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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Rebecca Sherdley

The criminals locked up in Nottingham this week

Two court cases this week in court saw hefty sentences handed down in Nottingham and over in Derby. On Friday, May 19, violent thug Declan O'Donnell was jailed for life for murdering his aunt's partner.

O'Donnell, 24, previously of Mansfield Road, Nottingham, live-steamed the attack on 63-year-old Paul Cox, of Nottinghamshire. O'Donnell was given a minimum term to serve of 21 years and 272 days before he can be considered for parole after he was convicted of murder on Monday (May 15.)

Nottingham Crown Court heard O'Donnell left four times and returned to continue to give his victim a beating. Police learned of the horrific incident after a member of O'Donnell's family saw the shocking stream on social media.

Read more: Brother had to make decision to turn off life support after 'humiliating' live-streamed attack

Declan O’Donnell (SWNS)

The relative made two 999 calls, to police and ambulance, and officers and paramedics raced to the property in Mansfield Road. Read the full story here

And defendant Michael Harrison, 41, was jailed for life at Derby Crown Court after he punched his 11-year-old son Mikey repeatedly to the body, causing a laceration to the youngster’s liver on June 18, 2022.

Harrison, who was living in Heanor at the time but was more recently of Eaton Terrace in Mapperley, then drove them both to a street close to Shipley Park, close to the Nottinghamshire border, and called an ambulance to say Mikey had fallen out of a tree while playing hide and seek.

Michael Harrison has been sentenced for the murder of his son Mikey (Derbyshire police)

As reported by Derbyshire Live, he then cleared the property of all its belongings to cover his tracks, but a witness came forward and told police a different version of how Mikey may have come to his death, resulting in a murder investigation being launched.

Harrison, whose minimum term was set at 21 and a half years, pleaded guilty to murder at a hearing on April 3 at the same court. Read the full story here

Other cases this week included:

Jail term for 'abusive bully' who strangled and beat ex-girlfriend

Wesley Cain strangled and beat his former partner. Nottinghamshire Police said Wesley Cain, who also goes by the name of Wesley Blade, also threatened to kill the woman during a six-month campaign of intimidation.

Wesley Cain (Nottinghamshire Police)

The 33-year-old, who also goes by the name of Wesley Blade, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by strangulation, making threats to kill and criminal damage when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Wednesday, May 17. He was jailed for a total of four years, and also handed a restraining order which bans him from contacting the victim for 10 years. Read the full story here

Attacker smashed man's nose with wooden pole in street

Michael Pridmore left his victim, who is in his 40s, with life-altering injuries after smashing his nose with a wooden pole in Newark.

Michael Pridmore was convicted of GBH (Nottinghamshire Police)

Pridmore, 56, was jailed for 27 months at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (18 May) after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm. Read the full story here

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