These are the faces of people jailed in July for crimes linked to St Helens.

This month, courts heard how a man in St Helens raped a woman then tried to intimidate the person she disclosed the attack to.

Other cases brought before the courts were that of an EncroChat drug gang who moved nearly £500,000 of amphetamine branded with pictures of The Beano character Billy Whizz.

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Judges also heard how a paedophile barricaded himself in his bedroom at his parents' home then kicked a police officer in the face and how another man subjected three women working at a travel agency in the area to a terrifying ordeal during a cowardly robbery.

Here are some of the most serious cases related to St Helens that came before the courts in July.

Andrew Johannessen

Andrew Johannessen, 38, of Gaskell Street, St Helens.
Andrew Johannessen, 38, of Gaskell Street in St Helens

Andrew Johannessen and Lewis Sinclair shot at a rival's home and riddled his front door and windows with six bullets on the orders of one of the UK's most wanted criminals - Leon Cullen.

The two men were part of the plot which saw thugs open fire at the address on behalf of the fugitive gang boss from Warrington - now jailed for 22 and a half years after going on the run in Dubai.

The attack happened on Hilden Street in Bolton, when Johannessen, of Gaskell Street, St Helens, teamed up with Sinclair, from Partington, Greater Manchester, and a third man, Shawn O'Malley, from Orford, Warrington.

On September 9, 2019, they travelled from Warrington, then to St Helens and on to the target address in Bolton in a stolen Mercedes.

Johannessen, 38, had carried out reconnaissance missions at the scene, which was later easily tracked by the electronic tag he was wearing.

He and Sinclair pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

They had also admitted conspiracy to commit burglaries in August and September 2019, having broken into lockers at David Lloyd gyms around the country in order to steal car keys and other items.

The two men were each jailed for 12 years, with an extended 27 months on licence.

Ricardo Hughes, David Hunter, Christopher Dooley and Stephen Piert

Ricardo Hughes, 53, of Rock Lane, Widnes
Ricardo Hughes, 53, of Rock Lane in Widnes

An EncroChat drug gang moved nearly £500,000 of amphetamine branded with pictures of The Beano character Billy Whizz.

The organised crime group based in St Helens traded almost 50kg of amphetamine, but also flogged cocaine across the UK.

Amphetamine is commonly nicknamed speed, whizz and Billy Whizz - the latter after the famous character in the children's comic.

David Hunter, 48, of Larch Close, Billinge, St Helens
David Hunter, 48, of Larch Close, Billinge in St Helens

North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) detectives launched an undercover surveillance operation in February 2020.

But it was EncroChat messages, recovered in April 2020, which gave officers the additional evidence to blow the lid on the network.

Ricardo Hughes, aka EncroChat user "NovaCoast", David Hunter, and Christopher Dooley, aka "OctoOx", were identified as key players in the plot.

Christopher Dooley, 35, of no fixed address but from St Helens
Christopher Dooley, 35, of no fixed address, but from St Helens

They all supplied both Class A cocaine and Class B amphetamine, while Hunter also shifted Class B ketamine.

Hughes, 53, of Rock Lane, Widnes, was jailed for 10 and a half years after admitting conspiring to supply Class A and B drugs.

Hunter, 48, of Larch Close, Billinge, St Helens, was sentenced to nine years and seven months after also admitting Class A and B drug plots.

Stephen Piert, 27, of Harlow Close, St Helens
Stephen Piert, 27, of Harlow Close in St Helens

Dooley, 35, of no fixed address but from St Helens, was jailed for nine years after admitting conspiring to supply Class A and B drugs.

"Trusted courier" Stephen Piert, 27, of Harlow Close, St Helens, was jailed for two years and seven months after admitting a Class B plot.

Christopher Bullows

Christopher Bullows, 50, of Lord Street, St Helens,
Christopher Bullows, 50, of Lord Street in St Helens,

He had 243kg of the Class A drug hidden in a specially-made wastewater tank when the vehicle was stopped at Dover.

The 50-year-old claimed he had driven to Belgium so the air conditioning unit could be fixed there, where it was supposedly under warranty.

But the trafficker eventually admitted he was part of an audacious plan to smuggle cocaine with a street value of more than £19m.

He was busted when his ruse was blown apart by the discovery the unit had been fixed in the UK before he set off for the continent in September 2020.

Bullows, of Lord Street, St Helens, was jailed for 14 years and four months for attempting to import Class A drugs.

Barry Worrall

Barry Worrall, 36, of Gleneagles Drive, Haydock
Barry Worrall, 36, of Gleneagles Drive in Haydock

Barry Worrall raped a woman then tried to intimidate the person she disclosed the attack to.

He entered a room when his victim was sleeping and started kissing her, before she woke up and told him to stop.

But when the woman went back to sleep, she woke again to find Worrall, 36, of Gleneagles Drive, Haydock, raping her.

Worrall simply walked off after the rape and smoked a cigarette.

The woman disclosed the attack to a female relative, which led to a complaint being made to the police.

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The rapist then intimidated the woman's relative, who was a prosecution witness, by driving past her home and issuing threats.

He denied rape but was found guilty after a trial. Worrall pleaded guilty to witness intimidation shortly before the trial began.

Worrall, who had 40 previous convictions, was jailed for seven years and two months.

Liam Perkins

Liam Perkins, 30, formerly of St Helens, now of Meredith Street, Garston
Liam Perkins, 30, formerly of St Helens, now of Meredith Street in Garston

Paedophile Liam Perkins barricaded himself in his bedroom at his parents' home then kicked a police officer in the face.

The 30-year-old was caught sharing his disgusting collection of child rape photos with other perverts online.

Police found he had downloaded and distributed the files when they raided his then home in St Helens on March 18, 2020.

But he was released under investigation and caused havoc at his family's home in St Helens in the early hours of January 2.

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The dad, now of Meredith Street, Garston, later broke his ex-girlfriend's front door in another violent outburst on February 1.

Perkins admitted three counts of downloading, three counts of distributing and one count of possessing indecent images of children, plus possessing extreme porn, assaulting an emergency worker, resisting arrest and criminal damage.

He was jailed for two years and one month.

Gary Gilboy

Gary Gilboy, 60, of Salisbury Avenue, Netherton
Gary Gilboy of Salisbury Avenue, Netherton

Gary Gilboy subjected three women working at a travel agency to a terrifying ordeal during a cowardly robbery.

The prolific serial robber, 60, entered the Hays Travel shop in St Helens town centre on the afternoon of Friday, June 11.

Gilboy, of Salisbury Avenue, Netherton, who later admitted robbery, was masked, wearing a baseball cap and carrying a rucksack.

Three women were in the store at the time - the female manager - who he grabbed by the arm - a female employee, and another woman who also worked there but was visiting while on a day off, along with a one-year-old child in a buggy.

Gilboy fled with cash but was chased and cornered by four members of the public, until police arrived and found a screwdriver in his rucksack.

The crook, who had carried out 34 previous robberies, was jailed for five years and four months.

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