Every week people who have committed crimes pass through Hull's courts to learn their fates.

Some of their crimes are petty, some horrific, some committed under the influence of drink or drugs and some against a backdrop of a veiled and complicated personal history.

But no matter the crime, they all have victims.

Some women across Hull have fallen victim to some of the most abhorrent crimes committed against them by the city's men - and others should be warned.

In just the first six months of 2020, many have appeared in the dock, or by a video link from custody as coronavirus restrictions allow them to, convicted of raping, assaulting and conning women across Hull and East Yorkshire.

Here are just 20 men who have been convicted of committing terrifying offences against women.

James Grant

James Grant was jailed for three years
James Grant was jailed for three years

Grant, 32, from Kingswood has a long history of harassing women and was jailed again in January this year.

He yet again breached a restraining order and criminal behaviour order just two days after being handed it.

Hull Crown Court heard Grant had messaged and called his ex-partner more than 30 times over four days in June last year.

He had text his ex-partner asking for closure and a chance to talk, despite them both moving on with new partners.

In 2010, Grant embarked on a terrifying three-year reign of terror against a 15-year-old girl who had accepted his Facebook friend request.

After making it clear she had a boyfriend, he continued to harass and assault her. He breached a five-year restraining order twice.

In 2014, Grant was jailed for three years for perverting the course of justice after a woman made an allegation of rape against him

The case against him was aborted when he handed two fake letters allegedly from the woman to his lawyers. The woman could not face a retrial so withdrew her complaint.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Mark Bury told Grant he would need to learn his lesson as he had clearly not been "getting the message" from his past convictions. Read the full story here.

Darren Bere

Darren Bere
Darren Bere

Bere was handed a 10-year restraining order after a disturbing campaign of terror against his ex-partner which saw him hound her with over 300 calls and messages in one weekend.

His ex-partner, Liz Mackley, bravely spoke out and said she is now a shadow of her former self after Bere stalked her for a year after she left him. Read the full story here.

She even had to move away from Hull to escape his clutches.

Hull Magistrates' Court heard Bere, 40, of Holderness Road, first started showing signs of controlling behaviour just two months into their relationship which started in 2017.

Bere would manipulate Liz, giving her rules if she was seeing friends and family without him.

After their relationship ended in 2018, Bere continued to harrass Liz, bombarding her with messages from new Facebook profiles, emails from unknown accounts.

He even made a suggestion he had been following her by knowing where she was, the name of a new friend and where he lived.

In a heartbreaking statement read out to the court, Liz said: "I am so convinced I will never be able to escape Darren."

The court heard he had a history of similar offending. Bere was handed the 10 year restraining order and a 16-week suspended sentence for two years.

Jamie Plaxton

Jamie Plaxton
Jamie Plaxton

Plaxton, 31, a homeless man, was jailed for 13 years in January this year after trying to kidnap a jogger and hitting her when she resisted.

Plaxton was jailed for attempted kidnap, assault and committing an assault with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He attacked the jogger as she ran around the St Andrews Quay area, approaching her from behind and grabbing hold of her before claiming to be a police officer.

He tried to take her into a nearby derelict building, where the woman managed to get away and call the police.

Plaxton was found guilty at trial by a jury and was sentenced. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register.

He was described as a "despicable violent criminal by Detective Constable Luke Albison, who added: "His actions were utterly abhorrent." Read the full story here.

Martin Poole

Martin Poole was jailed
Martin Poole was jailed

Poole, 30, of Wetherhill Street, Goole, was jailed after flying into a violent rage during a Christmas Day family argument.

He flew at his girlfriend and father-in-law with a steak knife during dinner.

The pair had to barricade themselves behind a door while Poole frantically stabbed at it while threatening to kill them both.

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Stephen Welch, prosecuting, told the court Poole had a history of alcohol abuse that he struggled to maintain as well as a "stormy" relationship with his partner.

The court was told the attack on Christmas Day was "completely out of the blue."

When sentencing him to two years in prison, Judge John Thackray told the court: "This is a serious case with a background of violence." Read the full story here.

Thomas Shaw

Thomas Shaw was jailed
Thomas Shaw was jailed

Shaw sent a bullet in his own child's birthday card to get at his wife who had attempted to escape their toxic relationship.

The dad-of-three, 28, of Woodhall Street, east Hull, was given a six-month suspended sentence after stalking his ex.

During the six-month campaign of terror, Shaw sent notes threatening to take his own life and a child's birthday card containing a deactivated bullet to the woman's home.

