Every week, Bristol Live reports from the city’s courts.
This reporting forms an important part of the UK’s open justice system, that justice can be seen to be done.
Some of the key benefits of open justice include ensuring public confidence and respect in democracy and the administration of justice, as well as deterring people from committing crimes and thereby the details of those crimes becoming public knowledge.
Here are the criminals who have been jailed from Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13:
Neville Hancock was suffering from extreme anxiety when he took an air rifle into the street and said he was going to shoot.
When firearms officers attended his home he stuck another rifle out of his window and screamed: “Please shoot me, put a bullet in my head!”
Mercifully he gave himself up and police found both air weapons were non-functioning.
The 43-year-old, of Channons Hill, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
One charge relates to members of the public and the other relates to police.
Judge James Patrick jailed him for three years and nine months.
He told Hancock: “A reference describes you as one of the good guys.
“This tells a different story.
“You felt overwhelmed, helpless and desperate.
“You lost it. You were drunk. You showed little regard to others and you lost control.
“There was nothing professional about your behaviour.
“You were behaving stupidly, erratically and dangerously.”
A judge told a court that a man who assaulted his partner was charged with too light an offence.
“Entrenched” drug addict Rennie Blakeway smashed a mobile phone into Anna Parker’s face, breaking a bone.
Bristol Crown Court, however, heard Blakeway was simply charged with common assault.
He also admitted failing to attend court.
Judge James Patrick told the court: “In my view the defendant has been under-charged.
“It is domestic violence and I’m hamstrung to a maximum of six months.
“A charge of actual bodily harm would start at 18 months, or more, and it is not on.”
The judge, however, was told Blakeway was in breach of a suspended prison sentence for supplying drugs to undercover police.
He jailed him for 17 months and 20 days, which included 13 months activation of a previously suspended 16 months.
(Image: Avon and Somerset Constabulary)
A woman was jailed for a mugging which left an 88-year-old woman “battered and bruised” and facing “lifelong” suffering.
Rosanna Cooper, 31, was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery, fraud and several drug offences at Bristol Crown Court.(September 9).
In what was described as a “despicable” act by police, Cooper snatched the handbag of Joan Hollington as she walked down the road with her husband on January 10, 2019.
Mrs Hollington was walking down Colonel Stephens Way, in Weston-super-Mare, when Cooper snatched her handbag. She was thrown so violently to the ground she suffered a broken nose, a fractured wrist and severe bruising, most notably to her face.
At the time of the incident, Avon and Somerset police released images of Mrs Hollington’s horrific injuries in their attempt to bring the culprit to justice.
Rosanna Cooper, 31, of no fixed address, admitted fraudulent use of the pensioner’s card, which she claims she was given. She denied responsibility for the robbery but was found guilty by a jury.
A man who savagely attacked a Bristol man and left him so severely brain damaged he now has to be cared for “like a baby” has been sentenced along with his girlfriend who was charged with assisting an offender.
Daniel Service and Kimberley O’Driscoll were both handed significant prison sentences (O’Driscoll’s suspended) for their involvement in the serious assault on 24-year-old Guleed Ali at a hearing in Bristol Crown Court (Friday, September 13).
Service who had pleaded guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with intent and dangerous driving was given a total of 17 years.
His girlfriend O’Driscoll, who was 26 weeks pregnant when she witnessed the attack, was charged with assisting an offender. A charge she pleaded not guilty to, only later changing her plea to guilty.
O’Driscoll was given 9 months jail time, a sentence which was suspended for two years.
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