Fenton Magistrates' Court closure: The most 'notorious' cases and faces
North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court has dealt with some of the region's most notorious killers...
• There was a strange set of circumstances in the case of Sabina Eriksson, a 42-year-old Swede who admitted the manslaughter of Glenn Hollinshead, aged 54, of Fenton, on the grounds of diminished responsibility Eriksson had only been released from the cells at the court a few hours before she met Mr Hollinshead who was later found stabbed. Eriksson and her twin sister had attracted media attention after the coach on which they were travelling stopped at Keele Services in May 2008. After the coach parked up Ursula ran into the carriageway in front of a lorry and Sabina ran in front of a car before striking a policewoman who came to her aid. That is what originally bought Sabina before the court for offences of trespassing on a motorway and assaulting a police officer.
•There was a media frenzy when Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick made his first appearance at the court charged with the deaths of brothers Arron and Benjamin Peak in an horrific crash on the M6 in 2008. Not only did he face two charges of causing death by dangerous driving but a third matter of excess alcohol. McCormick was handed a seven year sentence at the crown court but has now been released.
• Murderer Lance Rudge, of Meir, will not be released until at least 2025 after murdering disabled Gregory Baker at his Alton home in 2007.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Earlier this year Rudge made the news again after the 24-year-old Stoke City fan featured in a TV documentary. He gloated as he revealed he had access to a television, stereo and three meals a day at Gartree Prison, Leicestershire
• Following a huge blast at a house in Cheddleton which claimed the lives of a man and three children, Mark Goldstraw, aged 31, was given a minimum sentence of 35 years.
• Although vice girl and drug addict Nikki Higgins, aged 23, was murdered in 2001 it was another seven years before her killer, kerb crawler Alan McClaren was brought to justice and given a life sentence.