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The Welsh criminals judges have deemed so dangerous they’ve given them extended sentences

These are some of the criminals who have been given extended sentences because they are considered so dangerous.

Judges can pass this type of sentence if they find a defendant to be a dangerous offender – meaning they present a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public.

In one case the judge told the offender: “This case reveals behaviour of an almost unimaginable level of depravity. You have revealed yourself to be a truly despicable human being. No one can assess the level of damage done to your victim but the level of harm inflicted on her mother is enormous.”

The defendant must usually serve two-thirds of the custodial term before they can be considered for release by the parole board and will then have an extended licence period.

Here are the faces of some of the dangerous offenders who have been locked up for extended periods because they are deemed so dangerous to the public.

Joshua Stentiford


The defendant: Joshua Stentiford, 26, was jailed for taking a carving knife to the home of his mother’s friend and threatening to stab him and his dog during a terrifying two-hour ordeal.

What did he do? Stentiford, who had previous convictions for offences including inflicting grievous bodily harm, street robberies, batteries, aggravated vehicle-taking, and burglaries, threatened to stab the man he had never met after learning he had a necklace left to him by his late grandmother.

Why did he do it? The court heard that Stentiford turned up “uninvited and unwanted” – and under the influence of substances – at the Clydach flat of a man who knew his mother. Stentiford told his victim he was looking for his mother and was allowed inside. However once in the property he produced a carving knife with a 7in blade from the waistband of his trousers and threatened to stab the man – who has mobility issues – and stab his dog before repeatedly stabbing a cushion with the weapon.

The sentence: The defendant was sentenced to a 14-year extended sentence comprising 10 years in custody with an extended four-year licence period.

What did the judge say? Judge Huw Rees said there was evidence Stentiford had targeted his victim and he said it must have been a “frightening ordeal” for the victim to go through in his own home.

Alfie Larkin


The defendant: Alfie Larkin, 24, from London, was found guilty of using a semi-automatic Grand Power 9mm gun to shoot at vehicles in Greenway Road in Cardiff as a terrifying “act of revenge” for an attack which saw him stabbed with a machete.

What did he do? Larkin described how he started with a group of drug dealers selling cocaine, ketamine, and ecstasy after struggling with money. But after starting as a driver for the group, earning £500 a week, Larkin moved his way up to manage two drug phone lines worth around £1,000 a day in what was described as a “large-scale” operation serving the city’s student population.

Why did he do it? Larkin’s previous convictions included firing a crossbow at a man before stabbing him three times with a knife during an incident in November 2015. Prior to that Larkin had appeared before the court in 2014, aged 18, for stabbing another man a “number of times”.

During the hearing David Taylor, mitigating, stressed that Larkin had previously pleaded guilty to offences related to the supply of cocaine, ecstasy, and ketamine. He added that the firearm had not been shot at the property and that the direction of the bullets travelled away from the house and in the direction of the vehicles.

The sentence: Larkin was handed a 17-year extended sentence comprising of 13 years in custody with a four-year extended licence period. This includes a five-year sentence for the supply of cocaine, ecstasy, and ketamine and eight years for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, both of which will be served consecutively.

What did the judge say? Referring to Larkin’s lifestyle as a drug dealer, Judge Michael Fitton QC said it was clear he had been motivated by greed and enticed by the “trappings of the drug dealing lifestyle” and that either through his work or through his flashy lifestyle had attracted enemies who had attacked him.

Speaking of the actions on January 12 he added: “I have no doubt that this was your warning shot to the occupants of the property who you blamed for the incident in which you were ‘cut up’.”

Matthew James Greaves


The defendant: Matthew James Greaves, 46, from Abertillery, admitted to possessing a weapon in a public place, using racial or religious words with intention to cause harassment, causing criminal damage to property valued under £5,000, and possession of an air gun with intent to cause violence.

What did he do? Cardiff Crown Court heard how Greaves walked into Abertillery Convenience Store in Somerset Street carrying an air rifle and racially abused the shopkeeper Aputrajah Appudukki. The court heard Greaves accused Mr Appudukki of owing him money. He was later arrested for the racially-aggravated offence and told police: “The P*** owes me money and never pays any tax.”

