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These are the faces of some of the criminals who were locked up this week.

The longest sentence was handed out to John Henry Sayers, who was jailed for a three and a half years at the Old Bailey after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Others making the headlines included a teenager who was brought into the UK to look after a drugs factory and a pervert who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children.

Here is a round-up of some the cases you may have missed.

John Henry Sayers

John Henry Sayers

Sayers was jailed after being convicted of an offence relating to the ride-by shooting of a nightclub bouncer.

He was given a three-and-a-half-year sentence at the Old Bailey after being convicted of perverting the course of justice, a court official said.

During the trial, jurors were told the defendant was “a man to be feared” who had “acquired and promoted a reputation” and would not allow his name to be disrespected.

He had initially been accused of ordering the attack on doorman Matthew McCauley outside the Tup Tup Palace on June 6 2015, but was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder, alongside co-defendant Michael Dixon, 50.

Prosecutor Simon Denison QC had claimed Sayers ordered the attack after his son was turned away from the Newcastle nightclub weeks earlier, but this was rejected by the jury.

Sayers and a third defendant, Michael McDougall, 50, were convicted of perverting the course of justice over a false statement given in 2017.

Convicted murderer McDougall, who is serving a life sentence, told “a pack of lies” by trying to claim he was the gunman in the incident, jurors heard.

As a result, he was given two years to run consecutively after his current life sentence.

Long Tran

Long Tran, jailed for being a cannabis farm gardener
Long Tran, jailed for being a cannabis farm gardener

The teenager was arrested after police raided a six-bedroom house on Westgate Road in Newcastle.

Newcastle Crown Court heard officers discovered 293 cannabis plants inside the property and evidence of a previous crop of 82 plants.

Tran had been brought into the UK by organised criminals, having spent time in Russia.

The court heard he was not being paid to look after the crop but was given food and allowed to stay in the house.

Tran, 18, has been jailed for 10 months after admitting producing cannabis.

The Home Office will decide on Tran’s status in this country after his release.

David Howse

David Howse
David Howse

The pervert downloaded more than 3,500 indecent images of children and made them available for others to potentially view online.

Howse spent three years collecting videos and photographs of youngsters being filmed carrying out “terribly degrading acts”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he had catalogued the material into a folder labelled “cp” – which prosecutors said stood for “child porn”.

The age range of those featured in the moving and still images was three months to 14 years, the court heard.

Howse, of Edinburgh Court, Kingston Park, Newcastle, was jailed on his 54th birthday.

He was locked up for 20 months and made subjected to a sexual harm prevention order and sex offender registration for ten years.

John Croft

John Croft
John Croft

Croft attacked his “hysterical” girlfriend’s dad after refusing to let her leave a house party.

The dad turned up to collect his daughter but Croft was waiting for him with a kitchen knife.

During a struggle, the dad suffered a “nasty” 2cm cut to his face.

He said in a victim impact statement: “I’m in shock, I didn’t expect him to do this.

“John doesn’t like Katie having a close relationship with her family, he wanted to be her only family.

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“I’m going to be left with a scar on my face and every time I look in the mirror I’m going to be reminded of what John has done.”

Croft, 30, of Lilac Avenue, Sunderland, admitted unlawful wounding and having a bladed article, and was jailed for two years at Newcastle Crown Court.

Full story is available here.

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