These lags are now safely behind bars for the foreseeable future after being jailed in December – and will be starting off 2019 in a prison cell.
Their sentences range from 16 weeks to 22 years for series of crimes including murder, assault and absconding from court.
Other crimes heard at Hull Crown Court included sexual assault of a child and one criminal was even jailed for attacking, spitting on and strangling his own mother.
If you missed what has happened in the courts in December, we have put together this round-up of some of the cases heard.
Take a look below for details of who appeared in court and why they are spending Christmas behind bars.
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Anthony Deakin – 2 years
The driver of a hijacked pharmacy delivery van was jailed after being found almost four times the drink-drive limit.
Anthony Deakin, 28, was drunk when he accosted a pharmaceutical delivery driver who was taking medication to City Health Pharmacy in Goodwin Parade alongside 34-year-old accomplice Louis Murray.
Hull Crown Court heard that Deakin told the worker he needed a bandage for a cut on his arm, but when the driver laughed off the comment, he pushed him to the ground following a failed swinging punch.
Dad-of-three Deakin apprehended the delivery driver while Murray took the van keys and passed them to Deakin who drove off in the vehicle on August 7 this year.
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Deakin was later found 3.7 times the legal limit, being found with 131 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
On another occasion Deakin had previously kicked his ex-partner so hard in the back her kidneys ruptured.
Dale Brook, defending, told the court: “While in prison he has had time to think and reflect on what he has done.
“All of these offences have taken place when he has been in a fog of drunkenness, but while in prison he has come a significant way and has recognised drink as a problem and is seeking assistance for this while in prison.”
Deakin, of Tyne Street, pleaded guilty to assault, criminal damage, robbery of the van keys, taking a vehicle without consent, drink-driving, driving without insurance, two counts of breach of a restraining order and using violence to secure entry to premises.
Judge Peter Kelson, QC, jailed him for two years – six months for the breaches and assault and 18 months for the robbery and vehicle taking.
Read the full story here.
Benjamin Thomson – 15 months
Banned driver Benjamin Thomson crashed into a lamppost just five days after being released on bail for leading police on a high-speed chase through west Hull.
An unmarked police car began following Thomson after spotting him behind the wheel of a Peugeot in Hessle Road at 1.30pm on November 13, Hull Crown Court heard.
When the police car illuminated its lights and sounded its sirens, Thomson sped off in and around streets off Hessle Road in a bid to escape.
He was subject to a driving ban from 2016 that would have expired on November 21, prosecutor Stephanie Hollis said.
During the six-minute pursuit, which was filmed on a dashcam from the police car, Thompson reached speeds of 50, 60 and 70mph in 30 and 20mph zones, as well as driving through red lights, into oncoming traffic, and over a central reservation in Hessle Road as he tried to get away.
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He eventually abandoned the grey Peugeot in Perry Street and tried to run off before being caught and arrested. He declined to answer questions in interview and was released on bail to appear before magistrates on December 10.
Thomson, of Ruskin Street, west Hull, denied being the driver and said “No comment” to other questions, but was found to have cocaine in his system.
He later admitted dangerous driving, two offences of driving while disqualified, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to stop, and failing to provide a specimen.
Jailing Thomson for a total of 15 months, Judge Mark Bury told him: “That was highly dangerous driving – it was only a matter of luck that you, and indeed other road users, were not seriously injured. Remarkably, you were bailed and didn’t take advantage of your good fortune.”
Thomson was also banned from driving for three years and six months.
Read more here.
Nathan Mulvana – 28 months
Nathan Mulvana, now 18, exposed himself to two young girls then went on to sexually assault the youngest when he was 16 or 17, Hull Crown Court heard.
He is still denies any wrongdoing, despite his convictions after a trial at Hull Magistrates’ Court for exposure and sexual touching of a girl under 13. Both victims were aged under ten at the time.
A district judge found their sentencing powers were insufficient to deal with Mulvana for the gravity of his offending and the case was transferred to the Crown court, where he was jailed for 28 months on Thursday.
Reading a victim statement from one of the girls’ parents, prosecutor Kirsten Mercer said the youngest had “become more introverted and self-conscious” since the abuse, and “does not appear to be as happy or as bubbly as she was before”.
She was also “frightened” to go to the toilet for “a couple of months” so was wetting her bed. But she was “slowly regaining her confidence”, the parent said.
Mulvana had told the girls what he had a done was a “secret” and not to tell anyone. But they immediately informed their parents and other family members.
Harold Bloomfield, for Mulvana, said: “Clearly, he’s still in denial. That’s the way it is, but he accepts and acknowledges that what he’s been convicted of are serious offences.”
Mr Bloomfield said Mulvana was unlikely to get the same level of support to address his offending in prison as he would if sentenced in the community.
