These are the criminals who were set to spend the festive season behind bars.
All these crooks were handed jail sentences in December.
Their crimes include murder, rape, a fatal one-punch attack, and an attempted gun murder.
Here are the North East criminals who were locked-up in December 2020:
This crack cocaine dealer was caught with a “potentially lethal” shotgun and a machete in his house has been jailed.
Michael McLaughlin was identified as a supplier to dealers following a surveillance operation by police in North Tyneside.
He had been found with 51 wraps of crack, two mobile phones and more than £1,000 cash in his car during one stop.
But after being released while police investigated, he continued to peddle narcotics.
McLaughlin, who has previous for robbery and stalking, was then caught with more drugs and the weapons when police raided his home weeks later.
Now the 31-year-old, of Barton Close, Battle Hill, Wallsend, has been locked up for five years and two months after admitting drugs charges and possessing a firearm when prohibited due to a previous conviction.
Mohammed Rahman and Laura McGee:
Mohammed Rahman stabbed his on-off partner’s former lover to death during a knife fight outside her home.
During a clash between the two men which was caught on CCTV, Rahman,44, stuck his knife right through Mr Stokoe’s neck, severing both jugular veins and both carotid arteries and killing him.
In the aftermath, as Mr Stokoe, 26, lay bleeding to death in the street, Rahman and McGee plotted to lie about what had happened to the police.
Rahman, of Eamont Gardens, Hartlepool, was convicted of murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
He was jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years.
McGee, 30, of Melville Street, who appeared in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court for sentence alongside Rahman, was jailed for six months after admitting the perverting justice charge.
This lorry driver has been jailed after he caused more than £21,000 worth of damage to the Tyne Tunnel on Great North Run day.
Altaf Hussain was in a 44-tonne HGV and went through the tunnel on September 8, 2019, heading northbound to make a delivery in North Shields.
However he “ignored or was oblivious” to signs warning of height restrictions, and drove the articulated lorry in the wrong lane, damaging the roof equipment in the tunnel,” Newcastle Crown Court heard.
After his arrest tests found he had morphine in his system – the level was twice the legal limit for driving.
Hussain denied taking drugs and claimed the morphine came from non-prescribed medication he was taking for a tooth problem.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst impaired through drugs.
The 49-year-old, of Bowling Hall Road, Bradford, was jailed for 19 weeks.
Savage killer Wayne Miller has been told he must serve at least 21 years of a life sentence for beating and kicking his girlfriend’s uncle to death.
“Sinister” Miller took a ‘trophy’ picture of Andrew Mather during a brutal double attack in the victim’s own home.
Not content with leaving him battered and bloodied once, Miller got changed and went back to finish off his helpless victim in a “particularly brutal” onslaught.
Prosecutors said he kicked or stamped on the dad’s voice box and left him with severe facial and head injuries.
Miller, 32, of Dene Road, Sunderland, was found guilty of murder at Newcastle Crown Court after a trial.
He was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years.
Christopher Storey led police on a dangerous chase through residential streets.
He was behind the wheel of a black Renault Clio and also had a passenger in the car when he took off at speed.
He started on Great Lime Road in Palmersville, which has a speed limit of 30mph, and travelled to the West Moor area.
Along the way, he reached speeds of 60mph and at one point hit 80mph, went through a red light, went the wrong way around a roundabout and went into wrong lanes, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
He also struck a police car that was following him, causing more than £9,500 of damage. Just before he was arrested, his car mounted a kerb and came to a halt at a roadside.
Storey, 28, of Edwin’s Avenue, Forest Hall, was jailed for 14 months and banned him from driving for three years and seven months after pleading guilty to three offences of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance.
David Masters was caught with an extensive collection of pictures and videos he had recorded covertly, along with thousands of child abuse images he had downloaded online.
Police raided his home in Sunderland after receiving intelligence that his computer IP address had been used to upload child abuse images on an encrypted messaging platform.
