This past week has seen a number of trying cases in Exeter Crown Court.
One of such cases was the death of 20-year-old Lauren Scott, who got trapped and entangled in a 540rpm power take off shaft at the back of a tractor.
Her death could have been prevented if the farmer, Neil Carpenter, 45, had taken health and safety seriously. He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.
Other cases include:
Campbell MacDairmid, 54, a homeless, prolific burglar and drug user who returned to a life of crime because he could not claim Universal Credit for shelter and food.
A 74-year-old former Topsham town crier was jailed for over 2 years for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing the death of his disabled partner of 30 years, Maureen King by not fastening her seat belt.
Kevin Western, 39-year-old stalker who sent hundreds of texts to his ex every day and harassed her on social media for two months after she ended their relationship of 11 years.
Christopher Andrews, 38, beat up his love rival, Dylan Frost, threatening him with a knife in the presence of children during a violent New Year’s Eve attack.
Drunken Bradley Soper, 25, was sentenced to 25 months in jail for glassing a barman who tried to break up an argument at a party.
Jealous Jack Jones, 23, who savagely beat Robson Cann, whom he found sleeping with his girlfriend, Kaya Kelly in Torquay, has been jailed for 18 months.