Retirement calls for top city judge

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THE city’s top judge - the Honorary Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Alan Goldsack QC has announced he is to retire.

The 64-year-old, who is the resident judge at Sheffield Crown Court, will step down next May just before his 65th birthday.

Judge Goldsack was called to the Bar in 1970 and began his career in chambers in Sheffield in 1971 in Paradise Square.

He became a judge in 1998, becoming an Honorary Recorder in 2002.

He has locked up some of the county’s most dangerous criminals.

In 2001 he jailed Peter Noble - the man branded Britain’s worst drink driver - for 15 years after he killed six people in a horrific car crash after downing 13 pints of beer.

He imprisoned ex-boxer Prince Naseem Hamed for 15 months for dangerous driving in 2006.

Hamed admitted causing a crash in which his victim Anthony Burgin suffered horrific injuries when the boxer’s Mercedes hit his car at 110mph.

The judge gave 25 life sentences to the man dubbed the ‘British Fritzl’ in 2008 for repeatedly raping his daughters, resulting in 19 pregnancies.

He sat as junior counsel on the Hillsborough inquiry in 1989 under Lord Justice Taylor.