He was released from custody the following day and a neighbour, Ian Lamy, who had previous difficulties with Greaves, became aware he was knocking on his door. He began shouting: “Open the door, I want to talk to you.” Mr Lamy did not open the door and Greaves added: “If you don’t open the door I will f*** you up.” Damage was caused to the letterbox of the property during the incident.

Why did he do it? Greaves’ solicitor Gareth Williams said: “He says he looks back on the incidents with great regret and regrets the serious pain and suffering he has caused his neighbours. He knows he has been what can only be described as an utter nuisance and caused them pain and suffering. In custody he has abstained from alcohol and has had an insight into his offending behaviour. He says he wants a fresh start with his family away from the area.”

The sentence: Greaves was sentenced to four years and four months in prison with an extended licence period of two years.

Peter Croasdale


The defendant: Peter Croasdale, 58, from Monmouth, was jailed for breaching a sexual harm prevention order and having indecent images of children and extreme pornographic material on computers.

What did he do? Croasdale was living a “double life” and living with a new partner in Monmouth having been convicted of assault by penetration of a girl under 13 at Leeds Crown Court in 2009.

He was given a suspended sentence of 18 months for a breach of a sexual harm prevention order at Cardiff Crown Court on March 9 after failing to tell police he had moved from his address in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

But he was back before the court again after it was revealed Croasdale had indecent images of children and extreme pornographic material on computers seized at his initial arrest in January. He was also asked by an unsuspecting teacher to film a play at a girls school.

Croasdale’s true identity came to light by coincidence after an acquaintance of the teacher recognised the defendant’s name from working at the BBC with him.

Why did he do it? Defence barrister Tom Roberts said the proceedings had a “catastrophic impact” on his client’s life resulting in the end of his new relationship. e said the defendant believed he was “living a rehabilitated life” and had been approached by someone to film the concert and he “should have said no”.

Mr Roberts said Croasdale had been given “false hope” having been given a suspended sentence in March and was hoping to rebuild his life until these contemporary offences came to light.

The sentence: Croasdale was sentenced to two years imprisonment with a further two years on licence as part of an extended sentence.

What did the judge say? Sentencing, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said: “The judge was not aware of these outstanding matters. If he had I have no doubt you would have been sentenced to a custodial sentence. I am satisfied the charges are so serious only an immediate custodial sentence will be appropriate. You simply do not face up to the risk you pose.”

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David Cwiklinski


The defendant: David Cwiklinski, 47 from Newport, downloaded and shared sickening videos of babies and children being sexually abused. Among the images found by police was a film which showed the “sadistic torture” of an 18-month-old infant.

What did he do? Cwiklinski also chatted online with fellow paedophiles about subjects including taking a hidden camera to a swimming pool, snapping pictures of youngsters on holiday, and sniffing young girls’ underwear. He boasted there were “no limits” and “no taboos” on what he wanted to do and he proudly called himself a “perv”.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the 47-year-old poses a high risk of serious harm to children and further offending could happen “at any time”.

Why did he do it? The court heard that when police examined the defendant’s devices and the online account they found tens of thousands of indecent images and films including thousands in Category A which show the most extreme kinds of abuse. One such video shows what was described as the “sadistic torture” of an 18-month-old baby.

Police also found a huge number of online chat logs where Cwiklinski shared images and talked to fellow paedophiles about topics including spy cameras, using secure networks to avoid detection, taking a camera hidden in a deodorant can into swimming pool changing rooms, sniffing young girls’ underwear, and about going on naturist holidays to take pictures of women and girls.

The defendant was charged by postal requisition in February this year and given a date to turn up to court but just days later Gwent Police received intelligence that he was again uploading indecent images to websites and apps. Welsh officers searched his house and Cwiklinski handed over a memory stick containing more than 33,000 images. In his subsequent interview he said he “could not help” doing what he was doing.

