Convict smiled as he caused £36,000 damage to prison roof during six hour stand-off

Jonathon Smith - picture from West Midlands Police
Jonathon Smith – picture from West Midlands Police

*A case from Birmingham Crown Court featured in The Express & Star

A convict had ‘a smile on his face’ as he caused nearly £36,000 of damage to tiles and windows during a rooftop protest at G4S run Birmingham Prison.

Jonathon Smith scaled the roof of the library at the Winson Green unit sparking a six-and-half hour stand-off last November.

Birmingham Crown Court heard ‘jovial’ Smith, 22, tore up tiles, smashed skylights and chimneys during the protest over an adjourned parole hearing.

The thug, jailed for causing grievous bodily harm in October 2012, even threatened to start a fire with torn up wood.

Witnesses at the time described how he threw the torn up tiles from the roof onto the ground below.

He was only talked down after specialist officers from the National Tactical Response Group were called to the G4S prison.

Previously of Bilston, Smith, a dad-of-one, pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal damage.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Nicholas Cole said; “You caused extensive damage to the library roof for reason only you ultimately know.

“It seems you were dissatisfied because you thought you should be paroled earlier.

“You behaved in a childish and infantile manner, going on to the roof to protest about it.

“You cause damage, I am told, with a smile on your face.

“At one stage you threatened to have a barbecue, that was taken as a serious threat because you gathered wood together.

“It is an aggravating feature this offence was committed in prison, to prison property causing significant disruption.”

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Thugs jailed over Solihull pub attack on grieving man

A pair of drunk thugs who subjected a grieving man to a ‘vicious’ pub attack shortly after his brother’s funeral have been jailed.

Lester Beeson, 61, was sharing a quiet drink with friend Kevin Morgan at the Olton Tavern, Lode Lane, Solihull, after laying his brother to rest.

But when he asked a group of drunken louts on the next table to be quiet he was pelted with a banana skin and plastic shot glass.

When Mr Morgan stepped in to intervene, he was subjected to a violent attack by Reiss Johnson, 27, and Daniel Stirling, 22.

Dad-of-two Johnson then went on to attack grieving Mr Beeson, punching him to the floor and stamping on his face.

Birmingham Crown Court heard callous Johnson, of New Summer Street, Newtown, even sat down to finish his drink after the bloody attack.

He was jailed for 16 months after admitting two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Stirling, of Guernsey Drive, Smithswood, was jailed for six months after admitting the same charge against just Mr Morgan.

Footage of the sickening violence was released by police in a bid to track down Johnson and Stirling last May.

Jailing the pair, Recorder Simon Ward said: “ I take the view anyone who attacks somebody in a public house without provocation as you two did on the video simply has to go to prison.

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Jailed; Woman who hid gun connected to fatal Birmingham shooting

Deanne Gordon - picture from West Midlands Police
Deanne Gordon – picture from West Midlands Police

A gun connected to a fatal shooting in Birmingham was found stashed in the bedroom of a jewellery shop worker a court heard.

Derek Junior Myers, 25, was killed and another man seriously injured in the shooting in at a Soho Hill pool hall last October.

A police raid six weeks later uncovered a revolver linked to the deadly shooting at the home of Deanne Gordon in the Ladywood area of the city.

The 35-year-old claimed to have found the weapon stashed behind bins near her home but her explanation was rejected by a judge.

She was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition at Birmingham Crown Court.

Judge Richard Bond said; “I reject out of hand the explanation you gave to police.

“I sentence you on the basis you were looking after this gun and bullets for a gang member and you knew that.

“The reality is this; that weapon was used in a murder so any time somebody takes possession of such a lethal weapon they run the risk of being connected to a weapon used in the most serious criminal offences on the statute book.

“It’s well known in this city such items are used by gangs affiliated with drugs and money laundering.

“The consequences of a person being in possession are obvious. These items are designed to kill and maim.”

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JAILED: Birmingham drug dealer found with arsenal of ‘evil’ weapons

Sohail Amjad - Picture from West Midlands Police
Sohail Amjad – Picture from West Midlands Police

A drug dealer has been jailed for seven years after police uncovered an arsenal of ‘vile’ and ‘evil’ weapons in his home.

Sohail Amjad, 22, was pulled over in The Acocks Green area of Birmingham after a police patrol spotted him dealing cannabis from his girlfriend’s car.

