A former Croxteth 'Crocky' Crew member suffered life threatening injuries when he crashed a motorbike into a woman's car.

Shaun Byrne was locked up for six years at the age of 20 for dealing cocaine and heroin on behalf of the notorious gang.

He was found guilty after a shocking trial that also detailed the campaign of gun terror waged by senior members of the group.

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Byrne, who was convicted of conspiring to supply Class A and B drugs for the Croxteth Crew, was released from prison in 2016.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the now 29-year-old, of Stonedale Crescent, Croxteth, has since stayed out of trouble and become a dad.

But earlier this year he could have died or killed someone else in a horror smash on a high powered Yamaha YZF-R6 600cc sport bike.

The court heard the crash happened on Ormskirk Road in Aintree, shortly before 5pm, on April 2.

Nardeen Nemat, prosecuting, said Byrne ran a red light and then hit the rear driver's side of the victim's car, as she made a lawful right turn.

She said Byrne "went over the top of the vehicle, landing on the road", sustaining serious injuries, but "fortunately" the woman wasn't harmed.

Ms Nemat said: "The defendant wasn't insured to drive the motorcycle. His licence only allowed him to ride motorbikes up to 50cc."

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Byrne admitted dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

He was also charged with fraudulent use of a registration mark - namely registration plates - but this was dropped by the Crown.

Brendan Carville, defending, said: "This is a serious matter because there was a crash and obviously the lady concerned was put to inconvenience."

The judge, Recorder Daniel Prowse, interjected: "Well, her car was written off."

Mr Carville replied: "Yes, that said, there was summary justice to an extent. You will see from the report he suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the accident.

"He was thrown over the vehicle, landing heavily on the road, sustaining a punctured lung, rib broken, dislocated shoulder... of course that's his own fault, but they're matters nonetheless I draw to your attention."

Byrne has five previous convictions for nine offences, including careless driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance in 2009.

He was again convicted of driving without a licence or insurance in 2011.

Byrne was hit with a gang injunction at the age of 19, obtained by Merseyside Police's Matrix unit and Liverpool Anti-Social Behaviour Unit in 2012.

The street dealer was locked up for six years for dealing cocaine and heroin in May 2013, following a two-month trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

During the trial the Croxteth Crew were described as a feuding street gang who had no qualms about shooting at people in the street or burning down the homes of rivals and - in some cases - their elderly relatives.

Their enemies were chased through the streets, ambushed with pistols, beaten up and one was even kneecapped during an 18-month campaign of violence.

On one occasion a toddler had to be rescued from a building they set on fire and a taxi driver had a gun pointed at him and the trigger pulled - though luckily it failed to go off.

They shot at a car on a busy road outside a Fazakerley school and buried pistols and a shotgun in waste ground near their home.

Gang members also rode stolen scrambler bikes through the streets, menaced lone women by circling them on scramblers while disguised, and used their back wheels to throw mud at the houses of people who dared stand up to them.

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Mr Carville said his client had an "interesting" criminal record, with "a difficult late teens" in his past.

He said: "You will see mention of gang culture etc. That culminated in him receiving that sentence in 2013 for six years, conspiring to supply Class A drugs."

Recorder Prowse said: "I note from the record there was deprivation of firearms in that case as well, so that was a very serious offence."

However, Mr Carville said Byrne made "very good progress" in a young offenders institution, "so much so he was discharged in 2016".

He said Byrne had kept out of trouble since then and now had a stable background, living with his parents and in a 10-year relationship with a nurse, with whom he has a three year-old-child.

Mr Carville said: "He cares for their child when she is at work."

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He added: "My submission is justice can be served here by the imposition of a prison sentence that can be suspended."

Recorder Prowse said Byrne wasn't allowed to ride the motorbike "because of how powerful it was" and his dangerous driving saw his victim's car written off.

He said: "I read her statement. She details how she heard a great big bang, how the windows smashed and glass came into the car."

Recorder Prowse said if there had been a child in the car in a child seat, or he had struck the driver's door, he could have caused a "very serious injury".

He said: "You could have killed someone."

The judge said as Mr Carville pointed out Byrne suffered serious injuries, but "that was your own stupid fault".

Shaun Byrne, then 20, was a street dealer for the notorious Croxteth 'Crocky' Crew
Shaun Byrne, then 20, was a street dealer for the notorious Croxteth 'Crocky' Crew

Recorder Prowse said: "Your last offence was an extremely serious offence of drug supply, plainly with an organised crime background."

The judge told Byrne at that point in his life, "you appeared to be well on your way to a life of involvement in organised crime", albeit on the "periphery", but said credit must go to him and the agencies who had worked with him, because "you appear to have turned your back on serious crime".

He said: "You're obviously on the face of it a good father and a positive influence in your child's life - apart from this sort of offence.

"You may wish to reflect what would have been the situation for your child, had you died. That child would have been left without a father."

Recorder Prowse said he hoped it was just a "blip" and handed Byrne eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, with a 10-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, Thinking Skills Programme and 180 hours of unpaid work.

He also banned him from the road for 18 months.

The judge said: "If I put you in prison today, which may well be richly deserved, it's your child I would be punishing as as well and it's absolutely not your child's fault that you did what you did."

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