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Before being charged, Shaw had approached Hull Live wanting to write an anonymous story about him not being allowed by his ex-partner to see his children, despite contact being offered.

His victim told the court she had to take on a new job due to embarrassment caused by Shaw.

She said: I still feel controlled by him. I don't go anywhere on my own and when I'm at home on my own, I don't answer the door." Read the full story here.

Lewis Holdstock

Lewis Holdstock

Holdstock, 25, stabbed his girlfriend with a pencil and threatened her with a hot iron in a spate of sustained attacks over two months.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court Holdstock became "increasingly paranoid" while he was serving time in prison, despite his partner supporting him.

Not long after he was released in May 2019, it did not take long for the relationship to "fracture" and for Holdstock to carry out a series of "disgraceful" attacks on his girlfriend.

During one attack, he left her with fractured ribs. Another occasion saw him throw a glass at her head.

While she was cleaning it up, Holdstock hit her over the head with a bottle of wine and then picked up a hot iron, holding it so close to her face "she could feel the heat."

The woman then went upstairs but the assault continued and Holdstock picked up a vase, hitting her on the head with it before stabbing her several times with a pencil.

She managed to escape when Holdstock left her alone, telling her he was getting a knife. After a neighbour intervened, Holdstock punched him.

He was handed a two year prison sentence for five counts of common assault, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and one count of criminal damage.

Judge David Tremberg told him: "The physical harm you did was only part of the damage you caused because the level of emotional harm you caused is likely to remain with the complainant long after her bruises and ribs have healed." Read the full story here.

Mantvydas Daubaras

He was found guilty by a jury
He was found guilty by a jury

Daubaras, 27, of Harry's Avenue in east Hull was jailed in February this year after being found guilty of a sadistic and horrific rape off Beverley Road.

The woman was left muddied and bleeding in a tenfoot in Ash Grove by Daubaras who tried to explain away his crime by saying he thought his victim was soliciting.

The victim had been separated from friends after a night out at the Adelphi Club in June 2017.

Daubaras had been "circling the town" in a car with friend to "entertain themselves" when they came across the woman.

She was picked up by Daubaras in a car while trying to flag down a taxi.

The woman then changed her mind, got out of the car but later came across Daubaras again who took her to a dark alley and raped her.

The woman was later found by friends unconscious and propped up against a fence in the tenfoot, although she did not realise she had been raped until the next day.

Daubaras was identified by DNA.

During the trial, the brave woman looked Daubaras in the face as she told of how the rape had impacted her life.

While sentencing him, Judge Mark Bury told Daubaras he had planned the attack and that the torture he had inflicted on his victim was still lasting.

He handed Daubaras a 14-year sentence, of which he will serve half of before being deported back to Lithuania. Daubaras also had to sign the Sex Offenders' Register. Read the full story here.

George Cressey

Cressey, 71, was sentenced in February this year after he left his frail wife with a bloodied nose and broken shoulder bone in a bizarre bingo bust up.

Hull Crown Court heard the couple, who had been together for 40 years, were enjoying a day out at Buzz Bingo Hall in Hull in March 2019 when Cressey decided to shove his wife off her seat.

CCTV evidence showed the attack and then Cressey brazenly walking away, leaving his 87-year-old wife in a "pool of blood".

Prosecutors said the victim had "little recollection" of what happened, but she sustained a fracture to her humerus where it connects with her shoulder.

She also suffered from facial injuries and cuts and bruises.

The woman then had to be discharged to Thornton Court, an assisted living unit where her needs could be met.

Cressey narrowly avoided an immediate prison sentence, instead being handed a nine month suspended sentence for two years, along with a 40-day rehabilitation order. Read the full story here.

Lee Mulligan

Lee Mulligan was jailed
Lee Mulligan was jailed

Lee Mulligan, 46, of Rhodena Drive in Bridlington, was handed a year-long sentence in March this year after he pushed his then-partner, Becky Aitken, so hard she fell into a bath and threw an ashtray at her head.

The couple - who were together for three-and-a-half-years were due to marry in May.

Mulligan's ex-partner was left needing stitched after the eruption of violence left her with a 3cm laceration on her cheek.

Judge John Thackray said the attack was a "breach of trust."

Miss Aitken later spoke about how the attack had affected her. She said that Mulligan had been like a "raging bull" as he chased her around their home.

"I never want to see him again," she added. Read the full story here.