After finding drugs stashed in the car and in his underpants they immediately went to his Ash Way home in Sparkhill.

There they discovered a sawn-off shotgun and a 9mm handgun hidden in a compartment beneath his bed.

Another 9mm handgun was found wrapped in a shirt inside a carrier bag.

In total 33 shotgun cartridges and seven bullets were recovered from the property on November 22.

Just over 500g of herbal cannabis was also seized from the car and from Amjad’s house.

When interviewed by police the dealer claimed he was told to hold the weapons for another person after he damaged their car and was unable to pay for repairs.

But Recorder of Birmingham Judge Melbourne Inman QC rejected that explanation.

Jailing Amjad for seven years Judge Inman said; “Sawn-off shotguns are dreadful weapons.

“As with all weapons they can kill and maim but the real evil is its vast power and that it can be easily transported by criminals.

“They are dreadful weapons and these courts will do anything in their power to deter people carrying them.

“They were, in my judgement, a feature of your drug dealing.

“The most serious offence is the possession of the sawn-off shotgun with ammunition.

“For such a vile weapon in most cases long sentences will be passed – if they are used they will be very long sentences.”

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Off-duty doorman jailed for stamping on reveller’s head

Tony Henson - Image from West Midlands Police
Tony Henson – Image from West Midlands Police

An off-duty doorman has been jailed after he dragged a reveller from a Broad Street club and stamped on his head.

Tony Henson, 31, left victim Stephen Hartland with a fractured scull which led to a permanent loss of hearing in his left ear.

In a devastating victim statement, Mr Hartland said he had been unable to return to work since the attack last February on Birmingham’s Broad Street.

He said he had since been forced to move back in with his mum and was surviving on disability living allowance.

James Keeley, defending, said Henson, now of Badgers Avenue, Crewe, was of previous good character and pleaded for a suspended sentence to be passed.

But jailing him for 27 months Judge Mary Stacey said; “In all other respects there is so much about you that is praiseworthy and creditworthy.

“But for the unprovoked stamping on someone’s face with life changing consequences I just can not suspend the term of imprisonment.”

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Sex worker burgled Korean War Veteran, 81, after he rejected her advances

Kiran PARDESI
Kiran Pardesi – picture from West Midlands Police

*A case covered earlier this week and picked up by The Birmingham Mail*

A sex worker wearing a ginger wig burgled an 81-year-old Korean War veteran after the old soldier repeatedly turned down her advances.

Unscrupulous Kiran Pardesi, 37, had badgered victim Raymond Gill at his home in a Winson Green tower block on a least two occasions offering him sex for money.

But after he sent her packing she returned early one morning and forced her way into his home.

When the veteran again refused her services she rifled through his pockets stealing £200 leaving him unable to buy a meal at the care centre he visited daily.

She was later identified by police from CCTV footage recovered in the tower block and eventually admitted a burglary.

As Pardesi, of Peel Street, Winson Green, was jailed for three years at Birmingham Crown Court it was heard the sex worker had previous convictions for burglary and fraud.

And while the court heard she had battled mental health and addiction problems Judge Stephen Eyre QC said prison was the only option.

He told the vice girl; ”I accept you have mental health difficulties but it is clear from the circumstances of this offence this offence was not caused by those difficulties.

‘You have not taken the opportunities given to you by way of help.

‘The appropriate sentence therefore is a prison sentence.

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Bungling burka-clad-burglar used own phone to book getaway taxi

Krystal Kerr outside Birmingham Crown Court
Krystal Kerr outside Birmingham Crown Court

*A case from Birmingham Crown Court picked up by Mail Online and The Daily Star online*

A bungling burglar who dressed in a burka to steal from her employer was snared because she used her own mobile phone to book a getaway taxi.

Sneaky Krystal Kerr, 28, passed security workers from the arcade where she worked as they locked up the Star City premises in Birmingham on July 20.

She then let herself into the Fun Station using a set of keys she had made secret copies of.

Once inside she disabled the alarms and stole over £17,000 from the safe before fleeing, still clad in the burka, in a waiting taxi.

But despite her careful planning, the mum-of-two was caught by detectives who traced the taxi booking which bungling Kerr made using her own mobile phone.

As she was jailed for 12 months at Birmingham Crown Court it was heard £15,500 of the £17,344 she stole was discovered stashed under floorboards in her home.

She claimed she may have left the other £1,700 in the taxi as she made her getaway.

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