 40 hours’ rehabilitation and up to 80 hours’ unpaid work. Read the full story
Matthew Derrick, two years and eight months
A son fleeced his mum of her savings to feed his drug and gambling addiction, leaving her in debt and having to use a food bank. And when police asked him why he told them: “I did do it, she was easy to manipulate.”
Bristol Crown Court heard Matthew Derrick continually pestered his 69-year-old mum Caroline for money, claiming he was at risk of beatings or worse from drug dealers. After succumbing to his prolonged pressure between 2017 and 2022, and even selling a rental property which was planned to support her retirement, she eventually handed him a total of £300,000.
The court heard she suffered both physical and mental reperussions as a result. The final straw came when Derrick forced his way into her Bristol home and smashed her mobile phone and landlne, and she alerted police.
Derrick, 41, said to be of no fixed abode and living in a tent, pleaded guilty to harassment as well as controlling or coercive behaviour. Judge Mark Horton jailed him for two years and eight months. Read the full story
Steven Craig, life with a minimum of 34 years
A man who was found guilty of murdering his former partner nearly 25 years after he attacked her was jailed for life. Steven Craig, 58, of Brailsford Crescent, York, was originally convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to Jacqueline Kirk in 2000 after he poured petrol on her and set her alight two years earlier.
Jacqueline sustained 35% burns in the incident and spent nine months in hospital – including three months in intensive care – before being discharged. Craig was subsequently sentenced to life in prison for the attack before being released on licence in 2015 and then later recalled. In August 2019, Jacqueline, known as Jackie, died aged 61.
A jury convicted Craig following a three-week trial and at the same court, he was given a mandatory life sentence with a minimum of 34 years behind bars. Read the full story
Tyaani Simpson, two years and five months
When police turned up at teenager Tyaani Simpson’s address he ran inside and locked the door. And when officers went in and checked the bathroom they spotted five wraps of crack cocaine floating in the toilet bowl.
A search which ensued uncovered cut up pieces of a SIM card and a ‘burner’ phone under a toilet brush, Bristol Crown Court heard. As well as that there was cannabis and just over £5,000 in cash.
Simpson, 19, who was at a property in Newfoundland Road at the time, pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply. He appeared for sentence at Bristol Crown Court, Judge Mark Horton jailed him for two years and five months. Read the full story
Bradley Iles, 13 months
A boozed up white van man who subjected a taxi driver to a terrifying ordeal in which he brake-checked him, punched his vehicle and rammed him was jailed. Bradley Iles had downed half a bottle of vodka when for no clear reason he targeted the taxi for some 30 minutes, Bristol Crown Court heard.
The incident only ended after the taxi driver reached Bristol Airport. He was so anxious that as he was chased by Iles the cabbie smashed through the entrance barrier of the long stay car park before smashing through the exit barrier to get out.
Iles then made his escape. Police called in arrested him later in Bristol city centre. Iles, 25, of Pretoria Road in Patchway, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and threatening behaviour in September. Judge Mark Horton jailed him for 13 months. Read the full story
Joseph Parry, 20 months
A man who spat at officers and threw a glass bottle at a police horse during the riot in Bristol in March last year was jailed. Joseph Parry, of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, also tried to pull a door of a mobile police station off its hinges together with a group of other people.
The 23-year-old appeared at Bristol Crown Court where he was sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of violent disorder. Parry was the 21st person to be jailed for offences committed during the riot. Read the full story
Stefan Poyster, eight months
A Filton man declined a drugs prescription told a health centre receptionist: “You will need to call armed police here in a bit.” Stefan Poyster was seen to have a blade when he waited at a hatch window to speak to staff at the Homeless Health Service in Jamaica Street.
When told his methadone script would be sent to his allocated pharmacy he made the threat and left. Police found him in a nearby park, and a knife nearby. Poyster, 34, of Seventh Avenue, pleaded guilty to possessing a blade. He appeared for sentence at Bristol Crown Court.
Judge Mark Horton jailed him for eight months and told him to pay a £156 victim surcharge. He told Poyster: “In carrying a knife as you do the clear inference is you represent a danger to the public.” Read the full story
Lisa Boyd, four-and-a-half years
A woman was jailed for four-and-a-half years after police found approximately 10kg of heroin and cocaine at her home in Weston-super-Mare.
Lisa Boyd, 31, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on November 1 after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. Boyd was arrested after police found a large quantity of drugs at her address in Hildesheim Close on 23 June this year. Read the full story
Tobias Slender, Tekla Selassie, Adil Riaz, 32 years
A 20-year-old Bath man was sentenced for his role in assisting notorious drug baron Romaine Hyman. Tekla Selassie was just 17 when he became Hyman’s apprentice, using the EncroChat handle “Youngtek” to supply drugs to the South West. He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to three years in a young offenders’ institution.
Selassie, formerly of Eastfield Avenue, had pleaded guilty to five offences including conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to launder money, possession of criminal property, being concerned in the supply of cannabis, and possession of cannabis. Read the full story