The sentence: The judge sentenced him to an extended five-year sentence comprising four years in custody followed by an extended one-year licence period. Cwiklinski must serve at least two-thirds of the custodial element before he can apply for release but it will be for the Parole Board to decide if he is safe to be released. The defendant will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

What did the judge say? Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said she had read a pre-sentence report on the defendant which had concluded he posed a high risk of serious harm to children and that “a further offence could happen at any time”.

Michael Colmer


The defendant: Michael Colmer, 45, from Newport, was found with more than 600 indecent images of children and showed “unimaginable levels of depravity” when he sexually abused a toddler after he and his girlfriend planned to be alone with their victim.

What did he do? He was branded a “truly despicable human being” after he was found with images of him abusing the child on two separate occasions with the assistance of his partner Shannon Vicary, 24.

In disgusting WhatsApp messages the couple from Newport discussed fantasies about what Colmer was going to do with the child while he sent pictures of his erect penis to Vicary.

Upon his arrest Colmer was found with more than 600 indecent images of children including images of his victim. He also told police he was sexually attracted to children.

The mother of the child, who is entitled to lifelong anonymity, said her family’s lives had been “devastated” as a result of the pair’s actions.

Why did he do it? Prosecutor Matthew Cobbe referred to WhatsApp messages between the defendants in which they discussed the abuse. He said: “They would speak of their anticipation about what was to come. It began with a commentary on a photograph of children in school uniforms of a young age and that commentary became sexual.

“Colmer sent Vicary a picture of his penis and made references to what they were going to do the next day.”

The conversation also included scenarios about how Colmer would sexually abuse his victim with Vicary assisting him.

The abuse was discovered after police attended Colmer and Vicary’s home in Church Road on October 8 last year after they had been notified by the National Crime Agency that an email address located at the property had been accessing indecent images of children.

The sentence: Colmer was sentenced to a sentence of 11 years and four months imprisonment with an extended licence period of six years, bringing the total sentence to 17 years and four months.

What did the judge say? Sentencing Colmer, Judge David Wynn Morgan said: “This case reveals behaviour by both you and Vicary of an almost unimaginable level of depravity.

“You Colmer have revealed yourself to be a truly despicable human being. No one can assess the level of damage done to your victim but the level of harm inflicted on her mother is enormous..

“You pose a considerable risk of danger to young children.”

John Flynn


The defendant: John Flynn, 45, from Cardiff, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, unlawful wounding, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has 50 previous convictions which included offences such as violent disorder, common assault, burglaries, and attempted robbery.

What did he do? Flynn and his unknown associate gained entry to a house above the Ael y Bryn stores in Cardiff last year by smashing through a kitchen door. They then proceeded to break into the bedrooms of Puja Kar and Sunetra Kar who were visiting their father and grandparents in Llanedeyrn.

Having demanded cash and gold Flynn went to hit the 91-year-grandfather but after Sunetra Kar put herself in the way he hit her with a sledgehammer to the elbow. Puja Kar attempted to protect her sister but was hit to the back of the head with the sledgehammer by Flynn, causing a gaping wound.

Why did he do it? In mitigation defence barrister John Ryan said his client had been gripped by an addiction to Class A drugs and had broken free from his addiction until he was diagnosed with prostate cancer which caused him to relapse.

The sentence: Flynn was made subject to an extended prison sentence having been found to be a dangerous offender and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment of which he will serve two-thirds before being considered for parole.

What did the judge say? Sentencing, Judge David Wynn Morgan described Puja and Sunetra Kar as “extremely brave women”.

Addressing Flynn, he said: “You know who your associate is. If you really wished to be of assistance to the prosecution of this serious crime you would have told the police who he was. You are a lifelong professional criminal.”

Rhys Bowden


The defendant: Rhys Bowden, 27, from Swansea deliberately set fire to his room in a hotel in a “revenge” attack after being kicked out because of his behaviour. Most of Bowden’s fellow guests fled the property after the alarm was raised but one person was trapped in his room and had to be rescued from a balcony by firefighters.

What did he do? The court heard the defendant was living at the Sandpiper Hotel on Swansea seafront in March last year when he was asked to leave because he had been taking drugs in his room and inviting other people back to his accommodation.