When the former I.T. professional’s devices were examined, police found his sickening collection.
Masters was jailed for three years and ten months, at Newcastle Crown Court.
Masters, who must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life, was living with a partner to whom he was engaged when his home was raided and his devices seized in 2017.
He admitted all of the illegal material that was found was his.
The court heard there were also pictures of a woman in various states of undress in a house, which Masters had filmed without her knowledge or consent.
And police found three still images and one video of a pre-pubescent naked girl, which he had also taken.
The court heard there were more than 17,000 indecent pictures and videos of children on his devices – 519 of the most serious, category A type, 464 category B and 16,615 category C.
He also had 92 extreme pornography images, which featured animals.
In total the length of all the illegal videos was 29 hours and 59 minutes.
Masters told police when questioned he had used a social media platform to engage with others when drunk and received indecent images.
Masters, 43, of Moorfield Gardens, Cleadon, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to voyeurism, taking indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent images and possession of extreme pornography.
Edward Coulson kidnapped and attacked his cousin with four weapons while making demands for money.
The thug contacted Michael Simm and asked to meet on the premise of talking to him about the death of his dad.
But when Mr Simm turned up for the 4am meeting at a B&M car park in Ashington in May this year, he was immediately set upon with a cosh by his relative.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Coulson then produced a rubber mallet as he hit Mr Simm around the head and body, asking where the money was.
Mr Simm was then struck over the head with a glass bottle, which smashed.
Glenn Gatland, prosecuting, said: “The defendant then demanded Mr Simm, who was bleeding heavily, get in the passenger side of his own car and the defendant drove that car to an address.
“The defendant dragged him out and continued to assault him with a screwdriver.”
The court heard Mr Simm had £800 hidden in the roof lining of his vehicle, which was to pay back his parents for loaning him money to buy a car.
Coulson found the money and as he retrieved it, Mr Simm tried to run off. Coulson then twice deliberately drove at him, but Mr Simm sought help at a nearby house.
The court heard Mr Simm was left with a broken nose, and had two teeth knocked out. He had bruising and swelling to his face and scalp and his left eyebrow was cut, with a chunk of flesh missing.
Coulson, 26, of Northumberland Avenue, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, who has 32 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to kidnap, causing grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.
He also admitted an unrelated assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which happened in June last year at the Bubbles bar in Ashington.The kidnap offence happened while he was subject to a deferred sentence for the assault outside Bubbles.
Coulson was jailed for a total of four years and will be banned from driving for 18 months after his release
This fraud investigator left his grandparents “destitute” by blowing their life savings on a lavish lifestyle of gambling, escorts and holidays.
When Gerard and Joyce Griffiths needed help with their affairs, their grandson, Jamie Dunn, who worked in a trusted role for Barclays Bank, seemed the ideal candidate.
But after being granted power of attorney, he systematically plundered more than £76,000 from their account, leaving the foster carers penniless.
As well as emptying their accounts, he spun a web of lies about planning to go travelling in America, to convince them to take out high-value loans for him to spend on himself.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 28-year-old conman had been given control over the couple’s finances when Mrs Griffiths, who has Alzheimer’s, was admitted to hospital in 2017, while he was living with them.
The court heard Mr Griffiths, from South Tyneside, who has since died, was contacted by his bank last year about the significant sums being taken from his account.
In statements made before his death, the then-77-year-old said he was “chewed to bits” about what he had been told, so he confronted Dunn, who confessed.
Dunn, of Shields Road, Newcastle, admitted six theft and fraud charges.
He was jailed for 28 months.
Despicable former Royal Navy seaman Jesse Fenwick plundered thousands of pounds from his wife’s uncle’s savings until he had just £2.10 left.
Fenwick was given access to Raymond Blackburn’s bank account so he could help the pensioner, who has since died, with shopping and bills.
But the 39-year-old spent the cash on takeaways, Amazon purchases, clothes and cocaine.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Blackburn was in his 60s, lived in supported accommodation in Sunderland and had health issues which left him unable to leave the house.
