The Leeds murderer, kidnapper, rapist and other criminals locked up in July


A convicted murderer from Leeds who was out on release but beat his friend up after an evening of drinking was among the criminals banged up in July.

The list of criminals jailed also includes a Kim Kardashian lookalike from Middleton who tried to smuggle millions of pounds in the UK, an evil ex-boyfriend who breached his suspended sentence and a rapist.

A 78-year-old man who evaded responsibility for decades after sexually assaulting two young girls was also among those convicted.

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We have compiled a list of some of the most serious Leeds cases dealt with in the last month.

Some of the cases were heard at Leeds Crown Court.

Timothy Cawley



Timothy Cawley, 35, has been handed a 10-year sentence for two counts of causing death by dangerous driving
Timothy Cawley, 35, has been handed a 10-year sentence for two counts of causing death by dangerous driving

A 35-year-old man who killed two people in a tragic crash in Leeds was handed a 10-year prison sentence.

Timothy Cawley was driving a black Volkswagen Golf along the A650 in East Ardsley at around 6.45am on June 26, 2019, when he collided with a silver Mercedes C220.

Tragically, Matthew Wilson, 26, and Ian Broadhurst, 34, who were both passengers in Cawley’s car, died at the scene.

Two other passengers also suffered serious injuries.

As well as a 10-year prison sentence, Cawley, of Westerton Road, Tingley, was also given a 10-year driving ban.

Tara Hanlon



Tara Hanlon has been jailed

Leeds Kim Kardashian lookalike Tara Hanlon was jailed for almost three years after she was caught trying to smuggle almost £2million out of the UK.

The National Crime Agency’s investigation into Hanlon began in October 2020 after she was stopped from boarding a flight from Heathrow to Dubai.

The 30-year-old initially denied having any cash on her, but Border Force officers found the money in vacuum-packed bundles, stuffed inside her five checked-in suitcases. Hanlon was arrested for money laundering.

Investigators from the NCA were able to trace her travel patterns over the previous months and found that she had made three other trips in July and August 2020.

Inquiries with the Dubai authorities showed that on each occasion Hanlon had declared she was carrying more than a million pounds in cash upon arrival, totalling £3.5 million.

Hanlon later admitted money laundering charges, and last week, a judge at Isleworth Crown Court sentenced her to 34 months in prison.

Liam Hunt



Liam Hunt
Liam Hunt was sentenced to five years in prison

An evil ex-boyfriend who kidnapped a woman and threatened to smash his car into a wall to kill her was sentenced to five years in prison.

Liam Hunt, from Middleton, was already been banned from contacting his former partner by a restraining order imposed in April but he still turned up at her friend’s house to accuse her of sleeping with other men.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Hunt, 27, forced her to get into his car on the evening of May 12 and he drove off towards the countryside with her in the passenger seat.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar sentenced Hunt to five years in prison after he admitted kidnap, false imprisonment, breach of a suspended sentence and breach of a restraining order.

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Alphonso Frederick



Alphonso Frederick is behind bars once again

A convicted murderer who was released on licence in May last year is back behind bars after beating his friend senseless.

Alphonso Frederick had previously been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years and was released on licence.

However, less than six months after his release, the 65-year-old had brutally assaulted a 56-year-old woman who woke up in agony after an evening of drinking.

Frederick, who was handed a three-year prison sentence with an extended licence period of two years, admitted one count of wounding.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told Frederick it would be many years, if ever before he will be released back into the community.

Anthony Beardsley



Anthony Beardsley
Anthony Beardsley was sentenced to more than four years in prison

A twisted fitness instructor who preyed on a vulnerable young girl before sexually abusing her on multiple occasions was jailed for more than four years.

Anthony Beardsley, of St John’s Road, Leeds, offered his victim extra exercise classes away from the Leeds fitness centre at which he worked but used the opportunity to carry out his campaign of grooming.

Beardsley, 44, took his victim to a park multiple times where he made her do “unspeakable things” at his own home while his wife and children were out between January and September 2020.

Beardsley admitted 13 counts of sexual activity with a child and had suffered reactive depression as a result of the case brought against him.

In July, he was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

James Sheldrake



James Sheldrake
James Sheldrake was jailed for 11 years at Leeds Crown Court

A rapist from Leeds who launched multiple sex attacks on a woman as she slept has been jailed for 11 years.

James Sheldrake caused the woman a huge amount of psychological trauma, Leeds Crown Court heard.

The 31-year-old attempted to convince his victim the whole ordeal was normal, the court also heard.

Judge Guy Kearl QC added that Sheldrake exploited the woman in question and he took steps to stop her from telling anybody about the rapes.

Sheldrake, of Talbot Avenue, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and will serve at least two-thirds of that before he is able to be released on licence.

Michael O’Donnell

A Leeds man who evaded responsibility for 60 years after sexually assaulting two young girls in the 1960s and 1980s was jailed last month.

Michael O’Donnell was aged 18 when he carried out his first sex attack on a girl aged around 10 in his bedroom.

O’Donnell, 78, managed to evade any kind of punishment for the first offence and went on to touch a young girl’s breasts as he stood behind her at his home in the early 1980s.

The Recorder Richard Wright QC told O’Donnell, of St Stephen’s Court, Burmantofts, that he had “evaded responsibility” for 60 years and showed “not an ounce of remorse”.

O’Donnell was convicted of two counts of indecent assault by a jury and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Georgie Greechan



Georgie Greechan
Georgie Greechan was part of a plot to cover up a crime when he torched several vehicles at a compound in Leeds

An arsonist who set fire to £41,000 worth of cars held in a police lock-up awaiting forensic analysis in a bid to cover up another crime, was jailed.

Georgie Greechan and accomplices went to the compound in Armley on March 22, 2018, and used an accelerant before lighting it, the court heard.

Multiple cars were damaged during the blaze which a judge said had an element of planning due to escape ladders being placed on the inside of the wire fencing to help escape.

Judge Guy Kearl QC said Greechan set fire to a large number of vehicles in a “targeted” attack at a compound surrounded by razor wire.

Greechan was convicted of arson and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

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