More criminals have been locked up this week as court cases conclude across Greater Manchester.
Those put behind bars over the past seven days include a pervert who attempted to meet up with a 13-year-old girl behind an Asda and a van driver who killed a motorcyclist while grossly distracted .
Jail terms were also handed out to a Salford drug dealer who attempted to hide cocaine in his underwear and robbers who raided two homes.
Prison sentences are handed out to the worst offenders each week and Manchester Evening News reporters are in court to cover the most serious cases.
Here are some of the criminals locked up in Greater Manchester in the past week.
A pervert who attempted to meet up with a 13-year-old girl behind an Asda was caught out after the child turned out to be an undercover cop.
Matthew Phair, from Wigan, began chatting to the schoolgirl online, sending her lewd messages and videos before arranging to meet up with her.
But when he turned up to meet the teen, he was instead met by police who set up the sting and were waiting for him.
At Bolton Crown Court, Phair, 38, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to a string of sexual offences.
Mark Friend, prosecuting, told the court that Phair first contacted the profile, which claimed to belong to a teenage girl named Chloe, in June 2017.
Using the handle Matt , Phair invited the girl into a private chat room. She told him she was only 13, and he responded saying she seemed older .
The court heard Phair then asked Chloe if she was into older men and told her he bet he would fancy her .
The conversation then moved on to WhatsApp, where Phair told the girl he found her sexy and asked what her body was like.
The court heard Phair sent explicit images to the girl, asked her to undress and take photographs of herself and told the girl he wanted to have sex with her, adding that she would not get pregnant as he had undergone a vasectomy.
Pervert arranged to meet 13-year-old schoolgirl behind an Asda – it turned out to be an undercover cop
Phair continued asking when they could meet and said he was nervous about doing so in public.
They eventually arranged to meet up behind Asda at Middlebrook Retail Park, in Bolton, with Phair instructing the girl to stand by the side of the road.
When he arrived, he was arrested by police.
Phair, of Bolton Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, had previously pleaded guilty to four charges.
He admitted attempting to sexually communicate with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
A van driver who killed a motorcyclist while grossly distracted after using his phone has been jailed.
Kurt Sammon, 55, who had been involved in a fatal crash 15 years earlier when he hit a 13-year-old schoolboy, has been locked up for seven years.
He was also been banned from the roads for 13-and-a-half years.
Sammon, who has an appalling driving record, crashed into 30-year-old motorcyclist Louis McGovern, after going through a red light at a junction in Stockport.
Mr McGovern, a kind and thoughtful geo-technical engineer who was on his way home after work, was dragged under Sammon s Ford Transit and died the following day.
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Months earlier, Sammon had avoided a driving ban under the totting-up process, after he successfully argued having his licence taken away would affect his job and his caring responsibilities to his mother.
The family of Mr McGovern, who was planning to propose to his partner, told of the devastation and anguish his death has caused.
Sammon, a former heroin addict, has a criminal record littered with driving offences.
A corrupt police officer sold confidential information stored on Greater Manchester Police s computer systems to his friend who provided cars for members of organised crime groups – even tipping him off that police were at his doorstep .
A once highly commended police officer , Mohammed Malik, from Rochdale, entered into a scheme where the officer would give information about any cars or individuals in exchange for money.
He would send the details to his friend, Mohammed Anis, from Bury, who helped to provide cars to serious and organised crime groups to conduct their shady dealings in .
The pair were hauled before Liverpool Crown Court to be sentenced on Tuesday, June 1. Both charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, Malik owned up to crimes by pleading guilty in the early stages of the Crown Prosecution Service s case.
Anis, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty, launching into a trial where he was convicted on Friday by a jury after, what the judge called, frankly, utterly overwhelming evidence . He also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply the drug.
The two friends began their conspiracy in February, 2017, which would continue on for more than a year until they were arrested in November, 2018.
The pair had worked together from 2007 to 2009, but came to know each other further just a month prior to the start of the commercial enterprise.
Corrupt police officer sent secret information to bro who provided cars for organised crime groups – even tipping him off that police were at his doorstep
PC Malik had visited Anis in January of 2017, following a tragic crash in Saudi Arabia where Anis lost a number of members of his family, including his young child.
Over the course of the next several months, the twosome – both dads with young families – embarked on an unhealthy relationship where Anis would ask Malik to search for both people and cars on the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) internal systems.
Both Malik and Anis have now been jailed.
Malik was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment, while Anis was sentenced to 46 months, including time for the possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
A Trafford Centre worker who groomed a child before sexually abusing him on a camping trip has been jailed.
Christopher Mark Robert Spencer, 41, gave the 14-year-old boy alcohol and cannabis, and let him use his bank card to play the video game Fortnite.