But Judge David Tremberg said his crimes were too serious to deal with in any other than an immediate sentence of imprisonment.
Jailing Mulvana, of The Quadrant, north Hull, the judge described the attack on the younger girl as a “degrading and serious sexual assault”.
Mulvana must register as a sex offender for ten years, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.
Read the original story here.
Dean Inglis – 16 weeks
A man spat twice at his mother and strangled her because he was “just p****d off at the way she was treating me”.
Dean Inglis, 34, was already barred from visiting his mother’s home by a restraining order, which he breached by going to see her at 1.50pm on Thursday.
Despite the prohibition, Inglis “let himself in the back door” and asked his sister if she was in, Hull Magistrates’ Court heard.
Martin Howarth, prosecuting, said his sister “noticed he had a bottle of Jack Daniels”, and soon Inglis was “becoming nasty and insulting”.
“She tried to get him away from her mother; he refused to move,” Mr Howarth said. “He spat twice at his mother’s face.”
Mother and daughter then both tried to get away from Inglis. But in a statement, his sister said the errant son “placed his hands around his mother’s neck”. He “strangled” his mother, the court heard.
Police were called and Inglis told an officer: “Alright, lad. I’ve got to be honest with you. I’ll hold my hands up.”
Jane Pearson-Moore, Chairman of the Bench, said they were “serious offences” and jailed Inglis for 16 weeks.
“Ok, thank you, your honour,” he said as he was handcuffed and led to the cells. Inglis must pay a £115 victim surcharge on his release from prison.
Read more here.
James Trott – 2 years
James Trott, 29, doused himself in petrol before leading police on a 100mph death-defying A63 chase .
The thug took his mum’s specially adapted Vauxhall Zafira which she used because she had mobility problems.
Prosecutor Dale Brook told the court: “Officers arrived at the scene to arrest him, but he poured petrol all over himself and threatened to set himself on fire.
“There was also some concern that the defendant was in possession of a knife, but this turned out to be one made from cardboard and tin foil.”
During one of the eight theft offences, he also punched a security guard twice in the head as he escaped B&M Bargains, off Sutton Road, without paying for two Dyson hoovers.
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The court heard due to the breakdown of a relationship with the mother of his children, Trott went off the rails when he was given a restraining order in 2017.
But it was lifted and the pair rekindled their relationship until he assaulted her on three separate occasions, including an incident where he touched and poked a bruise on her leg which he created, in January this year.
Richard Thompson, defending , said since the offending had taken place Trott was now in a better place and was eager to “restart his life”.
He said: “The defendant has already spent six months in custody and in this time he has completed a methadone programme for his drug treatment and has found a hostel placement for when he eventually leaves prison.
“He knows an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable, but he is getting his life back on track and I would ask that you let him out of prison, having already served six months, and be able to do that today.”
Trott, formerly of Stroud Crescent East, now of HMP Humber, was charged with dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without consent, uninsured while driving a motor vehicle, two failing to surrender at court charges, three common assault offences and eight thefts.
He had previously pleaded guilty to all offences apart from taking a vehicle without consent because he was found guilty of that offence at an earlier hearing.
Trott, who appeared by video link, was jailed for two years and was banned from the roads for three years.
Read the original story here.
Johnathan Maxwell – 3.5 years
A “toe-curlingly revolting” paedophile snared by online vigilantes boasted he wanted to have sex with a one-year-old baby.
Johnathan Maxwell, 31, received a knock at the door from members of “Net Justice” after having sexual online chats with a “decoy” known as “Sarah”.
Calling himself “Johnathon 30”, Maxwell contacted what he thought was a 13-year-old girl on Boxing Day last year, Hull Crown Court heard.
Sarah – who was really a member of Net Justice set up on the online application Meet For You – told Maxwell she was 13. He told her he was 30, asking “Is that a problem?”
Charlotte Baines, prosecuting, said Maxwell then asked for Sarah’s mobile number and the conversation moved to WhatsApp, where it quickly turned sexual.
WATCH: Net Justice sting on Johnathon Maxwell
“He went on to suggest that they could sleep in the same bed and ‘Sarah’ could tell her mum she was sleeping at a friend’s house,” Miss Baines said.
“Maxwell suggested they could “make love”, later explaining this meant sex. She told him she was a virgin and he said he would be “gentle”.
As well as detailing sexual acts he intended to do to her, Maxwell arranged to meet “Sarah” in Leeds on February 10. But due to the content of the chat, a member of Net Justice enlisted the help of other members of the group to establish “Johnathon 30’s” identity, and Maxwell was found and located at the home he shared with his parents in Derwent Street, east Hull.
Maxwell was jailed for three years and six months after an online ‘sting’
Read more here.