Between March 2018 and April 2019 Fenwick took over responsibilities for getting his groceries and paying bills.
The court heard how after Mr Blackburn was informed that his gas, electricity and rent were in arrears he asked another family member to check his account, who discovered all the money was gone.
Mr Blackburn’s bank statements reveal he had stolen more than £10,000, said prosecutors.
The vast majority of the money was taken through cash withdrawals of between £150-£300 at a time, with huge sums going to “drug dealers”, the court was told,
Fenwick, of Waterford Green, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to theft and fraud and was jailed for 18 months.
Drug smuggler Paul Rush has been jailed after being caught hanging around a prison’s perimeter fence.
Former inmate Paul Rush was outside HMP Northumberland with almost 1,000 diazepam tablets and cannabis when he was rumbled.
A court heard he also twice posted buprenorphine tablets to the jail, concealed in a radio and an alarm clock.
Rush admitted possessing diazepam with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and conveying a banned item into prison.
He asked for a second such offence to be taken into consideration after posting a second package containing six buprenorphine tablets hidden inside a radio.
The 41-year-old of Stanley Street West, North Shields, was jailed for 18 weeks at Newcastle Crown Court.
He admitted the offences on the basis he was under pressure due to his alcohol dependency and because he had a drugs debt that had built up while he was locked up.
Knifeman Richard Gowland slashed his neighbour’s face with a Stanley knife over a £20 debt.
He went to Paul Cox’s door with another man and demanded the money by repaid before lashing out with the blade, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Mr Cox suffered a four to five-inch wound to his face which required seven stitches.
Gowland, 37, of Craster Square in Coxlodge, Gosforth, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.
He was jailed for five years.
This violent and dangerous thug told a judge to “f*** off” as he was jailed for 16 years.
Reece Convery, 23, attacked a taxi driver in a knifepoint robbery in South Shields then went on to target a petrified couple, including a disabled woman, in their own home in Jarrow – telling them they would be tortured and petrol-bombed as he tried to force entry.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Convery had been wanted by the police for breach of his licence from a previous prison sentence for violence at the time of his latest offences – having only been released a fortnight earlier.
Convery, of no fixed address, admitted attempted robbery, criminal damage, having a bladed article and aggravated burglary.
He was handed a 16 year prison term with an extended licence of five years.
Michael Wright was masked and armed with a machete when he and an accomplice burst into Make That Bet bookmakers, in South Shields, to demand cash.
After stealing £3,450 in cash, the manager who had been cashing up was warned: “Tell anyone and I will kill you.”
But police were informed and were handed a Poundland receipt that the victim had found dropped on the floor of the shop.
Officers checked CCTV of Poundland and saw it was Wright.
Newcastle Crown Court also heard a quick-thinking passer-by took a picture of the raiders as they made their getaway.
When police tracked down Wright, he was behind the wheel of the same car, a silver Renault Megane, which he drove dangerously, at high speed and on pedestrian areas, then caused a crash with another vehicle before he was arrested.
When officers raided his home they found two machetes and £1,540 in cash.
Wright, 34, of Honeysuckle Avenue, South Shields, who has 56 previous convictions, admitted robbery, having an offensive weapon, dangerous driving, having no licence and having no insurance.
He was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars. Wright was also banned from driving for three years and four months and must pass an extended test before he can go back on the roads.
Repeated road menace David Morrison has been jailed after ramming police cars in a desperate bid to evade justice.
The 32-year-old already had four previous convictions for driving while disqualified and five for drink driving and was banned from the roads.
Newcastle Crown Court heard he had been banned at the end of July and a previous disqualification period had just ended.
But on September 30, he spent almost £70 on petrol at the Shell garage before making off without payment.
A member of the public followed him and flagged down police to alert them.
When officers indicated for him to stop, he initially appeared to comply before accelerating away, driving at more than 70mph in a 30mph zone.