He left the Oystermouth Road premises as requested but returned a short time later, re-entered his old room, and set fire to the bed.

Staff and residents were alerted to the blaze by an alarm and the building was evacuated. Firefighters were soon on the scene and one resident had to be rescued from the balcony of his room .

Why did he do it? Andrew Evans, for Bowden, said the reason the defendant had come into conflict with the criminal justice system so frequently during his life was his misuse of controlled substances. He said after the inevitable term of imprisonment his client was facing he wanted, with the help of his father, to find stable accommodation and to become a positive member of society.

The court heard he has 15 previous convictions for 41 offences including for affray, burglary, possession of an offensive weapon, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, shoplifting, possession of Class A drugs, dangerous driving, battery, public order matters, and witness intimidation.

The sentence: The defendant was given an eight-year extended sentence comprising six years in custody and two years on licence.

What did the judge say? Recorder John Philpotts said he agreed with a pre-sentence report into the defendant which concluded Bowden was a dangerous offender who posed a serious risk of harm to others.

Daniel Large


The defendant: Daniel Large, 23, from Bridgend, stabbed his sister in the leg with a bread knife after she complained about him keeping the reptiles in his bedroom.

What did he do? Large became angered when Nicole Large entered his room and tapped on the glass of a snake container. It led him to attack her with the blade, leaving her with a 30cm wound.

He had previously been convicted for similar attacks on family members after punching Ms Large in the face and threatening his mother with a knife on a separate occasion.

Why did he do it? Prosecutor Harry Baker said an argument broke out between the pair about the defendant keeping snakes in his bedroom and Ms Large told him their mother had ordered him to get rid of them. To this Large replied: “I’d get rid of you before getting rid of the snakes.”

In his interview he told police his sister had laughed at him and he had wanted to “smash her up, pummel her, and stab her”. He initially claimed he was attempting to stab pillows and had accidentally stabbed Ms Large but he later pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

As a result of the stabbing Ms Large received treated in hospital for a 30cm wound that was eight to 10cm deep and exposed muscle. The court heard she didn’t suffer tendon or ligament damage and none of the muscles or blood arteries were severed.

The sentence: The defendant was sentenced to five years imprisonment with an extended two and a half years on licence.

What did the judge say? Sentencing, Judge David Wynn Morgan described the injuries to Ms Large as “horrendous” and acknowledged a psychiatric report’s finding that the defendant exhibited symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.

Aaron Mortimore


The defendant: Aaron Mortimore, 28, from Tongwynlais, stabbed friend in the face with a knife his victim had bought for him.

What did he do? He left his friend with “terrible” wounds to his left face and ear after the attack in May 2020. The defendant had denied committing attempted murder but was convicted during a trial last year.

At the time it was heard both the defendant and his victim were residents at Maes Hafan in Ninian Road in Roath, Cardiff. The facility is for people with mental health conditions and helps provide assistance.

The pair were considered to be friends and both would go to the shops together and order takeaways. A few weeks prior to the incident Mortimore asked his friend to buy him a Stanley knife, which he did.

Why did he do it? Speaking on behalf of his client Derrick Gooden, defending, said Mortimore had been completely honest with probation officers about planning the incident and had accepted that a lengthy sentence was likely. It was also heard the defendant had “difficulty” in the outside world and felt more “comfortable behind closed doors”.

Mr Gooden said: “It’s just a shame that in order to help himself he has caused such an injury to someone who thought of him…as a friend.”

The sentence: Mortimore was handed a 24-year extended sentence. That includes a 20-year prison sentence of which he must serve at least two-thirds before a parole board will consider whether he can be released.

What did the judge say? Judge Daniel Williams said Mortimore’s actions had left his vulnerable victim with “terrible” wounds to the left side of his face “extended to and through his left ear” and to his chest.

He told the defendant: “You have no remorse. In fact you were glad you carried out the attack.”