Matthew Coppell

Matthew Coppell at Hull Crown Court
Matthew Coppell at Hull Crown Court

Coppell, 40, was jailed after he abused his partner so much she tried to take her own life.

During the last year of their relationship, the couple argued on a weekly basis and Coppell would pull his victim's hair, put his hands around her neck, pin her down by leaning on her chest and punched her in the face.

Phillip Evans, prosecuting, told the court Coppell had known the complainant for nine years and moved from Liverpool to Hull over six years ago to live with her.

He said that for the last three years Coppell became physically and emotionally abusive towards the complainant.

In a victim impact statement, the complainant said she had become “tired and worn down” by the abuse she suffered.

She also admitted to having thoughts of taking her own life.

Judge John Thackray handed Coppell a nine-month sentence suspended for two years.

He told Coppell he had "terrified" his victim. Read the full story here.

Anthony Cooper

Cooper has now been jailed
Cooper has now been jailed

Cooper, 57, of Del la Pole Avenue, forced his partner of 17-years to drink anti-freeze in a shocking racist attack.

Hull Crown Court heard that Cooper's campaign of terror started on September 19 when he punched his partner in the face, giving her a black eye.

He then tried to force his fingers into her eyes "as if to gouge them out."

Just days later, while sat in the living room, Cooper shouted at his partner, calling her a "n*****" and a "f****** s***."

Tensions then worsened before the woman was forced to drink antifreeze.

After, Cooper called an ambulance and the woman was taken to hospital where staff called the police.

In a victim impact statement, the woman told how she had been "worn down" by Cooper.

As he sentenced him to two years and four months imprisonment for controlling or coercive behaviour, Judge John Thackray told Cooper his offences were “disgraceful” and “appalling".

He added: “The consequences of your offending were bad enough, but they could have been much worse and the consumption of antifreeze can often lead to life-changing effects or fatalities.”

Cooper was also made the subject of a restraining order. Read the full story here.

Stephen Atkinson

Stephen Atkinson was jailed

In a drunken rage, he discharged his gun in another room before angrily telling his son-in-law on the phone that he was "off to kill someone".

Atkinson's wife and 19-year-old son had to barricade themselves in a bedroom and were later rescued by police who arrested before he could do any further harm.

As well as taking this gun and arresting him, police seized the defendant's other legally-owned weapons including three shotguns, two air-rifles and a large quantity of ammunition.

Sentencing Atkinson to two years behind bars, His Honour Judge Thackray QC said that his family must have been "terrified" by his actions.

He also put in place a restraining order "indefinitely" so that the defendant cannot contact his wife, except through his solicitor.

He also ordered confiscation and destruction of Atkinson's weapons. Read the full story here.

Nathan Willoughby

Nathan Willoughby was jailed
Nathan Willoughby was jailed

Willoughby, 33, of Goosebutt Court in Rotherham carried out a sickening attack on his partner during a seaside holiday to Bridlington.

He kicked his partner in the head after an argument and bit a bystander who called the police during a drunken rampage in March this year - just days after being released from prison.

Willoughby's attack only ended when he went back into their hotel, smashing a door on the way and causing £450 worth of damage to the entrance door, and another £220 of damage to an inside door.

Police arrived and arrested Willoughby, who then defecated inside the police vehicle.

His Honour Judge Mark Bury sentenced Willoughby to 15 months behind bars for the two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and the two charges of criminal damage. Read the full story here.

Tony Portz

Tony Portz
Tony Portz

Portz, 41, of Berkshire Street in Hull was sentenced in May this year to 12 months in prison for breaching a restraining order by entering the home of his victim and using violence.

He was also jailed for criminal damage, two further counts of breaching the restraining order and assault by beating. Read the full story here.

Jamie Bird

Bird, 33, sent four "extremely unpleasant" letters to his ex-girlfriend, breaching two restraining orders.

The HMP Humber prisoner accused her of being a drug dealer and made threats to a man he believed she was sleeping with.

Sending the letters cost Bird another six months in prison.

Prosecutor Sue Evans told Hull Crown Court the first letter was addressed "dear drug dealer" and alluded to the woman grassing him up and accused her of selling drugs.

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Miss Evans said: "The second letter accused her of sleeping with other men and making threats to [a man]. In the third letter he apologised and said he wanted to be family.

"His last letter was was in a similar vein and contained sexually explicit details of what his friend would do to her."

Sentencing him, Judge John Thackray QC told Bird: “The letters you sent were extremely unpleasant... They were designed to create distress upon your former partner." Read the full story here.