He almost collided with a cyclist and police pulled back due to the danger he was creating.
He was slowed by congestion but when the police car moved alongside him, he rammed it, puncturing one of its tyres and leaving it unable to continue in the pursuit.
Three further police cars then took up the chase..
When an attempt to stop him by boxing him in with police cars failed, a police driver decided the only way to apprehend him was to crash into him, as a last resort.
He still failed to stop but after a second impact, he was forced to.
He was jailed for 12 months and banned from the roads for three years.
This grandad who was falsely accused of being a paedophile has been given a life sentence for stabbing his tormentor.
Mark Pearson repeatedly stabbed Michael Inwood with a lock knife in a “frenzied” attack outside the Aldi store, in Spennymoor, in front of horrified shoppers.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how Mr Inwood suffered “life-changing” injuries after being stabbed eight times, including the neck, heart and lung, on the afternoon of September 9 last year.
The 47-year-old denied trying to kill Mr Inwood, but a jury convicted him of attempted murder and being in possession of an offensive weapon at trial.
Pearson, of no fixed abode, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years.
Burglar John Walton wore a police forensic suit as a bizarre disguise while raiding his friend’s home because of a £5 debt.
Walton, of Chopwell in Gateshead, targeted the home of his former pal Daniel Foster after he failed to pay back the last £5 of a sum of £100 he owed him, Newcastle Crown Court was told.
After smashing his way inside through a back door, he used a baseball bat to damage a television.
Terrified Mr Foster, who was in bed at the time, was woken by the sound of the break-in and climbed out of an upstairs window onto the roof to escape the intruder.
Walton was arrested after a witness spotted someone wearing white forensic overalls near the property.
The court heard that when officers found him, in trees nearby, he had a bag with him containing the white suit, a balaclava and a cap.
Walton, 28, of Forth Street in Chopwell, was jailed for 39 months after pleading guilty to burglary and unrelated offences of wounding and possession of a bladed article.
Despicable Darren Lewis barged into his victim’s home in the middle of the night after she opened the door thinking it was her son.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman, who is in her 50s and has had several brain aneurysms, leaving her prone to falls, managed to press her Care Call alarm and shout for help before he Lewis broke the device and left with a tablet computer.
Police were alerted by the care service and found her “alone and distressed” after the raid in June 2018.
Rapist Derek Patterson has been jailed for 20 years.
The 55-year-old of Denmark Street, Gateshead, sexually abused and raped his victim, with the abuse starting in her teens and continuing for a decade.
Patterson denied his crimes, but a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him guilty of a string of charges including rape and sexual assault when he stood trial in October.
In December he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars and given a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will remain on the Sexual Offenders’ Register for life.
Elias Gray was already banned from the roads when he almost knocked over a pensioner during a police chase at more than twice the speed limit.
Newcastle Crown Court was told how officers activated their blue lights and sirens to indicate for him to pull over after he was spotted driving too fast in Ashington, but he accelerated away at speed.
The court heard Gray reached up to 70mph on North Seaton Road, which has a 30mph limit.
And he narrowly avoided colliding with an elderly woman who was pushing a shopping basket overt the road.
Due to the volume of traffic, Gray was forced to drive between the two lanes of cars.
He then turned into a 20mph residential street, First Avenue, which has traffic-calming measures in place.
When he reached a junction, he failed to give way and did not stop before hitting a parked car and fleeing on foot.
Police caught up with him and he refused to give a sample of blood or urine.
The 39-year-old, of Hartford Bridge Caravan Site, Bedlington, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to provide a specimen and having no insurance.
He was jailed for nine months.
Child rapist Karl Wishart, who prolonged his victim’s torment by going on the run for four years, has finally been brought to justice.
Wishart abused a teenage girl then disappeared off the radar after being interviewed by police and released.
Wayne Froud and Steven Milroy:
These savage drug dealers battered a dad to death and took a “chilling” trophy video of him before leaving him to die.