Karl Rugg – 22 years
A “selfish, arrogant, manipulative paedophile” was jailed for 22 years for the horrific sexual abuse of three young girls.
Child rapist Karl Rugg, 54, was told he may serve his entire sentence unless the parole board deem it is safe to release him earlier.
He is still protesting his innocence despite his conviction by a jury of 15 counts of child sexual abuse, including three rapes, after a ten-day trial at Hull Crown Court.
Rugg, who was jailed in December, left the dock with the sobs of his victims ringing in his ears, as they hugged each other in the public gallery on hearing Judge Mark Bury jail their tormentor for 22 years.
Although he was never charged with a further allegation of raping one of the victims while she was pregnant, the judge told Rugg he was “satisfied on the evidence” that he had done it.
Read the full story here.
Billy Griffin – 28 weeks
A man who absconded from a court hearing has been jailed for fleeing the precincts of the building after he “panicked”.
Billy Griffin, 28, was due to appear in court alongside his sister Lauren Griffin, 25, last Friday but fled after “the reality of the situation dawned on him”.
Griffin and his sister were both involved in a county lines drug gang but disappeared from Hull Crown Court on Friday, December 14.
The pair, who previously admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, were due to be sentenced for their role in the Grimsby arm of the operation and disappeared after turning up at court very briefly.
Humberside Police confirmed earlier this week that they had been arrested and were in custody in Manchester.
Mr Griffin appeared at Crown court on Friday, December 21, without his sister – who had been taken to hospital with a case of suspected appendicitis.
Judge Bury said he would wait to sentence Mr Griffin for his part in the conspiracy until he can sentence him alongside his sister.
However, he jailed Griffin for 28 days for fleeing the court precinct.
Mitigating Miss Southcoate, said: “He knows he will be sentenced to a longer sentence but appeals when he attended the reality of the situation dawned on him and he panicked and left. He knows it was wrong and is sorry for that and sincerely apologises for that.”
Jailing him to 28 weeks for absconding, Judge Bury, said: “I am not sentencing you (for the conspiracy) because your sister is not here and it seems sensible to sentence you both at the same time.
“I remember telling you in November if you don’t come to court you will get a longer sentence. Your 28 days imprisonment starts today.”
Read more here.
Jay Desborough – 22 months
This baby-faced teenager stole from his grandparents and attacked a man in front of his 11-month-old baby.
Jay Desborough, 19, of no fixed abode, committed six offences while on youth licence between April and August earlier this year. Two of the offences were committed on April 13, when he and two accomplices stole a Honda moped, worth £3,000, from outside a Co-op store in Hessle Square before assaulting another man with crash helmets that night.
Desborough was arrested on April 21, and pleaded guilty to the offences of being carried on a vehicle taken without consent, and common assault when he appeared at Hull Magistrates Court on April 25.
Three days later, Desborough’s crime spree continued when he stole the car keys of a Nissan Micra at a house party he was invited to.
The owner had fitted the car with a tracker and located it the next day. As he followed, the car crashed and three males escaped the wreckage, making a run for it “like they couldn’t care less”.
One of the males was Desborough, who was identified by traces of blood left in the Micra. The car was a right-off and the cost of the damage was in the region of £5,000.
Still on bail, on May 27 Desborough had gone round to his grandmother’s home, saying he needed to pick up some clothes. Judge Mark Bury QC said: “She was pleased to see you, and even went out of trouble to get you a drink.
“And what did you do? You stole her money, which was set aside for her other grandchildren.”
Desborough took £68 worth of savings before making an immediate exit. Two months’ later he would do it again.
Judge Bury said: “You were asked to leave but you refused. This time your grandmother had hold of her cash box, but on this occasion she was distracted when the phone rang and you snatched the cash box.”
Desborough’s grandfather, Michael, gave chase to retrieve the cash box but fell and badly hurt his head, requiring medical attention. Fortunately, a passer-by had managed to apprehend Desborough from making off with £150 worth of cash.
Defence barrister, Rachel Scott, told Hull Crown Court that Desborough’s history of crime started at around 13-years-old, when he was “bounced” between hostel to hostel in the care of local authorities.
He committed his first offence in November 2013 and has been convicted 12 times for 25 offences.
Miss Scott said: “This is his first time serving as an adult in custody, which has become a shock to him.
“During his time in custody he has had time to reflect and expresses to me remorse for his crimes and in particular with his grandparents.
“He has written a letter of apology to them recently but admits he has a long way to go to rebuild a relationship.”
Desborough was sentenced to a total of 22-months in Youth Detention, where he will spend half of the sentence in custody and half on licence.
Read more here.
Mantas Pundzius – 19 years
A man has been jailed for murdering his mum’s boyfriend in a “savage and sustained” attack and then dumping his lifeless body in wasteland.