Jamie Crake


The defendant: Jamie Crake, 31, and co-defendant Leigh Glave repeatedly kicked and stamped on their victim after taking him to the floor and threatened him with a knife. They then took his mobile phones and cash and casually walked off.

What did he do? Crake threatened the victim with a knife before the pair took him to the ground and began repeatedly kicking him to the head and stamping on him.

The court heard the victim quickly lost consciousness and as he lay defenceless on the floor the pair continued their attack with 50-year-old Glave delivering powerful stamps to his head, stomach, and testicles.

The pair then briefly walked away before returning to go through the stricken man’s pockets and steal his two mobile phones along with £200 in cash.

Why did he do it? The court heard Crake has 17 previous convictions for 38 offences including for house and non-dwelling burglaries, inflicting grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons, 22 for theft and kindred matters, and two for robbery or attempted robbery.

Giles Hayes, for Crake, said his client had grown-up in Kidderminster where he endured a “very difficult childhood” before moving to Wales as a teenager. He said the defendant then fell in with a “group of like-minded individuals” and became involved in alcohol and drug abuse. The advocate added: “He realises that until he shows motivation to change his life he is going to be incarcerated for many, many years.”

The sentence: Giving Crake credit for his guilty pleas the judge give him to a 12-year extended sentence for public protection comprising eight years in custody and an extended four years on licence.

What did the judge say? Judge Paul Thomas QC told the pair they had carried out a brutal robbery which had left their victim unconscious in the street. He said the pair had used a “savage” level of violence and the CCTV was “sickening” to watch making even him, an experienced judge hardened to watching such footage in court, wince.

Curtis Stinton


The defendant: Curtis Stinton, 29, from Bridgend, admitted robbery and aggravated vehicle-taking after while drunk and high on drugs he tortured his bound victim and threatened to “cut his eyes out” before stealing and writing off his car.

What did he do? Stinton bound David Grey with a telephone cord and threatened him with a serrated knife during the early-hours attack in his own home. Prolific criminal Stinton was so drunk and high on Valium he has “little recollection” of the brutal attack that left Mr Grey unable to sleep for weeks afterwards.

Why did he do it? Tim Evans, defending, said his client has “little recollection” of the incident due to the alcohol and Valium. He added that Stinton had also said he wanted to take his own life during the incident.

The sentence: Stinton was given a nine-year prison sentence and an extended licence period of three years.

What did the judge say? Judge David Wynn Morgan said the attack “can only be described as torture”.

Aaron Dale Evans


The defendant: Aaron Dale Evans, 34, from Ravenhill, held-up a convenience store with a kitchen knife as the final act in a crime “spree” which saw him burgling shops, a doctors’ surgery, and a dental practice all in a matter of weeks.

What did he do? Evans fashioned a makeshift balaclava from a beanie hat with eye holes cut out and armed himself with a large knife to target a shop not far from where he lived.

He was on licence from prison at the time, having been released from a sentence following a similar raid on a sandwich shop in which he’d threatened staff, and told them: “It’s not worth your life”.

Over the course of two months Evans burgled the Ravenhill Dental Surgery, Baptt shopfitters on Swansea West Business Park, Greenhill Medical Centre near Dyfatty junction, and the CK / Budgen’s shop in Cockett, the last shop being broken into twice in a matter of weeks. He also smashed the cash machine at the Chocolate Box shop in Caereithin Cross.

Why did he do it? The court heard he had 24 previous convictions for 113 offences including two dozen commercial and non-dwelling burglaries as well as arson, drugs matters, and escaping lawful custody. At the time of the crime spree Evans was out of prison on licence having been released from a sentence for a previous robbery.

Stuart John, for Evans, said his client’s best mitigation was his guilty pleas. He said the defendant’s misuse of drugs lay at the root of his offending – a situation “not assisted” by the mental health problems he had experienced for much of his adult life.

The sentence: Giving the defendant credit for his guilty pleas the judge imposed a total extended sentence of nine years comprising six years in custody and three years on licence.

What did the judge say? Judge Huw Rees told Evans he had a “lengthy and consistent” record of offending which displayed a “clear pattern of aggression and violence”.



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