Sean Mason was subjected to brutal violence by Wayne Froud, backed by Steven Milroy, after the pair became convinced he or others had stolen from him.
Enforcer Froud, 36, of Wensleydale Avenue, Penshaw, Sunderland, attacked 55-year-old Mr Mason with kicks, stamps and punches in a punishment beating designed to protect their drug peddling enterprise and warn off others.
Froud, who was convicted of murder, and Milroy, found guilty of manslaughter, put badly injured Mr Mason in a wheelie bin then dumped him on a patch of grass outside Milroy’s home, in Sunderland, to die.
And Newcastle Crown Court heard how Milroy, 48, of Avondale Avenue, Penshaw, Sunderland, took his dog for a walk, smoked cannabis, ate food and went to bed as Mr Mason suffocated on his own blood outside.
Now Froud, who inflicted “all or almost all” of the serious injuries, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years while Milroy, who instigated the attack, was locked up for 19 years.
A terrified woman barricaded herself in her bedroom after Andrew Haikney smashed into her home shouting ‘it’s the police’.
The intoxicated burglar rang the door bell at her home on Chingford Close, in Houghton-le-Spring, at around 9.50pm on September 11.
Upon checking the CCTV, the homeowner saw a man at her front door who headed towards her garden path.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 35-year-old then smashed his way through the lounge window shouting “it’s the police”.
The petrified occupant dialled 999 and barricaded herself in the bedroom until officers arrived.
James Howard, prosecuting, said a handbag had been stolen containing an iPad and other personal effects to the value of £580.
Meanwhile the broken window cost the homeowner £350 to replace.
Haikney, of Western Terrace in Murton, County Durham, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary.
He was jailed for 876 days – of which he will serve half behind bars before being released on licence.
Killer motorist Lewis Urban took the life of a man on New Year’s Eve as he sped to the chip shop.
Urban had run a red light in his Seat Ibiza and was doing up to 96mph when he smashed into Michael Giblin’s car.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Giblin and his passenger were catapulted from his vehicle and both suffered catastrophic injuries.
Despite desperate efforts to save Mr Giblin, 32, he died on January 10, which is his brother’s birthday.
Mr Giblin’s friend and passenger Caroline Robinson suffered multiple facial fractures, a brain injury and is still suffering the devastating effects almost a year later.
Urban’s teenage passenger, to whom he was “showing off”, suffered a spinal fracture that has caused intense pain.
IT worker Urban, of Thomas Street, Ryhope, Sunderland, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The 23-year-old was jailed for six years and given a seven-year road ban.
Colin Baker has been locked up for coughing and spitting at a police officer after claiming he had Covid.
The 48-year-old was initially arrested for being drunk and disorderly following an incident in Sunderland.
But when he was taken to a cell at Middle Engine Lane Police Station in Wallsend, he told a Northumbria Police officer he had coronavirus. He then went on to cough and spit at the officer.
The constable was wearing a mask at the time and the spittle landed on his clothes.
Baker, of Tatham Street, Sunderland, was jailed for five months after pleading guilty to assaulting an emergency worker, theft and breaching a community protection notice which was served on him in June to prevent anti-social behaviour in the community.
At Newcastle Crown Court it was also revealed that Baker had coughed at an officer before in similar circumstances.
This knifeman, who stabbed a rival in the neck during a fist fight, has been jailed for 12 years.
Ibrahim Abdilahi clashed with Lanush Alija in a Sunderland street for reasons that only they know.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim only survived through “sheer luck” and if the blade had gone any deeper into the carotid artery in his neck, he probably would have died.
The court heard Abdilahi and the 35-year-old Kosovan victim clashed around 7.45pm in November last year in Hutton Street, Sunderland.
Abdilahi and Mr Alija, who has since been deported, initially used fists to attack each other but Abdilahi produced a knife.
The 29-year-old, of Hutton Street, Sunderland, stabbed the victim in the torso as well as the neck.
