Locked up in August: child abductor, pervert and yob who wished a cancer patient 'long, painful death'

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A child abductor, a pervert and a man who wished a cancer patient “a long and painful death” were all convicted in court in Derby during August.

A drunk woman who “reared up off the toilet” to attack her partner and a thieving bank society manager were also dealt with before judges in the city last month.

A hospital worker from Derbyshire secretly took more than 83,000 photographs of pre-pubescent girls in the area where he lived for his own sexual gratification.

These are the latest cases from the courts:

Nathan Hodkin hid and placed his mobile phone camera on a pair of binoculars so he could focus in on the victims, typically aged four to ten, playing naked or partially-clothed in the gardens of their own homes.

Nathan Hodkin has been sentenced after taking 83,000 pictures of young children, and possessing 1000 Category C images

Nathan Hodkin has been sentenced after taking 83,000 pictures of young children

He then filed them on his computer or mobile phone under their names, even putting one of them in a folder he named “my cutie”.

His reign of perversion only came to light when he was spotted hiding and taking pictures of by a four-year-old girl who alerted her mother and he was chased and caught by the girl’s father.

Then, when police arrested the 27-year-old, he told officers “you will find loads of photographs of children on my computer”. He pleaded guilty to eight counts of producing indecent images of children between 2013 and 2016.

Hodkin, who now lives in Rectory Avenue, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was living in Derbyshire at the time of the offences.

Jailing him for 20 months at Derby Crown Court, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “You took in excess of 83,000 photographs of young girls who, although not known to you, lived in your locality.

“Of those, more than 1,000 were of an indecent nature, including them playing naked or partially clothed and you even kept a file for one of them called ‘my cutie’.

“This has caused immense distress to the girls and their parents who are concerned for their children and that their privacy was invaded by you.”

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A drunk from Derbyshire kicked out at police, spat at a nurse and said he hoped that an elderly cancer patient in the hospital cubicle next to him “died a long and painful death”.

Michael Weldon also “thrashed around “ and “swung out” at people after he was found lying on the ground at a retail park having drunk “lots of lager” and having “not eaten for days”.

Michael Weldon was successful in his appeal

Michael Weldon was successful in his appeal

Then, when he was released from that first offence and while on bail, the 27-year-old, of Portland Road, Ilkeston, assaulted a Boots pharmacist who refused to supply him with his methadone script because he was so drunk.

He was initially jailed for six months after pleading guilty to three counts of assault, but this was reduced to 17 weeks at Derby Crown Court because magistrates had not given him suitable credit for his pleas.

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A branch manager at a Derby city centre building society stole more than £13,000 from accounts he deliberately targeted as they had not been used for a number of years.

Martin Warrilow also switched off CCTV cameras that would have captured him forging signatures to withdraw the cash from the four accounts at the Leek United Building Society in St James’s Street.

Branch manager Martin Warrilow stole £13,300 from this building society

Branch manager Martin Warrilow stole £13,300 from this building society

Derby Crown Court heard how the 38-year-old took £4,400 from two accounts that belonged to two brothers who only discovered the cash was missing when they were contacted by the police.

Now he has been sent to prison for more than a year after admitting taking the money to help pay off an £18,000 debt he had amassed.

Jailing Warrilow, of Forsbrook, Staffordshire, for 13 months at Derby Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “You had been the branch manager at St James’s Street for 18 months when you carried out theses offences and as such you were in a position of responsibility.

“You took £13,300 from these customers and this is a very serious abuse of your position.”

Warrilow pleaded guilty to theft.

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A man broke into a Derby mum’s home, abducted her 10-month old daughter from her cot and threatened to drown her.

Lewis Jeffers forced his way into the Sinfin home while the woman and her three children were asleep, entered her bedroom and picked up the tot.

Lewis Jeffers has been jailed for four years

Lewis Jeffers has been jailed for four years

He then looked the mum straight in the face and told her he would drown the girl if she called the police, before leaving clutching the baby.

Police were scrambled to the area and when an officer cornered Jeffers, of Railway Terrace, Ripley, he dropped the child on to the concrete floor.

Jailing him for four years at Derby Crown Court, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “It is a mother’s worst nightmare that when she is in her home with her three young children, an unpredictable character breaks in and takes her child.

“You uttered a very chilling thing to her and that was that you would drown her poor child and if she called the police she would not see her daughter again.

“That is just horrific.”

Jeffers pleaded guilty to abduction.

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A 29-year-old Derbyshire woman who had spent the day drinking attacked her boyfriend after calling him “boring”.

Melanie Skinner left the 67-year-old victim with scratches to his face and body and also bit him as she was “shouting and swearing” at him at their home.

Melanie Skinner, 29, was handed a 12-month community order for assaulting her 67-year-old partner at their home in Buller Street, Ilkeston, on July 16, 2017. She is pictured after her court appearance at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court.

Melanie Skinner, 29, was handed a 12-month community order for assaulting her 67-year-old partner at their home in Buller Street, Ilkeston, on July 16, 2017. She is pictured after her court appearance at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how the couple had been in a relationship for six years and on the day of the offence, July 16, she began drinking beer in the garden of their home in the afternoon.

Lynn Bickley, prosecuting, said Skinner, of Cotmanhay Road, Ilkeston, later returned home drunk from the pub at around 11.20pm and started shouting and swearing at her partner.

She said: “She told him he was boring and she hated him and while she was sat on the toilet he put his hand on her shoulder telling her he’d had enough.

“She reared up off the toilet seat and started hitting his head and scratching at his face.

“He got in the bedroom and rang the police but she grabbed the phone off him.

“It moved into the lounge and she bit him on the shoulder then went upstairs and told him she was getting changed and going back out.”

Skinner was handed a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to common assault.