Ryan Tong

Ryan Tong
Ryan Tong

Tong, 25, of Peach Tree Court, west Hull, was handed a 36-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months this year after pleading guilty to four counts of harassment and several breaches of a restraining order.

His ex-girlfriend said his campaign of terror against her started "almost straight away" after she ended their two-year relationship.

She said that she had to move back in with her parents, and Tong would call her "over 40 times a day".

Tong was handed a restraining order last year, although he continued to breach it, starting on the day it was imposed.

Hull Magistrates' Court heard that between February 17 this year and March 23, Tong hounded the woman with text messages.

On April 26 and May 11, he left voicemails on her phone and on May 15, he attended the woman's home.

Tong also committed a breach during a time that a two-year community order had been imposed upon him.

Speaking to Hull Live, his ex-girlfriend said: "It has been torture. I've been trapped for two years wondering how on Earth I would get out of it." Read the full story here.

Ben George

Ben George was jailed
Ben George was jailed

George, 29, of Higham Close in east Hull, was jailed after he undertook a horrifying and sustained Valentine's Day attack against his ex-girlfriend.

The woman had ended the "toxic" relationship in December and George was made the subject of a domestic violence protection order.

However, on Valentine's Day this year, George contacted the woman and the pair went to two pubs.

George, under the influence of drink and drugs, drove the woman's car and became paranoid he was being chased by the police.

He continued to drive, and turned nasty when the woman tried to take the car keys out of the ignition.

Felicity Hemlin, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that: "He started to punch her to the face and she saw 'flashes'. He bit her on the arms. She couldn't open her right eye."

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She added: "She has been left with patches on her head from where her hair had been pulled out. He kicked her several times and had her on the pavement.

"He got back into the car and drove off leaving her there."

Sentencing George to two years in prison for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Judge John Thackray said: "I appreciate that this act was truly disgraceful, truly appalling." Read the full story here.

Michael Ramskill

Michael Ramskill has been sentenced to 46 months in prison

Ramskill, 43, assaulted his ex-partner, pushed her head underwater as she laid in the bath, threatened to set her hair on fire and cut her arm causing it to bleed in a series of attacks over a period of months.

Hull Crown Court heard how Ramskill bullied his former partner over a two-month period from September to November last year.

Ramskill also appeared to be sentenced for taking a blade into prison on January 31 last year.

Judge Nadim sentenced Ramskill to 46 months in prison and said: “You behaved in the passion of a bully, in a disgraceful manner in relation to a victim who was totally under your control."

He told Ramskill that he “instilled fear” into his victim by bullying her with “no regard or respect for her”.

Ramskill was sentenced to a total of 46 months imprisonment for bringing a bladed article into a prison, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Read the full story here.

Tyrone Morgan

Morgan, 46, of Boothferry Road, Hessle, stormed into his ex-partner's home and cut up her bed so that she could not sleep in it with her new boyfriend.

Hull Crown Court heard that Morgan could not bear the thought of his ex-girlfriend sleeping in the bed with her new partner and so destroyed the mattress and the bed frame beyond repair in a rage.

Morgan even took part of the bed with him as a trophy.

When confronted, Morgan told his victim: "You couldn't even wait a decent amount of time before putting your photo on Facebook."

As he spoke, he shook the saw towards his victim and then said he wanted to leave a dog that he had brought with him, telling the victim that it was bought for her.

She did not want the dog but then saw Morgan kick the dog in the ribs, causing it to yelp.

Morgan was then arrested a short time later.

Judge Ahmed Nadim described Morgan's actions as "childish" and gave him a 12-month community order for possessing a long knife in a public place and affray.

The judge also ordered Morgan to complete 20 days of a rehabilitation activity and take part in a domestic abuse programme.

He said: "Let's have none of this childish behaviour in the future and I hope that this court will never have to see you again." Read the full story here.

Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson was sentenced to two years in prison

Jackson, 54, formerly of Marlborough Avenue, west Hull, was sentenced to two years in prison for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and two counts of criminal damage in March.

His victim, Julie Holiday, 53, of east Hull, says she put up with around ten years of abuse from Jackson through fear.

Julie said: “There was on and off violence through the years and I had to call the police a number of times.

“This last attack was so bad I thought he was going to kill me and that is why I gave evidence and finally he was sentenced to two years in prison."

She added: “He attacked me by kicking me in my leg and I couldn’t walk for days."

Jackson was sentenced to two years in prison and was made to adhere to a five-year restraining order. Read the full story here.