Mantas Pundzius, 24, of Boulevard, has been given a life sentence with a minimum of 19 years in jail for brutally beating Rolanda Poskus , a Lithuanian national living in Arthur Street, to death in June last year.
Pundzius’ mother Janina Milieskiene has been locked up for two-and-a-half years for desperately trying to cover up for her son, see story below, by cleaning the blood from the house when Mr Poskus was killed.
Pundzius then drove his victim’s lifeless body from the house in Aurthur Street and dumped him, naked and face down, in waste land off Dane Park Road in Orchard Park.
WATCH: Police at the scene where Rolandas Poskus was found
Throughout the trial, Pundzius maintained Mr Poskus, who was abusive to his mother, had suffered the horrific injuries after falling down the stairs.
But the jury saw through his lies and he was found guilty of murder by last week. His mum was found guilty of assisting an offender.
In a sentencing hearing at Hull Crown Court today, Judge Paul Watson QC told Pundzius: “I am provided to accept that out of a sense of loyalty and protectiveness towards your mother that you went round to her house in order to execute retribution or at the very least provoke confrontation with Rolandas Poskus.
“What happened when you got to Arthur Street defies credulity. You set about him in what was in my judgement a particularly savage and sustained manner.
“You attacked him in the bedroom by punching and kicking him and almost certainly stomping on him. He was a helpless being as he was in his own bed asleep.
“The remorseless nature of the attack shows me you are a man with a seriously violent streak.
“You contested this to the very last contending that these horrific injuries had been inflicted by a simple fall down the stairs.”
Read more here.
Janine Milieskiene – 2.5 years
Pundzius’ mother Janina Milieskiene was also locked up – for two-and-a-half years – for covering her son’s tracks and by cleaning the blood from the house when Mr Poskus was killed.
Milieskiene had extensively cleaned the “house of horrors” where the grim discovery was made – hiding the despicable crime her son had committed.
Later that morning, she would arrive at her work as usual at the Oho Eastern European Food Store in Spring Bank at 10am, but was acting strange – “making a lot of mistakes”, according to her manager, like putting the wrong dates on food.
She also told people had moved to London, while knowing full well he was dead.
Pundzius had made efforts to scrap the Saab, contacting and meeting up with various dealers.
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A day later, Mr Poskus’ body was discovered and the investigation by Humberside Police into finding his killer began.
Detectives first port of call was the murder victim’s home in Arthur Street. Officers became suspicious when they found an remarkably neat and tidy house that had been recently cleaned.
Six days after the body had been discovered, Pundzius was arrested and charged with murder.
As he sat across from the officers, he lied through his teeth. He stated that he had been round to the house that night but did not touch Mr Poskus, adding that he saw his mother talking to two mysterious Russians, claiming it was them who had taken him.
Milieskiene was charged with assisting an offender and was arrested three weeks later.
Read details from the sentencing hearing here.
Sonny Grainger – 2 years and 4 months
Sonny Grainger, 21, has been jailed for two years and four months after carrying out the assault “for no apparent reason” outside the King Edward pub in Anlaby Road in the early hours of June 23.
Hull Crown Court heard how, after punching his victim, Grainger then followed him along Anlaby Road before kicking him in the head, leaving him and then going back and moving his unconscious body onto the path.
Shocking CCTV footage presented to the court showed the victim, a man from Scarborough, and Grainger stood outside the pub. The footage then followed the whole of the attack up until the point where he is telling the bouncer what has happened. The Crown Prosecution Service said it was unable to release the footage.
Grainger, of Walsall Garth, west Hull, was handed his first antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) at age 12 and was described as a “crimewave”. He has what the prosecution called an “unenviable criminal record” with 40 previous offences and 19 court appearances on his record.
In 2012, he was sent to a secure children’s unit after breaking the order eight times in just 18 months for terrorising Hull’s Boothferry estate.
But he managed to stay out of trouble since 2015 and pleaded guilty to this offence of grievous bodily harm (GBH) at an earlier hearing.
Prosecuting, Mr Nigel Clive, said: “The complainant had injuries to his jaw and cracked teeth. An investigation by a neurosurgeon revealed bruising to his brain and a fracture to the back of his skull.”
Mr Garth, said: “He admits GBH but not intent to cause GBH. He was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD when he was younger which means he had some behavioural problems while growing up.
“His criminal record has been described as ‘unenviable’ which is true but he has had no offence as serious as this.”
Jailing Grainger to two years and four months – half of which he will service in custody, Judge Bury, said: “The incident was an unplanned one and your mental state was not the best that night and you had gone out to drown your sorrows and you did that to some degree and you could not even remember the incident.
“The CCTV doesn’t indicate any particular reason why you punched him, but punch him you did. You followed him and caught up with him at a busy junction and approached him.”
Read more here.
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