These are the faces of 19 criminals locked up for crimes linked to Merseyside this past week.

One judge had to deal with a grandad-of-24 who offered a 'boy' a trip to McDonald's in exchange for hotel sex.

A court heard about a heroin dealer whose nan was furious when she discovered a sniper rifle hidden in her house and an EncroChat cocaine dealer living a life of luxury.

Judges had to sentence dangerous paedophiles, despicable burglars, a knife wielding drug dealer and an ex-boyfriend turned arsonist.

Meanwhile a court heard about two disgraceful cases involving a man who beat and spat on his elderly dad who suffers from dementia and a support worker who helped herself to the money of vulnerable women.

Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded this past week.

Stephen Christian

Stephen Christian, 43, of Roscommon Way, Widnes
Stephen Christian, 43, of Roscommon Way, Widnes

Stephen Christian lived a lavish lifestyle under the alias "Tribal Quest" as he peddled huge amounts of cocaine to customers.

He used an EncroChat phone to communicate with associates as he negotiated prices for 12 kilograms of cocaine from criminals who were involved in importing bulk amounts.

The 43-year-old used the encrypted messaging service, which was smashed by European cyber experts last year, leading to thousands of arrests and seizures of weapons and drugs.

He went by Tribal Quest to try and stay under the radar and on one occasion, on May 22, 2020, travelled to Blackpool to collect a large amount of money from an associate he was speaking to on EncroChat.

Detectives arrested him on July 1 last year and raided his two addresses, in Roscommon Way, Widnes and Roseheath Drive, Halewood.

A search of the Widnes address led to the seizure of designer clothing and shoes, a Rolex watch, almost £3,000 in cash and eight phones.

Christian admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and was jailed for 15 years.

Jordan Duckworth

Jordan Duckworth, 27, of Needham Road, Kensington
Jordan Duckworth, 27, of Needham Road, Kensington

Jordan Duckworth who once tried to rape a boy and girl was caught worming his way into a child's home.

The paedophile was locked up for 30 months for two attempted rapes when he was aged just 17 in January 2011.

He has been on the Sex Offenders Register and subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) ever since.

The order prevented Duckworth from contacting any child under 16 without the written approval of social services.

Social services attended a woman's home in Wavertree on February 15 for a "risk assessment" and "welfare check".

She was there with her 13-year-old son, but so was Duckworth, 27, who "lied initially about who he was", then fled.

Duckworth, of Needham Road, Kensington, admitted the breach, having breached the SOPO twice previously in 2017.

He was jailed for 20 months and given a new 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, an updated version of the SOPO.

Adam Wharton and Paul Wharburton

Adam Wharton, 24, of Selwyn Street, Walton
Adam Wharton, 24, of Selwyn Street, Walton

Two burglars raided a young family's home which was being renovated for a disabled child.

Adam Wharton, 24, has been robbing and stealing from victims since he was just 15-years-old.

He was once caught burgling an OAP's house after two dumb accomplices painted their own names on walls inside.

And on September 23 last year he teamed up with career crook Paul Warburton, 31, in yet another despicable burglary.

The pair struck at the family's home in Harley Street, Orrell Park, shortly before 7am, breaking a window to gain entry.

A neighbour called police, who arrested the pair after they had bagged up items and half ripped a TV off the end of a boy's bed.

Paul Warburton, 31, of Pennine Drive, St Helens
Paul Warburton, 31, of Pennine Drive, St Helens

They caused £500 of damage to the home, which the owner was renovating to help his daughter, 11, who has cerebral palsy.

Wharton, of Selwyn Street, Walton, who had 15 previous convictions for 25 offences including multiple robberies, admitted burglary at a hearing in November.

He was jailed for two and a half years.

Warburton, of Pennine Drive, St Helens, who had 37 previous convictions for 61 offences, including multiple burglaries, didn't plead guilty to burglary until the opening day of a trial this week.

He was jailed for three and a half years.

Trevor Griffiths

Trevor Griffiths, 61
Trevor Griffiths, 61

Trevor Griffiths offered a '14-year-old boy' a trip to McDonald's in exchange for a seedy hotel stay.

The grandad-of-24 also wanted to take the child to the cinema and planned on sexually abusing him in a hotel in Belfast.

The 61-year-old started speaking to 'Mark' on Chatiw in 2019, but didn't realise it was actually an undercover police officer.

Griffiths described how he wanted to 'kiss and cuddle' the 'schoolboy', before they would perform sex acts on each other.

When officers raided his home they discovered his vile collection of child sex abuse images, included a photo of a baby being raped.

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In total they found 63 indecent images during the search at his property in Ajax Avenue in Orford, Warrington, on April 30, 2019.

