Sheffield Crown Court: Live coverage of cases as Kerry Taylor faces murder charge

Welcome to the Star’s live blog from Sheffield Crown Court on July 9.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 1:20 pm
Sheffield Crown Court

We will be bringing you all the latest updates on major cases taking place at Sheffield Crown Court today.

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Our reporter Tim Cunningham will be covering in court all day bringing you live news on defendants accused of crimes in the city and beyond.

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LIVE BLOG: Today’s Sheffield Crown Court cases

Last updated: Thursday, 09 July, 2020, 14:08

  • Today’s cases are expected to include GBH, drug possession and assault on an emergency worker

The defendant in today’s final case hasn’t turned up to be sentenced for assaulting an emergency worker and racially-aggravated harassment. 

A warrant has been ordered for his arrest by Judge Roger Thomas QC. 

That’s all for this morning and thanks for following the blog. 

I’ll be back at 2pm to cover more cases.

"You were given a chance in April last year and displayed utter contempt for the court by committing these offences.

"The only appropriate sentence is immediate custody."

She sentenced him to 12 months in prison. 

Judge Sarah Wright said the drugs were for his personal use. 

He breached the suspended sentence eight days before the current offence.

"You appear to have a cavalier attitude towards the orders of the court and rules and regulations," she told Javed.

Joy Merriam, mitigating, said; "These offences of themselves would not cross the custody threshold." 

She said work was needed to be done to tackle his use of drugs and that he needs the support of the probation service to stop taking drugs. 

The court heard he received a 20 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, in October 2018 for possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Prosecutor Phillip Evans said he was parked in a McDonald's, on Farm Road, Sheffield, on April 14, 2019. 

Police noticed him wind up his window and they smelled cannabis. They found cannabis and cocaine in his car.

Ali Javed, 28, of Woodhead Road, Highfield, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to the possession of Class A and B drugs.  

Judge Thomas said "doing justice years after a criminal offence has been committed" was “a very unsatisfactory state of affairs.”

He said that the delays which have created huge backlogs in the courts were happening before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK.

Judge Thomas said Smith was being sentenced for something he did two and half years ago.

"Taking a knife out in public and using it in public would probably have led to you being locked up," he said. 

"In your case to do proper justice but say the sentences should be suspended."

He sentenced Smith to 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. 

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