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Here are the criminals who have been jailed from Monday (October 14) to Friday (October 18)
An HGV driver who showed a child pornographic video clips has been jailed.
Phillip Rivers showed the youngster adult footage which made her anxious and caused a panic attack, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Rivers, 45, of Main Road in Temple Cloud, Bristol, pleaded guilty to intentionally causing a child to watch a sexual act on his mobile phone.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC jailed him for 14 months and handed him a ten-year sexual harm prevention order desgined to stop him reoffending.
He told Rivers: “You encouraged her to watch utterly inappropriate material.”
When police asked banned driver Kye Collins to stop the answer was a resounding no.
Instead of pulling over he led them on a lunchtime car chase around St Pauls which included him ramming them.
Father-of-three Collins admitted he drove off in panic in his friend’s Citreon C3.
The 31-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while disqualified on July 3.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC jailed him for 15 months.
He told Collins: “You drove really in the most appalling fashion in that lunch hour on that summer day.”
Collins was banned from driving for three-and-a-half years and told to pay a £149 victim surcharge.
Carer Matthew White was supposedly gardening for an elderly family friend.
But when he relapsed into drugs he took the opportunity to pilfer £700 from the 78-year-old woman’s home.
White, 40, of Walnut Buildings in Radstock, admitted a burglary which, due to his previous break-ins, qualified him for a minimum three years in prison.
But a judge at Bristol Crown Court concluded the minimum term would be unjust and jailed him for a year.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC told him: “If you can repay this woman in due course obviously that’s an important thing to aim at.
“This was a mean-spirited and concerning burglary.”
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