He had befriended the victims family – but a judge said Spencer, from Radcliffe, Bury, was grooming the boy.
After giving him alcopops and cannabis, Spencer abused the child as he tried to sleep.
The boy moved away, and he said Spencer apologised.
Trafford Centre worker groomed and sexually abused boy on camping trip
Now Spencer, who worked as a store manager in the Trafford Centre, has been jailed for three years and three months.
He was found guilty of having sexual activity with a child, and pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis.
A man has been jailed after holding shop workers at knifepoint in three terrifying robberies.
Russell Greenwood, 31, targeted the Co-op store on Taylors Road in Stretford in January this year.
He terrorised staff members with a knife before stealing cash and alcoholic spirits, police said.
Greenwood, of Moss Park Road, Stretford, was jailed for five years after being found guilty of three counts of robbery.
Robbers targeted Rolex watches worth tens of thousands of pounds in terrifying raids at two homes.
Nathan Wellings, 18, admitted being involved in the robberies in Hale Barns and Altrincham, where homeowners were attacked as they had high value jewellery stolen.
They were part of an 18 month crime spree Wellings committed, which only stopped after he was locked up.
In one robbery in October last year, a grandmother went downstairs to have breakfast when she was suddenly grabbed.
She saw two men wearing balaclavas, and began to scream to her husband who was upstairs watching TV.
She felt hands covering her mouth, and she was told to calm down .
One robber stayed with her, as she begged them not to hurt her.
The other went upstairs and became involved in a scuffle with her husband.
The man hit the robber with a TV remote, and the robber kicked him in the leg.
He took the very rare gold Rolex watch, said to be worth between ♀20,000 and ♀40,000.
“Did you get it?”, one robber asked the other before they ran away.
Wellings, from Wythenshawe, was later arrested after the police had been alerted.
The couple were left traumatised, and considered moving home. The woman suffered minor injuries to her face.
About 15 months earlier, Wellings admitted being involved in the robbery of another Rolex watch, thought to be worth around ♀50,000.
In August 2019, a 68-year-old man had arrived outside his home in Hale Barns after a trip to the supermarket, when he was dragged to the floor, and had his watch stolen.
He had been approached from behind by three men dressed in black, who demanded that he hand it over.
After he tried to fight back they fled with the watch, which has not been recovered.
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Wellings s DNA was found on the victim s shirt, prosecutor Chloe Fordham told Manchester Crown Court.
He said he no longer felt safe in his home, and had more security measures installed.
The watch, said to have sentimental value, had been bought 20 years ago for ♀18,000, and the same watch is now sold for ♀52,800.
Prosecutors said there had been targeting and planning involved in the robberies.
The victim in Hale Barns believed he had been monitored prior to the incident.
Now Wellings has been jailed for eight years, after he admitted robbery and a series of other offences including burglary, handling stolen goods, theft and receiving stolen goods.
A man has been jailed after a gun was found inside a man bag he threw into a garden whilst being chased by cops.
Keaton Winder, 18, has today (Thursday) been sentenced to three years behind bars following the incident in Sale.
Police said they found the weapon after they began a “short foot pursuit” with Winder.
Once they caught up with him he “admitted to throwing a man bag into the rear of another garden” GMP Trafford South said in a post on their Facebook page.
The man bag was later found and had a blank-firing glock pistol inside they added.
Winder, of Swanage Avenue, Brooklands was charged with possession of a firearm and suitable ammunition in a public place and was sentenced at Manchester s Minshull Street Crown Court earlier.
He was jailed for a total three years and seven days.
A Salford drug dealer who attempted to hide cocaine in his underwear has been jailed.
Reece Gayle was found with eight bags of the class A drug following a stop and search of his car in Alderley Edge.
The 26-year-old, of Fairfields Road, Irlam, was pulled over in the Heyes Lane area at around 10pm on April 13.
His silver BMW was stopped by police due to suspicions regarding his driving and account of where he had been and where he was going.
Remnants of cannabis were found in his car, police say.
A decision was then made to take Gayle to custody for a strip search.
He was found to have eight snap bags of cocaine in his underwear. The street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be between ♀160 and ♀400.
Prior to the search, messages relating to drug dealing were found on Gayle¨s mobile phone.
His home was also subsequently searched, with officers finding the ♀1,575 in cash there, as well as a small quantity of cannabis, three scales and large bundles of snap bags.
Gayle refused to answer any questions in custody, but he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drug cocaine.
He also admitted charges of possession of criminal property (♀1,575 in cash) and possession of class B drug cannabis.
Gayle was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on June 2.
He was jailed for two years and eight months.