Griffiths, who had no previous convictions, admitted attempting to engage in sexual activity with a boy, failing to comply with notification requirements, possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography, and three counts of downloading indecent images.

He was jailed for 20 months.

David Adams

David Adams, 41, of Ivy Avenue, Aigburth
David Adams, 41, of Ivy Avenue, Aigburth

David Adams stuffed nearly £54,000 of drug money into an Aldi bag, shoeboxes and a sock at his home.

The dad-of-one was stopped by police when driving around with "bundles" of cash totalling £1,600 in his pockets.

The unemployed 41-year-old claimed it was money he'd saved up from his benefits to buy Christmas presents.

But when officers searched his home in Ivy Avenue, Aigburth, they found banknotes stashed around his house.

Adams admitted concealing criminal property in relation to the discovery of the dirty cash on December 11, 2019.

He was arrested again on January 22 this year, after police saw him sitting in his Ford Fiesta near to his home.

"Secreted" down the side of the driver's seat was a kitchen knife and he admitted possessing a knife in public.

Adams, who admitted the cash was linked to drugs, had seven previous convictions for 17 offences, including drug dealing.

He was jailed for 18 months.

Richard Foster

Richard Foster, 34, of Princes Parade, Liverpool city centre
Richard Foster, 34, of Princes Parade, Liverpool city centre

Richard Foster torched his former partner's BMW after seeing her on a night out with other men.

The dad-of-two claimed he was left "wounded" when Alexandria Ward broke up with him in December 2018.

After seeing her on a night out with a group including other men on February 1, 2019, he lost his temper.

In a series of threatening phone calls, the former drug dealer said: "Watch what will happen to you."

Miss Ward was having drinks with friends at her Maghull home when her BMW 320 M-Sport was then set ablaze.

After she told Foster he was caught on CCTV, he rang back and offered £20,000 to "forget about the whole thing".

But the conversation was recorded by police and Foster had also been captured on camera buying a can of petrol.

Foster, 34, of Princes Parade, Liverpool city centre, admitted arson reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The arsonist, who had eight previous convictions for nine offences, was jailed for two years and three months.

Liam Fennelly

Liam Fennelly, 38, beat his elderly dementia suffering dad who he was supposed to care for
Liam Fennelly, 38, beat his elderly dementia suffering dad who he was supposed to care for

Liam Fennelly beat and spat on his elderly dad who suffers from dementia.

The bully, 38, was discovered by a carer hitting the vulnerable 79-year-old and repeatedly spitting in his face.

He was supposed to look after his dad along with carers, who would visit Kenneth Fennelly four times a day.

But instead he "goaded" the OAP on September 11 last year, trashing the victim's Seacombe home, then hitting him several times.

District Judge Healey said: "The carer sees you spit into your father's face on three occasions. You spat directly on your father's face."

The judge added: "You have really betrayed the trust your father put in you."

Fennelly, of Arkles Lane, Anfield, who was said to be drunk at the time, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage.

He was jailed for 14 weeks and told to pay £500 in compensation to his father.

Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown, 26, of Stanford Crescent, Halewood
Aaron Brown, 26, of Stanford Crescent, Halewood

Aaron Brown who conned Liverpool FC fans with fake tickets threatened to gouge one of his victims with a screwdriver.

The 26-year-old, of Stanford Crescent, Halewood, conned fans out of hundreds of pounds for tickets they couldn't use.

Brown first dishonestly sold two cancelled tickets to a Liverpool match to a man online for £250 in March 2018.

He then used the man's details to try and sell further tickets later in the year and when the man found out he had been scammed and challenged him, Brown said he would "take a hammer to his head" and a "screwdriver to his neck".

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In December 2018, using that victim's details, Brown listed fake tickets online on Craig's List and tried to scam a man out of £850.

Brown, who was running 69 PayPal accounts, also hacked into a sports streaming website and accessed the data of 370,000 users.

The dad-of-three, who was previously involved in a Bitcoin fraud, also dishonestly sold a computer online and conned a man out of £610.

He admitted three counts of fraud and two counts of unauthorised acts to intent to impair operation of or prevent or hinder access to a computer.

Brown was jailed for 22 months.

Daniel Henderson

Daniel Henderson, 19, of Wheatlands, Runcorn
Daniel Henderson, 19, of Wheatlands, Runcorn

Daniel Henderson terrorised an evil child killer and his new partner.

The 19-year-old, of Wheatlands, Runcorn, threatened Wayne Davenport and his girlfriend on August 27 last year.

Davenport was jailed for six years for manslaughter in October 2009 after beating two-year-old Joshua Jones to death in November 2007.