The victim was left with a stab wound and a fractured bone and damage to his carotid artery.
The court heard Abdilahi, who had “adverse childhood experiences” in Somalia, is likely to face deportation.
He was cleared of attempted murder but convicted of wounding with intent and having a bladed article and was jailed for 12 years, of which he must serve at least two-thirds, with an extended licence period of a further three years.
Violent control freak Amir Hussain left his partner so terrified she spent three hours hiding from him in a bush and lost six stone during their relationship.
Hussain subjected the woman to a shocking campaign of domestic abuse, including hitting her with a hammer and throwing a TV and a bottle of gin towards her.
Hussain, 25, of Wentworth Terrace, Sunderland, admitted controlling and coercive behaviour and assault.
He was jailed for three years and given a lifelong restraining order to keep him away from the victim.
Lance McGann and Damion McGann:
These brutal brothers savagely attacked a barber shop customer, setting a dog on him and beating him with a bat and knuckle duster.
Damion and Lance McGann had a grudge against David Lake because they believed he had reported them to police for robbing his brother last year.
During the 5pm incident, in February Lance McGann entered the shop with a knuckle duster and Damion McGann arrived shortly afterwards with a pit bull type terrier and what appeared to be a stick,” the court was told.
Barry Robson, prosecuting, said: “Lance McGann immediately started attacking Mr Lake to the head and upper body with the knuckle duster and the dog, which was not on a lead, attacked Mr Lake, biting his calf.
“Lance McGann punched him and Damion McGann struck him with a wooden bat.
“Both defendants were seen stamping on someone on the ground and Damion was using a bat.”
Damion McGann, 39, of Imeary Street and and Lance McGann, 32, of Copley Avenue, both South Shields, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding after prosecutors dropped the initial charge of wounding with intent. They also both admitted possessing an offensive weapon.
They were each jailed for 30 months, with Lance McGann’s existing licence period extended by an extra year as he is classed as dangerous.
Serial fraudster Anthony Jarrett fleeced an 88-year-old woman out of almost £1,000 for a job that should have cost £110.
The cruel cowboy builder had been out of prison for just four weeks for similar offences when he knocked on the vulnerable woman’s door and asked if she “needed any jobs doing”.
Jarrett then charged the woman £740 for the job that experts estimated should have cost £110.
He then allowed the victim, who is believed by her family to suffer from dementia, to drive him to the Asda supermarket in Boldon, where he used her bank card to take cash out for himself.
Newcastle Crown Court heard he took £940 from her account over three days – and was coming back for more on the fourth day when police arrived at her house to arrest him.
Jarrett pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and was jailed for two years.
Reece Speirs threw ammonia at a couple in their own garden before lunging them with an angle grinder.
He turned up at the couple’s home in North Shields on July 6 this year, banging on the door and shouting.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the pair only knew Speirs as a friend of their daughter’s boyfriend when he appeared outside their address with a bottle in his hand, shouting “come out here and I’ll squirt you”.
Prosecutor Jessica Slaughter said there seemed to have been an incident the day before involving Speirs, 21, and the victims’ daughter.
Speirs threw the contents of the bottle, which contained ammonia, towards the man twice, with liquid hitting him on the top of his head and the side of his body.
He then threw ammonia at the man’s partner as she tried to get him back in the house, the court heard.
The woman turned to protect herself but was hit on the cheek and chest by the liquid.
Speirs then picked up a metal angle grinder and lunged towards the couple, leaving the man with a cut on his finger as he put up his hands to protect himself, the court heard.
Speirs, formerly of North Shields but now living in St Ronans View, in Harlow Green, Gateshead, then left the scene on his bike.
Speirs was jailed for 22 months after he pleaded guilty to affray.
This respected football coach attacked and tried to rape a terrified pensioner in her own home after watching pornography featuring older women.
Ian Brown was a coach and scout at the renowned Wallsend Boys Club and had never been in trouble before.
