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This reporting forms an important part of the UK’s open justice system, that justice can be seen to be done.
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Here are the criminals who have been jailed from Monday, January 6, 2020.
A man who mugged a person he talked to on a night out has been jailed.
Blaze Davies chatted to Francisco Araujo after socializing in Stokes Croft.
Bristol Crown Court heard that, after Davies latched on to him, he attacked him in a secluded spot and robbed him of £50 cash and a mobile phone.
Davies, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to robbery in September last year.
Judge James Patrick jailed him for five years and three months.
He told Davies: “You set about beating this man for three to four minutes with your fists and feet.
“He had a footprint on his his head.
“It was a sustained and very violent robbery in a public place.”
A judge was left “baffled” after police twice arrested a man for contacting a child online and released him twice, enabling to re-offend on both occasions.
Simon Wilkinson exhibited a persistent, perverted aim to chat sexually with under-age girls and have intimacy with them, Bristol Crown Court heard.
He was not actually chatting to youngsters but caught by paedophile hunters posing as children.
But after initially being arrested he was released under investigation twice and re-offended twice before finally being brought to book with a third arrest.
Wilkinson, 40, of High Street in Staple Hill, pleaded guilty to three charges of attempting sexual communication with a child and three charges of attempting a child to engage in sexual activity.
He also admitted possessing and making indecent images of children.
Judge Julian Lambert jailed him for 16 months.
He told the court: “Why was he released twice?
“It baffles me as to how that could be allowed to happen.
“It is terribly worrying for the public.”
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A road lines painter who broke a student’s jaw in two places with a “massive” punch has been jailed.
Oliver Bowen struck Callum Fear in a kebab shop after a perceived problem, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Initially the extent of Mr Fear’s injuries were missed, but he was recalled to hospital after he was diagnosed to have suffered two jaw fractures – one displaced and the other non-displaced.
Bowen, 26, of Jubilee Road in Weston-super-Mare, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm in December 2018.
Judge Julian Lambert jailed him for eight months.
He told Bowen: “Fortunately this was short of fatal.
“But it was a massive punch.
“You towered over and you dominated that other man.
“He was no threat at all.”
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A courier who used a stun gun to ward off a would-be motorbike thief has been given a jail term.
Elder Souza, from Patchway, was in Bond Street when he jabbed the device towards a man who appeared to be taking a colleague’s machine.
He initially claimed he had used a torch but police discovered it was actually a disguised weapon.
Souza, 31, of Birch Close, pleaded guilty to possessing a stun gun in June 2018.
He was due to appear for sentence at Bristol Crown Court today (Jan 7, 2020) but failed both to attend or retain legal representation.
Judge Martin Picton told the court: “I think it is a reasonable conclusion he may well have left the country by now.
“if he is here he has certainly kept himself below the radar.
“I can see no reason why the state remains unsatisfied by the lack of a conclusion in this case.”
The judge imposed a five-year prison sentence.
A warrant for Souza’s arrest remains outstanding.
Normally you just get weatherman Ian Fergusson up on the roof at the BBC in Whiteladies Road.
But in the darkest hours, long after his nightly forecast to Points West viewers, Rhys Burgunder was up there stealing lead.
Burgunder managed to steal the lead and cause some £4,000 damage in the process.
And though he returned six months later to try and steal again, his attempt proved unsuccessful.
Burgunder, 26, of Bangrove Walk in Lawrence Weston, pleaded guilty to theft of lead from the BBC in September 2018, and attempted theft in March last year.
He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods in March 2018, an attempted theft in September 2018 and a further lead theft in November last year.
The recorder Miss Rosaleen Collins jailed him for two years and ten months.
She told him: “It is said you had a difficult upbringing.
“You are not the only one who has had difficulties.
“Goodness knows how many opportunities you have had.
“The courts have been sympathetic in the past on so many occasions and you have continued and continued to offend.”
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