Rapist who murdered baby killer and 16 of the most shocking crimes in Leeds Crown Court

A rapist who murdered a baby killer, a TV producer caught in a predator sting and a trio who attacked a dad and son with an axe are just some of the most shocking cases in Leeds Crown Court in 2018.

Some of the most shocking cases in Leeds Crown Court in 2018

Here is a roundup of some of the most shocking and horrific convictions heard in Leeds Crown Court in 2018. All sentencing details accurate at time of convictions.

John Westland was told he must spend a minimum of 19 years behind bars for the murder of Liam Deane. The rapist murdered a baby killer behind bars.

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David Moseley,59, was given 35 years in jail for raping children in the 1970s and 1980s.
Wakkas Butt was the ringleader of a criminal gang involved in a long-running fued that led to Leeds first gangbo injunctions. The crime boss was locked up for 21 years over his involvement in a shooting in the city.
Gary O'Neil, 39 of Stratford Street, Beeston, was found guilty of aggravated burglary and got 15-and-a half years. Terence Honey, 32, got 14 years 3 months. Paul Cameron, 38, got 10 years, 11 months for aggravated burglary.
EVIL killer John Taylor, 62, was given a WHOLE life prison sentence after admitting a string of violent sex crimes against a seven-year-old child and a four women.
Peter Stalgis, 60, killed Angela Conoby at their home on Berkeley Mount, Harehills, in May this year. He was given 14 years in prison.
Carl Hartley was given bail on multiple occasions over a three year period after targeting lone woman at night. Hartley, from Leeds, was jailed for life after pleading guilty to two offences of rape one of sexual assault.
A son killed his mum by repeatedly hitting her over the head with a claw hammer in their home. Diane Jones, 62, died as a result of the blows inflicted by son Wayne Beer, 42. He was committed to a high security hospital.
Haseltine, 31, of Bradford Road, Stanningley, dragged his girlfriend off the toilet, punched her and hit her with a leek in a series of attacks He got 26 months for three counts of assault and one of dangerous driving
Dawn Cranston, 45, got 4 years. Gran Denise Cranston, 70, 3 years, both for manslaughter. Jordans sister, Abigail Burling, 25, was cleared of manslaughter but guilty of allowing death of a vulnerable adult and got 18 months
Sean Lisgo, of Lupton Hall, Alma Road, Headingley, was jailed for three years, four months after security officers found cocaine, LSD and ketamine in his room and he'd been dealing drugs to pay his tuition fees.
The religion tutor was jailed for five years. Idris, 46, of Autumn Avenue, Hyde Park, was found guilty of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13 after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Kieran McGowan, 23, spent the afternoon drinking in a pub before he got behind the wheel and knocked down Kate Whalley. He was jailed for four and half years after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
Adam Robinson, 33, of Ashton Crescent, Bramley, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment after trying to strangle his girlfriend with a phone wire before an armed standoff. He got 27 months.
The TV producer was arrested outside The Queens Hotel in Leeds after being confronted by members of an onlilne paedophile vigilante group. The 55-year-old thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl. He got 18 months in jail.
The callous sex attacker kidnapped a young woman before raping her while she was unconscious. He was jailed for ten years.
A SEX attacker subjected a woman to a violent rape in front of her bed-bound husband in a "degrading" assault after forcing his way into their flat in Leeds. Smith got 18 years in jail.