But his reputation is now in tatters after subjecting a woman to an appalling ordeal in which he knelt on her throat, grabbed her neck, sexually assaulted and attempted to rape her.
Now the pervert who stood and watched his naked victim when she had to go to the toilet during the ordeal, has been branded a danger and jailed,at Newcastle Crown Court.
He was jailed for nine-and-a-half years – of which he must serve two-thirds – with an extended licence period of a further five years.
He was also given a restraining order and must sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.
Liam Wright delivered a fatal punch that left a much-loved dad with unsurvivable head injuries.
Wright attacked 36-year-old Carl Loughran on Borough Road, Sunderland, in August this year, after a row in the street.
Wright swung three punches at Carl’s head – knocking him off balance – before a fourth landed which proved to be the killer blow.
With his victim fighting for his life in the road, 33-year-old Wright then left him for dead and walked away from the scene.
Carl was taken to hospital for emergency treatment after suffering a catastrophic brain injury and a fractured skull, the latter which was caused by his fall.
He died from his injuries two days later in hospital.
Wright, of Rangoon Road, Sunderland, admitted manslaughter when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court. He has now been jailed for five years and four months.
Stephen Neasham and Eric Smith:
Gunman Stephen Neasham and his getaway driver Eric Smith have been jailed for a total of 37 years.
Neasham had become embroiled in a simmering feud with Ricky Lee Copping which culminated in him deciding to try to kill him.
After being driven to a back lane by accomplice and father-figure, Eric Smith, Neasham told Mr Copping “this ends tonight”, before lifting up a rifle and shooting the unarmed victim.
Jurors found Neasham, 37, and Smith, 65, both of Bewicke Main Caravan Park, in Lamesley, Gateshead, guilty of attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life in September, after a trial.
Now Neasham, 37, who has 22 previous convictions, has been sent to prison for 20 years while Smith, who has no previous convictions, got 17 years.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the trouble broke out on March 21 in Dorset Avenue, Birtley, Gateshead, where Neasham’s girlfriend lived, as did friends and relatives of Mr Copping.
The court heard “tensions were running high” and Mr Copping was at the home of his girlfriend’s brother with other friends and they were expecting trouble.
The bullet travelled through Mr Copping’s pubic area and into his left buttock, causing injury to the pubic bone, prostate, bladder and urethra.
It passed close to two main arteries and damage to either would probably have led to death, the court was told.
Nigel Smith left two girls feeling distressed and intimidated while banned from communicating with children.
He was made subject to a sexual risk order in 2017 despite being cleared of allegations which had been made against him.
The order prohibited the former HGV driver of communicating or attempting to communicate with under-18s.
Investigations revealed Smith had said to the other man, who had no idea of the order he was subject to, “have you seen the size of her t***”.
The friend became angry at the remark and pointed out how young they were.
He said if he had known about the sexual risk order, he would not have allowed Smith to come into contact with the girls.
One of the teenagers reported that Smith had also made comments directly to her about her chest size and nicknamed her “big boobs” while the other said he would stare at her backside.
Smith, 58, of Greenbank, Jarrow, admitted two breaches of the sexual risk order and was jailed for 13 months.
At Newcastle Crown Court he was told the sexual risk order continues until February 2022.
This persistent pest who made his ex-girlfriend’s life a misery has finally been jailed.
Time and time again, Iain Ward ignored the wishes of his former partner after they split in June 2019 and flouted court orders imposed for her protection.
In May this year he was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence and a five-year restraining order after turning up at her home with a samurai sword, demanding to see her new boyfriend.
He had also been cautioned last year for harassing her and sending malicious communications.
And in August this year he was back in court for breaching the restraining order by phoning her, but was given a chance to stay out of prison.
However he blew it by contacting the woman three further times in October.
Now Ward, 44, of Rocket Way, Forest Hall, North Tyneside, has finally been locked up after breaching his restraining order by calling his former partner.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching the restraining order and breaching the suspended prison sentence and was jailed for 16 months.