Armed with a golf club, Henderson went to a home Davenport shared with a new partner, threatened to burn it down, then swung the club over a fence at the "innocent" woman, who had no connection to the manslaughter, instead hitting a window.

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He was heard shouting "I'm going to f***ing kill you, you shouldn't be living around here, you f***ing baby killer" and broke the fence during the incident on August 27 last year, which led to the couple moving out of Runcorn and separating.

On the day of the incident, Henderson was due in court over a burglary at Kyujutsu Archery Club, in Castlefields, Runcorn, on April 22, 2019.

He was part of a gang who ransacked the club, smashed into lockers, stole bows and arrows, cash, tools, a bike and a vending machine, before someone set the venue ablaze, costing the owners more than £15,000 in lost items and revenue.

Henderson, who admitted affray and burglary, was jailed for two years and three months.

Gerard Wignall

Gerard Wignall, 32, of Whitburn Road, Kirkby
Gerard Wignall, 32, of Whitburn Road, Kirkby

Gerard Wignall was confronted by his nan over text after she found a "sniper rifle" he stashed in her home.

He was released from jail after serving a nine-year sentence for ferrying heroin into seaside resorts in Wales.

Marie Jones offered him a place to live at her home in Whitburn Road, Kirkby, but five days later made a shocking discovery.

Ms Jones text him on March 23, 2020, saying "gun out now", to which he replied "hahaha it’s not real nan x", but she insisted: "Out."

The 32-year-old, formerly of Wellfield Road, Walton, had hidden a Howa M1500 6.5 Creedmoor bolt action rifle in his nan's house.

The gun - stolen in a burglary when he was in jail - was later seized by police after a raid in Yorkshire and found to bear Wignall's DNA.

He was also forensically linked to a stolen Beretta shotgun, recovered in a raid at a home in John Bagot Close, Everton on July 1, 2020.

Wignall admitted two counts of possessing a firearm when prohibited for life - a result of his 2016 jail sentence for conspiring to supply heroin.

The crook, who has 21 previous convictions for 29 offences, was jailed for 16 months.

Jake Muldoon

Jake Muldoon, 22, of Lowerson Crescent, Norris Green
Jake Muldoon, 22, of Lowerson Crescent, Norris Green

Jake Muldoon stabbed an underling in the head for not paying him fast enough after losing £5,000 of drugs.

Declan Prescott had repaid more than £1,100 to his boss, but Muldoon, aka "Scouse Joe", decided to scar him with a flick knife anyway.

Prescott was left with a 7cm 'Z' shaped "bleeding, gaping head wound" after the incident in Bow Road, Leigh, on November 21, 2019.

A court heard how Prescott had been stopped by police who seized the stash from him and Muldoon expected him to cover the loss.

Prescott borrowed £200 from his girlfriend to give to Muldoon, of Lowerson Crescent, Norris Green, but was stabbed twice in the head.

Police raided the home of Muldoon's girlfriend Kirsty Blaney, who was present during the attack, and found Muldoon hiding in the loft.

Muldoon, who also smashed the windows at Prescott's girlfriend's house, was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possessing a knife and criminal damage.

He was jailed for nine years.

Dean Porter

Dean Porter, aged 38, of no fixed address
Dean Porter, aged 38, of no fixed address

Dean Porter threatened to stab a member of the public in the face after carrying out two knifepoint robberies.

The 38-year-old threatened a group of three teenagers with a blade at Formby station on June 27 last year.

Porter took a phone from one teen and told him he would have to withdraw £500 from a cashpoint if he wanted it back.

The drunken thug led the youths out of the station at knifepoint, but after a scuffle they managed to escape.

Porter then approached a car, claimed that he had been mugged and asked to be let inside, but the driver refused.

He started to cry until the motorist relented, but he then produced the knife and held it to the driver's neck, ordering him to leave the keys in the car and get out, which the victim did.

Porter drove off only to crash into another vehicle, when he was detained by another driver, despite repeatedly threatening to stab him.

In custody he smeared himself, his cell and an intercom with his own faeces.

Porter, of no fixed address, admitted theft, threatening with a bladed article, and robbery.

He was jailed for six years, with an extended four years on licence.

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson, 50, of Carlton Street, Prescot
Michael Peterson, 50, of Carlton Street, Prescot

Michael Peterson was given a bag stuffed full of cash in exchange for 9kg of cocaine.

Three men travelled from West Yorkshire to Liverpool with £139,000 in a holdall to make the deal with Peterson.

Ther 50-year-old, from Carlton Street, Prescot gave them the high purity Class A drug in exchange for the money.

The gang made their way back to Bradford but were stopped by West Yorkshire officers on the exit slip of the M606.

Peterson was then arrested at his home, when the cash was found along with more drugs.

He admitted conspiring to supply cocaine, possessing criminal property, and possessing both heroin and cannabis with intent to supply.

Peterson was jailed for four years and 10 months.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith, 45, 'headbutted' a police officer who suffered a fractured finger after hitting him
Mark Smith, 45, 'headbutted' a police officer who suffered a fractured finger after hitting him.

Woman beater Mark Smith 'headbutted' a police officer after being arrested.

Smith was taken to Wirral custody suite in Birkenhead after a domestic incident at an address in Rock Ferry last year.

The drunken and abusive 45-year-old lashed out, hitting the police officer with his head, before the two fell to the floor.

The officer then struck Smith, using what was described in court as a "controlled strike", breaking his own middle finger.

Smith, of Fairhaven Close, Rock Ferry, admitted assault of an emergency worker in relation to the March 11, 2020 attack.

He had 17 previous convictions for 23 offences, including battery against a woman and multiple breaches of court orders.

Smith was jailed for six months.

Paul Craig and Jason Srin

Paul Craig, 22 and Jason Srin, 21, tried to import a semi automatic pistol from America and bring it to Liverpool but were caught out by customs officers who tracked them down.
Paul Craig, 22 and Jason Srin, 21, tried to import a semi automatic pistol from America and bring it to Liverpool but were caught out by customs officers who tracked them down.

Laughing friends Paul Craig and Jason Srin waited for a gun to arrive from America only to discover they had been tricked by police.

Officers listened to the pair at a block of flats in Liverpool city centre, when they unwrapped what they thought was a semi-automatic Glock.

To their despair officers had previously intercepted the parcel and it was carefully reassembled and sent on - but instead of a gun there was a tracker device.

They desperately tried to ditch the empty package, but officers caught up with them after secretly recording their conversations.

Paul Craig, 22 and Jason Srin, 21, tried to import a semi automatic pistol from America and bring it to Liverpool but were caught out by customs officers who tracked them down.
Paul Craig, 22 and Jason Srin, 21, tried to import a semi automatic pistol from America and bring it to Liverpool but were caught out by customs officers who tracked them down.

The Glock 17 pistol with a magazine and ammunition never left the States, after authorities there had stumbled upon the plan.

Craig and Srin, who didn't have any previous convictions, unwrapped the parcel at flats in Union Street on January 27 this year.

They were later arrested and both men admitted attempted possession of a prohibited firearm.

Craig, of Leybourne Avenue, Southport, and Srin, aka Sri-In, of Water Street, Liverpool city centre, were both jailed for four and a half years.

Stephen Mullin

Stephen Mullin, 24, brandished a hammer at an off-duty police officer and his daughter in a road rage outburst
Stephen Mullin, 24, brandished a hammer at an off-duty police officer and his daughter in a road rage outburst

Road rage yob Stephen Mullin brandished a hammer at an off-duty police officer as his daughter screamed.

The 24-year-old "cut up" John Seddon when he was driving along Queens Drive in West Derby with his daughter in the car.

The officer swore at Mullin, who then parked in front of them to prevent them from leaving and got out his car with a hammer.

Mullin shouted "come on then" and the officer's adult daughter recalled how she "thought he was going to kill her father".

When arrested around three hours later, Mullin was found to have a rusty hammer and a kitchen knife inside his vehicle.

Mullin, of Calder Avenue, Ormskirk, admitted affray and possessing a knife and an offensive weapon after the December 21, 2019 incident.

The dad-of-one, who had two previous convictions for three offences, related to domestic violence, was jailed for 12 months.

Rachel Skillen

Rachel Skillen, 42, formerly of Birkenhead but now of Clarendon Road, Anfield
Rachel Skillen, 42, formerly of Birkenhead but now of Clarendon Road, Anfield

Support worker Rachel Skillen stole nearly £10,000 from two vulnerable women she was meant to look after.

The 42-year-old was employed by Alternative Futures Group (AFG), a not for profit health and social care charity.

Founded in Merseyside, it provides housing and support for adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues.

But the mum deliberately targeted two women at AFG's Nursery House in Boundary Road, Birkenhead, using their bank cards to withdraw money she spent on her bills and shopping.

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She made 25 withdrawals and transactions using one woman's card, from whom she stole £9,259.45, and two from the second woman, totalling £500, between March 27 and April 19 last year.

Skillen, who had no previous conditions, admitted two counts of theft.

The court heard she stole the money after getting into debt and used it to pay for utility bills and shopping.

Recorder Ian Harris said: "This offending was mean and despicable. It was stealing from defenceless victims for your own greed."

She was jailed for 12 months.